Harley Benton TE-80 NT Deluxe Series

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Ash
  • Laminated top made of flamed maple
  • Walnut body stripes
  • Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple
  • C neck profile
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Black body binding
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell Alnico STA-BLK Single Coils
  • 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob
  • 3-Way pickup switch
  • Hardtail bridge
  • Deluxe hardware
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario .010 - .046
  • Colour: Natural, high gloss
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  • Country
  • Bluespicking
  • Funk
  • Indie
  • Punky

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Colour Natural
Pickups SS
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Ash
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Not QUITE an Anderson Madcat ...
08.07.2015
I'd been thinking about getting one of these for some time, always been a bit of a Prince nut, and spurred on by the total lack of bad reviews I bit the bullet and ordered. I'm glad I did ... This is probably the best bang for your buck that I've ever seen, and just so you know, I'm a trained luthier. I did 3 years at MANchester College of Arts and Technology so I sort of know what I'm talking about.
I have to say that ideally I'd like to sit down with 10 of 20 of these and compare them. A bit of internet research seems to indicate that Harley Benton Guitars are made by Saein Guitars who market as Shine but I also have a Harley Benton MS-60 Mustang-ish copy and they don't feel like the same factory to me but really that's just a guess.
The body on this thing is great ... a bit on the heavy side but it is a solid Ash 2 piece with a maple veneer on the top with a Walnut centre stripe. The neck is more C than D. Maple with a skunk stripe but it is a 2 piece (separate fretboard) though this makes no difference at all to the tone or playability and from more than 2 feet away you couldn't tell. The frets are fairly level and even (I had a bit of a buzz on the top E string at the 10th fret but a single tap with my fretting hammer cured it completely.
The pickups are Wilkinson Strat type alnico V's which I've never used before, good output, really chimey and give a Stratty-ish quack with the selector switch in the centre position. I have to say at this point that if you want a traditional Tele sound then don't buy this guitar, it is what it is, and that's more of a Tele/Strat hybrid than a Tele.
The pots are little 16mm things and I can't see the impedance marked on them but I suspect 500k (I will measure the values when I restring it) and the cap is the cheapest green poly that money can buy. Cap makes no difference at all other than altering the rate of treble cut when the tone control is turned but I am going to try some full size 250k pots because I'm a bit analy retentive. No one will be able to hear the difference at the moment but in a years time they may be less crackly and a bit warmer sounding but unless you buy 2 guitars and set one up with 500k and one with 250k no one would be able to remember any difference.
I own a 59 Gretsch, a 62 Danelectro, an ex Jo Strummer/Kate Korris mid 70's SG, a late 50's Burns Vista sonic and a late 50's Framus Grand Star as well as assorted far eastern hacks .... and since I got this guitar it's the only one I've played.
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A piece of art that sounds great. Buy it.
MNeug, 10.01.2021
I love this guitar. I have a G&L Asat Classic and this is built just as well. I'm not going to write a 23 paragraph opus but I will say that sure, you could upgrade the tuners and pots... heck you could upgrade all of the hardware if you really wanted to and even the pickups if you were so driven. In the end you would have a top flight tele that looks like nothing Fender or G&L has ever produced for a fraction of the price.

As it sits the only thing I might upgrade is the tuners. Maybe. I've already recorded with it as is and it sounds amazing. Warm when its supposed to be, bright and big when its supposed to be. I will never understand people who want to rip out pickups and put in their favorite high dollar brands in every guitar they buy. Do that and they will all end up sounding alike. These Roswells sound just fine to me; great actually.

The wood is gorgeous, the neck has no fret issues at all. Anyone who complains about intonation/action/pickup heights on a new guitar is wasting your time. You have to set your guitar the way you like it ANY time you get a new guitar. I had NO issues with how this guitar came to me. It was intonated and played like a gem out of the box. And if I want it 100% my way I'll make that happen, as I do with all of my guitars. I absolutely recommend this guitar!
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Upgrades to my Harley Benton TE-80
LeonardS, 16.10.2020
To be honest I got a little bored and needed a project again and decided that this time around It would be the HB TE-80.
When I finally received the guitar I was impressed with the overall looks and pretty good finishing. I cleaned the guitar, did smooth all the frets and spend a couple of hours adjusting the saddles and neck as action was way too high. All in all a very usable guitar taking the price into consideration.
However, after a couple of days I knew the list of items I felt needed to be changed.
Here my list of changes:
1) Bridge saddles as I could not find a bridge with same measures. So I kept the base plate but just changed the saddles with the Highwood Guitar Parts HG-10,50 Vintage Saddles (Thomann).
2) Replaced the nut by a Graph Tech TUSQ XL F-Style Slotted Nut (Thomann)
3) Due to dead spots in the tuners I replaced those by the Harley Benton Parts Locking Tuners 6L Chrome (Thomann)
4) all electronics got replaced by Fender 250K Control Solid Shaft pots, Fender 3-way switch, Fender Control plate Tele, Fender Tele / Precision Bass knobs, Allparts Switchcraft 1/4" Mono Jack (all from Thomann) and an Emerson Custom paper in oil capacitor 0.047 UF.
5) For the pickups I opted for a custom order from Heartbreaker Guitar Pickups in Belgium.
6) Replaced the pick guard, bridge plate and jack plate by the MAD CAT PLATE set created by Tim from Scratch-IT! GIG.INK. Was a perfect fit and looks a million dollars. Web link: in all I am pretty happy with the results, but did spend a fair amount of money on the upgrades.
Things a have to get use to compared to my other way more expensive guitars are the neck and weight.
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What a buy!!!!!!! 5 stars all the way!
Leigh Shayne, 26.10.2020
Wow! This guitar is one of the best bang for buck guitars you will find I'm sure!!

This is my second guitar from thomann and I thought the first one was a great buy but this is even better!! Can't fault this at all. The build is fantastic. Some say it's really heavy but I love the weight of this guitar. The finish on this is superb! High gloss body (faultless) and a smooth satin finish neck that you hand just glides along so easily! The tone of this guitar is beautiful. Pickups sound great! It's easily my favourite, go to guitar now and I have plenty to choose from too!! I just can't put this beauty down!!
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