And you are probably right, as the first models were not appreciated like the actual ones, by far. It has only been a feww years since HB guitars began to be considered as a bargain..... and not all models deserve such an interest
I wouldn't expect hidden treasures in the past of the brand. It became known when it got good and I think it started with still current models like the ST-62 and the SC-450 Plus. Older models were discontinued for a reason.
I have an old B-400 FL and while it is not terrible, I intend to re-wire the electronics (which are mirroring the old 50s Les Paul wiring, but without a selector switch, making two tone controls an interdependent stupidity) and file the nut to bring the action down (1.5 mm around the 1st fret position is not what you want).
Don't forget the Harley Benton BR-600cs. Rickenbacker copy, sort of. I have tried many original Rickenbacker guitars and liked none of them (and quite a few 12 strings). I mean how many times can you play Eight Miles High before you get tired of it? Rickenbacker are quite litigious when companies copy their dreadful designs. I don't think Harley Benton are offering these now.
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