Harley Benton GS-Travel Mahogany

Steel-string guitar

  • Design: Mini Travel Grand Symphony
  • Body: selected mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Arched back
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: V
  • Fretboard: blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • Scale: 596 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Dot inlays
  • Bridge: blackwood
  • Walnut binding on the body and headstock
  • Black deluxe diecast machine heads
  • Strings: HB .010 - .047
  • Colour: natural satin matte
  • Incl. gig bag
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Model Mini Grand Symphony
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Blackwood
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Pickup System No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes

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Lovely, sweet little guitar

S Harrison, 09.02.2018
I bought this to play lounging on my sofa, laying on my bed or outside in the garden.
Out of the box, it's very playable - I haven't changed anything.
The mahogany gives a warmth to the sound, which I like. On a guitar body this small I don't think you'd need the brighter sound of a spruce top - I haven't tried the spruce version though.
Mine has a closely grained mahogany top rather than the more striped look of the one in the pictures - mine looks lovely. It's pretty light weight - ideal for what I bought it for. It sounds and projects much better than you'd think from the size (and price).
If I hadn't bought a CLA-15m soon after I'd be picking this up all the time - as it is, I pick it up a lot.
It has clarity, punch and warmth that are way above it's size and price tag.
Now the big question - is it as good as the Taylor? I have no idea, I've never played one. But it's the wrong question and missing the point; For the likely intended uses of this guitar, it's as good as you need.
Don't get me wrong - it sounds good, it plays well and it's fun to play. But do you really need to pay over £500 for a travel/sofa guitar?
It's hard to justify that unless you're recording with it a lot (to cut through the mix - and this will do the job). Or maybe want a smaller scale instrument for a child/teen. You could buy this and get two custom line acoustics (Harley Bentons) for that money - I know which I'd prefer and that's exactly what I've done.
Tuners - they do their job. People complain about a lot of new guitars not holding their tuning but it's just because they haven't bedded the strings in - (pull them away from the guitar 3-4 times, tune the string back up, do this 3 times for each string - you'll now hold your tuning). Speaking of which - when I tried that on this guitar the peg came off on the lower E string - I'm not bothered; I put it back in and developed a method of pulling the string parallel to the body, which works fine.
Construction is fine - don't expect bone nuts and bridge saddles at this price.
It's very neat and tidy, rather attractive and I love the curve on the back.
I have an old Martin travel guitar - I never play it. This is so much better - it's a proper guitar, just a bit smaller and light weight.
For the price it's a bargain - it even comes with a neat little gig bag.
If you want a full blown acoustic, I'd recommend one of the custom line ones. But I have plenty of guitars and I can't resist this little beauty - it gets far more of my attention than the price would suggest.
You know you want one.
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My new constant companion

Danno79, 26.07.2017
I've had this little guitar for around a month now and I just can't put it down. It's the perfect companion for travelling around, or just chilling on the sofa - it really has rekindled my love for playing.

Pros - this is surprisingly well built, especially considering it only costs 75 euros! Having compared it directly to the Taylor GS mini (which it is pretty much an exact copy of the body and neck shape), it is just as well made, and actually more robust in some ways as it has proper binding on the edges of the body, where the Martin just has raw plywood edges. The finish on mine was great too - I really like the subtle satin lacquer. The case is well made too, and is also very similar to the taylor case. The sound is clear, loud and well balanced considering the body is so small and the mahogany top gives a great mellow roundness to the sound.

Cons - There are really only a few very minor niggles with this little guitar - it's really easy to play but for me the action was a tiny bit too high out of the box - that was easily fixed by sanding the underside of the plastic bridge a little. Also the factory fitted strings weren't great, a decent set of phosphor bronze ones fixed that though. Personally I'm not a huge fan of the shape of the head-stock, but that's just my taste and can be overlooked for the incredible value this guitar represents.

The only way this could be improved upon was if Thomann could offer an electro-acoustic version - then I'd buy the spruce version as well!

Overall I would highly recommend this product, just a bit of a shame I had to wait 4 weeks for it come back into stock, but I guess that just shows how popular and great value they are!
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