I bought a TE-70 deluxe just to mess around with, little did I know I'd be gigging it weeks later with a new set of AVRI 58s installed.
I'll start from the beginning: I saw these guitars all over the internet and always liked the look of them. A rosewood top guitar for £135 total? Surely not! Well I decided to take the plunge and buy one.
Straight out of the box, the setup was immaculate with a medium-low action and perfect intonation. Tuners fell okay and usable, but I absolutely love the option for through body stringing or top loading. The neck feels wide like a Gibson neck, and the fretboard radius flat enough for smooth bending.
The pickups sounded decent, but were unfortunately micro-phonic which wasn't ideal for my gain habits. After investing in some new pickups, the guitar is now a polished gem, a guitar that people have to look twice at (in a good way).
The only issue that my guitar had after several performances was that my not-so-delicate friend managed to pull the top strat button off the guitar, resulting in it not being able to be put back in, but a larger screw solved that problem.
Having owned another Harley Benton (custom line cld-41) guitar I was already aware of the quality of the brand. I ordered this guitar because I was looking for a T-style guitar for some recording that I was doing. This is a great example of that style of guitar.
The TE-70 styles itself as a Rosewood telecaster, It is a rosewood veneer, though a solid body. It is certainly beautiful, even more so in person than in the photos. My initial thought when I removed it from the box was that it was a stunning looking guitar. It is a good weight guitar, feels very solid. I played it straight away, and I was extremely impressed by the playability and set up. This had (like my other Harley Benton) a very well set up action, at least for my playing style. The next is more of a modern slim shape than a thick type. Again this may or may not suit your style, it certainly does mine.
The only issue i found with this guitar (and it may well be only with guitar) is that my bridge pickup is microphonic and will pick up taps and knocks on the body. I acually haven't found this to be too much of a problem as I use this guitar for recording and haven't had to deal with feedback issues on stage. I was planning on changing the pick up out eventually anyhow to something more of my taste. Other than that I cant fault this guitar.
For the money this is an incredible guitar and very playable. The hardware is not top of the line but for this kind of price you really shouldn't expect it to be. I dont think there is better guitars out there for the same sort of money. These are way better than any of the squires or similar in the price bracket. You would probably have to go to the Squire vintage modified series to come close. Great value for money. I will definitely be buying a few more.
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