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Harley Benton SC-1000 WH Progressive Line

Electric Guitar

  • Progressive Line
  • Body: Mahogany body with arched top
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck attachment: Set-in
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Flags
  • Neck profile: C
  • Bindings: Cream-coloured
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Active HBZ Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • 2 Volume controls
  • 1 Tone control
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Hardware: Black deluxe
  • Machine heads: Deluxe diecast
  • String gauges: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Glossy White
  • Suitable case available under Article Nr 340252 (not included)
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Colour White
Body Mahogany
Top Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 24
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Very bad QC
1leven, 14.02.2020
As I've seen a lot of videos on youtube about HB and thought about trying out a LP-shaped guitar I've decided to buy this particular model as it sounded pretty good to play metal.

What I have received though, is a mess of a guitar. Every bit has a flaw - be it neck, pots, humbuckers, body. It feels like winning a lottery, expect I've lost in every way possible. I didn't send this guitar back as I have spend pretty much 50% of its rrp trying to make it playable.

This guitar needed complete fret dressing, oiling and even cleaning as it had dirt all over the place and my hands were black just after holding the guitar. Soldering felt like it was done by a guy who has never done it before, wire 'management' in the cavity was also pretty bad as there was no untangled wires. There are 500k pots used, which is wrong for active pickups and the capacitor used was leaking direct current. Neck pickup's output is 10 times stronger than f/e EMG 81, which is just absurd and it's leaking huge AC. I've tried contacting support for an electric schematic which they supposedly 'didn't have'. I haven't sent this guitar back as I have spent a decent amount of money and time trying to make it playable.

Anyway, this guitar made me learn a lot about the things you can mess up while making a guitar. Thank you ;)
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Kind of disappointed
Dan Strait, 01.03.2021
It looks nice, but I'm going to have to spend a lot of time and some money to upgrade it to a decent guitar.
The volume pots are basically useless, i.e., they work essentially as a switch (I'm guessing they are the wrong value). Comes with cheap dime-sized pots, and the wiring is sloppy, e.g., wires twisted together with a piece of tape over it. Not really impressed with the tuners; they feel kind of sloppy so I will probably replace them. Knobs rub on the body of the guitar. The plate over the electronics on the back doesn't sit flush on the guitar. The action came set crazy high, so I had to adjust it way down and, of course, the pickups as well. Was not really happy that the adjusting screws on the bridge came tool damaged. Of course, the frets are going to need work, i.e. polishing and filing the ends. Necks a bit on the beefy side, kind of like the old Gibsons. Other than that, it sounds pretty good, but I'm already considering changing the pickups. I thought it would be nicer considering I have another HB guitar that I love.
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Victor Kamradt, 28.01.2021
My first HB. Delivery was fast, arrived in 3 or so days. The headstock has 3 points without paint but it doesn't affect anything and it is at the back, so I can't even see it normally.
Build quality is good, I'll probably just adjust string height and intonation, it is a little higher than I would prefer. Fret ends feel nice, just need some polishing, oil, and string changing
As for the sound, it is very responsive, has a sustain that goes on for days and has a great tone with heavy distortion. I bought the guitar with the thought of upgrading to EMGs in mind but I'm quite happy with the HBZ. Playing with cleans is a little bit harder, you need to find the sweet spot with the volume knob to balance output and clarity.
The neck feels similar to my other Les Pauls, not particularly thin but definitely not thick.
At this price range it is impossible to imagine any manufacturer getting even close to the quality, especially considering that it uses active pickups, bindings all over the guitar, different headstock, etc.
Comparing to a Squier that I had in the same price range, the HB feels much higher quality, even the unbranded tuners are better.
I can't really point a negative but you need to keep in mind that this is a budget option!
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Great guitar for the price
GSC, 01.02.2015
First off let me start by saying you are not going to get a guitar that is completely perfect aesthetically at this price point e.g details in regards to binding and general flaws in paint around the set neck.

With this out the way, this guitar is phenomenal for the price, you get a solid mahogany body with a set neck and active pickups for under £130 which is ridiculous in itself.

I will say the hardware is horrendously bad, the tuners are imprecise and don't hold tuning well, the bridge and tailpiece posts are not completely in the archtop body. However if you bear this in mind, you can buy some cheap locking tuners and a Korean made bridge which will work fine. I spent £50 on these upgrades and now it holds tuning brilliantly. I also had a problem with the neck volume pot, it just doesn't work. I haven't fixed it and I don't intend to because I don't need volume controls. 3 of the frets are slightly too high but if you play with heavy distortion minor fret buzz is not a problem.

On the positive side, it sounds amazing for metal and hard rock. It sustains incredibly well. Its solid mahogany as far as I can gather from the weight. The action is incredibly low too.

I would not hesitate to recommend this guitar to any player of any level provided that you can change a bridge and tuners which require a screwdriver and nutdriver. Its amazing for the price so you can't really go too far wrong. It is a great looming and more importantly an amazing sounding guitar
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