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Harley Benton DC-Junior Faded Blue


Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: White dots
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Graphite nut
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • Pickup: Roswell P90D Alnico-5 Dog Ear single coil (bridge)
  • Volume and tone controls
  • WSC Wrap Around bridge
  • 3-Ply black pickguard
  • Chrome hardware
  • Wilkinson vintage-style machine heads with 15:1 gear ratio
  • Ex-factory stringing: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Open pore faded blue
Colour Blue
Soundboard Mahogany
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amarant
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickup System P90
Tremolo Nej
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since February 2020
Item number 480980
207 €
All prices incl. VAT
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92 Sales Rank
gh99 24.01.2021
I've always wanted an LP Junior-styled guitar since I first saw them as a teenager. The double cutaways just appealed to me, probably helped by seeing a guitarist I admired greatly playing something similar. As a result I jumped at the chance with the HB DC-Junior. This is a very nice little guitar. The satin blue finish is really nice, it sounds good and plays well but, like all of the others I've reviewed, isn't perfect.

-Firstly, this also has a minor case of the pot/knob alignment issue. Since the knobs on this guitar are different to the DC-Custom, they don't bottom out and don't appear to have affected the finish, thankfully, so it hasn't caused a problem and doesn't affect their function but it's a general QA issue which needs addressing.

-This guitar has the smaller UFO-styled knobs used on others so, again, they're a bit small and lacking traction but work well enough.

-The tuners are vintage-style tuners. The knobs look cheap and plasticy. When viewed from behind the headstock the tuner bodies on each side are noticeably different distances from the edge of the headstock. However, when viewed from the front the front, they are OK. I even measured to check that my eyes weren't being deceived and they seem correct so i think that this is an artifact of the design of the machine heads themselves. Being cheap they are probably designed so that the post isn't centred in the body of the unit. It causes no problems but looks cheap and disconcerting when viewed from behind. The tuners themselves work well enough, so far.

-The machine-head bodies are not installed parallel. The rows look look like dogs' hind legs and this wouldn't happen if the installer used something as trivially simple as a straight-edge. I've seen this on guitars reviewed elsewhere, too, so it's another basic QA issue which needs addressing. Stupid, simple failures like this lower the tone of the whole thing drastically and are trivial to avoid so are particularly unimpressive from a customer perspective.

-The fretboard has tooling marks on it in at least one place. This is less forgivable.
-There's a spot of glue or something near the lower horn.
-10s. Like the others I've reviewed, this comes with 10s.
-The jack plate isn't even fitted correctly. It's not centred or straight.

So, it's imperfect and could be better in places. You could change the tuners if desired although, of course, that reduces the value for money but they seem to work well enough. You could correct the alignment if it affects your guitar. The guitar sounds good and plays well and scratches that LP Junior, P90 itch. It's hard to complain at this price. I'm keeping mine. ;-)


Issues, but will keep it
stevesilk51 17.10.2020
It seems the problems with action adjustment and poor nut cutting have yet to be addressed by Harley Benton. Someone who hasn't got the guitar setup skills that I have developed over the last 30 years or so would be sending this back. I bought another one of these a couple of months ago that had the same nut issue ( string slots not low enough) and stated how I had to screw the bridge ALL the way down to achieve an acceptable action. However with this guitar I screwed the bridge all the way down and still had a high action. So me being me I expect with a guitar costing just £179 that there would be things for me to rectify. The rather sad thing is that these guitars can go low action as the neck is very good, fretwork too. So I simply ground the stop shoulders off the two bridge post screws and put very thin washers in their place to protect the body.

Basically all HB need to do is allow more adjustment downwards with the bridge !? This could easily be achieved by setting the post inserts in the body lower by 3mm or any other method to give that range of adjustment that would make these guitars the best bang for buck I've ever seen!
One more thing I did, which is personal preference really, is to buff the dullness out of the finish of the body and neck. It's described as "faded" and the photos look semi gloss which I like. In reality the finish on these is matt. The other one I have is the same but in red.

I'm planning to put a second p/u in the neck position, and realise this would cancel my guarantee, and I'm very aware of possible issues to the structure of the neck joint but I shall use a single coil size rail humbucker and come away from the end of the neck by at least 25mm. Think it will be fine.
In conclusion: If you are prepared for the potential issues above, and have the skills to deal with them, you can make these into great guitars. If you like a high action , get one. If you want a lowish action and have no maintenance skill, best avoid until HB get the issues sorted.


Recorded an entire album with it right out of the box
Javathemocha 20.07.2021
I've had mine for a little over a year now and it's a killer little guitar. It sounds great and plays great. I only have 2 negatives. These are things that you can't really know these by the pictures:

- Action was a little high when it shipped. This was easy enough to adjust out though. Even with the high action, there was no fret buzz and no intonation issues though. This is all personal preference I suppose.

- The finish is advertised as an open-pore finish. This part is wholly untrue. It's just a regular satin finish that sits flush over the wood grain. I was a little bummed about that (I like the feel of the pores/divots), but you can still get a good view of the wood grain. It still looks nice overall and the color is spot-on. You just cannot feel the grain.

I want to make a special mention about the sound of this guitar. I personally love it. It's an unusual mix of P90 meets Telecaster. It's capable of creating the signature P90 "roar", but with some twang. I love it for punk rock and black metal. That twang creates a nice upper mid-range that fills out chords and gives things a little extra "chime". I recorded an entire album with this thing out of the box (with the factory setup and original strings intact). I don't suggest doing that...but it sounded absolutely perfect and you can totally do that and get amazing results.


I'm in love again!
Courie Amado 21.12.2020
I have only just purchased this beautfiful guitar and OMG it's even more stunning in person than it is in phots! Most definitely a keeper.

At the moment I am using this for commercial records in my home studio. And once lockdown resrictions allow, I silmply wait to show her off in public!

I love the colour - it's very dark but the blue really shines out when a bright light is put on it. It is super, super lightweight (which I personally love). The neck feels lovely, think, sleek and smooth so perfect for my indie/punk/rock styles. I cannot go on too much about how gorgeous this guitar looks. She's a total stunner.

A basic as you like rock n roll machine that growls, fizzes and cleans up rather nicely too.

Literally, the only thing I don't like on this guitar is the fact that the FAT version with the coil tapping on the stacked P90 is not available in the same faded blue colour! Or Black! If they were I would buy one immediately!

How Harley Benton managed to get a guitar that has a substantial neck which is also slim and zippy, a guitar that feels quality and worthy of being dug into a rock back and yet light as a freather and it's gonna increase your level of cool on stage... and all for under £180! A miracle and my personal Christmas wish came true!


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