Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple, bolt-on
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell TEA Alnico-5 Vintage TE-style single coils
  • Electronics: 1 x Volume control and 1 x tone control
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Wilkinson bridge with brass saddles and string-thru body
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL110 .010 - .046 (Article Nr: 104555)
  • Colour: Black Paisley

Further information

Colour Graphic
Pickups SS
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Great, but not perfect

rims, 11.05.2017
My son was eying this up for ages, and finally, with the help of a birthday contribution, got me to get it for him. The reviews were all very positive, and for the price - what can you say?!

He loves it. It sits next to him. His previous guitar is now neglected and forlorn.

The good:
It looks lovely. Maple neck, skunk stripe. Nice hardware - Wilkinson bridge and pickups, and sealed tuners. Nice paisley finish, if that's your thing. Sounds like a tele - authentic sounding bridge pickup.

It came nicely set up. Needed a twist of the truss rod, and was good to go, good low action, no buzz, good strings. Fret ends not perfect, but good.

The not so good:
The finish, to me, is a little meh. Not the deep gloss I was expecting, and that it needs to really bring up the paisley. But only one minor paint flaw, barely visible. Neither a big deal. But the rave reviews perhaps unreasonably raise your expectations.

Tuning stability hasn't been great. Still sorting that - nut lubrication for starters; lots of winds on the tuning pegs for high strings (the main culprits). Lubricated the nut, its a bit better. May need restringing. We'll see.

The bridge pickup is very microphonic. That's a feature of many teles, some Fenders included, and possibly gives it the authentic character to the sound, but on high gain every click and clunk is picked up. But the main problem is the feedback, which kicks in unpleasantly and uncontrollably past a certain volume.

Investigating that, if you press on the neck end of the bridge plate it suppresses the squeal. The bridge screws are confined to the lower end, (and were actually quite loose, though tightening didn't help), and it may be the headstock end of the bridge plate is not making contact with the body. The internet has many such examples.

So it may mean modifying the bridge with two screws at the headstock edge, but not after I've tried some wax, or thin foam, or something similar to suppress vibration at that edge. But he won't let me near it - yet...

Again, the internet suggests this is a common problem with this model.

Conclusion? Sounds great, pity about the microphonic squeal, which may be fixable. Not perfectly finished, but for the price very good indeed. A satisfied son, a satisfied dad.
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Simply a great value!

JonathanKoh, 27.04.2018
The guitar arrived this morning..and I am just so impressed with the build quality of it! The guitar was still in-tuned when I took it out of the box after all the travelling it did from Germany to Singapore! The intonation was spot on..the fret-board is clean and nicely setup (no jagged fretwork). The Wilkinson compensated bridge with brass saddles is an added bonus to this beautiful guitar. Pickups are ok sounding..the bridge pickup dont seem to be overly microphone unless you are playing at really loud volumes. The C shaped neck is a little too thick for my personal liking but I can live with it.
At it's price point, this is a great guitar to own. At some point, I might do some modifications to it but for the time being I'm going to enjoy it as it is. Oh and the sustain of this guitar is great!!!...ok I'll stop getting all excited.

Update 11th June 2018: I'm totally in love with this guitar. It has that Tele sound that i always wanted and it came across so apparent in some of the recording sessions I've done recently. I have gotten used to the neck and have not change anything in it!!!:)
My review for this guitar is @ https://youtu.be/SZEdIw_z1-w
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