Never afraid of experimenting with classic models, Harley Benton has just launched its new TE-20HH SBK, a twin humbucker TE-shaped instrument clothed in a sleek satin all-black finish.
Harley Benton TE-20HH SBK
This new Harley Benton TE-20HH SBK model certainly looks a million miles away from the traditional ’50s butterscotch finished Telecaster-design. Loaded with a pair of open humbucking pickups and clothed in a blacked-out finish, this guitar is taken that shape in a distinctly modern direction.
None more black
This new model comes with a lightweight basswood body, paired with a C-shape maple neck that has a dark roseacer fretboard with dot inlays. The overall look is certainly very 2020. All the hardware on this guitar is also black, along with the headstock that goes a long way to reinforcing the darker aesthetic of this guitar.
The twin Roswell humbuckers are wired via a three-way switch with a single volume and tone control, keeping the control layout traditional. But the humbuckers will put more power at your fingertips than the standard single coils you’ll find on your usual Tele-style guitar. Other hardware includes a DLX T-style bridge with six saddles and a set of DLX die cast tuners, all finished in black. The only splash of colour on this guitar is the pickguard in red tortoiseshell, contrasting very nicely to the black finish and hardware.
If you are looking for a more modern T-style guitar but don’t have a big budget at your disposal, this new Harley Benton TE-20HH SBK could be perfect for you. At this price, it has lots of great modding potential as well. As usual with Harley Benton they’ve managed to squeeze a lot of value into this guitar and so it punches well above its weight, compared to a lot of the competition. It’ll be interesting to see the first reviews of this guitar when it starts shipping.
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Update: An earlier version of this post stated that the pickups in this guitar were made by Roswell. They are in fact unbranded pickups and not made by Roswell.