Harley Benton launches Tele-inspired Rocker ukulele and sub-$200 solidbody UkeBass OPNT

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(Image credit: Harley Benton)

Harley Benton's quest to dominate the affordable guitar gear market continues, as it launches two new ukulele models: the Red Satin-finished Rocker Uke and the miniature UkeBass OPNT.

The latest in a series of uke-related launches – after the visually striking, sub-$40 World-S and World-C soprano and concert ukuleles, three new U-Bass models and a new solidbody mini-strummer – the two new additions are the “perfect instruments to get together with friends for an impromptu music session”, Harley Benton says.

In terms of specs, the Rocker Uke features a Tele-resembling okoume body and neck topped with a 19-fret purpleheart fingerboard and bridge, fitted with a Harley Benton-designed pickup system with a two-band EQ. Other features include a Graph Tech nut and die-cast black tuners.

Meanwhile, the UkeBass OPNT sports a solid American swamp ash body, three-ply maple neck with okoume lines, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, 45mm ABS nut, custom die-cast machine heads and 20.86" scale length. Electronics come by way of an active piezo pickup system with volume, treble and bass controls.

Price-wise, the Rocker Uke retails at $92, while the UkeBass OPNT is priced at $189. For more information, head to Harley Benton.

The all-new Rocker Uke isn't the first mini-strummer to shun traditional acoustic looks for a more electric guitar-inspired aesthetic. Fender currently offers ukuleles inspired by its classic Stratocaster, Telecaster and Jazzmaster shapes, while Epiphone offers a Les Paul-inspired uke in both concert and tenor formats, for example.

We'd say Harley Benton are on a roll these days, but regular product launches are pretty much the brand's modus operandi. Notable releases thus far in 2022 have included the MR series electrics – which put a 21st-century spin on punk favorite Mosrite's designs – five new sub-$500 acoustics and two new expandable pedalboards.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.