Harley Benton HBJ-24 Short Scale Tenor Banjo

4-String Short Scale Tenor Banjo

  • Body: Sapele
  • Neck: Okume
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • 24 Tuning screws
  • Dual-action truss rod
  • Ivory coloured binding
  • 17 Frets
  • ABS nut
  • Nut width: 32 mm
  • Scale: 505 mm
  • Chrome hardware
  • Bridge: Maple / Amaranth
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Remo skin
  • Dimensions: 80 x 34 x 12 cm
  • Colour: Natural
  • Suitable case: Article no. 115299 (not included)
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  • Irish
  • Jazz

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Number Of Strings 4
Body Sapele
Frets 24
incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Pickup No

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Good banjo, nice sound, decently setup
bearmo2, 09.02.2021
The banjo is a well-built instrument. The resonator and pot are solid and tight, with good tension on the drum head. The neck and fretboard are comfortable; the frets are level, very clean along the neck, and well-polished. The tail piece and arm rest are solid, and performing their functions as expected. The bridge is securely affixed, stable, and keeping the strings in place.

It was somewhat more difficult to fully evaluate the tuning machines; they are basic, no-frills, economy tuners. The banjo shipped with fairly standard tenor banjo strings, but far too light for Irish tuning on a 17-fret banjo. I found it difficult to achieve a G2-D3-A3-E4 tuning, and almost impossible to keep it in tune. The strings and tuners did a better job of achieving and retaining a C3-D3-G4-A4 tuning. With a set of strings closer to .040, .030, .020w, .010 the supplied tuning machines should be satisfactory.

Overall, this a very nicely made musical instrument that would be perfect for the student or multi-instrumentalist who wants to be able to tote along a selection of instruments to fill in where needed at pub sessions. This banjo is easily the equal of any other economy banjo that is actually built to be used as a real musical instrument, but at much better cost to consumer; plus, the techs at Thomann did a great job of making sure the banjo was in good working order and setup well. The banjo could still be offered at great price if it were shipped with basic/economy Grover tenor banjo tuning machines, and that would improve it to a five-star offering.
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Nice for Irish tunes
Imre T., 30.04.2021
Finally I have received this simple, but pretty instrument, and according to some previous reviews ordered the Harley Benton Pro planetary tuners. Now, equipped with these tuners and a set of Deering Irish Tenor Banjo strings sounds very well. Only the nut and the bridge needed some little adjustment. Now I am inspired strongly learning as many Irish dannce tunes as possible. I have already three Harley Benton guitars, all they are wery well made, pretty and exceptionally playable. I recommend it for everyone.
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exellent banjo
barry123, 11.02.2021
fast delivery exellent banjo well set up low action ready to play. price on site is £93 i was charged £112,i am in n-ireland which is still in the eu customs union.i do not under stand why i was charged extra
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Harley Benton HBJ-24 Short Scale Tenor Banjo
Christian des Huchets, 20.07.2020
Bonjour,
Je pratique la musique Irlandaise au banjo Tenor à manche classique 19 frettes depuis 40 ans, c'est pour moi l'occasion d'essayer le short scale HB pour plus de confort presque égale à la mandoline. L'instrument est de bonne facture pour cette gamme avec un petit moin bien coté mécaniques, ce banjo est monté d'usine avec un tirant de cordes standard qui permet uniquement l'accord Tenor classique LA-Re-SOL-DO,donc pour l'utilisation naturelle Irlandaise d'un short scale, accord du violon MI-LA-RE-SOL, il faut trouver un jeu de cordes adapté, voir Deering ou autre ! un peu de lutherie avant le concert !
Cordialement
Christian
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