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)
available since June 2012
Item number 278078
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Design Travel Guitar
Top Spruce
Back And Sides Sapele
Cutaway No
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 42,00 mm
Frets 18
Pickups Yes
Color Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes
Acoustic Guitar 1
Body Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Scale 595 mm
Saddle Width 42 mm
Pickup Configuration 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!


Good For The Money Spent
Smallwheels 31.10.2021
I recommend this guitar if you're willing to put in the time and effort to make it play and sound better. It does need a lot of work to make up for the low price.

I really like the tone of this guitar. Of the three HB guitars I've bought, this is the only one I'm keeping.

The strings are high at the nut and bridge. The intonation is really off. The fret ends are sharp. The tuners work well with no slipping. They are firm when turned but smooth. The truss rod is difficult to turn. It wasn't lubricated properly. I hope it doesn't snap in the future. So far it did help to adjust the relief. The binding on the body is perfect. The binding on the neck is good.

The frets aren't level. With high action, that doesn't matter, but when the strings are lowered it will need work.

The tone of this instrument is really good for its size. It doesn't have much bass, but that is OK. The body is tiny and would not be capable of producing bass. The pickup does have a very good sound with separate bass, treble, and volume sliders. It makes the tiny guitar sound just as good as a full size guitar. The battery used is a 9 volt. Which are easy to find.

It comes with a bag. Essentially it is a dust cover. It has a pocket. There is no padding. That is good enough for my room.

I have lots of guitar set up tools. The nut slots will be lowered. The fret ends will be smoothed. The bridge will be altered a bit to lower it and adjust the intonation just a little bit. The only way to get proper intonation with this guitar will be to make a custom saddle that hangs over the bridge to give some strings enough length. The work needed to make this play and sound perfect (for its size) will take lots of time. If you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on such work or do it yourself (using tools that are worth hundreds of dollars), don't buy this instrument if you want perfection. I have developed the skills to make this a better instrument. The quality of this instrument is reflected in the price. With that said, it is still worth the effort. It came with binding on the front and back of the body AND on the neck. The Martin travel guitar sounds like a box of cereal with strings at twice the price and with no binding. If the bridge were just two milometers farther back, this would be a really good buy.

After the work is done, I can see this becoming my favorite guitar because of its small size. All I need to do is reach across my room and take it out of the bag to begin playing. It is not loud. Which means I won't disturb my roommates in the next room. It is comfortable to hold while sitting reclined and watching TV. Just the act of setting it aside is easy because it is so small. The gig bag has a single long strap on the back that makes it easy to carry over the shoulder. I do that with my ukulele while riding my scooter. This isn't much bigger.

The instrument doesn't say where it was constructed. That disappointed me. It might have come from China. At the time of the order there was no information regarding country of origin. I don't buy things made in China because of all of the human rights violations there.


Surprising Fun, Super Handy
12Kevin 29.02.2020
I wanted a handy guitar to hang in in my living room for decoration and quick playing when I have an idea for a new song. The plain acoustic sound of the thing is good enough for that, but probably not enough for fireside camping shows. The surprise was when I plugged it in. The piezo pickup was much better than I expected. I was able to make it sound like a much bigger instrument. And then I stumbled onto a great new comedy bit when I played it through a little Peavey Vypyr modeling amp with some Marshall-type distortion. The fun was the image of me rocking out with this peanut-bodied baby guitar while playing Heart's 'Barracuda.' My buddies were in hysterics. Really, This little box sounds as good as much more expensive 'travelers.'


perfect busking guitar
JCardoso 02.08.2019
I've looking at smaller guitars for a while since im a busker, and carrying a full bodied guitar plus other equipment can be quite tiring. So i came across this travel guitar accidentally while looking at more expensive models, and since it was so cheap i decided to order it in addition to the guitar already decided to buy.
This was probabilly the best decision i ever made in my busking career, because the guitar is lso light and easy to play i can literally go for hours without getting my fingers or my back too tired. It's best played through and amplifier (which i do), since it isn't very loud when unplugged. Another plus is that because it's a funny looking guitar it definitely draws some extra attention.
Im honestly impressed.