Harley Benton Redefines Affordable Instruments
Harley Benton is currently redefining the meaning of “affordable instruments.” Harley Benton is the house brand for the manufacturer Musikhaus Thomann, which is based in Bavaria, Germany. Harley Benton’s main focus is guitars, however they are also in the market for power supplies, amps, ukuleles, picks, strings and more. Harley Benton is not a name you hear very often, but that could very well change with a little time.
Their guitars start at a price of around $30, so for some of their guitars you cannot expect very much. However, they extend all the way up to a price of $477. Their guitars tend to be very well made for the price they are sold at. Most companies will sell you something for a similar price and you would only get a fraction of the quality you would get with a Harley Benton.
I personally own a Harley Benton SC-550 so I have a bit of experience with one of their best guitars. When it comes to sound quality, the SC-550 rivals some reputable manufacturers, such as Epiphone. The SC-550 plays very smoothly on Roswell LAF alnico 5 humbucker pickups. The neck pickup provides a very warm smooth tone, while the bridge pickup focuses a bit more on treble which makes it a perfect fit for all of your high pitched soloing needs.
The guitar itself is very well manufactured and I have not had any hardware problems with it. It comes stock with two volume pots and two tone pots, a three way pickup selector, a tune-o-matic bridge and standard machine heads. The guitars neck and body are both made of mahogany, however, it has a flamed maple veneer over the body. The fingerboard is made of roseacer, a very good substitute for rosewood, and has beautiful pearloid trapezoid inlays the whole way down.
At a minuscule price of $238 plus shipping, this is by far one of the best guitars I have ever played for so cheap. It feels as if you are playing on a much more expensive instrument than you really are. The only downfall I have seen in the guitar, is the machinheads. The tuning stability is definitely manageable, however it takes mild effort to get it to stay in tune, which can occasionally get somewhat bothersome. If there was anything on the instrument that I would change, it would most definitely be the machine heads. I would replace them with Grover’s locking machine heads which can be rather pricey, but well worth the money.
If you are looking for an instrument for cheap, or are just beginning to play an instrument, I would suggest you browse Harley Benton’s website. They offer a variety of instruments for a very affordable cost, and they play extremely well for what you are paying.
-Featured Writer, Jacob Price-