Harley Benton HBMA-50 Mandoline BK

Mandolin

  • Bluegrass series
  • Body shape: A style
  • Spruce top
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Teak
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • 20 Frets
  • Dot inlays
  • Scale: 350 mm
  • Nut width: 30 mm
  • Blackwood bridge
  • Cream binding
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Colour: Black
  • Finish: High-gloss
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Shape A-Style
Colour black
Body Basswood
Top Spruce
Neck Teak
Pickup System No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Good for traveling
31.01.2016
I bought this mandolin to take something with me when I'm traveling.
Lets start with the bad:
There are so many flaws I wont be able to list them all. paint/finish is bad. Many chips, uneven lines on "binding". Rough nut. Some screws are screwed in bad angles so they stick out a bit from body. When it comes to the wood - it is built from all kinds of leftovers. you really don't want to look inside the soundholes. :) Neck is beyond any repairs - it has a weird angle and its warped a bit. truss rod wont fix this. But the good thing is that its playable up to 12th fret and the intonation is alright.
The good:
It somehow stays in one piece and actually sounds ok. Put in some decent strings and it will sound nice. The fretboard is playable up to 12th fret (anything above that - not so good though...). The bridge is adjustable and is a good quality one. at least on mine.
Overall I am satisfied. For the price I paid I got what I needed - a mandolin that sounds good and that I can take on my bicycle and go anywhere without feeling sorry for it getting damaged.
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Worth the price (if you buy strings with it)
Dominik D., 17.02.2014
I bought it for fun because I always wanted to have a mandolin (or an Irish bouzouki which was too expensive..) and I hadn't too much of professional demands towards such an instrument. So I decided to go for a cheaper one and ended up with the Harley Benton HBMA-50 and was surprised when I got it. The overall quality was really great (for the price!) and there was nothing to complain about. No sharp frets, no rattling stuff - really usable cheap mandolin. If it weren't for the strings. Those delivered on the instrument were black. I mean really black. The wounded and the plain ones. Incredible how old they must have been.

I ordered new ones and 'Hello World' there was this typical mandolin sound. Bright, small, shimmering. Wonderful. Okay, it's missing the definition and fine treble of more expensive instruments. It sounds a little bit 'rough' if you want to say so. But for an instrument I bought just for fun from time to time or record a melody it's perfectly fine. If you want to learn mandolin seriously I recommend buying something 'better' (and I mean better, not just more expensive) for everyone else or experimenting it's a wonderful chance of gambling around with a mandolin.
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