M-20 review by Harley Benton

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 7 (3 votes)
Harley Benton: M-20

Price paid: € 98

Purchased from: Thomann.de

Sound — 5
I use a Harley Benton 77 euro Stratocaster copy. The amps clean tone is bad. The overdrive sounds kinda Vintage but it's not very good and is quite weak. There is not much variety in tone with the amp.

Overall Impression — 7
I play a variety of styles: metal, alt metal, nu metal, death metal, heavy metal, and all other sub genres of metal. It doesn't suit any of them. It's a real practice amp for a beginner.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Strong and tough. It's treated like garbage here at home and it's still alive. It fell off from the bunk bad here (that's about 1.75m height) and it's still alive, works fine. I can't gig with it because it isn't loud enough. But I can depend on it, because it's very tough and doesn't brake down easily.

Features — 7
Nice small practice amp. It's got a 6.5" speaker, and 20 watts of power, this is one great solid state amplifier. 2 channels: clean and overdrive. Louder than I expected.

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    You are using only Harley Benton stuff? Because one of my friend used HB guitar and amp for 4 years and those are like the worst guitar and amp that I've ever seen. And the amp is 40 watt. And then after seeing how sucky Harleys are they bought a HB bass for his brother. Cheap is not always the best... Or I would say it's never the best, it's more usually the worst. But as people say: You get what you pay for. But yeah. How old is this amp? Looks like some older thing.
    Some of the HB stuff look much older when newly bought, it's one of their main features. "One great solid state amplifier"? This crap? It has the worst speaker available on Earth (second only to no-name Chinese amps that sell 5 euros on ebay), a completely useless control panel, with knobs acting more like on/off switches (above 2,they deliver the same sound), as for the sound... it's better not mention this aspect. HB is indeed one of the worst brands on the market today. The fact that it whitstands stunts dosen't make it worth considering: musical equipment should deliver music. For the stunts, we have stones, bricks and other firewood.