Harley Benton GS-Travel-E Mahogany

Acoustic / Electric Guitar with Steel Strings

  • Size: Mini Travel Grand Symphony
  • Selected mahogany body
  • Arched back
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck profile: V-Shape
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Scale length: 596 mm
  • Nut Width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Inlays: Dots
  • Bridge: Blackwood
  • Integrated Bellcat AP-55 Aktiv Powerjack Pickup
  • Black Deluxe Diecast machine heads
  • Strings: HB 10-47
  • Includes gig bag
  • Colour: Natural
  • Finish: Matte satin
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Model Mini Grand Symphony
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Blackwood
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Pickup System Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes

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What a bargain!

Tazthedog, 13.02.2018
I normally play a Martin 000-15S and my son plays a Taylor GS Mini (of which this little Harley Benton is a replica). I know a good guitar when I play it.
I was looking for a cheap little travel guitar to take on a boating holiday and saw all the rave reviews of this little baby and decided to take a punt.
When the guitar arrived, the first things I noticed were that there was a slight buzz on the low E string and a dead spot on the B. No problem though - a 1/4 turn on the truss rod (key in the lovely travel bag!) gave a little more neck relief and buzz/dead spot gone like magic.
Only imperfection I could find on the whole instrument was a crease mark on the very thin pick guard. Again - no problem. I just peeled off the pick guard which left absolutely no mark on the guitar. I think it looks way better without it.
The action is now absolutely superb all the way up the neck and the intonation (checked with Snark tuner) is, remarkably, also spot on at every fret. With the original strings and a little relief adjustment the guitar plays great now. Sure it's not a Martin or a Taylor but it is a remarkably good sounding little instrument in its own right and for the Euros 109 I paid, absolutely stunning value for money. It comes complete with a smashing little gig bag, truss rod key and even a cheap, but functional lead for hooking it up to an amplifier. I tried it with a MicroCube amp and the output from the fitted pickup is more than adequate.
I will be fitting a Graphtec TUSQ XL saddle when I replace the strings with Martin Custom Lights as I think very slightly heavier gauge strings might just add a little more bottom end, and the saddle that is on the guitar is a very cheap plastic job that isn't really doing anything to improve the tone. However, saying that I generally make these simple mods to any guitar I buy, irrespective of what I paid for it.
To summarise then, if you are looking for a really great value travel guitar then look no further. This really is 'a steal'.

Update: I have now had this little gem for around a week and I haven't picked up my Martin in that time. This little guitar is stunningly good. I just can't believe that an all laminate, small guitar can sound and play as well as this one does. String spacing I find a little to tight for my liking when finger picking, but for flat picking and strumming, the v shaped neck and excellent action are spot on. I've yet to replace the saddle and strings because every time I pick it up I start playing it!
I may be one of the lucky ones to get an absolute gem, but somehow, given the other reviews, I think not. Absolutely the best value guitar I have ever bought in terms of bang for buck. Amazing!
Update: Have just replaced strings with medium gauge Elixirs (13s). Had to lower action slightly at nut for low E and A strings to accommodate heavier gauge strings. Great success, much less unintended bending of treble strings when playing up the neck and much improved base response. Although slightly harder on the fingers, I think it's well worth putting heavier gauge strings on this great little guitar.
With the Elixir 13s this guitar is the DADGAD beast!
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It's a little beauty!

Marcopolo, 31.05.2018
With a lovely light mahogany finish it sat really well on my lap and had the feel of a solid well made guitar. It has a slight bulge in the back adding to the resonance and beauty of it's appearance. The black metal tuning knobs seem very precise and easy to use. Easy to strum and easy to pick with a lovely tone. Stays in tune with the use of a capo on the frets going up the guitar. Not had this long but tried a capo on the 7th fret and managed to play with ease.

Included is a lovely padded bag with handle and shoulder straps, an electronic pick up and a budget lead for plugging in. I plugged it in and the Integrated Bellcat AP-55 Aktiv Powerjack Pickup sounded great plugged into my amp. The neck feels comfortable and good to get your fingers round. All this for under £100 is remarkable value.

Some quick wins as other reviewers have mentioned would be to upgrade the plastic nut and saddle and perhaps put some wooden or metal bridge pins in. All in all a fantastic deal and for the money is a very serious contender against the Taylor and Martin market leading travel guitars (costing three or four times as much!) I am absolutely delighted with mine.
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