Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit JA

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Electric guitar kit JA-Style

  • Complete do-it-yourself kit
  • Body: Rengas (wood colour may vary)
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple with binding
  • Fingerboard: Amaranth
  • Block fingerboard inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: 2 P90 single coils (bridge and neck)
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • 3-way switch
  • Tune O Matic bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • DieCast tuners
  • Original strings: .009-.042
  • Colour: Natural

Note: Body and neck have been primed with pore filler (suitable for varnishing, but may be unfavourable to stain - may need to be sanded again). A certain degree of craftsmanship is required for successful assembly

available since May 2020
Item number 464648
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Natural
Body Solid Wood
Top None
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickups P90, P90
Tremolo None
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
288 AED 74,79 €
Plus 269 AED shipping
The price in AED is a guideline price only!
Since we ship from Germany, additional costs through taxes and customs may be incurred
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Incredible
Crommers 31.01.2022
I already own a HB 335 model that blew me away with its quality, so when I was next ordering a guitar, I figured I'd try one of these kits for a fun project. I do not regret it one bit, and the result is a very serious guitar.

The body was good and even, with holes all more-or-less aligning. The neck was impressive - neat binding, no rough fret ends, and a comfortable and smooth C profile. The frets just needed a little polish. I set this up with a low action and there is no hint of fret buzz anywhere.

Cutting the headstock to shape is a simple enough job with a coping saw and file, and represents the only real "craftsmanship" required in putting the kit together. I applied a two-tone burst with nitrocellulose lacquer, but this is very much an optional extra. The rengas wood comes filled and sealed and the grain looks nice enough that you could just spray it with a clear topcoat lacquer for a shiny and more durable finish. The electronics bar the pickups all come attached to the pickguard; you just plug the pickups in and there is no soldering to do. The soapbar pickups rather strangely have no brackets to attach them; instead there are holes right through the pickups to screw them down into the wood of the cavity. This isn't a problem, just an unusual design choice.

We all of course know which guitar this is emulating. Aside from the pickup design, the key difference from that guitar is the tune-o-matic bridge here and no trem, but I see that as a strength for its simplicity and tuning stability. The pickups are a little muddy but can be cleaned up with the right amp settings to give very nice clean and blues tones. A clear, singing sustain is evident before even plugging in. I have a couple of Fenders and a Gibson LP and this feels and sounds more like the Gibson. The greatest weakness in the hardware is found in the tuning pegs, which was also true of my other HB guitar - worth the £20 upgrade to some Vansons. The great thing about a kit is of course that you can mod and upgrade it to your heart's desire, so long as the body and neck are good, and they really are in this case.

Overall, I'm impressed and very chuffed. An enjoyable project and a credible, beautiful guitar at the end of it that I would happily gig with. Well done Harley Benton.
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For modders
DTASP 10.09.2021
First one I got: the wholes were misaligned for the pick-guard and saddle/bridge, and foam for pickup cavities was missing. Thomann replaced the kit immediately, no fees, in fact it had become cheaper by that time and Thomann gave me back the €20 difference. Excellent service!
I built the replacement kit, alignment much better but not perfect.
Fretboard looks like different material.

Pros:
Cheap
Excellent neck. Straight, no fret-sprout (frets rough, need a polishing)
Nut seems ok
Tuners good (was expecting cheap and flimsy)
Body nicely carved
Neck sits correctly/snugly/tightly into body
Proper alignment of strings over fretboard
Solderless kit
Easy to connect electronics
Truss-rod key included (which I haven't tested)

Cons:
Screw holes are mostly not drilled straight
This is specially annoying when fixing the pickups as they don't sit parallel to the body (will have to re-drill)
Low-quality electronics
Poor sounding pickups
Low-quality strings
Instructions manual needs to be more detailed

Conclusions:
I got this kit because I wanted to know how to put together a guitar, and have a cheap one to tweak and mod. Got exactly what I wanted. I also wanted P90s, unfortunately, these are very low quality so not much joy there.
If you want a cheap guitar, you should get equivalent priced ones from Thomann that are already painted/built and might have better quality electronics. This kit is definitely for modders and builders.
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Great Kit
Elg 27.05.2020
During the lockdown I had carried out a few projects including , changing pickups in a T style guitar, building a fuzz pedal putting up a new fence. I nearly ordered the T style guitar kit but decided against as I already had that style of guitar. I then spotted the JA guitar kit. This was a style I really wanted and at the price I decided I would give it a go. The kit arrived and appeared to have everything I needed to complete it. It took a few days but that was because I wanted to paint it. The sanding seemed to take forever. The flat parts were already very smooth but the carved parts were hard work.
Next came the head stock shaping. Thoman could have help by including the standard Harley Benton shape in the instructions as a template, but I managed.
Next came the assembly. This went smoothly. The only slight gripe would be there was no difference in the wires from the switch and no labelling of the bridge and neck pickups.
The guitar is now complete and I love it. Part of this is because I feel like a luthier and get a kick out of having built my own guitar.
I would definitely recommend this kit. This is my first Harley Benton. It wont be my last.
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Fun project, surprisingly good guitar
cdubya 17.08.2021
I bought this kit last year as a lockdown project and I'm really happy with the results. The assembly was easy and instructions were clear (except that the bridge and neck pickups were not marked as such and there was no way to tell them apart -- not sure it mattered ;-O). The neck is great, worth the price of the guitar imho. I polished the frets. The fret ends could probably use a file but I don't have one so I'm living with them. The guitar worked well with included parts but was greatly improved with new Kluson MK6LN Tuners and a new Graph Tech TUSQ XL F-Style Slotted Nut, both of which fit easily. So far I'm keeping the pickups as they actually sound ok. I actually love the finished product and play it all the time. Thinking about getting another one!
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