Harley Benton guitars

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  1. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Strat-Talker

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    They fill a hole in the market .If that hole wasnt needed they wouldnt sell.i have had two, one ,a jaguar type p90 affair was great after the razor sharp fret ends were filed down .The other ,a tele,was sent back as it was ripped in half in transit.For the money they are good and those virus ridden slaves we hear so much about are getting good .One day they will buy Fender and Gibson and have a great laugh .
     
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    It sounds anything but snobbish.

    Back when I was a kid and way before, only guys with big money could afford good guitars, so students, working class guys and poor musicians were mostly bound to REAL BAD cheap instruments. Especially outside the US.

    I said I am happy to see that these very same guys nowadays can afford good guitars that get the job done pretty well, despite being cheaper than the Standard and American models.

    If you think this is being a snob, then you should go back to school and relearn how to read.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    that is not what you said. You said: "low wagers and people who just don’t take playing live seriously"

    That actually sounds very condescending.

    I can read just fine.
     
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    What would possibly be wrong with being happy that people who don’t have a lot of cash and others who don’t really want to play professionally can play good guitars without spending a lot?

    Man, you seriously are touchy.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I am really not that touchy.

    Written text, and spoken language have different subtleties. I have been misunderstood in the past when I wrote something and it was not taken the way in which it was intended. It happens.

    The way you worded your original statement could be taken wrongly. Sorry for any misunderstanding.
     
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  6. DeMelo

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    No problem
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    It is entirely possible to be serious about your live playing even with a Squier, an Epiphone or a Harley Benton.
     
  8. DeMelo

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    I never said it wasn’t.

    I said that people who aren’t can, nevertheless, buy good guitars for low prices. And that this is good.
     
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    The main point in this discussion, @Cerb and @Ebidis, is that some people insist in stating that low end Squiers, Harley Bentons and other inexpensive guitars are as good or even better than American made models that involve good woods, parts, some hand work and inspection, a narrower QC and so on.

    I even laughed once when I saw a dude saying that his Squier Affinity, unmodified, “could beat all the American Standards he had played playwise and tonewise”...

    However, the fact that the US standard and custom stuff is better in one or more ways does NOT mean that Squiers and other budget guitars are BAD, or toys or anything. No, they are good and much better than what we could buy for that price back in the day.
    And it’s good that today someone can buy a decent instrument for $150.

    Loving the instrument you have for your own particular reasons is a whole other thing, and it’s perfectly ok.

    Like someone said above, every guitar series/brand is meant to fill a niche, but you can rock any one of them.
     
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    OK back on track.
     
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  11. musicalmartin

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    To add to the argument.If you cant put out a decent song on a Harley Benton and cheap amp you wont on any other however much it costs .Talent makes music .Years ago I knew a very posh house with huge Steinway grand in it .No one could play it so it was dead lump of wood .Got a feeling the so called name snobs play dead lumps of wood .
     
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    Finally got around to putting some new strings on my ST-62DLX today. I had some 10-48 D'Addarios so I thought I'd give them a shot since the neck on this model is so fat, I also countersunk the pickguard screws since they didn't come that way form the factory. I had put some Fender strap locks on it a few days ago. I opened it up and it's very clean inside. The pots and switch are cheapies of course but do the job and I'm planning on putting in a Clapton wiring kit anyway. Nice that it has a full sized steel block as well (magnet stuck to it) and good quality springs. The pickups are Roswell Alnico 5s and sound pretty good, haven't decided if they'll get swapped or not. The only thing that NEEDS to be changed on the guitar is the tuners. They look nice but they don't feel good at all when tuning, tight and not smooth. Nice gold lockers on the way.

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    This looks absolutely amazing.

    Cheers. Hell makes me want to get one.

    Sound dope on clips too.

     
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    It's a ridiculous amount of guitar for under $250 shipped from Europe.
     
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    It really Is !!!
     
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    That's a very good description.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    It definitely cured my LP Jr. GAS.
     
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    Yeah I'm GAS'ing for that Te-70 Its So Inexpensive Under $300.00 CDN Shipping and Taxes Included !!!

     
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    Mine has just fired me up and now could deffo squander £220 on one of these
    Harley Benton DC-Junior FAT Faded Cherry
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    Why?, it's got an ebony fret board and a split coil Roswell P90D Stack STK4P Alnico-5 Dog Ear humbucker, whoop, whoop, want, want.

    Jeeze, in love at my age:p
     
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    Same here. And if I'd like to can easily see myself upgrading pups down road.I

    Looks stunning