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Harley Benton is a house brand for a popular line of music instruments and equipment produced by original equipment manufacturers for Musikhaus Thomann, a large multinational mail-order retailer based in Bavaria, Germany.
Musical instruments and equipment
Guitars and basses
Stringed instruments — primarily guitars and basses, as well as amplifiers — account for most of the revenue for the Harley Benton brand. The product lines target entry-level and intermediate musicians. The entry-level guitars typically have basswood bodies. More expensive models typically have various tonewood bodies and more advanced hardware by manufacturers that include Grover, Gotoh Gut Co.,Ltd., and Trev Wilkinson.
Musikhaus Thomann offers Harley Benton amplifiers for electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. The amplifiers are available as amp heads and combos, which sometimes are coupled with amp modelling technologies. Musikhaus Thomann sells Harley Benton low-power, Transistor amplifiers configured as amp heads or combos. Musikhaus Thomann also sells Harley Benton amplifier cabinets.
Guitar OEM vendor
Harley Benton guitars are manufactured in around 20 factories in the Far East; these include factories in China, Indonesia and Vietnam. According to Harley Benton, they are manufactured alongside and to the same standards as guitars for major brands such as ESP, Fender, Ibanez and Jackson.
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- Amplifier cabinet catalog listings, Musikhaus Thomann
- Other stringed instruments carried by Thomann, Musikhaus Thomann
- Lasse Thernøe, of the Development Department of Thomann.de (Harley Benton)