Harley Benton L-400 Gold Top Upgrades

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  1. LessPawl

    LessPawl Well-Known Member Supporting Member+ Gold Supporting Member

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    This will be my first project guitar ever. Since the day I received this from Thomann, I've bonded with it. The guitar was about 139 bucks. For that price, I got a guitar that was very well constructed. It's got a matte Gold top, and matte brownish back and sides. It plays really well, and is super easy to get around on. The frets from the factory were amazingly level, with no sharp edges anywhere. The body is Basswood, but heavy. The fit and finish is unreal, given the price. The head stock is more angled than most of my LP knockoffs, and pretty close to the BIG G angle.

    The upgrades, coming over the next 2 weeks:

    GM 57 Classics Alnico 2's 39 bucks
    New Full Sized Pots 30 bucks or so
    Polish the frets with those awesome little pads from Stew Mac
    Oil the board
    * Possibly a new nut, Graphtech 25 bucks
    A nice new set of 10's about 10 bucks

    These upgrades should turn this into a pretty darn amazing guitar. All she's missing is decent pickups. Once she's finished, I'm thinking this one will be in the regular rotation.

    here's a stock pic of the fiddle from the Interwebs

    Goldy L-400.PNG
     
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    Matte Gold Bumpage BTW, the pic is missing the "Poker Chip" which is on mine
     
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    good luck on the journey, it tends to be a black hole, but a fun one

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    LOL, thanks brother. The hardware has help up well, so I think this is my limit on this one. Have a great weekend
     
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    @Lamf77 thanks for the links, brother. What's really interesting about this low priced fiddle of mine, the tuners do have a slight bit of play in them, but.....once she's in tune, she stays in tune. I was actually quite surprised by that. The hardware thus far has held up really well. I've had this fiddle for over 3 years. The Chinese Pot Metal hardware is usually pretty iffy, but this stuff isn't bad at all.
     
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    Hardware on these is hit or miss. Just be sure you take all the tension out of the strings before you try to intonate or you'll twist the saddle screw head right off. I try not to make the same mistake three times but it doesn't always work out that way. And those HB bridge posts can be a little off, a few replacement bridges have needed a little help with a small mallet...
     
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    Please let us know what your impression of the 57s are.
     
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    I must have scored 3 good ones when I ordered the Gold and Matte Black L 400's as well as the l-450 Burst. (All old HB head stock) The hardware on the 3 of them has been good to go. No need to replace bridges, yet. The newer head stock L-450 burst I got was BAD right out the box. Needed the fret ends dressed, as they were like friggen razors. These guitars are hit or miss to be sure. For the money, I fully expected that.

    Can't wait to put the GOLD pickups on the Matte Black and Goldy. It should look awesome with the chrome hardware. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Indeed I will, Tim.
     
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    face palm kid.jpg
     
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    Loving that lefty gold. Do they make it with P90s?
    My Liquid is basswood and it is also hefty.
     
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    Never in a lefty and they changed the body style about three years ago to something less Gibson. They also had pretty faithful copies of SGs, Explorers and Vs. No more...
     
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    TobinJohn beat me to it. Thomann still has a decent selection of Harley Benton's in lefty, fwiw. Some pretty decent looking fiddles for low dollars. They are hit or miss though.
     
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    Maybe, if Gibson loses their lawsuits.......?
     
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    Probably not, they probably sell more Gibsons in Europe than everyone else combined. The consensus back then was they changed the shapes as to not jeopardize their relationship with Gibson...
     

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