Harley Benton TE-80 NT Deluxe Series

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Ash
  • Laminated top made of flamed maple
  • Walnut body stripes
  • Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple
  • C neck profile
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Black body binding
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell Alnico STA-BLK Single Coils
  • 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob
  • 3-Way pickup switch
  • Hardtail bridge
  • Deluxe hardware
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario .010 - .046
  • Colour: Natural, high gloss
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  • Funk
  • Indie
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Further Information

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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I'm selling all my other guitars (tone journey/review)
Plummo, 16.12.2019
So the title speaks for itself, I do not feel like I need to pick up another guitar ever again. Little bit of background about my tone journey and why this is THE ONE.

I have had close to 35 guitars over my lifetime of playing guitar and there was always something missing from every model I've played. Telecasters are incredibly comfy for me but also boast the most useless neck pickup in the world.

Strats sound too good to be true to my ears and are bitter sweet with anything I play. I hate the guts out of position 2 and 4 though and never used them at all. I also didn't like the shape and feel to play strats as they were quite uncomfortable, however I've put up with this for a long time due to loving the sound.

Then I bought this. From the 2 examples I've given before this bring the best of both worlds together creating my perfect guitar. I don't really care if it does or doesn't look like the guitar Prince played (RIP), but the tone is exactly what I want. A Tele shape with strat pickups with 2+4 removed. Well done Thomann.
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A few tweaks from perfection
Collin B, 28.12.2019
First off, this guitar is a steal for the price. The finish on the guitar I received is blemish free and beautiful. The fret work is very good for a guitar in this price range. No sharp ends or extremely high frets. Intonation was pretty darn close out of the box. Tuners and pots actually seem quite decent, however, I'll be replacing the tone capacitor with an orange drop and the nut with a graphite one. Pickups are pretty decent. Neck is very fat and the bridge is very chimey. Volume output in the middle position is a bit Les than the other 2 for some reason though. The only reason I've given this a 4 star quality rating instead of 5 is because I had to shim the neck. Not a big deal, but it could be a deal breaker for someone that doesn't have any experience working on guitars. Again, for the price this guitar is an awesome deal.
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Unbelievable
Joe Mac, 09.03.2020
I received the guitar today and checked it out then played it. Only needed a little tuning but otherwise the set up was great. I can't believe the sound and quality for this price. I will surely buy another.
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