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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: 100 Jazzmaster Reply with quote

Not sure if this has been posted yet, but...

http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hb_ja_60sb_vintage_serie.htm

lol what

That's dreadfully cheap.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

has anyone got any experience with Harley Benton stuff in general? Are they total shit?
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HB pedal owner - its great

the ac30 sansamp clone

i also have a 212 cab waiting for me to pick up this afternoon

good kit, don't know about guitars specifically. probably some good some bad
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been eyeing up their strat copies. And this JM now.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'd have a punt at a mustang maybe
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a couple of their pedals (the American and AC Tone Tech21 clones). They're the same as the Joyo ones of the same name - just different branding. Happy with both. No experience of any of the other Harley Benton branded stuff though. I think it's a brand Thomann slap on things so the quality could be variable.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

George wrote:
i'd have a punt at a mustang maybe


As in a Sunn Mustang? One of my bezzies uses one of them and has for years. Good shout. Will investigate ebay.


But still - Harley Benton guitar experiences anyone?
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Pretty extreme cutaways there.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bought my lady the 5string active bass a few years ago. setup was terrible, but then i suspect its harder to make a cheap 5string bass play good than a guitar.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the vast majority of it is Chinese-sourced with the HB name slapped on it. They can offer it cheaper than other names who offer the exact same equipment because they can buy it in such obscene quantities.

So the quality could be somewhat variable, but I have found it difficult to find a cheap guitar that actually plays all that badly over the last few years. That said, I'm going to bet you'll see and feel a fair bit of the 100-150 difference between this and a Squier Jag/Jazzy, though.

Except for those Wilkinson P90s. That's surprising.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is that in U.S. currency? it looks decent enough, and in reality, no matter how shoddy a fret job is, or a factory setup is, it can be sorted out in less than 1 hour by a decent tech. the guard looks like shit, and it kinda sucks that its just blocks and no binding, but its still pretty cool looking.

EDIT* thats about 158.29 in USD. not too bad i suppose. i would like to hear some decent reviews of this beast. it would be worth picking up and modding with a new guard IMO.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm totally gonna get one and I don't care if it's shit.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This going to sound stupid, but I like the way it looks a wee bit fake, but wish it'd look a wee bit faker. Like, not quite serviceman fake, but random '60s surf guitar fake.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the look of it I would almost bet money that it's from the same factory as the Xaviere / GFS models.

http://www.guitarfetish.com/XV-JT40-Offset-Floating-trem-P90-pickups-Alder-Body-Vintage-Sunburst_p_1294.html#

But the HB one actually looks better to me...the shape of the trem and the bridge looks more accurate, and it's got name-brand pickups.

Also, speaking of frets, for what it's worth, the frets on my Xaviere JM were (and still are) flawless. At a price like 123 I doubt you could go wrong. Just send it back if it's awful.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shudda bin a bit more in-depth earlier. the fretting on ms spiro's bass is all good (ive played worse epiphones), the finish was a bit thick n plasticy (its a 115 bass tbf) but overall its well put together.
also my co-guitarist tom has their 7string electric guitar, n all the same applies

this JM looks like a good buy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had their 70s Jazz bass that looked like the squier - big maple neck, black blocks and binding, natural finish body. Was a fine instrument for the price, got a few gigs with it and it was fine! I should think that jazzmaster would be more than ok.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of an aside, but they sell a telecaster for 50!
http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbt16sb.htm
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