Fundamental, simple electric guitar choices?

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by axejock, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. Bob Spumoni

    Bob Spumoni Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    73
    Messages:
    819
    Joined:
    May 5, 2019
    Location:
    New England
    Insightful stuff.
     
    SAguitar and axejock like this.
  2. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,891
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2018
    Location:
    Washington State
    I finally got some info on Harley Benton by looking on Reverb. There are a lot of listings there, but mostly from overseas. But here are two that would fit my specifications:

    hbdcjryel.jpg hbdcjrblue.jpg

    Sure wish they had a US distributor! Obviously these are identical except for color, but they are around $375 with $65 shipping. I guess that's not too bad?
    And as for my "specs" for this guitar, they are very simple. A body, a neck, one pickup, a bridge, tuners, and as few controls as possible. Absolutely NO desire to mod it once I get it!!
     
  3. Bob Spumoni

    Bob Spumoni Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    73
    Messages:
    819
    Joined:
    May 5, 2019
    Location:
    New England
    The link I posted above will allow you to order from Thomann/HB. Go there.
     
    axejock likes this.
  4. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,345
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2019
    Location:
    SoCal
    Harley Benton is the "house brand" for Thomann, they are the exclusive source.
    Kinda like Rogue, Laguna, etc...
    Thomann is the only source for them. Their lines are basically identical to the "Vintage" product line... their Les Paul style guitars have the same headstock shape.

    Thomann is a good dealer, they are like the EU's version of Sweetwater. Their pricing is very good, but they do hit US customers with a flat shipping rate, so a pack of strings might cost you $35, OTOH, Amazon wanted $300 for a Digitech Trio+, add-on footpedal, and power supply.
    I bought from Thomann and got the same bundle AND a "Spaceship 60" pedalboard, with shipping, for the same $300.

    My Harley Benton P90 Gold Top was like $180 shipped.
    And it's a $180 guitar. It plays OK, but it has some cosmetic issues... just not the build quality of my Les Paul (nor would I expect it to be), nor the build quality of my 2020 Epiphone LP Custom (again, nor would I expect it to be).
    They are what they are... they are decent, affordable, playable student guitars.
     
    axejock likes this.
  5. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,345
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2019
    Location:
    SoCal
    https://www.thomannmusic.com/harley_benton_sc_junior_vintage_sunburst.htm
    https://www.thomannmusic.com/harley_benton_sc_junior_ltd_ssp.htm
    https://www.thomannmusic.com/harley_benton_sc_junior_black.htm

    $200 plus shipping.
    $375 for those on Reverb is a ripoff.
     
    axejock likes this.
  6. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,891
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2018
    Location:
    Washington State
    There sure are not many used LP Jr's available on the "normal sites". I thought there might be quite a few since they are so "basic". But maybe basic is "in" these days? I've had good luck with Epi's over the years, so may end up going that way despite the lack of color choices. We'll see, no hurry!
     
  7. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    3,180
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2014
    Location:
    NY
    Another candidate - Fender flavored this time - might be a Squier Esquire.
    (I guess they really ought to call it an Esquier...)

    To vary the sound with a single pickup guitar, you're compelled to use your playing technique in ways you might not have explored otherwise. Ironically, the lack of options can be broadening to one's outlook and style.

    It's been said that limitations often can give a boost to creativity. I think this is particularly true in music: for writing & production as well as for tone & playing style.

    I love versatile guitars and really miss the neck pickup when there isn't one.

    But a single pickup axe makes you aware of possibilities that sometimes get overlooked.
     
    SKYDOG4570, CAR63, Hoodster and 2 others like this.
  8. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster

    Messages:
    21,863
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2015
    Location:
    Sachse TX behind the cemetary
    [​IMG]

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do. :D
     
  9. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Platinum Supporting Member

    Messages:
    7,315
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2017
    Location:
    3rd door down.
    ROFL.
     
    axejock likes this.
  10. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,345
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2019
    Location:
    SoCal
    Basic has been back "in" since Grunge and Billy Joe.
    Guitars that you couldn't give away in 1985 are now selling for near retail.
     
    StratUp and axejock like this.
  11. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster

    Messages:
    21,863
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2015
    Location:
    Sachse TX behind the cemetary
    The cheapest Epi Jr are often offered used for more than the original retail.
     
    axejock, Bowmap and CB91710 like this.
  12. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Platinum Supporting Member

    Messages:
    7,315
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2017
    Location:
    3rd door down.
    I should have bought more than 1 then.
     
    CB91710 and axejock like this.
  13. MusicManD

    MusicManD Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    38
    Messages:
    43
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2017
    Location:
    USA
    I actually immediately thought of my Reverend Sensei Jr.

    [​IMG]

    One P90 pickup, but with volume, tone, and bass contour knobs, it's insanely versatile. With everything on 10, it absolutely gets that "Let me pound this tiny nail with a sledgehammer" tone that you're referring to. Sort of an angry humbucker. Roll off the bass contour just a touch and it gets back into what I'm used to with P90s - reminds me a lot of the P90s on the Modern Player Thinline Tele I once had. Keep rolling off the bass contour and it gets back into sparkly single coil territory.

    Then the tone knob serves to "place" the pickup. If I roll it back about halfway, it definitely feels more like a neck pickup. Any further and it gets very dark as you'd expect.

    I actually really like it with slide.

    To the OP, you might also be looking at an Esquire Tele. I started down the road that eventually led to the Sensei Jr by challenging myself to go through an entire show with just my Telecaster on the bridge pickup, no effects. It was a lot of fun, and it really helped me to appreciate the versatility of the Tele.
     
    SKYDOG4570, Richard McKay and axejock like this.
  14. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster

    Messages:
    21,863
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2015
    Location:
    Sachse TX behind the cemetary
    Great looking guitar and I am sure it is versatile. But that versatility is coming from from sophisticated tech. Which is not what Jrs and Melody makers were about.
     
    axejock likes this.
  15. Stratafied

    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

    Age:
    69
    Messages:
    5,815
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2019
    Location:
    North of South
    Danelectro!!
     
    Jumbosilverette and axejock like this.
  16. MusicManD

    MusicManD Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    38
    Messages:
    43
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2017
    Location:
    USA
    I don't know that I'd call two tone pots instead of one "sophisticated," but your point is definitely taken.

    That said, I'll see your assertion and raise you this:

     
    axejock likes this.
  17. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,075
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2012
    Location:
    Tennessee, USA
    I have one (YELLOW:D)! I caught it on sale...it was $131 including tax, with free shipping (MF). A fun guitar.
     
    Bowmap and axejock like this.
  18. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

    Messages:
    13,682
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2014
    Location:
    Santa Maria, CA
    Bowmap, CB91710, axejock and 2 others like this.
  19. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Messages:
    2,129
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2014
    Location:
    Oregon
  20. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,891
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2018
    Location:
    Washington State