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Harley Benton RB-612CS Classic Series


12-String Electric Guitar

  • Style: Semi-Hollow
  • Body: Sapele
  • Set-in neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Laurel
  • Fingerboard inlays: Dot
  • Neck profile: C
  • Body and neck bindings
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Fingerboard radius: 350 mm
  • Nut width: 48 mm
  • Double-action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Artec Classic mini humbuckers
  • Controls: 2 Volume and 2 tone
  • 3-Way switch
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Casino tailpiece
  • Chrome hardware
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • D'Addarío strings
  • Colour: Cherry Sunburst, high-gloss
Available since July 2013
Item number 308769
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Mahogany
Neck Maple
Fretboard Laurel
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Design ES-Style
Body Mahogany
Top Mahogany
Pickups HH
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227 Reviews

On First Impressions Wonderful...But
benjikan 24.12.2021
I purchased this guitar based on the positive reviews on YouTube and on this site. I have been a loyal Thomann customer since 2006 and have been really impressed by the quality of their service and products. I own three other Harley Benton guitars. When I received the guitar it looked great, felt great and sounded ok. Now here is the catch and it is a big one, for me at least. It took me 4, yes I said 4 hours to change the strings. I finally gave up and removed the Casino tailpiece to gain access to how the string nuts actually fit in. Prior to removing it, you are partially blinded by the view by the Casino tailpiece. Every time you try to mount the string, it just falls out. I was out of my head trying to do so. When I did unmount the tail to reveal how it actually works it seemed apparent. However, I am not sure I will be able to change the strings without disassembling parts of the guitar you should NOT have to. I wrote Thomann asking for a solution and they said they are aware of this problem (not issue....but problem!)

I really want to like this guitar and do, except for this glaring problem. Other things like lowering the action, etc, I can deal with but this...

Here is what I wrote to Thomann:

Thank you! However, and I am not exaggerating, I spent 4 hours trying to figure out the best way to attach the strings. I finally had to remove the Casino tailpiece to gain access to the string ball end mounts. When it is attached you cannot see into where the string is entering, it often enters the wrong opening because you are blind in most cases as to where it is going. In viewing the Casino tailpiece I could finally see how it actually functions. That worked (FINALLY). I do NOT want to have to remove the tailpiece every time I change strings. I have been a loyal Thomann customer since 2006 and this is the first time I wanted to return a product and the only reason I am not doing so is I threw out the box. I cannot believe there isn’t an instruction sheet on how best to change the stings.

Is their a third party solution to change the string mount to 12 separate string holes or just a way to SEE where you are putting the strings. I have been stringing guitars for years, but 4 Hours???? I am so angry!!! This was my birthday gift and what a birthday it turned out to be!!!

Anyways, sorry for this rant, but it is what it is! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


My long wait was totally worth it.
Mark RJ 03.01.2022
I am old. 67 to be precise. I played in a band in high school. Had an electric guitar and a 12 string jumbo acoustic. I love the 12 string sound. Byrds, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Tom Petty…. So I wanted to pickup a guitar again after many years and the 12 string desire was strong. I read a couple of articles about Harley Benton and was impressed with the value they provide. So I started looking at their website and found the RB-612 guitars. It pushed all the right buttons. Semi hollow body, Rickenbacker styling, dual hum buckets, nothing less than a Ricky clone for 10% of what I would spend for an authentic Ricky. So last July, I found the Thomann website and ordered a RB-612BK same guitar only in Black. I didn’t want black but due to supply chain problems the only color available to order was black. After multiple delays the black version was shipped to me in October, to the US. Unfortunately the guitar was lost in transit and the box and gig-bag arrived without the guitar.

I worked with UPS and Thomann and they both were fantastic and a new guitar was placed on order. However none was immediately available but expected to be delivered in 6-8 weeks. Then in mid-December they notified my of another delay of 8-12 weeks. Bummer right? Frustrated waiting so long I got on the Thomann website looking for something else to switch to. That is when I discovered that the RB-612CS was available in 7-14 days. Delighted, it was the color I originally wanted, I had the order switched and now have my beautiful guitar. So far it has been GREAT! I have a Spark practice amp and the sound is fantastic! It has the sound I dreamed of. The finish on the guitar is flawless. Everything is in great working order and I am thrilled with the guitar, Thomann is a great company and responsive to all of my requests. I highly recommend Thomann as a company and Harley Benton as a guitar.


