In this round up, I discuss six sweet Harley Benton electric guitars that can be had for under £200! I have opted for what I consider ‘classic guitar designs’ in this round up. These iconic shapes are familiar to almost everybody, and the guitars themselves have the potential for future upgrades.
Harley Benton DC-Junior
The Harley Benton DC-Junior * has it all! This cheeky little double cut has all the cool indie punk credentials you need, but – thanks to it’s single P90 pickup – can also be a rock monster. And, it comes in at well under our £200 budget specification. At a very reasonable £175, it’s hard to find fault with the instrument. If you like single pickup guitars, this one is definitely worth checking out. Plus, it comes in an array of cool colour options.
I’m a huge fan of single pickup guitars, and so this would be my first choice as a sweet gigging guitar. In my mind, playing live I really only need one pickup.
Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series
Anyone that reads my articles here on Gear News will know that I love offset guitars and so I had to include at least one in this list. The Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series comes with two P90 pickups this time and a hardtail Tune-O-Matic bridge, and is ridiculously cheap! This little offset is built to rock hard! And starting at only £129 a pop, you can mod the hell out of it and still manage to stay under my £200 budget!
Harley Benton SC-450Plus LD Vintage Series
Moving into humbucker territory, the Harley Benton SC-450Plus LD Vintage Series * is your perfect, budget singlecut guitar. With its classic recipe of mahogany body and neck, AAA flamed maple top, and two Roswell LAF AlNiCo-5 vintage-style humbuckers, this guitar has classic rock written all over it!
This little number comes in many different colours and can be picked up for an insanely low £158 each!
Harley Benton ST-62DLX OW Vintage Series
You can’t have a list of budget guitars without including at least one Strat-style instrument, and so here is the Harley Benton ST-62DLX OW Vintage Series. It comes loaded with a set of three Roswell STA Alnico-5 Vintage ST-style single coil pickups and is available in a range of colours. At well under £150 each, this model should certainly work out well for those looking for classic single-coil tones on a budget.
Harley Benton CST-24T Wine Red Flame Deluxe
The Harley Benton CST-24T Wine Red Flame Deluxe * models are close to my top end £200 budget, but come in just under and so are really worth checking out. The guitar has a modern-classic PRS-style body carve and comes with either a pair of Roswell PAF Alnico-5 humbuckers or a set of Roswell P90 Soapbar pickups,.
The 24 frets and trem system really sets these guitars up for more modern playing styles.
Harley Benton TE-20 BK Standard Series
For my last choice, I’ve picked the Tele-style Harley Benton TE-20 BK Standard Series*. No budget guitar list would be complete without a T-style guitar, and this one actually comes in at well under £100!
Yes, I know that sounds too cheap, but for its price, this little Tele actually kicks some serious weight! It could be a great guitar for someone looking for a backup instrument, or something to keep at the studio or office, that can be played when inspiration strikes. And at under a hundred quid, there is plenty of budget left for upgrades!
If you can stretch your budget a little more then I would highly recommend the TE-52 model and you can hear that one in action in the independent review below by intheblues if you need some reasons why.
What I love about these Harley Benton models is that you can be budget conscious, yet still get a really nice looking, classic guitar design. And because they are all so well priced, it leaves you open to lots of upgrade potential, if/when you feel the need to take the guitar a bit further. I just wish there had been instruments like these when I was a kid!
If you haven’t played any of the Harley Benton range then check out these independent YouTube reviews by other guitarists and see what they have to say about them. Remember, it isn’t how much you spend on a guitar, but how you play it that matters. However, it is always great to have a good quality instrument at any price point.