- Body: Basswood
- Bolt-on neck: Vintage caramelised canadian maple
- Fingerboard: Laurel
- Block fingerboard inlays
- Neck profile: "C"
- Scale length: 648 mm
- Nut width: 42 mm
- Double Action Trussrod
- 21 Frets
- Fingerboard radius: 12"
- Pickups: 2 Roswell JM AlNiCo-5 Vintage Style P90 Single Coils
- 1 x Volume and 1 tone control
- 3-Way pickup switch
- Chrome plated deluxe hardware
- TOM-style bridge with fixed tailpiece
- Kluson-style machine heads
- String gauge ex works: .010 - .046
- Colour: 3-Colour sunburst
- Suitable case: Art.122213 (not included)
Classic retro flair
The Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series is a guitar whose shape clearly evokes that of certain well-known vintage models - an effect that is enhanced even further by its three-tone sunburst finish. The guitar's basswood body provides sufficient sustain, while the 21-fret laurel fingerboard features block inlays that provide enhanced orientation while playing. The bolt-on neck is made of Canadian maple, a wood that is considered to be even harder than oak, and has been heat-treated to give it a "caramelised" look. Last but not least, the neck is also adorned with white binding, a feature usually reserved for higher-priced guitars.
50s/60s looks with modern features
The Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series brings the style of the 1950s and 1960s into the present day. The nut width of 42mm and scale length of 648mm are also typical for this design, and the Kluson-style machine heads are the perfect addition. Thanks to the fixed tailpiece, the TOM-style bridge is able to provide extra sustain. The neck boasts a well-balanced and rounded C profile, and can be optimally adjusted via the double-action truss rod. In keeping with its retro design, the guitar also features a three-way toggle switch for pickup selection. All of these features together make for an uncompromising design that evokes the flair of The Beach Boys and Elvis Costello.
Rich in volume and character
Players who are into retro looks and deluxe chrome hardware but can easily get by without a tremolo system when performing will feel right at home with the Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series. Its single coil pickups, both vintage-style Roswell JM AlNiCo-5 P90s, deliver a warm and voluminous sound for clean guitar tones as well as a characterful crunch sound with plenty of distortion. So it's not much of an issue that the model features only one volume and one tone control. The guitar comes strung with a .10-.46 set as standard, which provides a full sound without making string-bending too difficult.
About Harley Benton
Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.
From Surf to Hard Rock
With the Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series, guitarists in cover bands get a guitar that recreates the look of the old days on today's stages without having to invest in an expensive vintage model. In fact, this retro instrument is an interesting proposition for anyone who plays Rock guitar. Of course, Surf and Rock aren't the only styles that it can handle: Those who love a full single coil sound with plenty of character can use this guitar for almost any genre of music. To ensure that the instrument is transported safely, a suitable case or gig bag is also recommended.
In the spotlight: Caramelised maple
Caramelising is one of a range of heat treatment methods that can be applied to wood. This method, which is a relatively recent development, is used in order to give new and/or alternative woods the same tonal characteristics as older, matured tone woods (some of which are now protected by conservation laws and can thus no longer be sold). The wood is placed in a special computer-controlled oven and dried to a pre-determined degree – in other words, its natural drying phase is artificially shortened. This process also increases the wood’s resistance to warping while also changing its visual appearance by darkening its colour and making the pattern of the grain more distinct.
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