Harley Benton SC-450Plus LD Vintage Series

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Electric Guitar

  • Vintage series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Arched top: AAA flamed maple
  • Glued neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • Cream-coloured bindings on body and neck
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell LAF AlNiCo-5 vintage-style humbuckers
  • 3-Way pickup selector switch
  • 2 Volume controls with push/pull function for coil split
  • 2 Tone controls
  • Chrome-plated DLX hardware
  • DLX Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • DLX Kluson style closed machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario EXL .010 - .046
  • Colour: Lemon Drop, high gloss
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Colour Amber
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Pao Ferro
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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PlayerV, 07.05.2020
I was really surprised when I received this guitar. Stunning looks, great sound and playable out of the box.

For the price, it is an amazing guitar and I'm really enjoying playing it without any regrets.

The guitar (manufactured 08/2019) is as close to a "true" LP shape as possible. There are subtle differences, but most of them are barely noticeable - no problem here. What pleasantly surprised me was a thinner 3-piece body (lighter guitar), neck joint shape comfortable for better hand reach, and (!) maple top. And I don't mean some kind of a thin veneer. I measured almost 2cm of wood glued to the mahogany corpus. This is what is missing on my more expensive Epiphone. The binding is in a quite nicely cut slot. There are rare spots of imperfections in the wood and the lacquer. On the back, there is no veneer and you can see the real wood. The guitar seems to have a long neck tenon, which is also a nice feature to have. There is a lot of dust everywhere - where is the place with most of the dust? You would not guess - it is below the tuning machines.

The fretboard was a little dried and in need of some oil. Strings were rusty, frets in need of polishing, but really - who plays a new guitar with default strings. What surprised me was no buzzing - after a closer inspection I noticed, that some frets were leveled (nice surprise), unfortunately, the leveled frets were not properly crowned and there were some rougher flats spots. These flat spots should be crowned before some serious bending. I was able to lower the action to personally preferred ~1.5mm (high E)/ ~2mm (low E) at 12th fret without a buzzing at all. The fret ends were not sharp and are considered fine, but some additional fine-filing is advisable. The fretboard inlays show some tolerances in placement, but nothing to really worry about. The intonation was set correctly.

The neck was set up perfectly for 010 gauge strings. The neck profile is for me comfortable. The nut is a plastic one. A recommended upgrade is to replace it with Bone or Tusq one but the stock works fine and provides an acceptable string height. I case of replacing - check the string spacing thou - some replacement nuts have smaller string spacing and for bigger fingers, it could be ~1mm difference between clean and buzzy playing.

The tuning machines work well - I was a little surprised. They are holding the tuning fine. A bit problematic for me was the bushing that should hold the tuning machines in the place - in some places the string tension was puling the pressed-in bushing out of the holes. The bushing was a loose fit and should be seated properly before serious use.

The hardware is functional but is not that much deluxe and provides a cheaper feeling. The bridge and tailpiece are some generic parts with little burrs. Surprisingly, there is a quite unusual spacing between the posts. On my guitar, the measurements are ~72 mm for the bridge (metric standard is 74 mm) and ~80,5 mm for the tailpiece (metric standard is 82 mm). They are measurements used rarely on some guitars, but fitting replacement hardware possibly requires a search for correctly spaced parts or a few mm of filing on newer standard parts. The plastic parts (pickup rings, switch chip, and pickguard) also feel cheaper and on my guitar, they were each tiny bit different in a color.

The inserts bridge holes are well-placed for intonation, but what disappointed me a little was, that the inserts in the body were really "inserted" and quite loose - I was able to pull them out of the body without any major effort just by my hand. I was thinking that the wood shrunk due to moving to a different world region, but there were shims in the holes from the factory, so they must have been loose even in the factory. This situation is most problematic for the tailpiece because the string tension is pulling the bushing out a little bit and it could cause tuning instability. Teeth on the side of the inserts are almost flat - so maybe there are higher tolerances on some parts (a bit smaller diameter) - who knows - and I was unlucky. It is easily fixable, but good to check before serious playing.

The wiring is quite fine - I have seen a lot worse in more expensive guitars. It is modern-style wiring with .047uf capacitors (it provides good sound for split humbucker and darker but still great sound for humbucker mode), two linear push-pull pots, and two unbranded larger diameter logarithmic tone pots with values well around 500K. The switch is not Switchcraft-like, but it is working. The pickups sound quite punchy and personally, I like the sound (They supposed to be Roswell's take on PAF) even in the split mode. With .022uf caps and 50's wiring, they brighten up and really come to life (of course, the split mode is a little bit weaker with this mod).

