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TLC-Shaped Guitar from Harley Benton belonging to the Deluxe series.

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  • AxeelAxeel

    Quality at a discounted price

    Harley Benton TE-40Published on 01/30/16 at 13:56
    - Which amplifier and/or effect(s) do you use with this guitar? What playing and musical style(s) do you play with this guitar?

    I use it on a Vox lil' night train with a v112nt,nothing exceptional effect-wise (megalith delta) and a noise gate (ns2), essentially for metal (thrash, djent, heavy, death...) :bave:

    - What are your thoughts on the workmanship, electronics, and finish of this instrument? How is its intonation? Does its neck, touch, feel, shape, etc complement your playing style?

    This pretty yhing has the following specs:
    Deluxe series
    Basswood body
    Ash top
    Bolt-on maple neck
    Rosewood fretboard
    Radius: 350mm
    22 frets
    648 mm scale lengh
    Nut width: 43mm
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    - Which amplifier and/or effect(s) do you use with this guitar? What playing and musical style(s) do you play with this guitar?

    I use it on a Vox lil' night train with a v112nt,nothing exceptional effect-wise (megalith delta) and a noise gate (ns2), essentially for metal (thrash, djent, heavy, death...) :bave:

    - What are your thoughts on the workmanship, electronics, and finish of this instrument? How is its intonation? Does its neck, touch, feel, shape, etc complement your playing style?

    This pretty yhing has the following specs:
    Deluxe series
    Basswood body
    Ash top
    Bolt-on maple neck
    Rosewood fretboard
    Radius: 350mm
    22 frets
    648 mm scale lengh
    Nut width: 43mm
    Double action trussrod
    2 Wilkinson Alnico humbucker pickups
    3-way toggle switch
    1 volume knob
    1 tone knob
    Die-cast tuners
    Tune-o-matic bridge (string-thru body)

    The wood and workmanship are a good surprise for such a price, the neck is very pleasant, soft, not rough, similar to that of a fender tele but I'd say it's flatter. Well-fretted, the highs are easily accessed, no problem except for the bridge that I had to change for a Gotoh shortly after buying because the original warped a bit. I haven't been curious enough so as to go and inspect the electronics' cavity but no problem with it so no need to! The top is BEAUTIFUL, it first seems a rather common chiny black but ibce well lit you realize it's more a very dark brown (which looks beautiful with the golden hardware) and the wood veins can be seen through the lacquer, just sublime.

    It keeps in tune very well (I play in drop C with 11-52s), even after 3 hours playing it doesn'y need to be tuned again, sometimes it happens on the C string but it's a universal issue... When I play sitting (in the position of a classical guitar player) it doesn't slide, doesn't hurt your thighs (I've had an Explorer-shaped guitar which tip did), so everything's fine. When playing standing, it doesn't take a nosedive, in spite of the basswood body and ash top I don't find it heavy (so no aching back :bravo: ).

    - Do clean, crunchy and distorted sounds adapt well to different microphone positions? Are the guitar's different frequencies and sounds well-balanced?

    That's the TE 40's weakest link, its pickups (although quite good) sound too bassy and lack trebles (to my taste), making distorted sounds lack precision, but this is something one can solve easily tweaking the knobs ;)
    In itself, it provides the instrument with a real sonic identity, so I won't change them, I'm fine with them!
    Clean sound is hot and a bit fat, even on the bridge pickup, which is great for blues. It crunches easily, with the same sonic characteristics as in clean, and regarding distorted sounds (those I use most) I manage to get a large amount of distortions, it does the job, whether for sharp and shrilly sounds, overcompressed high gain, or clean dists... But the guitar's sonic identitu remains noticeable, I can get a large array of sounds with my pedal but whichever setting I use the guitar will remain recognizable! The neck pickup sounds much fatter than the bridge pickup (which already is - fat), which can be considered a pro or a con (to each his own)., to my taste it tends to limit the available sonic options.

    - What are the pros and cons of this guitar?

    Pros:
    - wood & craftsmanship
    - ergonomy
    - it look
    - ITS PRICE
    - the pickups

    Cons:
    - the pickups (yes, I have sort of mixed feelings about them)

    I decided to buy this guitar because I liked its look, and I wanted a HH tele-like, plus I only heard good thing about this brand so I thought "Why not? in the worst case I send it back if I don't like it"... And I didn't send it back. ;)

    To conclude, what we have here is a tele halfway between a Les Paul and "classic" Tele, it looks good, is comfortable to play, a sound... that provides mixed feelings :) All this for the price of a EMG 89-x ! Ain't it greaaat, huh ? :-D

    I'd do the same choice again if given the opportunity!
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