“Redefines what it means to take music on the road”: With app integration and a space age carbon fiber build, is the $270 TravelMate-E smart guitar Harley Benton’s boldest release yet?

Harley Benton TravelMate-E
(Image credit: Harley Benton)

The 2020s played host to the era of the smart guitar, with innovations such as Lava Music’s effects-loaded offerings – and the ever-growing interconnectivity between guitars and gadgets – pushing us towards a gear future characterized by technologically advanced instruments.

As such, it was only a matter of time before Harley Benton, the champion of cheap guitar gear, threw its hat in the ring and started rubbing shoulders with the tech giants of the guitar world – and that time has now arrived.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.