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Harley Benton GS-Travel Spruce

Steel-String Guitar

  • Body shape: Mini travel grand symphony
  • Body: Selected spruce
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Arched back
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck profile: V
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • Scale: 596 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Bridge: Blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • Walnut binding on the body and head
  • Black deluxe diecast mechanics
  • Strings: HB .010 - .047
  • Total length: 94 cm
  • Maximum width: 36.5 cm
  • Height: 10 cm
  • Finish: Natural, high-gloss
  • Gig bag included
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Model Mini Grand Symphony
Top Spruce
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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Incredible guitar for the price, how can they do it?

12.11.2016
There aren't many reviews out for this product so hopefully mine will help some people out here.

TL;DR: Awesome small guitar with amazing sound, especially for the price. Finish lacking a bit but won't affect the performance of the guitar. Good tuners, matte neck and comes with a gigbag.

Having moved to Germany recently I was missing my guitar back home; a big dreadnought which is actually pretty hard to play. I wanted something small and robust I could take with me everywhere and wouldn't mind getting dinged or scratched up.

Lo and behold the Harley Benton GS-Travel. Of course, somewhat of a copy of the Taylor GS Mini. It has a shorter scale length than a full size guitar but is still about 50mm bigger than the Harley Benton Mini. When I first unpacked it I was kind of shocked, it's small! The sound however is anything but small. I was so surprised at how good it sounds and how well set-up it is from the factory. Neck didn't need any adjustment, action was perfect and the 10 gauge strings make it a breeze to fret.

The V-shape neck might take some getting used to, but for me it complements my playing style. For a tiny guitar, it is sufficiently loud. Its actually somehow louder than the auditorium guitar I used to borrow from a roommate but it doesn't project as far. Of course, this version doesn't have a solid top, but for about 20~30 euro's more you can get a solid top version (but won't be able to handle abuse as much as a laminate). Tuners work remarkably well and are accurate, even more so than the 350 euro guitar my roommate has.


The finish isn't perfect but honestly I don't mind and don't notice unless I look for it. The neck has a matte finish which makes it easy to slide up and down on and the headstock looks absolutely gorgeous in my opinion. The lower frets have some dirt/oxidation on them but it doesn't affect the playing. The bag that it comes in offers decent protection, just a normal gigbag.

If you're looking for something to play around the house or take with you and don't care about getting abused then definitely go for it. The V-neck might not be for everyone but I like it. For 80 euro's, I cannot figure out how they can produce such a good guitar. This easily beats guitars in the 120~150 euro's range from well-known manufacturers. I still have to try out 12 and 13 gauge strings to see how they perform, but the 10's are already impressive.
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A wonderful little guitar at any price

Dan R., 20.01.2017
I'm taking no points off. Anywhere. This thing deserves the full 5 on all counts.
I did file the fret ends a little....just to smooth things out.
And I raised the bridge 1,5 mm, and tightened up the neck.
Wasn't really neccessary, but the 2nd string was zinging a little on the 4th fret, and I knew I could make that go away.
I ordered a set of "good" strings with it, thinking I'd want to change them right off the bat.
Didn't have to.
The stock strings are fine.
So....
It's an eighty euro guitar.
It sounds fantastic.
It stays in tune.
It looks good.
It's easy to play....and...
It comes with a gig bag (which looks VERY much like the one you get with a T----r GS Mini).
I'd give this thing 6 stars if I could. Can't put it down.
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