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Harley Benton MA-500 VS Bluegrass Series


  • Body: Basswood
  • Cream bindings
  • Maple neck
  • Neck Profile: Rounded V-Shape
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Dot inlays
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 350 mm
  • Nut width: 28 mm
  • Double-action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Single Coils
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • 3-way switch
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Diecast machine heads
  • String Gauge: .011 - .014 - .025w - .039w
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst
  • Finish: high gloss.
  • Gigbag optional (152480)
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  • Folk
  • Folk Line
  • Strumming
  • Strumming Line
  • Traditional
  • Traditional Line

Further information

Shape E Mandoline
Colour Sunburst
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Pickup System Yes
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Fun little thing - but needed work

irfrench, 14.10.2014
I'm pretty comfortable working on guitars, in fact I enjoy it, so I bought this as a little project.

I'd only messed around with Mandolins and decided that it was about time to get one in the house and as I was going through a Tele phase this seemed like a perfect fit!

It does not sound like a mandolin, but it gets that kind of flavour if you're looking to add textures/layers to a recording.

The amplified sound is a little dull, although this may be down to the original strings, and there is not a huge difference between pick up locations. However, as above, I have found uses for it when needing to add extra layers or textures to recordings.

It was playable out of the box but needed a fair amount of work to make it playable to my liking - so work was done to the neck, frets, nut and 'saddles'. The actual finish of the instrument is great and as a little practice instrument it has been brilliant.

If you are looking for a 'serious' mandolin, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a robust project instrument and want something different this is for you!
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Fantastic instrument

When I bought this I thought it would be a base for upgrading all the hardware to make a decent instrument. I couldn't have been more wrong. The finish is flawless. The bolt on neck joint is perfect as is its shape for my hands anyway. The tuners are silky smooth and have no play or stickiness which is often found on low cost instruments. The strings sound fine. Pickups work as they should and there is no hum that I've found through an amplifier. Mine arrived with the improved bridge allowing intonation to be set independently for each courts of strings as well as individual height adjustment. No complaints there. It has strap buttons fitted and even came with a guitar lead albeit a thin short one. It's more than other makers provide! Does it sound like a mandolin? Yes in the same way that an electric guitar sounds like an acoustic one. It's different but great fun and it depends what you want it for. I love it. The nut was cut about right. I may shave a tad of it but not yet. The bridge action needed lowering but that's a couple of minutes of a job using the supplied Allen key. If you fancy one don't hesitate. I really don't know how they can be made for this price. Only minor gripe is that it has a flat fingerboard. Radiused would be better but for this price no complaints.
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115 €
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