Harley Benton GS-Travel Mahogany

Steel String Guitar

  • Build: Mini Travel Grand Symphony
  • Body: Selected mahogany
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • Arched back
  • Black binding on body and neck
  • Neck profile: V
  • Fretboard radius: 381 mm
  • Scale: 596 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Blackwood
  • Black Deluxe die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: HB .012 - .053
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Gigbag included

Dimensions:

  • Length: 94.0 cm
  • Lower width: 36 cm
  • Upper width: 25 cm
  • Depth: 10 cm
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Further Information

Model Mini Grand Symphony
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Blackwood
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Pickup System No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes

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Lovely, sweet little guitar
S Harrison, 09.02.2018
I bought this to play lounging on my sofa, laying on my bed or outside in the garden.
Out of the box, it's very playable - I haven't changed anything.
The mahogany gives a warmth to the sound, which I like. On a guitar body this small I don't think you'd need the brighter sound of a spruce top - I haven't tried the spruce version though.
Mine has a closely grained mahogany top rather than the more striped look of the one in the pictures - mine looks lovely. It's pretty light weight - ideal for what I bought it for. It sounds and projects much better than you'd think from the size (and price).
If I hadn't bought a CLA-15m soon after I'd be picking this up all the time - as it is, I pick it up a lot.
It has clarity, punch and warmth that are way above it's size and price tag.
Now the big question - is it as good as the Taylor? I have no idea, I've never played one. But it's the wrong question and missing the point; For the likely intended uses of this guitar, it's as good as you need.
Don't get me wrong - it sounds good, it plays well and it's fun to play. But do you really need to pay over £500 for a travel/sofa guitar?
It's hard to justify that unless you're recording with it a lot (to cut through the mix - and this will do the job). Or maybe want a smaller scale instrument for a child/teen. You could buy this and get two custom line acoustics (Harley Bentons) for that money - I know which I'd prefer and that's exactly what I've done.
Tuners - they do their job. People complain about a lot of new guitars not holding their tuning but it's just because they haven't bedded the strings in - (pull them away from the guitar 3-4 times, tune the string back up, do this 3 times for each string - you'll now hold your tuning). Speaking of which - when I tried that on this guitar the peg came off on the lower E string - I'm not bothered; I put it back in and developed a method of pulling the string parallel to the body, which works fine.
Construction is fine - don't expect bone nuts and bridge saddles at this price.
It's very neat and tidy, rather attractive and I love the curve on the back.
I have an old Martin travel guitar - I never play it. This is so much better - it's a proper guitar, just a bit smaller and light weight.
For the price it's a bargain - it even comes with a neat little gig bag.
If you want a full blown acoustic, I'd recommend one of the custom line ones. But I have plenty of guitars and I can't resist this little beauty - it gets far more of my attention than the price would suggest.
You know you want one.
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Astonishing instrument
fonderiefoniche.com, 22.02.2021
I've bought this guitar for my daughter, she was looking for a decent cheap instrument easy to be transported to/from school.
I play and buy guitars since more than 30 years, I've had guitars from several top brands over the years (Gibson, Fender, Blade, Parker, Maton, Seagull, Ovation, Yamaha...), I have to say this little piece of wood is really astonishing in terms of build quality, sound, finishings and playability. A really nice surprise. The tonal warmth of a full-mahogany construction effectively compensates the small dimensions and short scale, resulting in a balanced, full and smooth tone you would expect from a larger and higher-class instrument. I replaced very soon the strings with an Elixir set, that's a default on all my acoustic guitars, and it earned even more tonal pleasantness.
I did some trial studio recordings, just to test what is possible to get out from this "cheap" guitar, and the result was absolutely 1st class.
Finally, it comes with a decent soft case, and that's not foregone for the price.
I recommended this guitar to a couple of friends, for the same purpose, and they were fully satisfied too.
Considering the price, I see no cons at all.
If you still have doubts, just buy it and play it!
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Very good travel/small guitar for the price.
Ender699, 28.03.2021
Just received my GS travel mahagony to replace an Epiphone AJ220 which was too bulky for travel and camping. I also did not like the sound and feel of that guitar.

The GS travel generally looks nice, but closer inspection showed
- finish around the saddle a tiny bit different (effect of saddle glue?)
- some imperfections in the wood at the back (a small discoloration under the finish)
- poorly drilled holes for the bridge pins (looks like the drill wasn't very sharp).
- frets were allright, a bit sharp at the edge of the fretboard, and they could be smoother. Easily remedied. They look to be on the soft side, time will tell.
- some machine heads (tuners) were very poorly seated, with some nuts not tightened down at all. They feel serviceable, no more no less.
- the finishing inside is a bit rough here and there (bracing, neck joint block, ...)

Sound is loud and not bad at all for the size. This was even better for me after I put a medium-light strings on. Nothing fancy though, it's still a small laminate guitar ...

The action of the strings was 3 mm at the low E 12th fret, which is a bit on the high side. The neck bow was also more pronounced than I am used to. Adjusting the truss rod feels a bit weird, not smooth. Still, the neck straightened a bit after 1/4 turn, resulting in a more acceptable bow (0.2 mm on the 6the fret when fretting 1st and 14th fret). The resulting action was now 2.7 mm. No buzzing, even when digging in.

Intonation, while not perfect is certainely ok.

All in all nothing unexpected at this price point, except maybe for the loose tuners which should have been noticed by whatever simple QC is in place.

All in all, this guitar plays and sound like a guitar that costs much more (and I own several). It satisfies my requirements of a cheap small travel guitar that sounds decently perfectly. As an all laminate construction it should be quite robust, I hope it survives many a trip ...

Great job, great value for money!
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How do they do it?
Johan12, 27.02.2020
I own this guitar for almost 2 years now and I absolutely love it. It's my only guitar at the moment and I play it daily.
I have been playing guitar for about 10 years. I mostly fingerpick and this is where this little guitar excells. It can also handle some light strumming but don't expect wonders.

All in all I would certainly recommend this guitar to beginners but also to more advanced players looking or a great little guitar to leave around in the living room or to take on holidays.
I have owned more expensive Takamine guitars and sold them all beccause I didn't play them anymore.
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