HBT16 review by Harley Benton

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 4
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 4
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 5.4 Decent
  • Users' score: 8.7 (3 votes)
Harley Benton: HBT16

Price paid: € 68

Purchased from: Thomann.de

Sound — 6
It really screams, but you have to put some effort in it. I just used a Stagg 15 amp with this and played mostly metal (SOAD, Metallica, RATM, Steel Panther, Judas Priest). It fits the part, if you don't mind the distorted sound or cracking noises once in a while. I got a lot of buzzing on the clean channel, so I didn't use this.

Overall Impression — 7
This is a good starters guitar for people who don't know if they are going to like guitar playing, the guitar looks cool and feels "real". And for 68 euros you can't really complain. It's just a shame that it isn't durable. I mostly play my acoustic, but wanted an electric to play around with. This guitar fitted the part. I played this guitar for over a year and now it's totally coming apart, so bought a Epiphone Dot.

Reliability & Durability — 4
I think it will break in half when you gig with it, the top strap button came of after 2 days of playing.

Action, Fit & Finish — 4
Daily tuning is required, and I lifted the pickup almost immediately when I took it out of the box. You can see a huge line in the paintjob and the pichguard is cut dodgy and everything but straight. The chrome does Shine though!

Features — 6
This is a super-cheap Telecaster replica. It was made in 2009, plywood body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, 21 frets, 65cm scale, 2x single-coil pickups, T-bridge, 1x volume and 1x thomann tone control, 3-way pickup selector, chrome hardware. It came with a cable and some tools to adjust the neck

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    A bad guitar, like this one, doesn't worth 68 euros. If you're lucky enough, with 68 euros you can buy a decent second-hand from ebay. Firewood worths nothing. Beginners, please be smart and avoid cheap instruments. It is better to borrow one, until you are sure you want to go on or not, then buy a good middle-range guitar (Squier Classic Vibe, all Epis above 400 euros, Vintage, Tanglewood, low-end Ibanez, low-end Dean, Cort). And don't buy online. You better pay a specialist to pick the guitar for you, from a respected music shop, who will eventually provide setup, intonation, advices, plus a lot of further support. Your first visit to a music shop might be the beginning of a fruitful partnership for life. If you think the 30 euros extra-charge is expensive, than think how expensive is playing on a bad axe, badly setup and badly intonated!