Harley Benton TE-52 NA LH Vintage Series

Left-Hand Electric Guitar

  • Body: American ash
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple with roseacer 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 Wilkinson MWTC Alnico Vintage TE-Style single coils
  • 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario .009 - .042
  • 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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Even better than expected

southpawpete, 27.06.2018
So I already own the leftie CST24T and Harley Benton's jazz bass copy, both of which I love. I'd been looking for a Tele style for a while for my country band and the TE-52 looked just right.

I'd read some mixed reviews, but based on my experience so far with HB guitars I thought I'd give it a shot. Boy, was that a good idea!

First, the only niggles ... the frets needed a polish, and the strings were shot. The but was cut too high. And that's all! The nut popped right out and was filled down in 15 minutes. The frets polished up fine, and the strings were replaced.

Now the good stuff.

Unlike others I've seen, my TE-52 is made from just two pieces of wood for the body (beautifully matched) and to for the neck. No extra bits stuck here and there ... it looks amazing. The neck is hefty but not uncomfortable and the hardware was all in top condition. No sharp edges on the tuners, electronics work perfecty, scratchplate cut smoothly and accurately.

The sound is exactly what I was looking for. A bridge pickup that's bright but not harsh, with some nice meat to it, and a warm neck pickup. Tuning stability is rock solid.

This is my third HB guitar ... but it will not be my last!
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