Harley Benton’s DC Junior FAT promises stacked tones and a vintage neck feel

Sporting a splittable pickup, a set neck and a wallet-friendly price-tag.

Harley Benton has revealed a new version of its DC Junior, its take on the classic slab-bodied single-pickup design.

The new DC Junior FAT comes in a transparent, open-pore cherry finish, and – as ‘FAT’ implies – its neck is chunkier than its mustard-finished predecessor, for those who want a more solid feel to their single-pickup double-cuts.

The guitar’s construction doesn’t give away its price tag, with a set-neck join between the mahogany body and neck, alongside an ebony fingerboard. The pickguard is three-ply black-white-black. The stock Harley Benton tuners are strong 15:1 ratio, while the wraparound bridge is fully intonatable, so things should stay nicely in tune.

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Any guitar only loaded with a single pickup runs the risk of sacrificing versatility, however this DC Junior is loaded with a Roswell P90D stack STK4P alnico-5 pickup. This means the pickup can be split with a push/pull tone pot, swapping the sound between a P100-style stacked humbucker sound, and a more P90-esque tone – meaning the guitar will slot right into a high-gain rig without being prone to too much hiss, but is also capable of delivering more open, bluesier tones.

The DC Junior FAT Faded cherry lists for €249 / £210, and is available to preorder now from thomann.de.

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