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NGD: Harley Benton Mustang

 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:55 am    Post subject: NGD: Harley Benton Mustang Reply with quote

Hey all, I'm kinda new around here (been lurking for about a year though) and I've been wanting a mustang/shortscale for quite a while but being a student with basically no income makes buying guitars and stuff pretty difficult Sad

I heard about these cheap-ass stang copies with jag/JM vibratos and I was hooked so I scraped some money together and here it is.

My first new guitar in about 5 years and my first shortscale after playing a telecaster since forever.


Looks pretty enough, although I'm not a huge fan of the pearloid on white look. Needs a control plate too.

Mine is a b-stock off thomann and it's got a few issues.
First off the fret ends are a bit on the sharp side; not unplayable but I'm probably going to file them down later. There's also a couple of black spots in the finish and some crap on the back of the neck in a few places, and the pickguard is cut pretty rough around the neck joint but that stuff is pretty all much cosmetic.

Body cavities are really rough and basically completely unsanded, and only the bit around the controls is shielded (as well as the trem cavity)
Here are some shots of the insides (sorry for the shit photos):



It came with 9 gauge d'addarios which felt pretty terrible, but after sticking some 11's on it it plays pretty solid. The trem seems okay even though it is the cheap import version, and as long as I only go down it more or less stays in tune. Tuners feel pretty much the same as the ones I have on my MIM tele neck, so more than useable enough for me.

Pickups sound okay-ish, a bit thick/muddy for strat pickups imo and they feel low output to me since I've been using P90s for ages. The bridge pup feels pretty weak compared to the neck pup as well.

Definitely going to mod the shit out of this when I get the time and money. I've already got a wilkinson roller bridge on the way cause I hate TOMs and I kinda doubt they're any good for trem use. Probably gonna get some lace sensors and replace all the electronics at some point too. I also want to replace the pickguard with a black mustang one + control plate and get it looking like those mid/late 70's mustangs cause I think they look fucking cool:


That's about it I guess. It's nice to finally get my hands on a mustang even if it is a copy. I'm hoping to get a more legit mustang like a CIJ Fender sometime in the distant future but this will do for now.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think these look cool as fuck. I'm a headstock snob though, so would prob put a Squier Jag neck on it, or something similar.

Let us know how you get on with it once you've finished modding.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, these are 24" scale length according to the specs so a jag/mustang neck should probably fit. I think the headstock looks pretty decent as far as knock offs go, but if ever get my hands on a jag/mustang neck I'll try sticking it on for sure.
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