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Harley Benton EAX-500TL Mahogany

Steel-String Guitar

  • Design: Grand auditorium with cutaway
  • Body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Body binding: Coffee/Cream
  • Neck binding: Coffee
  • EAX Rosette design
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Nut & Saddle: Bone
  • Hardware: Black
  • Machine heads: Diecast
  • Pickup system: Fishman Isys with integrated tuner
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP-16 (.012 - .052)
  • Colour: Natural high-gloss
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Design Grand Auditorium
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Blackwood
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Unsure (Edit: Sure after the second one arrived)
jaych, 19.05.2020
I bought this guitar for my girlfriend's birthday and while it does sound very nice for the money and looks great, there was a lot that I didn't like. The first is the weird strap button location on the bottom of the neck. The other things are that the action was quite high and fret ends were sharp (in a few minutes i had light cuts in my skin), there were finish issues in the binding where it actually looked like it had been used. And there was a slight gap in the heel joint. Im guessing I got a bad guitar (a first time experience from Thomann, so really just bad luck)

The other positives are that Thomann actually provides a cable and a battery along with the guitar, so you are ready to go from the first moment. As i said, the guitar sounds good for the size/cost/features so im hoping that when I return this and order another one, it wont have these issues.

Edit: The replacement arrived and it doesnt have any of the previous issues (except for the strap button)! Lovely guitar, well worth the price.
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Harley Benton EAX-500TL Mahogany minor issues, initial thoughts
Nick April, 16.05.2018
The Guitar had to be sent back twice to Thomann. Let me summarise the first guitars issue. I took the guitar from the packaging and there had obviously been no attempt to tune the guitar so I tuned it using the internal tuner (which is not user friendly and I regard as an extra as I will normally use my trusted Snark). after tuning I started trying to play the guitar, everything had fret buzz up to the 5th or 6th fret. I attempted to adjust the truss rod with minor turns but even with 1/8 turn the bus was worse. so I adjusted to the other direction and the truss rod just became loser and loser with the buzz then at the 4th fret. It was sent back.

2 weeks later I have the replacement. The guitar had been tuned but the action seemed high so I checked between 1st and 12th fret and a quite a distance was visible between the stings and frets. Adjusting the truss rod this time was successful. This does point to some quality control issues with these instruments and whilst I appreciate Thomann's efforts to resolve they should try to get it right 1st time!!!! Later in playing the instrument I found significant fret buzz on the 13th fret on several strings. So back again it went to Thomann. I have now received it again It seems all OK

Note... I think the Strap attachment is in a really silly location on the lower side of the neck close to where the neck meets the body. I still do not know how I will work this out. There is a much better place for this. Thomann please investigate.

For all this it is an excellent instrument for the money.
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Worth the price
Meejay Cruz, 17.11.2020
Received the guitar in good packaging and condition. Nice Gloss Finish and sounds even better when plugged into an amplifier.
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Amazing guitar
Miggy, 23.07.2021
This is a fantastic guitar for the money. I have many acoustic guitars but use this one the most. Great sound, well constructed and looks the part. Amazing.
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