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Harley Benton Custom Line CLR-Chrome


Resonator Guitar

  • Bluegrass series
  • Nickel-plated iron body
  • Single cone: Ø 240 mm with 30 mm height
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Wenge
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Neck profile: D
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 19 Frets
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Cream-coloured neck binding
  • Maple "biscuit" bridge
  • Slotted headstock with mother-of-pearl veneer
  • Rotomatic style machine heads
  • Weight: approx. 4.0 kg
  • Finish: Nickel plated
Available since December 2006
Item number 196301
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Body Metal, Nickel Plated
Fretboard Wenge
Neck shape Roundneck
Pickup No
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 19
Colour Silver
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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87 Reviews

mropeel 23.12.2020
This is my 5th Harley Benton guitar and it's fabulous.

Firstly, I must say I don't know much about resonators but I have had some experience with them and have been doing lots of research on types and the mechanics of the cones. This is my 3rd attempt and have finally found a gem. My first was a second hand / used solid body I bought on Ebay. It rattled really badly. I didn't know at the time but all it required was a 'spider' adjustment. I sold it within days. The second was a cheaper wooden body with a spider cone. It was really badly set up, not enough angle over the bridge to lower the action, the neck was horrible and the truss rod was fully tight and not adjustable.

HOWEVER, this single cone biscuit instrument arrived from Thomann within days of ordering, perfectly set up and a stunning looker. The neck is comfortable and a beautiful shade of transparent brown, showing off the wood grain and the clean, perfectly formed headstock joint. The pearloid veneer on the slotted headstock really sets off the guitar. Whilst the machine heads are beautiful and have a very smooth action, I did find it tricky to change the strings but that's just a slotted headstock issue. The way it looks is worth the slight inconvenience.

It's twice as loud as all my other acoustics and has that distinctive, almost 'banjo' percussiveness. Apart from the fact that it's around 200€ less expensive than any of the competition, it's a 'must buy' for anyone looking for a different character to add to their sound pallet.

Well done Harley Benton.


Nil Hammerstrumm 05.04.2021
I was looking for my first ever resonator guitar. I could spend up to 1000 euro, but,

after a couple of weeks of reading and listening, I decided I probably would be best off with this one, even if it was not amplified. I Have two HB acoustics, and they are good value for the money.
It came perfectly packed (to Portugal) a day earlier than expected (3 days total) and for my taste perfectly set up.Action: It is easy to play fingerstyle, be it chords or single notes. For slide, it takes a bit getting used to, but I am not a natural born slide player. Does the job for me.
The right hand needs to learn a trick or two, as string dampening does not work as with a normal acoustic, due to the height of the bridge.

It looks stunning and sounds just great.
It is a bit heavy, and tends to slide down from one´s lap. But after some manouvering,I found a comfortable way to use it while sitting.
It lacks a pin for a strap on the neckside. But, if you look at old photos of early bluesplayers, they just had a piece of rope as a strap, and tied it to the headstock.
Pro:looks plays and sounds great.

From a very happy first time resonator player.


Slip Sliding
Anonymous 02.09.2016
A beautiful resonator guitar, I love it, but tin sound resonates from the cone and sound holes.
My expectation beforehand were not too high after reading some other reviews concerning finish, however my one that was delivered is beautifully finished to an exceptional high standard.

I am like a man in love ...with his first guitar.

The guitar is much smaller than you think from the images online, it approximately the size of a small travel guitar.

Slips about when playing as it's super slick.

Guitar sound better when tuned to open G or E as opposed to standard tuning.

My guitar arrived very poorly package and the box was in bits, however unbelievable as it may sound the guitar was undamaged. Thomann should package products better especially when shipping outside of Germany.

Now folks.... It's bluegrass time so got to go and sing some old time gospel songs. See ye all later


Great little steel guitar
Anonymous 04.03.2016
I've had this for a few years and thought I'd write a review that has a little more history, other than the usual taking the guitar out of the box, giving it a few strums and then commenting on whether it is good or not.

Even after two years I still pick up the guitar regularly and use it predominantly for slide. I haven't had to set up a thing on the guitar since the day I received it. The action is reasonable for playing chords and scales and just about high enough to get some great slide guitar tones. The neck is really nice and has an old school quality about it. The tuners are very good and don't cause any noticeable tuning problems. The metal work is bright and well chromed but I like to leave these guitars to tarnish/ become road worn as opposed to cleaning them with polish.

I did try modifying the guitar by replacing it with a cone that was spun in the National factory in the USA. Totally pointless as it did nothing to the tone! So buy the guitar, get a decent slide and tune it to Open D or G. That's it.

Fantastic value for the money.