Harley Benton TE-20MN CA Standard Series

Electric Guitar

  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickup: 2 TE-Style single coils
  • 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Chrome hardware
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory string thickness: .009" - .042"
  • Colour: Candy apple red high gloss
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Colour Red
Pickups SS
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Great Guitar!
LostNomNom, 17.06.2020
I've had this guitar now for almost half a year and I love it. When I first got it was almost near perfect. The frets were not sharp at all and everything about the guitar was pretty awesome. The pickups were a bit noisy and muddy sadly, but given that this was a sub 100 dollar guitar, you can't really complain about it.

I bought this mostly to build a super tele if you will on the cheap. I was also going to do some wear and tear on the body and neck of the guitar, but once the guitar got here, I didn't want to do that anymore. The red just pops and is complimented by the pickguard. I would rather have it wear through years of playing now than to artificially do it.

The mods that I've done on this guitar so far have totaled over 4 times as much as the guitar is worth and I love it. The original set of tuners were good but I wanted locking tuners, and the nut I wanted to replace with something better as it was plastic. This is the mods list for the guitar so far:

Hipshot Locking Tuners
Graphtech String Tree
Graphtech Nut XL
DiMarzio Straplocks
Wilkinson Tele Bridge
EMG T System

If you do plan on replacing the pickups you'll most likely need to widen the hole for the pickups on the pickguard if you plan on changing it over to EMG's. The original bridge does not fit an EMG pickup at all and the guitar body needs to be dremeled/cut away a little bit for the pickup to sit right in the body and also fit the Wilkinson bridge. I plan on doing a more outrageous mod later on though as I want to send my guitar into Evertune for a bridge to be fitted in there.

The TLDR:

Pros:
-Great mod platform
-No fret ends
-Holds tune
-Is amazing out of the box

Cons:
-The original pickups are a little muddy and on the dirty channel have a lot of feedback
-Changing the pickups required widening the hole on the neck position of the pickguard (At least with EMG's, and original bridge will not fit an EMG in there)
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Wish, we had that 40 years ago
Karsten aus C., 23.10.2019
Oooookay,
so my Candy Apple Red and Metallic Blue TM20 arrived today. Outer cardboard box was slightly knackered, but inner boxes were okay, except for the styrofoam neck rests, who gave their structural integrity to protect the guitar inside.
No more plastic fillers, but only crushed paper, which I like. Try folded cardboard for the neck rests, you might get rid of those plastic pieces, too.
Have not received any goodies with the guitars, no stickers, no picks, nothing.
From the first looks, the guitars might even come from different factories. The metallic blue guitar is significantly heavier than the red guitar. Haven't had them on the scales - yet - but I'd say the difference is at least 1 kg.
Paintwork is more than acceptable. The blue is a tad lighter than expected, but the red one is that kind of deep "Oooh Yeah!" red that gives me an instant ... cough. Let's leave it there.
The blue one actually has a three ply scratchguard, so that's a pro. The chrome bridge looks better in reality than on the photos. I will check intonation and - yes, it's a Tele, you won't be able to intonate it properly - if it's okay, the chrome bridges may even stay.
Can't say anything about playability yet, as the guitars need to settle down a bit and adjust to the climate here, but so far I'm not disappointed.
Well, there are niggles, though. The neck for instance is cheap. Feels good, but it's not, what you would expect from a proper Tele neck. A maple fretboard Tele neck is hewn from one piece of maple, the truss is set in from the back, hence the prominent skunk stripe. With this neck, they just slapped a maple fretboard on. I know, it is possibly cheaper to use the same neck blanks for all of the HB Teles and then just use different fretboards, but, well, it's not THAT important, but I just noticed it.
Both guitars have a nice first feel. The neck is definitively NOT Tele,, it is wider and flatter than the usual Tele neck. Fret sprout is absent and the narrow thin frets are looking okay -n even though they are not polished. Switches and potentiometers feel solid. Tuners feel and look cheap, but they might do their job.
The red guitar has some issues with the strings not lining up properly, the strings are shifted about 2 mm to the bass side, but this might as well be dealt with by adjusting the bridge, there is enough travel there and then it might even align better with the pickups. The strings are not THAT far off, it's more a bit of a niggle.
Oh dear, the blue guitar REALLY is a heavy one. Don't want to wear that for a long gig ....
Both guitars fell off the production line and passed QC at the 15th of July 2019. Both were checked by Alan.
So, what is my verdict after just ogling over the new TE20 from Harley Benton?
Hardware is better than expected. Triple ply pickguards may stay. Chrome bridge is not too bad, but will be changed to a proper string-through-body part later. Not as soon as expected, but at a later stage.
Paintwork is as good as any Fender.Impressive.
I wish we had guitars of that quality at that price when I was younger. Now I'm in my mid 50's, but when I started guitars, we have had proper sh!t for ridiculous money, you have it good, you don't know how bad we've had it.
Am I happy? If the rest - playability, sound - is up to par, I could not be more happy. Buy the red one - the blue one is too heavy - help yourself to a 5-way super switch and some better pots, caps - without looking at those, they can't be good - and tuners, and you will have a modern Tele. Drop in some better pups if you have to and for way less than 200 €/£/$ you will have a fine, gigworthy instrument. If you ask me "Buy a TE20 HB, pimp it up and put the difference between that and a MiM into gear, lessons, beer?" my answer will always be "Fuck, yeah!"
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Luxlu, 25.12.2019
After I've been watching/reading reviews of this and many other HB electric models for a good while, I finally decided i had to try one. No compromise, I've choosen one of the most unexpensive models out of my wish list. Make it or brake it.

Guitar arrived in time and in perfect conditions.

Red finish is really nice looking, no apparent problems. Modern C neck is nicely shaped and definitely inspiring to play. And, most of all, the guitar is immediately playable out of the box, great set up and very good action. It plays incredibly in tune, trying six strings chords all over the neck. Way beyond any possible expectations.

Sound is nice, a bit on the midrangey side. But it's full enough with a nice output to it.

I honestly think this is gonna irreversibly change the market, I couldnt almost believe i was playing a 89 Euros guitar. Fantastic work.
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BartV, 16.03.2020
As far as features go for a telecaster: this is a exactly what you would expect from a standard telecaster set-up.

The sound is quite nice from the box, although the pick-ups miss a bit of mid-range punch. What I don't like, is that the bridge pick-up is very microphonic and a bit harsh (even for a tele). For this reason, I will first try to solve this by treating them with wax myself, or perhaps change the pickups...

I was really surprised with the finish and build quality. The guitar looks great! The fret board wood has a nice structure in it, which I like a lot. The fret ends could be slightly smoother, but I have felt much worse guitar necks on more expensive guitars. A bit of polishing and carefully sanding will make it perfect. The set-up from the box is ok, I might lower the action a bit, but in general very playable.

This is a very nice instrument to start with, or to modify a bit to your own liking.
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Electric Guitar Basswood body, Bolt-on neck: Maple, Fretboard: Maple, Dot fretboard inlays, Neck profile: Modern C, Dual action truss rod, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm,...

  • Colour: Red
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  • Frets: 22
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