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Harley Benton HBN 100

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Brand: Harley Benton / Guitar Type: Acoustic Guitar

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      10.07.2009 02:46
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      Really good value for money and sound certainly inspires

      At some point in their lives, every guitarist wants a metal bodied resonator, and this was my introduction to them. Mine was branded Harley Benton but you can also buy the exact same guitar branded as a johnson or Ozark.

      So what you have a here is a metal bodied (bell brass) acoustic guitar, with the neck joining the body at the 15th fret. Originally these were designed to focus the acoustic sound more so the guitar could compete with the brass section of a band, but they were quickly adapted by blues slide players, as the body adds to the metallic sound from the slide.

      Now out of the box mine had light strings on it (I'd say 10s or 11s) so firstly I got rid of these and put on some 15s and made the action higher. This was my basic set up high enough to play slide, low enough to play chords.

      The construction of the guitar is good, the body really does look amazing and the quality of it impressed me for the price (£300). The neck is fairly fat which aids with the slide playing a lot but is more than comfortable enough for chord work too.

      The tuners held it in tune without any issue, though the slotted headstock took some time getting use to, it works perfectly fine.

      This plays very nice with a heavy metal slide, it really does sound like those lovely old blues records, but its played strummed where I love this. Play some nice slow songs and instantly makes them sound different and more mournful.

      I love this guitar and since you could get one for £200 now, they are definitely worth it whether it be for slide or just as a new sound while strumming.


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