HBL450 review by Harley Benton

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.4 Good
  • Users' score: 6 (28 votes)
Harley Benton: HBL450

Price paid: € 125

Purchased from: Thomann.de

Sound — 6
It is hard to rate sound with its original pickups since they are pretty bad. But after I went to my friend and rewounded its original pickups, sound gets better then sound on Gibson LP with original pups. I used it on Behringer GMX212 amp and just as I mentioned before original pups are producing some noise, specialy on high gain. After replacing pups you get decent sound.

Overall Impression — 9
After replacing pups guitar can replace any LP like guitar. It is affordable, and in addition to very good hardware price is its main advantage. If it is stolen/lost I am sure I would buy it again. Best thing I like about it is its price and very good base for readjustment. With just a little bit of work you can make almost great guitar out of it.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is good enough for live playing, hardware can last after you replace pups. Strap buttons are solid, but a bit small. It can be used on a gig without backup. Finish is solid and it can't be worn off easily. Good thing is that price is low, so you can even play with its finish and its appearance and it will not cost you tons of money. Guitar is very good base for excellent customization.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Guitar is not setted up, so it needs set-up. Action is very low, but generally all screws must be tightened and it needs complete set-up. This is the reason why I think that this guitar is not for beginners. I think guitar is built in a good way because even unplugged it produces very good sound and sustain. Sustain of guitar is great, almost like on original LP. With some minor adjustments you can get excellent guitar out of the one that you get for very low price.

Features — 7
This guitar is made in South Korea. It has 24 frets on rosewood neck. Solid top alder guitar with built in neck (not bolt on neck with screws). Finish is sunburst and very good for the price. Shape of guitar is Les Paul, just as well as the rest of the features. It has tune-o-matic bridge, 4 pots (2 vol and 2 tone), 2 humbuckers (not so good sound), 3way Switch (switch is very good producing no sound at all), guitar cable is included with no manual.

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