Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-1048SCE NS

Steel String Guitar

  • Build: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Solid spruce top
  • Bottom and sides made of mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana)
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Cream-coloured binding
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 48.0 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 400 mm (15 3/4")
  • 20 Frets
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Fishman Presys-II preamp with built-in tuner
  • Chrome-plated die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario EXP-16 .012 - .053 (Article no. 147540)
  • Colour: Natural matte
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Top Spruce
Back and Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Ovangkol
Nut width in mm 48,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Well set up and playable right out of the Box after tuning it.
Gripchris, 19.01.2019
I'm a guitarist who makes my own recordings in my home studio. I mostly play a 6 string electric guitar, and occasionally, I use an acoustic when recording a backing track. I bought this guitar because of the wide nut, it gives me the ability to play clean chords at last after approximately 55 years of playing. This is one of the very few affordable options at a reasonable price.

The guitar was really well packaged, double boxed and air filled plastic pockets around to keep inner box to lessen the possibility of transit damage. Delivery time was quick from Germany to my door in England, I ordered on Monday and received on Friday.

I was pleasantly surprised with playability of this guitar, intonation and string height (action) were correct. I did drill into the curved underside of the neck heel and fitted a strap button, as I've always felt uncomfortable playing with a strap that attaches close to the tuners. A factory fitted strap button would have been very welcome there. I would also have preferred a factory fitted scratch plate, but they are readily available and easy to fit.

The build quality and choice of woods is good for a guitar of this price, although the fret ends would have benefited from some polishing. They are not too harsh, but lack the nice smooth feel of some of the more expensive guitars.

The acoustic sound was very nice, bass notes and high notes cut through nicely. For the electrics, I played through an Art Studio V3 to my PC with a Presonus Audiobox 18/18 interface to Senheiser HD380 headphones. The on board Fishman system does alright, it's a budget system and performs well enough. An extensive range of highs and lows are available through the bass and treble knobs, and can be adjusted from very muddy through to very shrill with a decent range of acceptable sounds in between. I found that I must remember to turn off the on board tuner, as it does not switch itself off, as I discovered when I noticed we had a new green light in our room around 6 hours after using the guitar.

Summary:
The acoustic sound is super, the electric sound is of reasonable standard, the action and general playability is good. I think this guitar represents excellent value for money and I would recommend it to anyone, particularly those with thicker than average fingers.
Chris.
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Quality control hit and miss
matejc, 27.05.2019
I have purchase two of these, first one b-stock and a week later another one for which I have paid a full price (new).
I was disappointed in both cases, which is a bummer since I really wanted to like these guitars. The sound is very good both acoustically and through an amp.

B-stock:
Came packed insufficiently - no foam wrapping, guitar in direct contact with cardboard and obvious finish wear on those exact contact points. Missing hardware (manual, spare tuner peg and allen wrench). Action too high (1mm higher as per attached QC specs).
All in all, the guitar still looked nice and I would use it, however, the neck had a worrying cracking sound at the neck/body joint when moved sideways (as if not glued on properly) and it affected the tuning stability - for this I will be returning it.

New:
Packed properly, all hardware included. The headstock had a very visible ding at the top, missing a piece of wood. The second crack was near the battery compartment (probably caused by a loose 9V battery in the box). What happened with the visual inspection??? The parcel that it came in was undamaged!
Otherwise, the guitar was set up correctly and sound was awesome.
I could not get past the QC issues though and have sold it to someone who does not care about this.

It is obvious that these two guitars were not checked properly before shipping which makes me sad as they are great instruments and very good looking otherwise.
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-1048SCE NS
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-1048SCE NS

Steel String Guitar Build: Dreadnought with cutaway, Solid spruce top, Bottom and sides made of mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana), Neck: Mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana), Ovangkol fretboard, Dot fretboard...

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 48,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
  • Colour: Natural
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-41S WN
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-41S WN

Steel-String Guitar Vintage Solid series, Construction: Dreadnought, Dovetail construction, Solid Sitka spruce top, Scalloped X-bracing, Walnut body, Mahogany neck, Ovangkol fretboard, Abalone body...

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Walnut
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood
Harley Benton CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood

Steel-string guitar with pickup Built completely out of solid wood, Design: Dreadnought with cutaway, Top: Made from solid selected African A-grade mahogany, Scalloped X-bracing, Body: Made from...

  • Top: Mahogany, Solid
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Nut width in mm: 44,50 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
  • Colour: Natural
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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