Harley Benton Traveler-E-Steel

Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

  • Compact size
  • Spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Mahogany neck (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood) fretboard
  • 18 Frets
  • Scale: 595 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Chrome diecast machine heads
  • Built-in pickup system with 2-band EQ
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Total length: 84.5 cm
  • Width: 20 cm
  • Height: 7 cm
  • Weight: Approx. 1 kg
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Includes a gig bag
  • Alternative gig bag available under Article Nr 396739 (not included)
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Design Travel Guitar
Top Spruce
Back And Sides Sapele
Cutaway No
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 42,00 mm
Frets 18
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes

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Cute llittle thing!
Nuclei, 07.01.2021
I needed a small guitar to have on a boat... I know, not the best environment for an instrument except for a foghorn…
I didn't have any great expectations (about 70 Euro with a decent pickup and a gig bag!) and for the odd nights entertainment on board anything would do. To my surprise the little ugly duckling was more like a little cute duck! The workmanship, I suppose one still calls it like that in spite of almost all being machine made, was surprisingly good and the little guitar is actually quite good looking and very suitable for small spaces as a travelling guitar! The fretboard is a bit narrow for me but playable, and if don't have shovels for hands like me, it should really be acceptable. Now, of course, don't expect the sound of a jumbo because you'll be disappointed. I found the sound, considering the small corpus, quite adequate. After changing the strings for decent ones the whole experience improved. The neck is straight but the ends of the frets needed to be filed – otherwise they would have made my fingers to minced meat! The bridge had to be lowered, but admittedly, that's a personal matter and many would be happy with setup as is. All in all I would by this little gem again – have tried a well known backpacker guitar (about 300-350 Euro) and feel the difference in price is absolutely wasted… you can get a little holiday for the price difference and bring your new little duckling with you!
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Excellent value, good workmanship, some adjustments needed
Quenthel, 21.06.2020
I live in Switzerland and occasionally travel to Greece (meine Heimatland). I wanted a small portable guitar to leave there and occasionally take with me on trips.

It's indeed a very small guitar. Its neck isn't so wide and the scale length is smaller than usual. Not quite a ukulele, but so much smaller than a typical guitar. It also has a matte finish all around.

The quality was good, especially considering the price. The frets didn't have any weird fret ends, but were a little rough. I didn't notice anything unusual in the binding, but even if I did, it's so cheap it doesn't matter.

I immediately replaced the strings. Didn't care what strings it came with initially, I just put some Elixirs on, yet... I didn't like how it played, because the action was too high. Though the neck was straight with no warping, I still had to adjust a bit the truss rod. Then I had to trim the bridge a bit, managed to drop it to 1,75 & 2mm on 12th fret E high & low respectively.

It sounds a bit thin, since the body shape is very very small. But it sounds good. It's easy to carry around, it's light and though the machine heads are no-name, they hold tuning relatively well.

I definitely recommend it if you want a small portable guitar to take around. The price is right and you will not regret it. I did deduct a point due to the less-than-perfect setup, but for the price, I could easily buy more of this as a gift for others.
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Fantastic for the price, but with a few issues.
Iain Gold, 05.04.2021
While the guitar is playable out of the box, the action is a little higher than I'd like, and it's poorly intonated. Adjusting the truss rod fixed these issues for me.

The tuners are fantastic, especially for the price, although it still needs to be tuned a few times per 2 or 3 hour play.

The strings it arrived with aren't great, replaced them almost immediately.

The pickup sounds great, however it seems to struggle to pick up the highest string. Not sure if that's a problem with my guitar specifically, but I usually play with the lower strings anyway when I play acoustic so this doesn't bother me too much.

Acoustically it has a rather thin sound, but that's to be expected with the size of the instrument. Paired with a full sized acoustic it adds a great new depth to mixes.

Overall, for £70 after shipping I'm very impressed with the guitar and highly recommend it for anyone looking for a different sound or a guitar to take travelling with them.
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A good birthday present!
fil804, 28.02.2021
I got a guitar as a birthday present for my wife. She plays guitar and has wanted a travel guitar for a long time. Since the guitar has a non-standard size, I recommend buying it with a case.The guitar arrived in Belarus quickly. The quality is above average. Had to sharpen a little bit the front and back sills and the height of the first string over the 12th fret was 1.8 mm. Also, the guitar sounds rich when connected to a power amp.
Thank you Thomann store for the quality and inexpensive product, my wife was satisfied!
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