Harley Benton TE-52 NA LH Vintage Series

Left-Hand Electric Guitar

  • Body: American ash
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple with roseacer (thermally treated maple wood) skunk stripe
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Pickups: 2 x Vintage TE-Style single coils
  • 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario .010 - .046
  • Colour: Natural
  • Finish: High-gloss
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Shape, Design T-Style
Colour Natural
Soundboard Ash
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
number of strings 6
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickup System SS
Tremolo No
Incl. Cases No
Incl. Gigbag No

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TE-52 left hand is the guitar you want
17.11.2016
Ordered sat , arrived Wednesday , as always thomann are a delight to deal with, tracking is great and email letting you know it's arriving that day is very handy. I bought this guitar as a back up , I use a USA standard for gigging and I need another tele in case something goes wrong , well it's gone very right .
First though what's wrong , I don't know how they do it but with all 3. Guitars I've had from thomann the strings are all tarnished so expect to change them straight away , I'm a stickler for new strings so I change every month or every third gig so you might be ok with a bit of a clean with some fast fret.
The nut is always too high , this is common on every guitar , i put a capo on the first fret , have a play , if there's no buzz then the height of the string above the 2nd fret is the optimum height , remove the nut and sand the bottom till it's the right height and put back, if you take too much away use a strip of wet and dry sandpaper to shim , the higher the grade the thinner the paper so you can get it perfect.
The frets are tarnished , polish out with some 00 wire wool and while your at it have a run down the back of the neck with the wire wool as well.
I had a set of compensated brass saddles which I added as well )7.99 eBay) and then I did the string height and intonation.
These are all common faults with guitars 5 times the price of this one so it's nit picking to the extreme m now onto the good things about this guitar.
EVERYTHING ......seriously it looks great, the body is a lot lighter in hue than the pics on the site but that's the only thing light about it , it's a heavy body and you need that for sustain , the neck is lovely ,it's the first HB i haven't had to fret level or anything , it feels like a much more expensive guitar and it looks like a much more expensive guitar and here's the kicker it sounds like a much more expensive guitar , I seriously think these wilkinson pickups are better sounding than my American standard , that's fitted with a SD humbucker in the neck slot and I was planning on putting the old fender one in this but no chance , it sounds exactly like a tele should , the tone and vol pots work perfectly for once with great taper . I was playing this till 2am last night and when I stopped I just looked at it for 10 mins in shock , I'm a pro musician with lots of guitars at the high end so I was doing comparisons using a looper to go tone against tone and this knocked it out of the park.
Forget about getting that classic vibe or that Mexican , go for this and spend the money you save on an valve amp .
I was going to relic this , reshape the headstock and put a fender sticker on it but no way , I'm using this live next week and I want everyone to know this is a Harley Benton guitar that cost £120.
Buy this , go for the brass saddles as well as it improves the sound and intonation and youll have a guitar better than a triple the price classic vibe with an hours work.
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My first Thomann adventure
René_L, 05.01.2019
Got this on a whim, because I wanted a basic Telecaster-like platform and to see what the Harley Benton rumors were all about.

Though it arrived apparently well packaged I'm guessing the UPS monkeys managed to somehow squeeze the box into too small a space which ended up bending the axle of the tone pot. Operating it during play was extremely awkward. Customer service at Thomann was on the case though, they sent me a complete spare control panel so I could make the instrument (near) perfect again.

Because now it really is almost perfect. The body is flawless. The neck perfect. A slight bulge in the pick guard though. The tuners are great and feel very precise. Nut is cut very well. It even arrived in tune. Fret work is great from the first to the last fret. No high frets. Action is on the high side of medium. Intonation is good. The neck feels as good as it looks. Neck pickup sounds just like it should. Bridge pickup is probably this quitar's only (slight) weakness. It sounds good but the neck pickup is so nice it makes the bridge pickup look bad :). I may end up replacing it (and the bridge) for something else, though realistically speaking there's really no need.

There's one flaw at the back. The string holes are not in line. No big deal but it does look sloppy. Also, If you're looking for something light you're going to be in trouble with this guy though, mine feels really really heavy at 4254 grams.
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