Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Lime
  • Bolted neck: Canadian maple
  • Neck profile: 'C'
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Block inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickup: 2 Roswell Vintage Style P90 single coils
  • 1 Volume control and 1 tone control
  • 3-Way pickup switch
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • TOM-Style bridge with fixed tailpiece
  • Kluson-Style machine heads
  • Strings (ex works): .010 - .046
  • Colour: 3-Colour Sunburst
  • Matching case: Article number 122213 (not included)
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Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickup System P90, P90
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Unbeatable Value - Has to Get 5 Stars !

Kevlar Poser, 29.04.2017
Having viewed a video review of the HB JA-60SB on the Cory Mura YouTube Channel ( a really informative German reviewer who covers quite a few Harley Bentons ) I was persuaded to add this HB model to my little collection.

Turned out that his advice was spot-on and have to say that I am really impressed with this JA model - and agree with just about all the impressions shared in the video review i.e. the one that I received seemed to be just as good as the one demonstrated. Actually I think the pickguard photo-tortoise pattern suits the Sunburst colour quite well on a retro-style such as this ( though opinions seem to differ on this ). I have noticed at least a couple of other brands use a virtually identical pattern so the HB version is not unique in that.

I did have a similar offset model of a different brand some time back ( costing 250% more ) which I had to sell, but this one is at least as good if not better than that. Overall quality is much better than you would be entitled to expect
for the price and QC on this one is excellent I would say.
Tuners & hardware work well and Wilkinson pickups in just about any guitar in this price bracket are a bonus.

The Sunburst finish is flawless and lovely - back and front & neck is super smooth to the touch. Rosewood fingerboard appreciated a little touch of lemon oil as it looked a tad thirsty after voyage & storage- but apart from
a fret level check ( A1 pass ) and minor tune this guitar was good to go without any tinkering. Am more than happy with the original spec as am home player only and its fine for me. Do not plan to change anything - apart from the string guides as I have pair of roller trees which are unused and I prefer these to the butterfly type.

If you are in the market for an offset model and don't particularly want to spend 200-300 Euros on a different headstock imprint - I can certainly recommend the JA-60.
In this case less is definitely more - I can vouch for that.

OK - got right to the end and never mentioned Thomann service once ! Here it is now - " Gold Standard" - That's why customers keep coming back !
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A LOT of guitar for the money

17.09.2016
I bought this having read a few reviews, but still not expecting too much. Coming out of the box the strings had a bit of corrosion, so it has probably been in storage for a while before being shipped.

The guitar was playable right out of the box, but I still gave it some new strings and some very basic setup. Intonation and pickup height needed some adjustment. The plastic protection on the pickguard was applied behind all the electronics, meaning I had to unscrew the pickguard, the jack input, switch, and pots, to remove all of the plasic.

It plays great. Its no shredder, but thats really not what you should expect from this type of guitar anyway. Sounds good too. Nice and warm neck pickup, with a bit of bite to the bridge pickup. The lack of individual tone knobs is a bit of a drawback.

It is clear that this is not an artisan, handcrafted, several thousand dollar guitar. Only the things that need to look nice will look nice. Behind the pickguard the finish was cracked around every screw hole. A mixture of what I think is woodchips, dust, and paint was found in the electronics compartment behind the pickguard. With that being said, everything thats out in the open looks really good. The finish is spotless, everything is nice and clean where it needs to be.

So far I absolutely love it. Its dirt cheap, and still a great guitar. No, its not a top of the line model, and if thats what you want, you're going to have to buy something different, but for the price, this is fantastic. Hell, even if it cost twice what it does, it would be a great deal, on a great guitar.
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Colour: Sunburst
Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series
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Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series

Electric Guitar Body: Lime, Bolted neck: Canadian maple, Neck profile: 'C', Fretboard: Blackwood, Block inlays, 21 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Double action truss rod, Pickup: 2 Roswell...

  • Design: J-Style
  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickup System: P90, P90
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton HB JA-60 OW
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Harley Benton HB JA-60 OW

Electric Guitar Vintage series, Body: Basswood, Bolt-on neck in Canadian maple, Neck profile: "C", Blackwood fretboard, Fretboard inlays: Blocks, Matched headstock, 21 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut...

  • Design: J-Style
  • Colour: White
  • Soundboard: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickup System: P90, P90
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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