Harley Benton DC-DLX Gotoh Pelham Blue

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Electric guitar

  • Nyatoh body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Trapeze fingerboard inlays
  • Headstock and fretboard binding
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 254 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Graphtech Tusq nut
  • 22 Blacksmith Medium Jumbo stainless steel frets
  • Pickups: 2 Tesla VR-2 AlNiCo 5 humbuckers
  • Volume control
  • Tone control with push/pull function for coil split
  • 3-way switch
  • Gotoh Tune-o-Matic bridge
  • Double Action truss rod
  • Gotoh Kluson tuners
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Factory strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Pelham Blue high gloss
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Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo Nej
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available since October 2021
Item number 503660
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Another poor guitar
Fusion Fan 05.01.2022
Maybe I am just unlucky but my recent guitar purchasing with Thomann has been less than uplifting. I purchased this guitar but when it arrived the nut was cut way too high, the frets were poor and it was impossible to get a decent action without buzz. It arrived with a ridiculously high action too. I am experienced at setting up guitars, including fret dresses, and despite my best efforts I could not get it to play well. I was not prepared to try and cut the nut correctly as I do not have specific nut files (that is one job I don’t do). I then had a protracted correspondence about getting a replacement and ultimately purchased another of the same model, plus an acoustic guitar. Thankfully the second guitar was better, and despite poor frets I decided to keep it as the one strength of this model is how incredibly gorgeous looking it is. The acoustic was awful btw, and that was returned with the first of this model. And a final comment on the design - what genius decided to put the front strap button behind the upper horn??? Never have I had a guitar that neck dived so much, indeed it was unplayable standing up for any length of time because of the fatigue it caused trying to support the neck! Anyone who is familiar with SG style guitars will know that positioning the neck button there would cause this problem. So I have fitted another button on the neck heel and hey presto, no neck dive! Heaven knows why the original designer thought putting the button on the horn was a good idea???
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excellent value with some minor issues
Phil in USA 15.12.2021
I think this is a great guitar for the money. The binding looks nice, the finish is nearly flawless, the tuners are very responsive with no backlash and the pickups sound nice. It seems to be staying in tune, too. There are no sharp fret ends that cut your hand. Shipping to the US was very fast and very reasonable. Overall, I am very pleased by this purchase. But there are a few issues I want to point out.

First, the action is a bit high for my taste. This normally would not be an issue at all, except that the bridge on the treble side is already at the bottom. That means I cannot lower the action without re-cutting the nut, or installing a new one. Fortunately, only two slots needed to be re-cut.

The fretboard looks like it is painted or dyed. But not very well. There are pores (as is normal in rosewood) where some sort of white paste is embedded. If I could post a picture, I would. While it is not noticeable at a distance, once you see it, it is hard to un-see. It was easy to clean out, though.

Overall, I think this a very well-built guitar and offers tremendous value for the money.
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What a fantastic instrument
Robert Peterson 03.11.2021
Harley Benton has taken their production quality to the next level with this one. A gorgeous paint job while being smooth and comfortable to play. The pickups give all the bite you'll ever need and the fretwork and neck are a joy to behold.
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JerryLeeL 21.11.2021
It's my seventh electric guitar, all of them Harley Benton, hence the title, but also because I'm in love with it, I just can't put it down and it makes me want to play guitar more than ever.

It's stunningly beautiful, but the main reason why it possesses me to play and play is because of the playability and sound. The cleans are bright and sweet, yet still warm, and the neck PU in single coil mode is perfectly usable and pleasant, almost like a strat but not as "stratty". The bridge humbucker yields a thick yet bright tone (bright in just the right measure, not overly bright or harsh), and with a low gain Marshall and full volume you get a tone very comparable to AC/DC, for those of us who love that. It gives great vintage Metal sounds as well. I don't know about modern metal tho, it's not my thing, but from Black Sabbath to Metallica it's just a matter of how much gain or distortion you use and adjusting eq and no problem.

The neck is fast and slim, not paper thin at all but not chunky and it's easy and comfortable to play, feels great. The action came a little high with a lot of relief. I've adjusted it a little to improve it but haven't gone too far as I have found that there are some unleveled frets. This is the only negative to me and it's a rather large one, but the main thing is, it hasn't affected the playability as long as I keep enough neck relief, so as it is now, as I said, it's super playable and I am in love with it. But yes, that has to be said, and I hope in the future the people at Thomann are more careful about that. I still don't feel the need to return it as the playability remains very high nonetheless and I don't get much fret buzz the way it is setup currently.

The guitar is also very light and sits well in one's lap while sitting, one of the most comfortable guitars I have. Standing up it does dive a bit, but not to the point the headstock points to the floor, it just goes a bit below horizontal and it doesn't require much effort to hold up while playing, as it is very light.

The electronics and hardware work perfectly, the Gotoh tuners are smooth as butter and very precise, the TUSQ nut is well cut and the area where the nut meets the body is very tidy, no gaps or anything funny. The tuning stability is rock solid.

Would have given it full marks if it weren't for the issue I pointed out before, and the only reason I'm overlooking it is because at the end of the day it still plays and sounds like a beast, so I'd rather keep it and one day if I need to I'll have it sorted.

In conclusion: this guitar has made me fall in love with it and renewed my flame for playing guitar, well done Thomann!
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