Harley Benton SC-550 Desert Flame Burst

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Electric Guitar

  • Weight relief chambered mahogany body
  • Arched AAAA flamed maple top
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • Fretboard: Roasted jatoba
  • Fretboard inlays: Pearloid trapezoids
  • '60s neck profile
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Bone nut
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell LAF AlNiCo-5 humbuckers
  • 2 Volume controls and 2 tone controls
  • 3-Way pickup selector switch
  • DLX chrome hardware
  • DLX Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • DLX Wilkinson machine heads
  • Colour: Desert flame burst
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Colour Burst
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Jatoba
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Absolutely gorgeous LP copy - (tribute)?
itsonlyme, 03.03.2020
I am not a professional musician so you can take my opinions as just that - opinions. I play for pleasure pretty much exclusively.

Beauty is subjective, but the finish on this guitar cannot really be considered as anything other than gorgeous.

I did not have a LP style guitar to play, so I decided that I would buy one for the sound that my strat or hollow body couldn't provide. I originally purchased a "licensed LP version" (standard pro) from another dealer to chase down the LP tones that I was looking for. (I'm not sure if it's allowed to mention a different brand name.) Unfortunately, It arrived with some tone pot issues, so I had to send it back.
I was very disappointed then, but I believe now that it was a good thing. I came across a you tube demo of this model on EytschPi channel and decided to take a chance and add it in to the order I was placing for another guitar from Thomann.

This guitar sounds incredible. My non-professional ears believe that the pickups sound about as good as the pickups in the licensed version. I don't believe they sound the same, but different doesn't always mean better or worse. At less than half the price of the nearest budget LP equivalent, the quality of the sound is more than acceptable.

Did I mention that the finish on this guitar is gorgeous?

Con:
There was a shipping mishap that left a small crack across the headstock. It's noticeable, but doesn't appear to affect the structural integrity of the guitar and so far doesn't affect the playability. I worked with Customer Service and rather than wait another two weeks or more for a replacement, we agreed on a reasonable discount to be credited on another purchase. -- I've already used it. -- If the headstock snaps on me, then I will have made a mistake, but at this price, I'll just buy another one and hope that the shipping department packages the next one a bit better.

Subjective opinion:
The neck is fantastic for me. The frets were fairly good. There was one slightly high fret around 13 or 14. I took care of that, and no more issue. Sound is very nice clean and particularly nice dirty.
And it's gorgeous.

Aside from the shipping mishap, I am very happy with this guitar.
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I was gobsmacked
RoyMattblack, 07.01.2020
I'm a guitarist of over 50 years experience in numerous bands, solo's and currently, a duo. My main guitar is a 30 year old Strat but I fancied something a bit different.
When I unpacked the guitar, I couldn't believe what I was holding.
The finish is incredible. A deep, lustrous gloss all over.
I looked closely but there just aren't any flaws in the finish.
The maple top looks almost 3D - the striping literally moves as you tilt the guitar.
The binding is perfect around the body and along the neck edges.
Frets are well finished with no sharp or snaggy ends anywhere.
I like a low action on my guitars so a few quick adjustments had the strings much lower and the saddles were also adjusted to keep the intonation correct.
Checking all the strings all the way up the fretboard, there is no buzzing or string binding anywhere.
The guitar exudes quality.
I've only minimally played it plugged in so far and it sounds virtually identical to my Gibson LP Tribute - at a fraction of the price.
For looks though, it leaved the Gibson for dead.
This is my first HB and it certainly won't be my last.
I currently have 5 solid body guitars - Strat, Gibson LP, Burns Marvin and a PRS.
This guitar is as good as any of them and looks every bit a mega-money instrument.
My only minor gripe - if that's the right word - is that the outer sunburst colouring is more 'brown' than I thought it would be.
I had hoped there would be a bit more red to the dark shading.
Not a problem though as the guitar is a stunner.
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Great Guitar
Octillion, 22.02.2021
After a longer wait, the guitar arrived.
String action is great and sound is good.
Holds its tuning well.
Although I believe these are a new batch with weight relief, I personally would have preferred one of the non-weight relieved.
All in all its a great guitar that plays well and feels great.
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Far better than more expensive competitors
Art Rott, 13.07.2020
This is my second HB guitar (Fusion II RM is the first one) and I'm just amazed how it is possible to produce such a high quality guitars for this pricing.
The color is beatifull, tuners are ok, sound is 100% "Les-Pauly".
I definitely recommend it to everyone who looking for an LP-style guitar. In real life it looks more beautiful than you may see it on pictures or videos. This is absolutely gorgeous guitar and it is 100% worth every cent of its price.
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