Harley Benton CLA-15CE Koa Exotic

Harley Benton CLA-15CE Koa Exotic; Custom Line western guitar - Grand Auditorium style w/ venetian cutaway, select a-grade jsolid koa top, mahogany body with scalloped x-bracing, mahogany c-shape neck w/ dual action trussrod, dovetail neckjoint, pau ferro fretboard w/ acrylic pearl snowflake inlays, matching koa headstock, black binding, pau ferro bridge, black die cast quality mushroom knob machine heads, 643mm scale, 43mm bone nut, 20 frets, integrated Sonicore pickup with Fishman Presys II preamp, natural satin finish; strings: D'Addario XTAPB1253 high end Coated phosphor bronze 12-53 gauge

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Design Grand Auditorium
Top Koa, Solid
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Love this guitar!
Mike Pullin, 07.06.2021
Slightly darker in real life than the photos, but a good looking guitar all the same. It sounds warm and is lovely to play straight from the box. Intonation is perfect, built in tuner works fine and the overall quality is better than an equivalent (more expensive) Tanglewood. There are no shoddy quality issues such as sharp fret ends, but I have deducted a star for the machine heads. They are not very responsive and feel a bit on the cheap side. The guitar would benefit greatly by having a set of Grovers or Schallers fitted, but don't let this put you off buying one... maybe get a B stock as you will pay around £85 on top of the Thomann price for UK tax and handling thanks to Brexit.
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Nice guitar, disappointing setup/finish
jaych, 22.05.2021
I have a HB CLD15M, and was expecting this to be a step up (even though its a different body shape) considering the price difference. Unfortunately it seems that they are basically the same level and you pay the extra money for the solid koa top which wasnt really that nice looking as the example in the picture. I got one that was mostly plain looking with a very slight flame to it.

Overall the sound was nice - similar level as my CLD but of course different response but the setup was disappointing. The QC card said it was supposed to be 2.5mm for the 6th string on the 14th fret but I measured it to be about 4.5 or 5mm. And this was not because of a bowed neck.

Not just did this not come close to the out of the box setup I had on the CLD, but it also isnt expected for a €300+ guitar and is even worse because the QC seems to have been a lie since the numbers dont match the guitar at all.

If you got a piece that was checked properly i would recommend it, but definitely not the one i got.
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Très belle guitare
Dups, 10.05.2021
Etant un guitariste de niveau très modeste, je ne vais pas me permettre de donner un avis poussé sur les qualités et/ou défauts de cette guitare.

Ceci étant dit :

- La guitare est sublime, la finition satin est très agréable, bonne qualité de fabrication.
- La couleur est plus sombre que sur les photos du site.
- La guitare est facile à jouer. J'ai eu avant celle-ci une guitare de forme dreadnought avec laquelle je n'ai jamais réussi à jouer à cause du gabarit malgré mon 1m80. Avec celle-ci cela s'est fait tout seul.

Voilà en conclusion, belle agréable à jouer, bien finie...
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