Harley Benton Traveler-Steel

Traveller's Steel Western Guitar

  • Total length: 84.5 cm
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • 18 Frets
  • Scale: 595 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Chrome-plated die-cast machine heads
  • Finish: Natural, high gloss
  • Gig bag included
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Suitable, alternative gig bag: Article no. 118270 (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 No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes

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Probably best value for a guitar of this type.
T. Escobedo, 02.06.2019
Playable out of the box, this instrument exceeded my expectations regarding sound, playability, and construction. For the cost of about $55 USD, the instrument is built reasonably well. No glaring sloppiness issues, the most significant problem is the fret ends having some sharp edges. Cosmetically, the side dots on the fingerboard binding are s little sloppy at the 12th fret. That's about it. While playable out of the box, it can really be improved if one is willing to put in the effort of tuning up the action and intonation at the nut and saddle. I ended up filing the nut slots a bit, lowering the saddle mostly on the bass side about 1mm, and tweaking the truss rod to add a little relief, to make for a beautiful player. The tuners are nice, without noticeable backlash. The sound surprised me. I was expecting a very tinny tone, considering the soundbox is about the size of a tenor ukulele. But it's quite tolerable and sweet in tone, much more so than, say a Martin Backpacker. Curiously, the tone improves if you can manage to play with the back of the soundbox free from resting on your body, allowing the back to resonate as well as the top. While this isn't necessarily a practical way to play all the time, it indicates the capability of the tiny sized body. The instrument as delivered differs a bit from the one in the description. First, the scale length is about 1cm shorter than the stated 595mm. It has 21 frets rather than the stated 18. And it came with strings from 0.012"-0.053", significantly heavier than I was expecting, but in a good way. The heel of the neck isn't as chunky as the one in the photos. The only improvements I would suggest to Thomann would be aesthetic. The herringbone soundboard "inlay" decal could be eliminated or substituted with a laser cut design. And the neck binding seems like it could be eliminated without sacrificing any quality, and be cost effective, too. Seems strange that they bother on such an inexpensive instrument. But other than that, I'm really enjoying the Traveler, and it proves impressive for an instrument of this size and price.
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perfect for our need, better than expected
Driftwood, 04.04.2020
I bought this when we spent several months in a country far from my instruments, mainly so I would have something to play for our kid, then 1 1/2 years old. It's a real instrument, very well built, with good intonation and action and a decent sound for its size. We've gotten more than our money's worth, because two years later, our child is starting to play it.
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Pleased with the sound
23.12.2014
I am really pleased with the sound also the playability. I had Washburn Rover travel guitar, steel string version, and the sound was really terrible and almost impossible to play without without the guitar strap.

Though I already have a Washburn Rover Nylon string version, and also I bought this low grade version, I am thinking of paying more and get the electro version.

It's a pity that I bought the low grade version because after inspection I have seen the defects. One of the major defect is the significant 'cut' on the 6th string fret.Though there is no buzzing but unfortunately there is really bad buzzing on the 1st string 2nd fret.

Despite the defects, I love this this guitar and it is going to be with me for years to come.

One thing which I did not expect to get- guitar carrying case. I was not expecting to get one because I had made an enquiry about this guitar and was told the guitar did not come with the bag.

Over all highly recommended to those people who wish to purchase it.
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Excellent guitar - medium issue
jorgebsantos, 12.05.2020
I was completely pleased with this guitar despite a small problem that only came to my attention today...3 of the tuners seems to have been placed without any care for alignment...it's the only thing that put's a minus on this guitar, despite that build it's excellent. Now I'm gonna have to spend nearly the same amount of money on tuners that I've spent on the guitar...
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Harley Benton Traveler-Steel

Traveller's Steel Western Guitar Total length: 84.5 cm, Top: Spruce, Body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum), Neck: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum), Fretboard: Roseacer, 18 Frets,...

  • Design: Travel Guitar
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back And Sides: Sapele
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Nut width in mm: 42,00 mm
  • Frets: 18
  • Pickups: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: Yes
Harley Benton Traveler-E-Steel
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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)...

  • 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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