Harley Benton HB JA-60 OW

Electric Guitar

  • Vintage series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro (Machaerium spp./Machaerium scleroxylon)
  • Block fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: C
  • Matched headstock
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell Vintage Style Alnico 5 P90 single coils
  • 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob
  • 3-Way pickup selector
  • Hardware: Deluxe chrome
  • Fixed bridge
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Ex-factory string thickness: .010" - .046"
  • Colour: Olympic White
  • Suitable case available under: Article no. 122213 (not included)
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Further Information

Colour White
Soundboard Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickup System P90, P90
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Harley Benton HB JA-60 OW
Deadrunner 5150, 16.01.2020
I use this guitar for playing at home. I am a hobbyist guitarist and don't play in a band. However, I would use this guitar in any band or live event and be very proud that I own it. I cannot tell you how impressive this guitar is for the price. I feel like I should buy every single HB guitar I can before the price jumps. Unbelievable value!

Pros: I live in Midwest USA and it is winter here currently. This guitar was shipped through the winter weather and was more than likely warm and cold many times during this process. The guitar was almost completely in tune and the setup was very very close. I didn't have to adjust the neck at all. The finish on the guitar is perfect, the neck is beautiful and all the hardware has a great finish and no corrosion on the crome.

Cons: I love to work on guitars and I was planning to completey take the guitar apart upon delivery. I would say for a beginner this guitar would be great to play out of the box but there is a little work that needs to be done. The frets needed a polish and the intonation was a little off. I also needed to re-solder a connection on the tone pot. One typical comment is that the tuners are cheat on these guitar. I would say they are a little cheat but if you work with them they will improve. No you cannot do too much adjustment with a vintage style tuner but readjusting the screws did actually help. I will be adding shielding to the cavities so that will help one the noise.

Overall look at the price. You should be paying at least 500 for these guitars. I would be very happy with this guitar if it cost more than it does. I would still feel like I got a great value. But 138 come on that is crazy for this guitar! Get one and have fun, I am going to get a burst one just because of the price and amazing value I have now seen in person.
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ZoltanP, 02.12.2019
I needed the iconic asymmetric 1960's look and the P90 sound for classic rock, and I chose this over the F-branded stuff purely based on the price point. I was prepared to put in the extra work I suspected a guitar of this value would need, but frankly, even straight out of the box it was a perfectly decent instrument, well balanced, nicely finished, properly set up, and with that old school tone I was looking for. Including the single coil hum of course. Definitely awesome value for money.

Even though straight out of the box the guitar was totally alright, I of course had a go at upgrading it. I took it to pieces, I shielded the cavity, I leveled, profiled and polished the frets and filed away any sharp ends (of which there were very few), then I added a treble bleed to the volume pot (Harley Benton 220pF capacitor), and as I always do with Harley Benton stock tune-o-matic style bridges, I replaced the factory one with a Gotoh GE103B-N. A thick lemon oil wash for the fretboard, a blob of Loctite thread locker on the strap button screws, and that was it.

Now I have the ultimate vintage looking hard tail Jazz Master sort of axe in my arsenal, and it truly plays like a charm. Much better I should say than some of my similarly upgraded "Sq###r by F#nd#r" guitars. If it had humbuckers and a longer fretboard, it could even do the occasional stint into metal territory: The neck, while not very thin, is still fast and comfy, and the cutaway would easily give access to another 3 frets if there weren't just 21 of them. Great piece of gear, very happy with it.
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Very pleasant surprise
Texas Brushpopper, 28.05.2020
I was alittle nervous about buying an off brand guitar I can't play first, from a web site. I'm glad I did. I love this guitar. It has a couple of cons. The tuners are serviceable, but not as smooth as I like, and the pickguard color is not very eye-pleasing to me. The body color and the fretboard color make up for it though. The packing for shipment is maybe alittle weak, the pickup switch on mine got destroyed in shipping. I replaced it, no big deal. Now the pro's. The neck on this guitar is well above it's price range. Narrow nut, thin 'C' shape, no sharp fret ends, no high frets, and the nut slots are perfect. With the sixth string fretted at the second fret, there is maybe a nanometer between the string and the first fret. The neck is almost, but not quite flat, and no buzz anywhere. The neck was like this out of the box. I have never played this type of pickups before, but these sound pretty good thru my Katana Mini practice amp, and plugged straight into my 20 watt tube combo, they sound beautiful. All in all, yes, for a lot more money, you can buy a better guitar, but this guitar is a high value for the price, and they very much got the important parts right. I'll be playing it for years.
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Brilliant!
Rancorous, 30.05.2020
First thing i must say as many reviews bring it up, the not so nice pickguard. Well worry no more because thomann have sorted it, & it's beautiful. It looks like blood red marble with flashes of opal init, that's the best way i can describe it, really suits the guitar. Set up was good with pretty low action, just needed a tune. I've had a fair few p90 Guitars & this is the best yet by a country mile. Hardware is really good quality, love the tuners they work fine. The neck, fret board & head stock are faultless ... i finally got a nice light wood on the fret board with some lovely dark grain running all the way up. It's very hard to understand how this guitar is this price ?
Finally the p90's Oh Yes! There what i've been looking for. They have that spank & grit, nice cleans. I've had the Gibo Junior p90, I've also owned the Vintage brand double cut junior with Wilkinson p90. And i prefer the Roswell. It's £133 ? .. It's that good i'm going to buy the sunburst version for practise.

Cons: The fret board was a little dusty lol.

Outstanding value & service
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