Harley Benton D-120CE NT

Steel String Guitar with Pickup

  • Build type: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany (Sapele / Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck profile: C
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Pickup with preamp with volume knob and 4-band EQ
  • Chrome-plated diecast machine heads
  • Strings: .010 - .047
  • Colour: Natural high-gloss
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Top Spruce
Back and Sides Sapelli, Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 42,50 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Great budget acoustic (with a few tweeks)
Too old for this, 17.05.2020
OK, so I have one issue with this guitar so let's get that out the way. On inspection I ran my thumb and index finger down the edges of the neck (gently) and sliced open my index finger. These were the worst fret ends I have ever seen on a guitar, ever. Now don't let this put you off, this takes seconds to remedy with a fine grain sanding sponge. Just be aware that the frets are quite weedy and probably couldn't be re-crowned when they wear, there's not a lot of material there. So, this isn't a 'keep for life' guitar unless you are prepared to spend twice what it's cost for a refret at some point down the line. However, for a beginner or low usage player (electric guitarists, bassists who like an acoustic hanging around) this shouldn't be an issue.

Now onto the good stuff. Generally this is a pretty nice guitar, nice wood, surprisingly good tone for an inexpensive guitar, tuners aren't high end but have a pretty decent ratio and it stays in tune. I hear of so many people who plan to swap out tuners on Harley Bentons before they have even received the instrument but I now have 3 HB guitars and 1 bass and I have had zero tuning issues.

I had very low expectations of the preamp given the price point, and was pleasantly surprised when I plugged it in. Obviously it isn't as good as a more expensive guitar but it is entirely usable if you had to take it on stage or into the rehearsal room and plug into an amp or PA.

Any beginners reading this - you need to understand that pretty much any new guitar you buy will probably need an initial setup. Higher end more expensive guitars will often need to same tweeks as budget guitars, so don't fall into the trap of thinking I only paid so much so its not worth spending almost as much again on a setup. A good setup is worth every penny on any guitar, and this guitar is no different. This could make the difference between learning to play and having a lifetime of pleasure and giving up because it seems too hard.

So to conclude, excellent value for money, invest in a setup, and if you wear the frets out in a few years then it's done its job, you've learnt to play and will probably want something better anyway.
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I didn't expect how great it will sound at that price range.
SemiHollowR, 21.01.2018
For over five years I had an amazing dreadnought guitar from Yamaha, that was worth 8 time as much as this guitar, and I really enjoyed playing it. However, when I was moving abroad, I had to sell some of my guitars, and I had to part with this amazing instrument. I am trained classical guitarist and steel string guitar is not a priority in my guitar arsenal. Recently, however, I wanted to experiment with different types of guitars, and try different sound arrangement with jazz, steel-string and bass guitars. Harley Benton proved to be a positive surprise in the past, which is why I decided to give a go to this guitar, while buying a semi-hollow electric guitar.

WOW! I was really surprised by this guitar when it came. It sounds amazing! It also looks really well. There is no negative feedback I can give to the acoustic side of this guitar. In 18 years of playing guitars, I have never encountered such an extra-ordinary price/value ration. If you are looking for well-sounding acoustic guitar, just go for it. At that price you don't have much to loose.

I am less enthusiastic when it comes to pickups. They are OK, but not as great as the rest of the guitar. Nice to play around with them, but could use an upgrade for professional music playing. The controls are made from rather cheap plastic, which really stands apart from the rest of the guitar. However, for a bit under 80 euro this is not a thing to complaint about. It is also a great idea for a gift, that will stun those who will get it.
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Awsome
Geert RUdolf, 03.04.2020
I bought this guitar to sand it down and make a drawing on the front with a pirographset and than perhaps selling. I hardly played the guitar. After burning and finishing with lacquer I lowered the action for play-ability. I Played it,......I don't sell it. It is my first guitar I get to play and it sountd Awfully good. It is not going to leave.
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04.10.2014
Wow, for the money this guitar is a great sounding good looking guitar.I have played some of the most high dollar guitars such as the Tayler and Martin upper line and know what a good guitar is.This guitar is much better then entry level, it can tow the line with middle class. I have been on tour many times and this guitar would have been played a lot had I have gotten it sooner. Even though it is a cheaper guitar, the quality is very good. Put good strings on it and it will sing. The action adjusted well and with a little sanding on the bridge it now has very good action. The frets are well seated and smooth with no buzzing on any notes. The neck is very straight. The intonation is right on. The pickup is not bad and sounds decent. The finish is good and the solid spruce top is tight grained. It stays in tune very well. The quality is AMAZING for the price. It sounds and looks like a guitar going for 8 times the price of this one in the states. In almost any guitar you get what you pay for so I was expecting very little from this one, oh boy was I pleasantly surprised with this great guitar. The shipping is reasonable and fast. I got this guitar in 12 days coming from Thomann in Germany to Utah USA. Thomman has great service as well. I am very happy with this Guitar!
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  • Nut width in mm: 42,50 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
  • Colour: Natural
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Nut width in mm: 42,50 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
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  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
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  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Back and Sides: Sapelli, Mahogany
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  • Back and Sides: Sapelli, Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
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  • Nut width in mm: 42,50 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
  • Colour: Blue
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