Harley Benton

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  1. SamIV

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    Anyone have one of these or familiar with it? It’s a Harley Benton TE 90 QM I believe. It’s a Tele style body but a semi hollow with P90’s. Looking for a different/smaller semi hollow. I have an Ibanez AS 83 that plays well, but I dont play it much. It’s actually the easiest of all my electrics to play, but I have become uncomfortable with the size of it. Looking to down size. Any opinions on it. Looks like I could get it for $180ish
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    I do not have that HB TE 90, but do have semi-hollow & thin-line guitars. My thought is that thin-line teles behave more like a weight relieved solid body than a semi-hollow guitar. What is it you are looking for in this guitar? That being said, I would think the TE 90 with P90s would be killer!
     
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    Don't have the HB but I do have a similar (older) Douglas mode. Basically, I like it a lot. I do agree it's more like a chambered solid than a 335 style and generally, I prefer a 24 or 24 3/4 scale length but it's light and nimble. That red is a real looker. If you enjoy this as much as I've enjoyed my Douglas, you'll more than get your money's worth.
     
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    I don't have that particular Benton, though if memory serves correctly I seem to recall that somebody here does. I do however have this Douglas/Squier hybrid Tele with a semi-hollow body and P90s. It doesn't sound just like a 335 type guitar, though it definitely has a warmer, fuller tone than a solid body instrument. The Benton may suit your needs and the price is great.

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    I missed out on those Douglas guitars. Most liked them. Just need to fill that semi hollow itch I guess. I am aware it will not sound like my Ibanez. Just sold two guitars and have money to spend. Don’t really need a new guitar. But if I get it and like it, the Ibanez would probably be sold. But the Ibanez does play very well. 7E6F2817-1232-4C6F-A52B-CFBE720BCEF1.jpeg
     
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    If anything like my Douglas thinline it is even less of a semi hollow than my Harm...basically about the same as a weight relieved Gibson LP...
     
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    I've got one, still has the hang tag on it. What do you want to know?
     
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    I should have known it was you. :laughing:
     
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    I think I have pretty much all the lefty HBs other than a Strat, bolt-neck LP and the recent double cutaway...
     
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    Methinks you'd have a more difficult time finding something TJ does not own! :)
     
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    Just send the Ibby to me Sam. I'll take care of it for you. :D
     
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    How does it play and what is the build quality like? Neck on the thin or thick side? New models do not have rosewood board anymore and I believe the pickups are different.
     
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    For a nominal fee ;)
     
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    I've got a few things i need to do but will take a look a little later tonight...
     
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    At $180 I wouldn't hesitate one minute. I'm currently looking at a Vintage semi hollow tele type with a mini hum and regular tele bridge. They sell in USA for $499 but I can get it here in Thailand for about $325. That HB would be my choice if it were available here. Do it.

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    No rush. It can be a day or so from now. Don’t want you hurting your back picking through the thirty or forty stacked on top of it trying to ge to it.
     
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    That Vintage looks nice. Waaaaaaaaay too many nice cheap guitars out there.
     
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    The Harley Benton has an Amaranth fretboard. What the hell kind of wood is that. Didn’t one of the wise me bring that to the manger.
     

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