Harley Benton D-120CE VS

Steel-string guitar with pickup

  • Design: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • X Bracing
  • Back and sides: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck profile: C
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Cream-coloured bindings on the body and neck
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Pickup with preamp, volume knob and 4-band EQ
  • Chrome-plated diecast machine heads
  • Strings: .010 - .047
  • Colour: Vintage sunburst, high-gloss
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Top Spruce
Back and Sides Catalpa
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 42,50 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Sunburst
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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The best bang for your buck!

E Lopez, 30.01.2018
First I want to preface this by saying that my rating is based upon other similar products and not in comparison to a $10,000 Martin.
I had seen several videos on youtube about HB guitars. When I saw the prices I was very skeptical so I thought I'd try this guitar out and decide from there. I was very surprised at what I received.
Quite frankly I was shocked at the quality I received for a mere $78! The guitar, surprisingly arrived with a perfect set up. Intonation was good and the action was low just the way I like it.
There were no flaws in the finish and truthfully the guitar is a real beauty to look at. The frets were well done and the nut was cut to perfection. The fret ends were a little sharp, but not problematic. The frets were a bit dirty, but that's usually the case with many guitars both high and low end. The fingerboard is a little dry, but that's an easy fix with a bit of fingerboard oil. However, I like the dry feeling on an acoustic so I won't be oiling it down.
The sound of the guitar was surprisingly good. Better than a more expensive Gianinni I had. I give it four stars because it is NOT a $10,000 Martin, but for the money the guitar sounds amazingly good. Acoustic guitar is best recorded with a mike. Yet when I recorded the guitar direct it still sounded very, very good! I can hardly wait for the next order to arrive. If you want a very good guitar on a budget, you can't go wrong with a Harley Benton brand.
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A good entry level guitar, great sound for the price

06.02.2017
I was in need of a cheap acoustic guitar and I already own a HB 35. So I decided to stay with a "Benton", the price and the characteristics oriented me toward this model.

Pros
The guitar ha a really great sound, I didn't expect such a brilliant performance. The sound is really a nice one for the price. I personally prefer the amplified sound, with the pre-amp you can set a sound well balanced on bass/high.
The pre-amp is good.
The neck is comfortable even when you play for a long time.

Cons
While it's normal for an entry level guitar to have some imperfections, the HB D-120CE has something more. The tuning pegs are pretty bad, to be honest, the tuning pegs are the worst I've ever seen... You have to tune the guitar frequently because the pegs are quite awful. It's almost impossible to keep the guitar in tune for a long time, you have always to tune the instrument.
Frets are badly shaped, when you play on the high strings, and doing a slide it's really annoying because you can cut yourself. While the neck and keyboard is really cool, sliding is almost blocked by this.
Another annoying stuff is that when I received the guitar something was wrong, there was something inside making a strange noise, like something inside the guitar not fixed. I guessed the cables of the pre-amp were not fixed and the sound was produced by them... After shaking a lot the guitar I discovered that there was a "silica gel" stuff inside... I had to take it out. Why putting a silica gel inside?

Conclusions
For an entry level the guitar is amazing for the sound. If you're going to play it for recording it's ok, but some adjustments should be made. First of all, changing the tuning pegs. But, for the price, this guitar is really good becuase the potential is great.
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  • Back and Sides: Catalpa
  • Cutaway: No
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  • Nut width in mm: 42,50 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
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  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
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  • Case: No
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  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Catalpa
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Nut width in mm: 42,50 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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