HBT16 review by Harley Benton

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (3 votes)
Harley Benton: HBT16

Price paid: € 79

Sound — 9
On the test sound, the guitar knows how to sing. No problem with the pickups. The neck pickup is a bit noisy, it has a chunky sound if you play distorted, but the bridge pickup rocks. I play thrash, blues and a bit of alternative. It fits ok in my musical style. On the acoustics, sound more than perfect, it has a nice bright warm sound. After 2 weeks of playing I changed the neck pickup with a nice DiMarzio. On a nice decent amp it sounds good, but if you would like more noise get a Marshall.

Overall Impression — 7
On my final word it's good for a beginner, well it depends on you musical style. I would recommend it. Many players will judge a guitar by the brand, to be honest, what it matters is the player. The guitar is cheap, but that doesn't reflect the quality.

Reliability & Durability — 8
No problems with the volume and tone knobs, nice chrome finish. To be honest it seems that it would last well another year or 2 judging by my musical style. The paint is ok, don't know how much it will last.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
On the first run, it feels light, the wood to be honest it's not great. I have the guitar for more than 1 year and I never had a problem. The paint job is ok, the electronics from the factory were ok, but if you want to be sure you won't have problems, rewire the pickups.

Features — 8
The guitar came in a nice box. It included a cable. On the first look it really looks nice, the chrome shines. To be honest it really resembles like a standard Fender Tele. You got the 3 way control, the standard T-bridge.

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