So - it is quite a good guitar for the price. In my case - You can play it as is without any major changes and it will work fine. You can also upgrade a lot to improve the great core of the guitar to a superbly playing instrument.
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RetiredOne, 19.04.2020
Bought this guitar as I didn't have one with humbuckers and the Covid-19 thing had me bored. The overall finish was nice. I had several hours on the setup, because I enjoy the do it yourself path to satisfaction and I'm just learning how to do the setups. Neck relief was good out of the box, box was a little damaged, screws on some of the covers were a little iffy on being aligned correctly when installed possibly due to a little overagressive routing on the control cavities. The tunamatic saddles had to be reversed on the top three strings to get intonation to come in as they were ringing flat when fretted versus the harmonic and all the adjustment used up. The nut was cut nicely and the 1st string height was good. I didn't find any slots sticking when tuning.
After I got it off the bench and plugged it in, it sounded great and all controls functioned properly. When I change strings I'll dress the frets, which are very playable as is, but could use some fine polishing to clean up the note bending scratches in a couple of spots. I didn't notice any fret sprout, which is good. Overall I'm very pleased with this purchase and I'm learning to set up a guitar good enough to where its a joy to play versus a chore when they are not. So for me this is a win win endeavor.
I would recommend this as a visually appealing and nice sounding addition to anyone's collection, especially if you're on a limited budget. People say you get what you pay for. I think in this case you get more.
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Great guitar!!
GremFit, 12.05.2020
After reading so many good reviews and watching numerous YouTube movies extolling the virtues of this particular Harley Benton guitar I decided to try one for myself. The original plan was to get one and relic it to look a little like Peter Green's '59 Gibson Les Paul. I already have the Vintage Lemon Drop and the Gibson Gary Moore Standard. Because of the low price I thought it would be an ideal guitar to try out my "experiment". Wow!! I was not expecting such a fabulous guitar for the money!! The finish is flawless!! It is just too good to mess with, I only needed to tune up 3 of the strings to have it playing straight out of the box!! I honestly expected quite a bit less than this for just £158. Yes, I might lower the action just a touch but it's only personal preference and not essential. It sounds just great too, I tried it through a couple of amps and I'm more than happy with the pickups. I have quite a large guitar collection (60+) and this will fit in nicely. I have Gibson's, Fender's, Squire, Epiphone, Washburn, Vintage and various other makes. Most of us really, if we were totally honest, are not good enough players to sound that much better on a £2,000 guitar than we do on a much cheaper one. We just like that fancy name on the headstock. Buy one of these, play the best that you can on it and save your money. I kinda wish I had spent a lot less in the past! It was even delivered a day earlier than expected. Thank you Thomann! Excellant service and a fabulouse guitar at an unbelivable price.
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Nothing to complain for this price. Actually a wonderful deal
Miguel Francisco, 29.04.2017
***EDITED ON 17/01/2018****
Almost one year with this guitar. Still very satisfied. I have read many good reviews on this guitar and I just hope that Thomann will keep the standard with the new stock to come.
You will find few bad reviews on this guitar. Most are good: German, Spanish, French and English. No matter the language, so many people cannot be wrong. I join them.
Regarding the bad reviews two possibilities: 1- a bad guitar between a bunch of them. That can happen on big brands as well and for that you have the return and warranty. 2- People expected to have a 2XXX $ big "G" for less than the tenth of its price. 3- Taste, yes indeed there is taste for everything. 3- I will not give any adjective, but you know what I mean, people who does not know what they are talking about and complain about everything that is not 100% perfect. Is there something perfect, starting from the player?Personally, I do not think so.

I put better strings and made few minor adjusts since I bought it. I take it to at least 70% of the sessions I play. (About 3 per week between rehearsals and live) That since almost one year ago. I get that praise for the tone when I use this guitar in venues of 100 to 180 people.
I also own a big F deluxe Tele, a big E semi acoustic, a Vintage Stratocaster and a special Red with Burns pick ups. A part of taste and purpose depending on the chosen song, this guitar remains the one I use the most proportionally speaking. Of course the most inexpensive one I have ever bought including other HB's.
This edited review takes me to the bottom line: If this guitar keeps rocking until the three years warranty period is fulfilled, I will feel like I made the best guitar deal in my entire life with this purchase. If not, I will replace few things with probably 200 bucks and keep rocking closer to a big G for other few years!

***ORIGINAL REVIEW IN 2017****
Nothing to complain for this price. Actually this guitar rocks for the budget. Mine is only two pieces wood. Finishing is flawless. The bridge was replaced by a Gotoh (33? extra) A bit of setup done by myself and I installed strap lock. Total with a Gibbag was of 220?. The guitar is nearly perfect. Even if one day I need to replace the switch or the nut, that will be a easy and inexpensive move.

Now analyse the following. A similar guitar with a big "G" written on the headstock costs 2000?. Is that guitar 10 times better? I seriously doubt. My Fender Telecaster American Deluxe costed me 1600? four years ago. The current one similar to mine will be the Fender Telecaster American Elite. It costs nearly 2000?. Well, listen to this; my Fender has two pieces Alder body. The pots make noise on turning when high gain settings (CTS branded as Fender) since day one. The noiseless Fender pups have some hum anyway. The control cavity was not shielded. Definitely it is not 10 times better but costed me 10 times the price of the HB. I am not comparing a LP with a Tele. There are different instruments. But you can find a HB Tele for the same price than my HB SC 450 plus LP. You can also find a real LP for the same price than my Fender Telecaster. That is my point.
At 159 ? you cannot go wrong. Of course some HB needs to be sent back, but if you get one like mine (and there are many out there.) then, you made the deal.

I forgot. The scratch plate is of plastic toy, but it is well cut and looks ok. It fulfils the purpose as it avoids the plectrum to hit the finishing of the guitar. It is not a 3 ply definitely, but who cares?

I could have live with the original bridge, but I like Gotoh because the HB has valleys for the strings. That does not affect the tone too much, but I am a bit demanding.
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Electric Guitar Vintage series, Body: Mahogany, Arched top: AAA flamed maple, Glued neck: Mahogany, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Pau Ferro, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Trapezoid inlays, Cream-coloured...

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  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Pao Ferro
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric Guitar Vintage series, Body: Mahogany, Arched top: AAA flamed maple, Glued neck: Mahogany, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Pau Ferro, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Trapezoid inlays, Cream-coloured...

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  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Pao Ferro
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric Guitar Vintage series, Body: Mahogany, Arched top: AAA flamed maple, Glued neck: Mahogany, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Blackwood, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Trapezoid inlays, Cream-coloured...

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  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Pao Ferro
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric Guitar Vintage series, Body: Mahogany, Arched top: AAA flamed maple, Glued neck: Mahogany, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Blackwood, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Trapezoid inlays, Cream-coloured...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Pao Ferro
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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