Harley Benton CLP-15E Flame Koa Exotic


Steel- String Guitar With Pickup

  • Design: Parlor with Dovetail Neckjoint
  • Top: solid selected AA-grade Hawaiian bar koa
  • Scalloped X-Bracing
  • Back and sides: mahogany
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Acrylic Pearl Snowflake fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: C
  • Dual Action Trussrod
  • Scale length: 628 mm
  • Bone nut
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • 18 Frets
  • Open headstock
  • Black binding
  • Pau Ferro bridge
  • Black Die Cast machine heads with Mushroom buttons
  • Pickup: Sonicore with Fishman Presys II preamp
  • Factory stringing: Daddario XTAPB1253 .012 - .053
  • Colour: Natural Matt
available since April 2021
Item number 501218
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Model Parlor
Top Massive Koa
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Pao Ferro
Nut width in mm 45,00 mm
Pickup System Yes
Color Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Beautiful and nice-sounding parlor guitar
Emil Vakhitov 28.12.2021
I have it for almost 3 months now.

The only issue there is in my guitar is that the 4-6 strings somehow influence each other's tuning: when you tune the 6th string, the 5th string goes a bit sharp, and vice versa. Anyway, it is not so noticeable and can be dealt with. That's why I gave only 4 stars for quality.

Other than that, I cannot find any issue with this guitar. No sharp fret edges, frets are decently polished. No glue residue, the upper nut is cut well has no sharp edges. It stays in tune well - I have been keeping it in a gigbag for about a week, and it was still in tune when I started playing it again.
The sound is pleasant for my liking, quite bright, although it lacks bass frequencies, but I guess it is expected on the guitar of this size.
And it is just a beautiful instrument, nice wood grain.
What I also would like to see on it is an upper strap button - there is just one of them. That's why I gave only 4 stars for features.

Wonderful guitar overall.


Very nice
Beefy nacho 14.11.2022
I won't get into to much story details, but this is my first Harley Benton. I do have other great brands to compare to, and my opinion is that for this price it sounds amazing, and has an interesting bluesy sound from the Koa parlor style. Love the extra width on the neck. Set up is right on, in a nutshell it's hard to put down. Comparable to very top known brands, very well built. I will be looking forward to putting expensive strings on to see how the sound and feel changes, the strings put on aren't what I'm used to.


Beautiful Koa
Glandaker 10.03.2023
Very well made and great quality. Very durable and great travel guitar. Electronics are great


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Klingt super
tessi8 27.04.2021
Die Gitarre ist wirklich gut verarbeitet. Das matte Finish sieht super aus und der Hals lässt sich dadurch sehr angenehm spielen. Die Mechaniken halten die Stimmung stabil. Ich werde sie aus optischen Gründen aber noch gegen das Pendant von Schaller (Lyra) tauschen. Auch die Bridge-Pins aus Plastik werden noch durch welche aus Ebenholz getauscht. Sattel und Brücke sind sauber gearbeitet. Die Bundstäbchen sind schön poliert. Der Pickup verrichtet guten Dienst.
Leider ist die massive Koa-Decke bei meinem Exemplar nicht so wirklich geflammt wie auf dem Produktfoto, aber trotzdem sehr schön anzusehen und Holz ist nunmal ein Naturprodukt. Der laminierte Mahagonikorpus sind dafür bei mir sehr schön geflammt :-) Ich war beim ersten Spielen sehr vom weichen, warmen Klang überrascht. Ähnlich wie bei meiner Martin D15M, natürlich aufgrund der Größe nicht ganz so voll und etwas komprimierter.

Eine schöne leichte und sehr angenehm zu spielende Parlor Gitarre (Diese Größe sollte jeder in seinem Arsenal haben).

Mein Wunsch an Thomann/Harley Benton: Bitte mehr von solchen mittelpreisigen Gitarren, vor allem vollmassiv. Preis-Leistung stimmt!