I purchased this guitar on a whim while shopping and added it to my basked as the cost of £66 was affordable and I also wanted something light weight and without the standard guitar top horns which I find uncomfortable when playing for prolonged periods. (I probably squeeze the guitar too close to my chest and should relax more).
One thing I LOVE is the placement of the output jack. There are other similar travel guitars out there from other brands, but those feature the jack on the tail towards the bottom horn of the guitar.. meaning you can't really play those between your legs in a more upright position. However the Jack on there allows you to do that, which is a big bonus!!!
I was and am not a fan of red guitars so would be great if Harley Benton did this in any other colour... HOWEVER, the colour has grown on me.
The one negative here is that one of my bridge saddles is a bit broken, and when adjusting the height/ action, it slips to the lowest option as the threat on the screw seems worn. I am still giving this a 4-5 star due to value and comfort.
There was a slight rattle inside the guitar cavity.. so I unscrewed the scratchplate and shakes around and some chips or plastic came out.. which was likely the router cut of the pickguard.
Pickups.. I would not change these, they are excellent. They may be in expensive, but the tone and clarity is fantastic. If you gave me additional pickups I wouldn't use them as these are great.
I removed the strings and replaced them, and during that process cleaned the fretboard as there was a dark substance coming onto my fingers. There is now none of this, and it plays smoothly. Lowered the action as mentioned, and again great (apart from that 1 saddle issue). I was contemplating requesting a new saddle here, but felt bad as the guitar is guitar cheap and didn't want Harley Benton or Thomann to have to deal with that.
The neck.. I was originally wondering what's going on as it seemed a bit dry and perhaps not very glossy at the back so was concerned with not feeling as though I can easily slide up or down.. however I added some fast fret to the back of the neck which seems to have made it more comfortable. I don't know if that's good for the guitar or not, but I did it and I think it feels better then previously.
I've also spent around £5 from Thomann on string rollers.. which greatly improved this in my opinion. If you buy the rollers then go for the Thomann ones, (I reviewed them also) they seem better to me then the Goldo ones.
I did record and unboxing and video, which I will be posting to YouTube over the next month or so.