The new DC-Junior FAT Faded Cherry is Harley Benton’s latest take on the classic ’50s American student guitar known for its great tone and stripped back vibe. This one, however, will cost you a fraction of an original. It even has a few modern tweaks to make it slightly more playable and provide more sound options.
’50s Student Vibe
An original ’50s Les Paul Jr Double Cut ‘student guitar’ by Gibson will cost you an arm and a leg these days. Even one of Gibson’s modern recreation from them is still pretty expensive. So this new Harley Benton DC-Junior FAT Faded Cherry could be a great way to cop the look and tone of an original, but at a fraction of the cost.
DC-Junior FAT Faded Cherry
As the name suggests, this new DC-Junior FAT model has a fatter neck than the first Harley Benton model in a Dirty Mustard* finish. With a mahogany body and neck fitted with an ebony fretboard and 22 medium jumbo frets, this model is close to a US made guitar, albeit Gibson uses rosewood for the fretboard. This guitar comes with a ‘split-able’ the Roswell P90D stack STK4P alnico-5, a P100-style pickup with a stacked humbucker design. So there are more sound options available here than on the original Gibson model which had a P90, which sounds great but can be susceptible to hum.
The DC-Junior FAT Faded Cherry uses an adjustable wraparound bridge which is an enhancement over the original American design. It should be easier to get the intonation spot on with his Harley Benton model. The 15:1 gear ratio vintage-style tuners should do the job of keeping everything in tune. The guitar comes from the factory with fitted with a set of gauge 10 D’Addario strings.
In summary, you’re getting a lot of guitar here for not a lot of money. In the video below Andy Ferris of Guitar Geek fame gives a bit of background about how this particular model came about as well as a quick sound demo. The model should be available in the next month or so but you can follow the link below to pre-order one now.
I’m a huge fan of DC Junior-style guitars and gigged one for many years, so this new fat neck model has immediately caught my attention.
RRP – GBP 210/EUR 249