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Harley Benton TE-52 NA Vintage Series

Electric Guitar

  • Body: American ash
  • Neck: Canadian maple with roseacer skunk stripe, bolt-on
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Dot inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Pickups: 2x Roswell TEA alnico vintage TE style single coils
  • 1x Volume and 1x tone control
  • 3-Way selector switch
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario .009 - .042
  • Colour: Natural High-gloss
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Colour Natural
Pickups SS
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Ash
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Beautiful quality instrument

23.11.2016
I spent ages researching the various tele options available on the market and in the end decided on the HB TE-52 vintage series for it's sound, overall workmanship and value for money. When it arrived I wasn't disappointed ! Out of the box this guitar looked lovely, felt nice and comfortable in the hand, was playable, and wasn't nearly as heavy as I'd been led to believe.

The finish was pretty much flawless, everything was exactly as it should be. Nice wood, comfortable neck, knobs turned freely, switch likewise, and the tuners were reasonably OK (perhaps not quite as smooth as I'd like and possibly the only things I'll change in the future). I looked hard to find something wrong but no, nothing to complain about here. Some other reviews mentioned small problems with the finish, stiff controls, a screw loose here and there but mine was as near perfect as one could fairly expect, nothing that couldn't be fixed in 5 mins anyway.

The guitar was well set up and playable right from the beginning but after a day or two of playing I felt the fret ends were just a little bit uncomfortable so it seemed like a good opportunity to take off the factory strings, spend an hour or so gently rounding the fret ends a little and then replace the strings with a new set. I also tweaked the neck relief and string action a tiny bit to suit my personal preferences but otherwise everything was good. The intonation was almost spot-on already so no worries there either.

I already had several different guitars which I play at home and use for recording also and this TE-52 has become my favourite go-to instrument in the two months that I've had it. It's very comfortable to play, the sound is very good, it stays in tune and performs exactly as I had hoped it would. From a recording point of view it's been excellent too. Used through an amp, DAW and in combination with several effect pedals it's all worked out fine too and I really like the results.

How do Thomann do it ? I don't know but fair play to them for making such a quality instrument available at such a ridiculous price. Would another big-brand guitar costing maybe 5 or 10 times as much be worth it ? I honestly doubt it. There's some decent craftsmanship gone into the production of the TE-52 which makes it a joy to play and I honestly think you just can't go wrong for the money. Even if I'd had a ¤500 budget I think this would still be the better option and leave more than enough left over to consider upgrading the pickups and tuners if so desired.

Overall I'm very happy I decided on the TE-52, I love playing it and I'd reccommend it without hesitation to anyone looking for a great guitar with a tele sound, regardless of your budget. Thanks Thomann ;-)
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Amazing quality for the price...... and then some !!

01.03.2016
Out of the box the build quality appears pretty much flawless. Body finish is immaculate mirror gloss? no visible dents, scratches or scuffs etc. If these are either two or three piece ash, I can't see any join ? it looks like one piece of wood.. Nice chunky but comfy neck and all hardware seems to do its job well. Fret job feels good with no sharp edges that I can feel at all and nut seems well cut. This IS a heavy guitar, but not an issue as I'm just a home player . this guitar just feels amazingly solid. All the classic TE tones are here and the Wilkinson p/ups definitely seem worth the extra bit of money.


A couple of very minor issues. Fitted strings show some oxidation and feel a little rough.Frets look and feel like they could do with a bit of a better dress or maybe even just polishing up will fix this . Some grime or gunk on frets which may be the cause and greyish blob of what I guess is polishing compound on the fingerboard which looks like it will pick or polish off. Also control knobs seated at very slightly different heights and volume a little bit off being true parallel to body. The very highest black dot fret marker is a bit smudged around the edges which again may well polish out.These are very very minor and wouldn't normally even notice them. Any of the above issues I'm sure could be found on guitars 2 or 3 times the price.

Who should by this ?

I have a few mid lower range electrics ?92 Squier Strat MIJ , Epiphone LP Special, Yamaha and promised myself my next guitar would be a ?proper? TE. However, when I heard about HB guitars and what you get for a very low price I changed my thinking. I'm an occasional home player who likes to have variety of guitars for different moods and tones etc. I don't gig and whilst this may not be the sort of guitar that would survive years of touring without some upgrading, it does what I need it to and does it very very well. Seriously when you look at what you get for the money, its amazing how HB are doing this. Forget the name on the headstock, based on feel, tone and build alone you would think you're playing something a lot more expensive . I've never played a ?real? TE or vintage or custom shop model so can't say what they?re like but it's hard to see how the big manufacturers justify some of their prices when you see what you get with this HB.

Get one !!!
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