Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE

Steel-String Guitar

  • Body shape: Auditorium with cutaway
  • Dovetail construction
  • Top: Solid Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana)
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Body: Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana)
  • Neck: Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana)
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Neck profile: Modified oval C
  • Fretboard inlays: Snowflakes
  • Wooden body binding
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Nut: Bone
  • Compensated saddle
  • Bridge: Ovangkol
  • Machine heads: Chrome diecast DLX
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP-16 .012 - .053
  • Pickup system: Fishman Presys-II preamp system with built-in tuner
  • Finish: Natural matte
  • Corresponding case available under Article Nr 208576 (not included)
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Model 000
Top massive mahogny
Back and Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Ovangkol
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickup Yes
Colour Natural
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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buddhuu, 10.05.2017
This is very much a first impression as the guitar only arrived today, but I am blown away. It is great.

I've been playing since 1972. My last full-size acoustic was a Taylor, and I've been doing instrument repairs and setups for years - so I have a little knowledge of guitars.

Recently I bought another HB guitar: a cheap short scale thing called a Custom Line CLGS-10S Travel. I got it as a travel/beater/campfire guitar and I was surprised how good it was for a cheap guitar. So, when I found I needed a decent, but inexpensive, electro-acoustic for my band I thought I'd try a slightly higher-level HB.

The reviews of the Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE were excellent, and the few YouTube videos also looked great. The guitar is pretty low-priced, so I went for it. Thomann are always great about returns, so I had little to lose.

Forget that. No way am I returning this thing.

I think the body is a little shallower than the Martin model that obviously inspired this guitar and the unplugged volume is a little lower - but not much. This is an average volume acoustic guitar. That is the only average thing about it.

The fit and finish are, as far as I can see, absolutely excellent. The neck relief and action have been set up perfectly and there is even a battery installed in the preamp/tuner. The tuners are of very good quality: smooth and stable. Intonation seems spot on right up the neck.

The fret job is neat and well finished, without sharp ends. This is the first acoustic guitar I've had that I have not felt the urge to improve the string height at the nut. Whoever set this guitar up obviously checked and adjusted the nut slots to perfection. Thank you, Thomann setup person, whoever you are - I hope they're paying you enough because you've done a great job. I've had guitars with setups as good as this but I don't recall any better. I'm delighted.

The frets are smooth, not raspy like on many inexpensive guitars. I will polish them a little more, but only because I like a real, glassy mirror finish on my frets and these are just a tiny bit below that level of polish.
The fretboard is not actually dry, but it looks as if it will benefit from a light oiling, which I will do tomorrow.

Plugged in, the Fishman pickup and tuner work great. The sound is standard undersaddle piezo. I'm a bit odd because I prefer magnetic soundhole pickups rather than piezos, but this one sounds a lot better than many of its species. Perfectly acceptable and I'll be happy enough to gig it.

Visually, this is a beautiful guitar. The solid mahogany is made from a nice piece of wood. Actually, it looks like it may be a two piece top, but that's no problem. I've seen very high end guitars deliberately made with two piece tops for the book-matching effect they allow.

The acoustic tone is very nice. The strings are still a bit fresh and metallic yet for me to fully hear what it will sound like when they settle down, but it sounds fine already and the tone will get even better when that new-string bright twang wears off.

So, absolutely full marks, Thomann. This is extraordinary value for money. I couldn't be happier.


EDIT: I've now had the guitar for a few days. The strings have settled and I've had a chance to use the HB at a pub gig.

A bandmate who plays a Martin 000-15 is staggered by the quality and volume of the Harley Benton. I didn't think it was that loud, but comparing side-by-side it is as loud as his Martin.

I already gave this guitar top marks. If I could give it more stars I would.

I'm going to buy the dreadnought version as soon as it's back in stock next month. If you're not a logo snob then these guitars are just too good to miss.
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JustRachael, 19.09.2019
It's been an interesting order. I live about 350 miles from Thomann, just over the Swiss border and it's been 2 weeks and nothing. Yep, nothing has been received. They can ship to the US in 3 to 5 days yet Switzerland takes who know how long. There is no tracking information as they use DPD who take it and do 'somthing' with your goods. Payment was taken weeks ago yet there is no visibility from anyone as to when things might arrive. Nothing. Everyone says sorry and you're left in limbo with no clue as they can give no information.

If you're an international customer do yourself a favour and ask that they don't use DPD when you afre able to add some notes otherwise you will pay your money and then sit and pray.

I'm sure the guitar and all the accessories will be great, I'll revise the review when the invisible man's guitar eventually turns up. The score is neutral as I cannot comment, my purse is just lighter than it was when I ordered.

Thomann, you really need to sort this out. If you can ship to the US in days, you can surely ship something over the border quicker and you should be able to give some insight other than it was sent from the warehouse over 9 days ago, that's about as much use as a chocolate fire guard to the customer. Poor service. You need to make your supplier accountable, have SLA's and provide updates.
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Steel-String Guitar Body shape: Auditorium with cutaway, Dovetail construction, Top: Solid Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana), Scalloped X-bracing, Body: Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana), Neck:...

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  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickup: Yes
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickup: Yes
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Top: Mahogny
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickup: Yes
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Top: spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickup: Yes
  • Colour: Black
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE LH
Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE LH

Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE LH Vintage Solid Series, acoustic/electric lefthand steel guitar with cutaway, auditorium 000-14 body size, Dovetail construction, solid gabun-mahogany top...

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  • Top: massive mahogny
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickup: Yes
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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