Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit JA


Electric guitar kit JA-Style

  • Complete do-it-yourself kit
  • Body: Rengas (wood colour may vary)
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple with binding
  • Fingerboard: Amaranth
  • Block fingerboard inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: 2 P90 single coils (bridge and neck)
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • 3-way switch
  • Tune O Matic bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • DieCast tuners
  • Original strings: .009-.042
  • Colour: Natural

Note: Body and neck have been primed with pore filler (suitable for varnishing, but may be unfavourable to stain - may need to be sanded again). A certain degree of craftsmanship is required for successful assembly

Colour Natural
Body Solid Wood
Top None
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickups P90, P90
Tremolo None
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
available since May 2020
Item number 464648
sales unit 1 piece(s)
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For modders
DTASP 10.09.2021
First one I got: the wholes were misaligned for the pick-guard and saddle/bridge, and foam for pickup cavities was missing. Thomann replaced the kit immediately, no fees, in fact it had become cheaper by that time and Thomann gave me back the €20 difference. Excellent service!
I built the replacement kit, alignment much better but not perfect.
Fretboard looks like different material.

Excellent neck. Straight, no fret-sprout (frets rough, need a polishing)
Nut seems ok
Tuners good (was expecting cheap and flimsy)
Body nicely carved
Neck sits correctly/snugly/tightly into body
Proper alignment of strings over fretboard
Solderless kit
Easy to connect electronics
Truss-rod key included (which I haven't tested)

Screw holes are mostly not drilled straight
This is specially annoying when fixing the pickups as they don't sit parallel to the body (will have to re-drill)
Low-quality electronics
Poor sounding pickups
Low-quality strings
Instructions manual needs to be more detailed

I got this kit because I wanted to know how to put together a guitar, and have a cheap one to tweak and mod. Got exactly what I wanted. I also wanted P90s, unfortunately, these are very low quality so not much joy there.
If you want a cheap guitar, you should get equivalent priced ones from Thomann that are already painted/built and might have better quality electronics. This kit is definitely for modders and builders.


Great Kit
Elg 27.05.2020
During the lockdown I had carried out a few projects including , changing pickups in a T style guitar, building a fuzz pedal putting up a new fence. I nearly ordered the T style guitar kit but decided against as I already had that style of guitar. I then spotted the JA guitar kit. This was a style I really wanted and at the price I decided I would give it a go. The kit arrived and appeared to have everything I needed to complete it. It took a few days but that was because I wanted to paint it. The sanding seemed to take forever. The flat parts were already very smooth but the carved parts were hard work.
Next came the head stock shaping. Thoman could have help by including the standard Harley Benton shape in the instructions as a template, but I managed.
Next came the assembly. This went smoothly. The only slight gripe would be there was no difference in the wires from the switch and no labelling of the bridge and neck pickups.
The guitar is now complete and I love it. Part of this is because I feel like a luthier and get a kick out of having built my own guitar.
I would definitely recommend this kit. This is my first Harley Benton. It wont be my last.


Fun project, surprisingly good guitar
cdubya 17.08.2021
I bought this kit last year as a lockdown project and I'm really happy with the results. The assembly was easy and instructions were clear (except that the bridge and neck pickups were not marked as such and there was no way to tell them apart -- not sure it mattered ;-O). The neck is great, worth the price of the guitar imho. I polished the frets. The fret ends could probably use a file but I don't have one so I'm living with them. The guitar worked well with included parts but was greatly improved with new Kluson MK6LN Tuners and a new Graph Tech TUSQ XL F-Style Slotted Nut, both of which fit easily. So far I'm keeping the pickups as they actually sound ok. I actually love the finished product and play it all the time. Thinking about getting another one!


Cheap DIY kit for designers and other creative people
Rickenbaker682 01.01.2022
pros: affordable, good looking and has a really nice pickups for its price.
cons: poor quality of wood and strings, but it`s doesn`t seems as a big problem

hi from russia 0_*