Harley Benton MA-500 VS Bluegrass Series

Electric Mandolin

  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck attachment: Bolt-on
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • Neck profile: Rounded V
  • Bindings: Cream-coloured
  • 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
  • Machine heads: Diecast
  • String gauges: .011 - .014 - .025w -. 039w
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst, High-gloss
  • Corresponding gig bag available under Article Nr 152480 (not included)
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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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Tragically flawed
Jezosaurus, 30.08.2020
This arrived thrown together without any testing or quality control. It took quite some time to set the intonation, only to eventually realise that the nut wasn't cut properly and it was impossible to tune well enough to be playable.

The Bridge won't allow the G strings to be set low enough and intonated correctly at the same time. The tuners have considerable play in them. Knock the bridge and it goes instantly out of tune.

Having said that, it sounds fabulous through a long reverb and benefits from a bit of compression and distortion. The pickups give good tone colour

I've totally fallen in love with the Mandocaster as an instrument. So this one is going back and I've ordered something better instead.
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Requires fingers of steel to play
squierjosh, 17.12.2020
This looks and feels like a great instrument. However, the one thing it REALLY needs to be useful is not there - playability. The nut is cut so high that it's nearly impossible to push down strings on the first fret without pain. Even when you can play, the sound is not great. I didn't expect it to sound like an acoustic mandolin, but it's pretty bad. Really muddy, even with the tone cranked on the bridge pickup. Oh well, it looks good on the wall.
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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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Exactly what I wanted and a bit more!
Aldoweeman, 05.10.2019
I am an infrequent but experienced player of mandolins and what I was looking for was a reasonably priced instrument which I could use on the occasions (writing, playing, performing) when I needed to. What I got for the price of a good night out far exceeded my expectations.

Firstly, it looks stunning and the build quality is, without qualification, excellent.

The instrument was playable out of the box, a pleasure to play and, importantly to me, after a good half hour noodling my fingers were still good.

It looks stunning and the build quality is excellent.

Plugged in you have a good basic sound. I don't understand why reviewers say it doesn't sound like a mandolin. It's electric you can make it sound how you want.

Obviously it hasn't an acoustic sound but it is pleasant and quiet for practicing.

I did lower the action at the saddles after a while because it was easy to do (and lower is always better) and will set it up some more when I have the time. Having experience of acoustic mandolins I was particularly surprised at the scope and ease of adjustment. String length, saddle height, neck and pick ups are all easily adjusted and have loads of range.

A big thumbs up for this type of mandolin and for this particular model.
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