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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:05 pm    Post subject: Harley Benton TE-80 NT Videos (stock, replacement pickups) Reply with quote

Seems a decent number of people on this forum are interested in this guitar. I bought one and I'm a fan. You could replace a number of parts and have a quite high quality guitar (as many have done). I plan(ned) to keep mine stock, but decided to replace the pickups in order to better compare it to the Reissue Mad Cat. I may put the original pickups back and use the Bill Lawrence pickups elsewhere.

Fans of this guitar will be pleased to confirm that the stock Wilkinson pickups are very very similar sounding to the BL pickups used in the actual Mad Cat.

Here are my videos so far. I will add more. I compared the guitar to an American Stratocaster and Telecaster, and a semi-Mad-Cat-Partscaster in addition to comparing the pickups:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLM_vz1N5NM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74G3bzH861Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SquKDni2fCs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnV7wfzUtpY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO3ch3PanDw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Em9S2ItEts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JESpkELFKIU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MOVWJJouoA
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a couple videos from a show where I am playing the HB stock. You can see at the end of the second video how badly the stock pickups feed back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCyHRO3Xm6A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30LqpXO9_0w
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched the first vid, good stuff! I do like this guitar, although the very first thing I'd do is chance the pickguards - that tort is horrific. You can get some printed stuff close in appearance to the proper Mad Cat leopard print, but even plain black would look better than what's on there. Maple necks don't need oil though - they're sealed by a clear finish! What you probably need is a fret dress or crown if the fret top is scratchy.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timhulio wrote:
Watched the first vid, good stuff! I do like this guitar, although the very first thing I'd do is chance the pickguards - that tort is horrific. You can get some printed stuff close in appearance to the proper Mad Cat leopard print, but even plain black would look better than what's on there. Maple necks don't need oil though - they're sealed by a clear finish! What you probably need is a fret dress or crown if the fret top is scratchy.


I agree about the pickguards, I havent been able to find anyone selling a replacement for the bridge guard in ANY color.

Perhaps this one didnt have a clearcoat? It felt like bare unfinished wood out of the box. The oil did help.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah you'd have to send a tracing of the bridge guard and get a custom one made. It's a non-standard item.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timhulio wrote:
Yeah you'd have to send a tracing of the bridge guard and get a custom one made. It's a non-standard item.


In that case I'd rather stick with this. It may be ugly but it's accurate re: the "Prinz" version. I've played Strats for years and I think Strats are ugly in general.

If anyone starts selling those bridge guards cheap, that will be a different story. Or if this becomes my "daily driver". Right now my black on black strat is still my daily driver, and if that changes I'm still working on getting an actual Mad Cat reissue.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Bi2rCAl90
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ncZoRQQGq0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSvygC8y9B4
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyq8xlRs-sw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRNxjD3kNt0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I86DNh9RN3w
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQLCXPl4nqo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94FqXSzuVEE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5dorvvO6Gc
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDr1Y3HgmjA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyMW3_RP01w
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched a vid at random. Great playing man!

I heard these were really heavy, have you found that?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, nice playing.
Interesting thread, something a little different in terms of model and inspiration. I've certainly learnt a few things about Prince's guitar watching the first vid.

I really like the look of some of the Harley Benton stuff, but it's so affordable, I'm worried if I buy one I'll end up buying half a dozen.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gusman2x wrote:
Watched a vid at random. Great playing man!

I heard these were really heavy, have you found that?


Doesnt seem noticeably heavier than my strats to me.
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Fran wrote:
Yeah, nice playing.
Interesting thread, something a little different in terms of model and inspiration. I've certainly learnt a few things about Prince's guitar watching the first vid.

I really like the look of some of the Harley Benton stuff, but it's so affordable, I'm worried if I buy one I'll end up buying half a dozen.


Yep, I'm looking at a 335 copy next.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great value guitars, I've got a JB-75 jazz bass and a ST-62 Strat copy that is all the Strat I'll ever need.
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dspiffy wrote:
Fran wrote:
Yeah, nice playing.
Interesting thread, something a little different in terms of model and inspiration. I've certainly learnt a few things about Prince's guitar watching the first vid.

I really like the look of some of the Harley Benton stuff, but it's so affordable, I'm worried if I buy one I'll end up buying half a dozen.


Yep, I'm looking at a 335 copy next.

That's what I keep looking at. Could do with a Semi acoustic again but on a tight budget.

157 with hard case for teh Mary Chain Cool
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Fran wrote:
dspiffy wrote:
Fran wrote:
Yeah, nice playing.
Interesting thread, something a little different in terms of model and inspiration. I've certainly learnt a few things about Prince's guitar watching the first vid.

I really like the look of some of the Harley Benton stuff, but it's so affordable, I'm worried if I buy one I'll end up buying half a dozen.


Yep, I'm looking at a 335 copy next.

That's what I keep looking at. Could do with a Semi acoustic again but on a tight budget.

157 with hard case for teh Mary Chain Cool


That's a mental price I paid half that for the case for my riviera... and I'd love to see a Fran does mary chain demo of the guitar...
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I normally prefer wood/sunburst or black guitars but that cherry 335 copy is pulling me in.
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just wanted to mention that your band is very cool
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brainfur wrote:
just wanted to mention that your band is very cool


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