Harley Bentonfor fans of Jessye Norman
Harley Benton is a popular brand of music instruments and equipment produced by the large online retailer Musikhaus Thomann. The brand features thousands of products, from categories like Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Basses, Ukuleles, Bluegrass Instruments, String Instruments, Amps, Strings, Effects, Spare Parts and other Guitar and Bass Accessories.
Overall Harley Benton gear is of good build and sound quality, so it all comes down to your budget. Like with most products, you get what you pay for, so the quality of the product increases as the price increases as well.
Even though most products of the brand have small prices, this doesn't mean that they are cheap plastic toys with no quality of sound and professionalism. Most of them have a great quality of materials, and they do feel heavy and professional. The secret to their small prices is that the products are usually made in the same factories in China where other big brands are making their guitars. But from the factory they go straight to the retailer and then straight to your home, meaning that there are no intermediate sellers and fees. This way you can get good quality gear at accessible prices. If you are a beginner or an intermediate player, you can be just fine with a piece of gear from this brand.
While the quality of the products is definitely there, many people complained about receiving broken products. This may happen usually when the destination of the order is far away from Germany (Thomann's headquarters). While it's not directly the fault of the Harley Benton brand, some people suggested that Thomann should definitely invest more into better packaging, so that the products stay intact even on long distance deliveries.
Overall, Harley Benton Electric gear is great for beginners and intermediate players, and can make a great purchase if you don't live too far away from Germany and you're not among the few unfortunate people who had packaging issues and received broken products.