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Started by Bill Ruppert, November 28, 2022, 02:56:03 PM
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Quote from: Bill Ruppert on November 28, 2022, 02:56:03 PMIs the Harley Benton line of guitar and bass guitars of good quality?Here in the States we don't see them.The new short scale bass looks nice..https://www.gearnews.com/harley-benton-mv-4msb-gotoh-short-scale-bass/
Quote from: JeffTronics on November 28, 2022, 07:06:29 PMThere are plenty of youtube reviewer that give these instruments a thumbs up on quality and affordability. The rule applies, you get what you pay for. However this is relative to the times (I think) and you get more then what you paid for compared to years earlier. I was persuaded by several reviews to buy the HB-35 (semi hollow 335 clone). Happy I did because my mind was set on buying a Gibson (I felt I just had to have one). Getting the HB for 283 dollars (includes the shipping) eased my impulsiveness and was a safer purchase for me to see how I really feel about needing Gibson. I'm glad I made this purchase. It's given me a close enough sense that I don't need the Gibson. I now have hands on experience with the semi hollow body. I purchased it from Thomann during Covid and it arrived in 1 month! Not bad, considering. Based on all the reviews, the finish and setup are nice right out of the box. The competition, Firefly guitars also offers eye candy instruments for affordable prices. One thing I noticed on my HB is, the frets were not finished. I had to take some steel wool and polish them up. As a personal preference I decided to fiddle with the action and truss rod for custom action. The binding on the F-holes are very good. Not perfect, but good enough. What's unique that I like about this guitar is, the input jack is not on the face of the guitar and, you can split the coils. The pickups have a great tone and one youtuber did a blind back to back sound test with a Gibson and the difference was unnoticeable to me, and without knowing which was which, I ended up going for the HB because of the affordability. I keep it hanging on the wall and it's been through extreme temperate changes and holding up nicely. I have to assume at some point it's just going to fall apart, or something will fail. I don't even think I would invest on getting it refretted when it's time. It is helping decide my next semi hollow body. Maybe an Epiphone
Quote from: SY.Borg.300 on November 28, 2022, 09:00:24 PMI would be embarrassed to go to a serious audition or do a high profile gig with an HB.
Quote from: GraemeJ on November 29, 2022, 01:34:10 AMTo me, when someone rates a player on the instrument they are using, that says more about the people you work with than anything else.
Quote from: SY.Borg.300 on November 28, 2022, 09:00:24 PMShipping from Andertons in the UK who also carry Harley Benton, to the USA is usually very affordable as long as the totall is under $800. Over that and customs gets involved. Harley Benton I think is better than GCs Rouge line but the name is a little shameful. It's more than good enough for a kids Christmas present. Or maybe as a beater for blues jams. But I would be embarrassed to go to a serious audition or do a high profile gig with an HB. At least until I already impressed them with some awesome chops.
Quote from: Antonuzzo on November 29, 2022, 02:28:20 AMYeah, I agree. There's still too much of the if-it-aint-US-built-Gibson/Fender/PRS-then-it-ain't-sh** mentality still floating around. I mean, Jeff Healey and Mike Rutherford never got any flak for using Squiers, did they?My own take: I picked up an HB bass a few years ago. I wanted a fretless but didn't want to spend a lot of money on something that might not have worked out. I found one in a music shop for £100, including a gig bag: a five-string, unlined HB Progressive bass. I was really surprised by the build quality, the playability and the sounds – all of these were far beyond the price point.I put a GK-3B on it and it's been my main bass guitar since then, and it's up against my Steinberger and my Jackson.
Quote from: Brak(E)man on November 29, 2022, 12:16:27 AMI have 8 or 9 different HB , they're all good quality.The only thing needed , as said, is a setup sometimes but I do that with all new instruments. And they tend to dry out where I'm at so the fret ends needs filing down.But I've had that issue with other high end guitars so it's not a exclusive HB problem , it's the climate difference between where they're made and where they ship to.I have used the guitars etc for albums and gigs , they work fine in a "high profile" setting.
Quote from: Bill Ruppert on November 29, 2022, 06:19:47 AMBrak you are right it happens a lot with guitars from the Indonesia. It is a climate thing. The poor guitars travel from the humid hot Indo area to a sub-zero winter Chicago heated house and any piece of wood will move. I am used to that now and learned how to do my own basic fret work.It is actually fun to do.About 10 years ago I decided I had to learn how to fret file, crown ect.SO I bought about 20 dirt cheap Chinese guitars and some great files.I now have a pile of really great playing cheap Chinese guitars, but I got pretty good at fret work.I told my wife when I go just pass them out like party favors :-)
Quote from: Brak(E)man on November 29, 2022, 06:37:46 AMI have HBs 8 string fanned fret, eldobro , Elmando , jazzmaster , banjos and more they all work and sound great imho. Especially considering that a HB guitar cost less than one magnetic PU or a set of tuners.
Quote from: Antonuzzo on November 29, 2022, 07:31:47 AMHow are the fanfrets? I was looking at them and £169 for an 8-string is triggering my GAS (but not as much as the twin-neck... which I absolutely do not need. But do want).
Quote from: Brak(E)man on November 29, 2022, 11:17:34 AMI don't really like fanfret in general.I got mine because I wanted an extra B string in the bass and an a string 440hz on top,the 6 strings in the middle tuned like a normal guitar and fanfret is probably the only possible solution. There's some odd voicings and unusual melodic patterns to be found there.I'd say that the guitar works really good and is definitely worth the money.(I paid a lot less than £ 169 , b-stock , so absolutely worth it.)
Quote from: SY.Borg.300 on November 29, 2022, 07:20:04 AMI agree. But that doesn't mean I would show up at an audition to tour with Bob Seger with a budget instrument. It's like not wearing a suit to court.