Harley Benton TE-80 NT Deluxe Series

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Ash body
  • Laminated top from flamed maple
  • Walnut body stripes
  • Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple
  • C-Profile
  • Maple fretboard
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Black body binding
  • Double action trussrod
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell single coils
  • 1x Volume and 1x tone control
  • 3-Way pickup switch
  • Hardtail bridge
  • Deluxe hardware
  • Diecast machine heads
  • Strings: Daddario .010 - .046
  • Colour: Natural High-gloss
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Colour Natural
Pickups SS
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Ash
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Not QUITE an Anderson Madcat ...

08.07.2015
I'd been thinking about getting one of these for some time, always been a bit of a Prince nut, and spurred on by the total lack of bad reviews I bit the bullet and ordered. I'm glad I did ... This is probably the best bang for your buck that I've ever seen, and just so you know, I'm a trained luthier. I did 3 years at MANchester College of Arts and Technology so I sort of know what I'm talking about.
I have to say that ideally I'd like to sit down with 10 of 20 of these and compare them. A bit of internet research seems to indicate that Harley Benton Guitars are made by Saein Guitars who market as Shine but I also have a Harley Benton MS-60 Mustang-ish copy and they don't feel like the same factory to me but really that's just a guess.
The body on this thing is great ... a bit on the heavy side but it is a solid Ash 2 piece with a maple veneer on the top with a Walnut centre stripe. The neck is more C than D. Maple with a skunk stripe but it is a 2 piece (separate fretboard) though this makes no difference at all to the tone or playability and from more than 2 feet away you couldn't tell. The frets are fairly level and even (I had a bit of a buzz on the top E string at the 10th fret but a single tap with my fretting hammer cured it completely.
The pickups are Wilkinson Strat type alnico V's which I've never used before, good output, really chimey and give a Stratty-ish quack with the selector switch in the centre position. I have to say at this point that if you want a traditional Tele sound then don't buy this guitar, it is what it is, and that's more of a Tele/Strat hybrid than a Tele.
The pots are little 16mm things and I can't see the impedance marked on them but I suspect 500k (I will measure the values when I restring it) and the cap is the cheapest green poly that money can buy. Cap makes no difference at all other than altering the rate of treble cut when the tone control is turned but I am going to try some full size 250k pots because I'm a bit analy retentive. No one will be able to hear the difference at the moment but in a years time they may be less crackly and a bit warmer sounding but unless you buy 2 guitars and set one up with 500k and one with 250k no one would be able to remember any difference.
I own a 59 Gretsch, a 62 Danelectro, an ex Jo Strummer/Kate Korris mid 70's SG, a late 50's Burns Vista sonic and a late 50's Framus Grand Star as well as assorted far eastern hacks .... and since I got this guitar it's the only one I've played.
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Great Guitar - With a lot of blemishes

A Beat Up Prince, 16.10.2018
I was very excited to get this guitar, as a huge Prince fan it's very cool to have a pretty close replica to his Madcat. The sound is great, it feels great in the hands. It's very heavy, but not ridiculous. The neck is incredibly thick, which I thought would be something I hate, but I find myself not minding. Overall the guitar sounds and looks great. For $200~ with shipping, this is a great deal.

However, onto the bad. It sort of feels like I got one of the B stock models. There are several blemishes on my brand new guitar and that is extremely disappointing.

There is a large nick in the pickguard near the neck pickup, the volume and tone posts are bent, there is a gash on the top of the headstock, there is a clear knot in the neck, there is a 15-20mm crack in the pocket of the bottom horn where the neck meets the body, right above that there is a large scratch in the binding. This is really disappointing, especially the crack.

From afar it looks great, but it feels like every time I pick it up I find a new blemish. If this is the regular stock, I'd hate to see how bad the B-Stock models are. It also makes me a bit hesitant to buy from Thomann again if the quality control is this low. Which kinda sucks, because there were a few other models I definitely had my eye on which I had planned on grabbing if this one worked out.

Overall, it's a beautiful guitar, plays, and sounds great. Just be ready for the possibility it arrives pretty beat up right out of the box. For $200 it's not the worst trade-off in the world, I suppose. An inexpensive beautiful great sounding guitar, with poor QC. Which kinda stinks, since QC is one of the easier things in the process to fix.

Edit : Just picked it up and found another crack where the body meets the neck, this one splits off into two separate cracks. So basically the entire neck pocket is cracked on both sides.
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Harley Benton TE-80 NT Deluxe Series
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Harley Benton TE-80 NT Deluxe Series

Electric Guitar Deluxe Series, Ash body, Laminated top from flamed maple, Walnut body stripes, Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple, C-Profile, Maple fretboard, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Scale: 648 mm,...

  • Colour: Natural
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Ash
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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  • Colour: Natural
  • Pickups: HH
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Ash
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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  • Colour: Natural
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: Rosewood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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Electric Guitar Chambered ash body (weight relief) with belly cut, Bolted neck made of Canadian maple, Fretboard: Maple, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Pickups: 2 Roswell FLT-NI AlNiCo...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Pickups: HH
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Ash
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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