Harley Benton D-120VS

Steel-string Guitar

  • Standard Series
  • Dreadnought with dovetail construction
  • Top: Spruce
  • X-Bracing
  • Body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck shape: C
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Dot inlays
  • Creme coloured body and neck binding
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Chrome diecast machine heads
  • String gauges: .10 - .47
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst high gloss
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Further Information

Top Spruce
Back and Sides Sapelli, Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 42,50 mm
Frets 20
Pickups No
Colour Sunburst
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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?First impressions last? as the saying goes and with guitars it is no different. Sure, you may notice imperfections and idiosync
24.01.2017
?First impressions last? as the saying goes and with guitars it is no different. Sure, you may notice imperfections and idiosyncrasies as time goes by which you will either learn to love, or deal with how you see fit, but after your first hour with a guitar you will pretty much have made your mind up about it in most cases. In my experience Harley Benton guitars always make a good impression.

Upon opening the box the first thing that will hit you is how attractive the D-120VS is. It really is stunning to look at. When I was young guitars that looked this good had to be expensive, and the ones in my price range, well, they looked appropriate. The D-120VS is a well-built instrument that feels great to hold. It feels solid and like it will last a long time. The build quality and the materials used are very impressive for its price. Again, these are things you'd expect to find with a more expensive guitar. The paint job and finish of the guitar are excellent.

At this stage you have span the guitar around in your hands and are happy, despite having not yet play it!

So, now for the most important parts concerning how it feels to play, and how it sounds. Looks are great, but if you're going to have a long term relationship then 'it?s what's inside that counts'. The feel and weight of the guitar make it a pleasure to hold and comfortable to play. The neck is set perfectly to allow you to play riffs high up on the neck as well as chords at the headstock. The neck is very impressively set with a slight 'convex' bow which surprised me but this really works well and allows ease of play and stable action all over the neck. The guitar was even in tune which I couldn?t believe! The action is perfect. Not too low, allowing the sound to resonate well as to provide the full bodied, warm acoustic sensation you are desiring from the instrument. The D-120VS is amazingly playable for such a budget guitar. Easier to play than my Yamaha especially higher up the neck, making the D-120VS a perfect guitar to learn on. Learning should not be limited by the instrument.

On close examination some very minor aesthetic issues can be found, but they really are very minor. No faults that would affect the sound or grow to be bigger problems. The only one concern for me are the few rough frets (fret wire) which could be repaired with a fret dressing - there were no dead notes at all - so nothing major.

All in all the D-120VS is an excellent choice for its price, if you are looking for a budget guitar. It is ideal to have laying around the house, easy to pick up and start enjoying, and not afraid to pick up a few knocks though it deserves care and respect. With this it will last and indeed develop character. More importantly though is how appropriate I believe this and other Harley Benton guitars are for the beginner. They are excellent value, and inspiring to play. They also look good and are a great first guitar that a young player could bond and develop with.
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Excellent!!
Andmoreagain, 08.01.2021
My nephew was looking for his first acoustic guitar and having had excellent service from previous goods from Thomann, this was my first port of call.

First and foremost, the guitar arrived quickly and I was kept informed throughout the process through the customer centre and text message. Brilliant.

I'll be honest, there was a certain amount of trepidation given the very low price point but the guitar certainly exceeded my expectations. A very nice looking guitar, no issues with frets and immediately playable (which was my big concern). I made a couple of playing comparisons with my Takamine and I found the Harley Benton really held its own (for around £650 cheaper as well).

My nephew is now happily trying to form the chords shapes to the Oasis songs he likes. Not my cup of tea but brilliant to see the immediate interest in somebody picking up and enjoying the guitar. This is testament to you for offering good quality products at a very affordable price. Thank you.
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GuyTheGuitarist, 12.03.2020
For such practice It is awesome value. Great guitar to have at home to practice and play around.
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Budget Acoustic but with fantastic looks & sound
Stefano de Belfast, 11.10.2020
Needed a slightly darker sounding acoustic to complement a brighter previously owned guitar for home studio use. Opted for the Harley and wasn't disappointed. Looks great, sounds great and for the price hits well above the average budget guitar.
Lost a few stars but only for some sharp fret ends that needed dressing with a fine file and scratchy frets that needed a polish. Once that few minutes of work was done played like a dream.
Need a budget acoustic with warm sound? This is it.
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