Some New Things To Know About This 12-String Guitar You May Not Have Read About, Yet.
George Roger Petty 21.09.2020
This guitar exceeds all my expectations and sounds/ functions - even better than it looks!
I’m a relative beginner to guitar playing, but can play and know obvious differences, issues and problems. There are no problems I can detect.
I do notice it’s better than any 12-string I’ve tried from friends and in the Music Shops. This excludes Ricky, but includes1,000 dollar guitars, down to 500 dollars.

Most of the very positive reviews mention many details for their positive reviews Believe them. . I’ll mention some things that I haven’t seen highlighted.

1 Body is Sapele Wood; I’ve learned this Wood is used for Taylor Guitars. It’s been described this way by experts:
Sapele’s tonal output is consistent and balanced across the tonal spectrum, making it compatible with a diverse range of playing styles. It’s comparable to mahogany but its higher density tends to produce a slightly brighter sound with more top-end shimmer.”
2. The headstock is very close to that of The Hagstrom Viking 12-string.
3.The body is totally functional, but a bit smaller, but NOT weirdly small or affecting playing or sound. Think Les Paul body size. If that’s not a problem for you.........
4. Maple Neck is awesome.
5. The F-hole DOES have a history with Rickenbacker. We usually see them with no hole, or a slash one. The Who’s Pete Townshend used a Rose Morris model, which features an F-hole. The HB has an F-Hole
6. The Mini Humbuckers have a unique jangly sound and sound way better than any pick-ups I’ve heard on non Ricky 12- strings.

Mucho Happy with purchase!


Other 12 string guitars don't give you the Byrds
Barbablanca 22.07.2023
As a folk-rocker, I have always envied Roger McGuinn's gorgeous twangy twelve string Rickenbacker, but never came close to earning enough from my music to warrant the price tag on a genuine "Ricky".

So, I was intrigued by coming across what appeared to be Harley Benton's take on the instrument. Intrigued enough to risk buying it, since if it didn't fulfil my expectations Thomann's return policy would be the easy answer.

Well, I never needed to return it! Let me tell you straight out, this is the finest guitar I have bought yet from HB. It's quite frankly gorgeous to look at. The attention to detail from HB is great. Out of the box it was almost in tune (the ratio on the tuners seems superior to a couple of my other "budget" guitars and they work flawlessly). The neck is smooth and the action was fine out of the box. There were no rough fret edges along the neck and not a single flaw could I find in the overall finish.

Ten minutes after taking it out of the box I was already in love with it... but also nervous as I plugged it in. Would it live up to that sound I so desired? Well, yes it did and in spades! My plectrum danced up and down the strings as I formed the chord shapes for "Mr Tambourine Man" - and there was that jingle-jangle I'd have had to pay nearly ten times to get from a Ricky.

In addition, the sound, acoustically, is acceptable for practice or working on songs after our neighbours' 10pm curfew is in place. As a bonus, even unplugged you still get that twang I was looking for.

The other surprise was the strings. Usually, the first thing I do when I get a budget guitar (confession time, all my guitars are budget brands) is snip the strings off and put some decent ones on. I even included a spare set of strings in my initial order, expecting the stock ones to be awful, but I have still not put them on after months of playing the instrument. The supplied strings were fine.

Aesthetically, the instrument hasn't got the headstock of a Ricky. The twelve string Ricky looks like a six string, because the tuners for the other six strings are at a 90º angle to the ones immediately visible. However, in terms of practicality, give me the HB headstock any day. I did once try the Ricky 12 in a guitar shop and I found the Ricky dual-angled machine heads option to be a little confusing and quite frankly awkward to adjust.

Is there anything negative I can say about the instrument? Well, I guess the only thing I could say in that vein would be that if you are wearing a silky textured shirt on stage, then there could be a slight tendency for the neck to slowly dive. But a good rough surfaced strap should soon sort that out.

Another possible negative point that may leave some people puzzled, if not put off, is the two level pickguard. It is a curious aesthetic choice, but one it shares with the Byrds' leader's original. Anyway, that is the least of my worries after getting a sound I had lusted after for 50 years at a more than reasonable price.

Get in touch with the Byrd in you and take flight with this superb bargain guitar.