Harley Benton D-120BK


Western Guitar

The Harley Benton HBD 120BK is an acoustic guitar in the dreadnought construction style and which comes at a sensational price. The bottom and sides are made of sapele, and despite the fact that the laminated spruce top may not be as large as on other models, it produces such a powerful and clear sound that you could hardly expect more from such a well-priced (really!) guitar.

  • Dreadnought style
  • Dovetail сonstruction
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and sides: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Neck profile: Modern C-shape
  • Dot inlays
  • Cream bindings on the body and neck
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Roseacer bridge (thermally treated maple wood)
  • X-Bracing
  • Black pickguard
  • Chrome diecast machine heads
  • String gauge: 010 - 047
  • Finish: Black high-gloss
available since January 2003
Item number 157818
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Sapelli, Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 42,50 mm
Frets 20
Pickups No
Colour Black
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Affordable usable acustic guitar
Anonymous 04.04.2017
I bought this guitar for my wife who wanted to learn to play the guitar. For this reason I was looking for an affordable acoustic guitar that still sounds decent.

This guitar came as great solution to my requirements. The features for that price are great and it sounds solid.

Guitar came with very nice finish and in very good condition. Strings are very clean and I didn't notice any major imperfections.

It has a deep, full sound that you would expect from a dreadnought.

Use: Everyday playing at home

- looks very good
- sounds decent
- very affordable price

- doesn't stay in tune (this could be that it hasn't adjusted yet as well)

All in all I think it's a very good guitar for the price. Sounds good. I would definitely recommend this for beginner wanting acoustic or if you just don't want to spend too much until you see if you can get into guitar playing.


Probably better than what you can expect
nicoeoc 14.11.2013
I've just bought four of these guitars, so far they seem to have some trustful "dignity", instrument finishes are not its strength but the guitar lets itself be played. Sound is acceptable, except for two of the guitars that also includes a metallic buzzing accompainment depending on the string you play, but nothing I wouldn't have expected for the money I payed, anyway I expect it to get better when I change the strings.

Visually they are very good, black is always a stylish color. Have in mind that pickguard is not much more than a sticker which come separatedly, I haven't put them yet and for now have no plans on doing it.

Recommended for people who know what they are doing, a guitar for your country house, for going to the beach, for playing at a party where that glass of wine is probably going to be spilt over it.

If you are a beginner who is going to seriously use it to practice, you should have someone around to guide you through a correct setting up (strings, action adjustment, tuning...), otherwise maybe you should consider to get a more out of the box reliable instrument.


Great Bargain
Remick 07.08.2020
Okay, if you compare this to a Martin or Gibson, you will hate it. For a bargain guitar, say anything under $300, this guitar is really good. I enjoy the sound, and it is very playable. It compares to many affordable acoustic guitars that you can find at Guitar Center or your local classifieds.

I think the main weak point is the finishing. The frets are good, but not perfect. Just little details here and there. Again, this isn't a Gibson Hummingbird.

Compare this to a Rogue, Squire, Washburn, or Epiphone and I think you will be happy with this guitar.


Brilliant value
robdaly 20.07.2017
I source this guitar for a friend of mine as he wanted something reasonably priced for him and his son to play.I'd previously bought the natural version (twice) and was very impressed with the quality and finish for a budget guitar.My friend wanted the black one and yet again I was surprised at the level of finish and detail in such a low cost guitar.Definitely the best value beginners/second knockabout guitar on the market bar none.Highly recommended.With a little setup (took out unnecessary shim under saddle,polished the frets) you have a perfectly fine guitar for everyday use.Can't recommend highly enough at this price, absolute bargain.Beats epiphones,SX's etc. at twice the price, much nicer guitar.Buy one (or two,they're cheap enough to keep one for altered tunings).you won't be disappointed.My one small peeve is I could tell from the packaging that Thomann don't inspect these guitars.I suppose they sell a huge volume but a quick check would be nice ( although all I've bought were fine) Thanks Thomann