Harley Benton D-120CE VS

Steel-string guitar with pickup

  • Design: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • X Bracing
  • Back and sides: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck profile: C
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Cream-coloured bindings on the body and neck
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Pickup with preamp, volume knob and 4-band EQ
  • Chrome-plated diecast machine heads
  • Strings: .010 - .047
  • Colour: Vintage sunburst, 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 Sunburst
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Really quite impressive
MrMichaelN, 31.12.2020
I purchased one of the Harley Benton telecaster style guitars, specifically the TE-20MN, recently. I'd been quite sceptical of the hype around the brand, but having watched and read so many great reviews I decided to take a chance.

While making that purchase, I decided, on a whim -- to also purchase an acoustic guitar, this brought me to the D-120CE VS which I couldn't believe was £71...there has to be a catch, I thought. A telecaster for £79 and this wonderful looking acoustic for £71?

I'm not much of an acoustic player, owed a few over the years, had an Ibanez, a Yamaha, a Fender, they were good guitars and this absolutely is up there with any of them in terms of sound and playability. I did have to do a few minor things to get this guitar perfect but it only took half an hour of minor work and it was singing like a canary.

Here are my pros and cons, first the pros:

1. Gorgeous, really - the binding really stands out against the blacks and browns on the body, it's very nice. Also, the black finish is only on the top, the rest of the guitar is a really nice, deep brown wood/grain.

2. The tuners are better than I'd expect at this price point, they feel quite nice.

3. Big, deep dreadnaught so you get a really nice, booming sound from it -- really rich, deep bass tones.

4. The EQ control is actually better than expected, even came with a battery.

5. Sounds nice through an amp, actually a lot better than expected.

6. First guitar I ever bought where I didn't want to change the strings, they are smooth as butter.

Cons:

1. Some minor fret sprouting, this is more likely down to wood drying/shrinkage than craftsmanship or quality control and a really easy fix.

2. Frets a bit rough and scratchy, not a huge problem and to be expected, quick polish and they're bright as a button. They now feel really smooth to play and bend.

3. Fretboard was really dry. I realise some people like that but I like a nicely oiled fretboard. To be fair this is kind of expected and not a problem at all. I applied lemon oil and this thing sucked it up in seconds, so I applied another layer and that was enough. Really brightens this thing up and darkens that fingerboard, lovely!

So, to summarise - as a non-acoustic player and a newcomer to the Harley Benton brand I've been dealt a double-helping of having my mind blown in a very short space of time, it's very pleasant!

I love this guitar, I think I'll be playing a lot more acoustic stuff than I used to because it feels so nice to hold. It's a chunky, deep body so take me time to get used to but this is an absolute steal at this price.

Always a good test to hand my dad a guitar and let him have a guess at the price. He had the HB telecaster priced at £200-300 and this priced at about £200, didn't believe me when I told him how much they really cost - I had to show him the website!

Very happy with this - much obliged!
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It's a guitar
unclebanger, 26.03.2021
And it's not a bad one despite the price!
I've played electric for one year, so it was about time I wanted to try acoustic. I've decided to go with a working strategy, and that means buying the cheapest and the most beautiful Harley Benton and see how it works.

So, for the good:
- finish is flawless! You can tell it's not a million dollar guitar, but it's made really, really well
- neck is straight and the guitar has a truss rod
- nut is okay
- bridge is okay as well
- it has no anomalies (like fret buzz) while playing whatsoever
- intonation is almost perfect, and for the price - what else you can ask for?
- preamp... works!
- it has strap buttons, which is good, for I'm learning to play while standing

And for the bad:
- fretboard is not made well, the wood required some sanding paper on it. It's my 3rd HB and 5th guitar overall, and this is the first time I see such a fretboard
- of course, fret ends are sharp. I didn't even expect them being not sharp, so - sanding paper!
- string action is higher than it is on electric guitars (3mm over 12th fret), so I'll have to get used to it

Overall:
It's not the prefect guitar, I might even go for a more expensive acoustic over time, but this time won't be short. As a first acoustic, it satisfies all my needs and will satisfy yours as well. It has flaws, but look at the price and make your peace with it.
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The best bang for your buck!
E Lopez, 30.01.2018
First I want to preface this by saying that my rating is based upon other similar products and not in comparison to a $10,000 Martin.
I had seen several videos on youtube about HB guitars. When I saw the prices I was very skeptical so I thought I'd try this guitar out and decide from there. I was very surprised at what I received.
Quite frankly I was shocked at the quality I received for a mere $78! The guitar, surprisingly arrived with a perfect set up. Intonation was good and the action was low just the way I like it.
There were no flaws in the finish and truthfully the guitar is a real beauty to look at. The frets were well done and the nut was cut to perfection. The fret ends were a little sharp, but not problematic. The frets were a bit dirty, but that's usually the case with many guitars both high and low end. The fingerboard is a little dry, but that's an easy fix with a bit of fingerboard oil. However, I like the dry feeling on an acoustic so I won't be oiling it down.
The sound of the guitar was surprisingly good. Better than a more expensive Gianinni I had. I give it four stars because it is NOT a $10,000 Martin, but for the money the guitar sounds amazingly good. Acoustic guitar is best recorded with a mike. Yet when I recorded the guitar direct it still sounded very, very good! I can hardly wait for the next order to arrive. If you want a very good guitar on a budget, you can't go wrong with a Harley Benton brand.
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Great Value
Cookiebear , 07.05.2020
I bought this guitar during the lockdown to play on the odd occasion when I couldn't get out. The previous reviews were all very positive and the price exceptional so I thought what have I got to loose? Also purchase gig bag, strap and some plectrums. Delivery to the UK within 4 working days of order, brilliant! Now what about the guitar? Well it came fully set up, low action, a bit of fretbuzz on the A string but sorted that easily enough. Great tone, good looks, good finish exceptional value. Can't wait to try it through an acoustic amp. Will defo use for small intimate gigs! Five Stars all the way for me. Would recommend every time
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