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Another thrift store find

Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 1:31 am
by laurie
This is a "Harley Benton". I only vaguely knew of them. Made in Vietnam. Quality seems very good. Not a mark on it, and no wear of any kind. Neck through. I really like the colour. USD$50.

Needs a full set of hardware, but I have a lot of that in the parts-bin. I think the only thing I'll need to buy is the tremolo bridge - it takes a standard strat bridge.

It seems to be a bit of happy hunting around town at the moment.
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Re: Another thrift store find

Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 5:11 am
by Pepe
These are very common in Germany, since "Harley Benton" is the own-label of the big music shop "Thomann". Normally they cost a fraction of the famous guitars they copy.

Re: Another thrift store find

Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 12:29 pm
by laurie
Thanks pepe! Designed/engineered in Germany, made in Vietnam. That seems good to me!

I have *no* idea why someone would have stripped all the hardware off and donated the body to the thrift store. All that was left on the body was the nut and strap buttons. Perhaps they used it as a donor for a parts-caster or something.

Whatever the story, it has never been used. It is like new.

Re: Another thrift store find

Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2022 1:02 pm
by laurie
Decided to order all new hardware rather than raiding the parts-bin.

Have some vintage-wound zebra pickups plus all the other stuff coming. Had to order a sheet of pickguard material to let me fabricate the cover for the controls cavity. Everything else looks to be standard.

I use these guys for parts. 100% positive feedback and everything I've ever bought from them has been very good quality.