Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple, bolt-on
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell TEA Alnico-5 Vintage TE-style single coils
  • Electronics: 1 x Volume control and 1 x tone control
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Wilkinson bridge with brass saddles and string-thru body
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL110 .010 - .046 (Article Nr: 104555)
  • Colour: Black Paisley

Further Information

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

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Great, but not perfect

rims, 11.05.2017
My son was eying this up for ages, and finally, with the help of a birthday contribution, got me to get it for him. The reviews were all very positive, and for the price - what can you say?!

He loves it. It sits next to him. His previous guitar is now neglected and forlorn.

The good:
It looks lovely. Maple neck, skunk stripe. Nice hardware - Wilkinson bridge and pickups, and sealed tuners. Nice paisley finish, if that's your thing. Sounds like a tele - authentic sounding bridge pickup.

It came nicely set up. Needed a twist of the truss rod, and was good to go, good low action, no buzz, good strings. Fret ends not perfect, but good.

The not so good:
The finish, to me, is a little meh. Not the deep gloss I was expecting, and that it needs to really bring up the paisley. But only one minor paint flaw, barely visible. Neither a big deal. But the rave reviews perhaps unreasonably raise your expectations.

Tuning stability hasn't been great. Still sorting that - nut lubrication for starters; lots of winds on the tuning pegs for high strings (the main culprits). Lubricated the nut, its a bit better. May need restringing. We'll see.

The bridge pickup is very microphonic. That's a feature of many teles, some Fenders included, and possibly gives it the authentic character to the sound, but on high gain every click and clunk is picked up. But the main problem is the feedback, which kicks in unpleasantly and uncontrollably past a certain volume.

Investigating that, if you press on the neck end of the bridge plate it suppresses the squeal. The bridge screws are confined to the lower end, (and were actually quite loose, though tightening didn't help), and it may be the headstock end of the bridge plate is not making contact with the body. The internet has many such examples.

So it may mean modifying the bridge with two screws at the headstock edge, but not after I've tried some wax, or thin foam, or something similar to suppress vibration at that edge. But he won't let me near it - yet...

Again, the internet suggests this is a common problem with this model.

Conclusion? Sounds great, pity about the microphonic squeal, which may be fixable. Not perfectly finished, but for the price very good indeed. A satisfied son, a satisfied dad.
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Good quality great value for money.

Kev in Kent uk, 01.10.2018
I have been looking at Harley Benton guitars for a while now and viewing reviews online, I finally took the plunge and bought this one as I am missing a telecaster in my collection.

This guitar arrived Thursday 27/9/18 and it is now the following Monday, when it arrived I opened it and left it to acclimatise for a couple of hours before testing it. Out of the box the finish looks amazing and it appears blemish free, on testing it was very good indeed and does what a telecaster should.

This is what I have found, the intonation was just right and in fact it was ready to go, that night I took it to band practice an got a few laughs but when I plugged in and went the laughs stopped and by the end of the evening the other guitarist was having a play with it and grinning like a giddy teenager.

On Friday night I gigged it and with the lights low nobody cared what make it was just as long as the music sounded right, I then gigged it saturday and it still done its job.

In short, I personally have had no issues up to now and for the price you can't go wrong. I've had guitars 8 times the price and and been glad to get rid of them. This will definitely be a keeper.
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