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Modded Harley Benton Cabronita copy

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Dave-B, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Dave-B

    Dave-B TDPRI Member

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    Just finished working on this Harley Benton TE-90FLT. It arrived in quite a state, poor thing, but after a small discount from Thomann it was worth keeping for the one-piece body and surprisingly good 'Roswell' (who?) filtertron-style pickups.

    I had to repair some manufacturing boo-boos: a badly positioned nut, rough edges in the pickup cavities, sloppy fret work. Then I fitted a half bridge & Bigsby B50, made a nice pickguard, and scrubbed the vintage lacquer off the headstock then brought it back to clear satin with a custom logo.

    Pleased with the end result, she looks quite pretty and plays great considering it worked out at £290 all-in, including a B50. Scratches my Cabronita itch nicely for the moment ;)

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  2. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    I like everything about it.
     
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  3. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    I like everything except the backwards headstock.
     
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  4. Dave-B

    Dave-B TDPRI Member

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    True, nothing polarises people better than a reverse headstock.

    I went full circle. First I liked the reverse headstock because it's different. Then I hated it because reverse headstock. Now I like it because it's different and has my fake brand on it :D
     

  5. Mistercharlie

    Mistercharlie Tele-Holic

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    Apr 28, 2015
    Germany
    Neat!

    And some say the reverse headstock keeps the bass strings tighter, and vice versa.
     
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  6. RevBillyG

    RevBillyG Tele-Meister

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    I love it.


    I'm trying so hard not to buy another guitar now.
     
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  7. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    That worked out nice!
     

  8. dobrojoe

    dobrojoe Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Wrong as it looks aesthetically, a reverse headstock makes more sense functionally. The bass end gets more tension on the strings and the high strings are easier to bend. There was a time when manufacturers put 'compensated' tailpieces on archtop guitars to achieve this effect. Three a side headstocks can use 'heavy bottom' string set to achieve the same effect. I always use 'heavy bottom' string sets on my Fender guitars or the bass strings flap too much.
     

  9. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Holic

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    I really wish you hadn't posted that! It looks lovely and I really, really don't need another guitar.
     
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  10. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    Your brand isn't fake....you made it, call it what you like, I dig it.
     

  11. bender66

    bender66 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 18, 2010
    on my bike
    ... and you stripped the finish?

    That body looks good.
     

  12. Dave-B

    Dave-B TDPRI Member

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    Feb 27, 2015
    UK
    Much as I'd love to :twisted: I cannot take credit for the finish. That's original. Although from comments I've received from other TE-90 owners who say their guitars have two/three piece bodies and a less pleasant chalky-white finish, it seems I got lucky.
     

  13. RevBillyG

    RevBillyG Tele-Meister

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    Very nice. Good job.

    The only thing I don't like about the reverse headstock is that it reminds me of rob chapman. It looks great like it's supposed to be that way. But... chapman
     
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  14. RevBillyG

    RevBillyG Tele-Meister

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    Do you mind posting a pic of the bottom edge?
     

  15. Dave-B

    Dave-B TDPRI Member

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    Feb 27, 2015
    UK
    Not sure what edge you mean exactly :confused: but here are a few shots from various angles.

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  16. RevBillyG

    RevBillyG Tele-Meister

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    That's the one. I was hoping I could see the wood grain here like we can only the sides. Nice looking guitar by the way. Regardless who made it, never mind the cost. That's a quality finish.
     
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  17. oyobass

    oyobass Tele-Meister

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    I want one, but I just got a gorgeous HB TE-70 Paisley and a really nice Monoprice solid spruce top acoustic.

    Hard to justify a new one, as I didn't really need the last two... depending on how you define the word "need".
     

  18. davenumber2

    davenumber2 Friend of Leo's

    Sep 28, 2010
    Columbia, MO
    Are these available in the US?
     

  19. oyobass

    oyobass Tele-Meister

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    Feb 26, 2011
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    Thoman ship worldwide, as long as there is no rosewood in the guitar. The Cab-type is rosewood free.
     

  20. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    The pick guard looks like the ones I make. image.jpeg
     

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