Harley Benton Custom Line CLG-48CE Wide NT


Steel String Guitar with Pickup

  • Build: Grand Auditorium cutaway
  • Walnut body
  • Top made of selected solid spruce
  • Scalloped X-Bracing
  • Okoume neck
  • Fretboard: Pau ferro
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Black bindings
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 48 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Pickup: Fishman Sonicore
  • Fishman Presys-II preamp system with built-in tuner
  • Bridge: Pau ferro
  • Chrome-plated die-cast machine heads
  • Factory strings: D'Addario XTAPB1253 Light art.no. 471307
  • Colour: Natural, high-gloss
  • Suitable case: Article no. 122212 (not included)
Available since November 2020
Item number 495623
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Design Grand Auditorium
Top Solid Spruce
Back And Sides Walnut
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Nut width in mm 48,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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36 Reviews

First Impression? there's only one
Jamie Fingus 17.10.2022
For many years my only folk guitar was a Yamaha FG-180 made in Taiwan bought in London 50 years ago. Those FGs are famous for good reason. This one still plays and sounds very nicely. But, I wanted a wider neck instrument to practice some fingerpicking, maybe with a bit of amplification, and that´s how the CLG-48CE stepped in.

The guitar is very well finished, to my eyes at least, it's almost as good looking as the CLJ-412E NT 12-string I also have. The walnut back and sides, although more sustainable ecologically of course, are a bit darker and greyer that the - more luminous - Ovangkol and abalone-gold combination of the 12 string. But that was a minor issue.

Much sadder was the sound of that thing, or specifically, the lack of it. No resonation whatsoever. That was the real bummer. To make things worse, the setup was irritating since the nut was about half a millimeter too high and the bridge saddle also higher than "normal". I reported the problems to Thomann's after-sales, hinting at maybe rusty string cores and poor setup, but they just recommended to see a luthier. Maybe I should havesimply returned the instrument but still went ahead with my not-so-great DiY skills. Sanded the undersides of both nut and saddle, somehow ignoring the recommendations (pick up won't work etc).
In the meantime the guitar was placed on a stand and very slowly it seemed to be gaining some voice, until by the time I bought some new Elixirs locally and put them on the *ROUGHLY* adjusted nut and saddle - it started to sing! Not perfection, but what a difference!

For myself anyway, the conclusion and moral of the story is that - probably the guitar was kept in humidified environment as it should yes, but for too long or too humid conditions. That would explain the visibly rusty strings and mute wood behaviour. And also how after a couple weeks ventilation and string change it normalised to a large extent. And BTW, I never got replacement strings or nuts. Service was obviously too busy and so was I, to vehemently demand it.

Apart from these important issues and considerations, the instrument is quite good for its price range, decent finish, very good intonation (important since not little or no regulation possible) and decent sound, acooustically and amplified.

But I would leave Thomann a suggestion: why not include in these instruments a spare saddle and nut, maybe a hair lower than the main one just to help the buyer solve these all too common issues? It might increase costs a couple of € but it would be well worth it. Or, alternatively, make available the concerned parts on the store.


fantastische Gitarre
WARR 01.04.2022
Die Gitarre ist perfekt verarbeitet.
Der Klang geht vom neutralen Sound aus in die helle, brilliante Richtung.
Die anderen Frequenzen sind aber auch noch ziemlich ausgewogen vertreten.
Wenn man leise spielt hört sie sich auch leise an, hat also eine tolle Dynamik.
Im Vergleich klingt die CLD-1048SCE etwas wärmer, dunkler und lauter (kann sich nicht so leise anhören wie diese). Beide verdienen 5 Sterne, sie sind einfach unterschiedlich.
Die 48mm Halsbreite sind toll für meine dickeren Finger!
Ein echter Geheimtip!


Spectacular value for money
GuruGlyn 05.10.2021
I have around 40 guitars, I’ve had most makes, Taylor’s, Martins, Guilds etc
but this guitar is absolutely amazing for the money , it actually compares favourably with all of them. I’ve been playing for over 60 years pretty well every genre of music from finger picking to heavy strumming and this piece of kit copes with it all either plugged in or unplugged. I have no hesitation in recommending it, I’m certain you won’t be disappointed.


Very nice guitar, for the money, astonishing
ravydavy 19.10.2022
Had been looking for a steel acoustic for ages, tried MANY, and had given up in preference for a classical as the wide neck suited my sausage fingers! Then came across this and thought I'd give HB a punt after hearing good things, only £244 and 30 day return policy, nothing to lose. On arrival looked promising but action high, so took it to my local guitar tech. He set it up and now feels and plays great, he was gobsmacked by the build quality etc. for the money, I am delighted with it and think I would be even if it had cost twice as much, possibly 3 times as much!