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Harley Benton SC-550 II BCF

Harley Benton SC-550 II Black Cherry Flame; deluxe series; electric guitar; mahogany body (swietenia meliaceae) (weight relief chambered); arched & flamed AAA-maple top; set mahogany neck (swietenia macrophylla king); pau ferro fingerboard; 60`s neck profile; 305mm (12") fingerboard radius; 1th fret thickness 20mm; 12th fret thickness 22mm; pearloid trapezoid inlays; 22 Blacksmith stainless steel frets; 628mm (24,72") scale; 42mm (1,65") nut width; graphite nut; 2x Tesla Opus-1 Alnico-5 humbucker pickups; controls: 2x volume & 2x tone; 3-way switch; DLX gold hardware; DLX tune-o-matic bridge; DLX Kluson style tuners; strings: D´Addario EXL-110 10-46; finish: gloss black cherry flame

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Colour Cherry
Body Mahogany
Top Maple, flamed
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Pao Ferro
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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A great guitar
Robert Peterson, 22.09.2021
This is a fantastic guitar that plays great and sounds great right out of the box. However...there are some issues.
I will first say that I am a huge Harley Benton fan and I own several HB guitars and I haven't been disappointed with the quality of any of the instruments I've previously purchased, but this particular guitar was slightly disappointing in two major ways:

1) The fretboard "bit" me the first time I played it and - while moving my hand along the fretboard - a piece of plastic near the second fret sliced my hand and I got a sliver a fretboard binding stuck in my finger. After cleaning up the blood and pulling the sliver out of my hand, I was all good. But I didn't "trust" the guitar to play it again until I did some proper fretwork on the neck. Perhaps I got "a bad one" in the batch?
2) The image on the website is "Photoshopped" to make the darker parts of the flamed maple look darker and the colour is artificically enhanced. It appears they altered the contrast of the original photo. Also, the colour out of the box is closer to a darker "candy apple red" and not the brighter shade of red seen in the product photos. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful guitar, but if you were expecting the guitar to look EXACTLY like the website photos you'll be disappointed. My suggestion would be for Thomann to redo the "product images" and present the original, unaltered photos.

All in all, even though this is perhaps my worst experience with a Harley Benton guitar, my "guitar tech" skills allowed me to do some proper fretwork to get the neck to a high quality and I can overlook the fact that the flamed maple top doesn't quite look like the guitar in the photos, since it's still a beautiful instrument. It's not what I thought I ordered, but I can live with what I got as, overall, it's still a great guitar.
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Pretty Cool Les Paul knock-off at a great price
MarkyNass, 22.09.2021
This one was a bit of an impulse buy for me, after Jonathan Koh, a Youtuber over in Singapore recommended it to me in a livestream. I didn't own a LP-style guitar and so I figured "Why not?" and got it.

Didn't disappoint. Great-looking. Doesn't feel cheap at all. Intonation is right. Didn't feel like it needed a setup. Neck feels smooth enough. Plays fine (well, it is a Les Paul style guitar, where things can get a bit cramped up high on the neck, but that is the style). Holds tune. Pickups aren't expensive ones, of course, but they sounded fine to me. I dialed in some Slash-settings, went Knocking on Heaven's Door. Sounded pretty right to me.
I do not own a 'real' Gibson LP, so it is a bit tricky for me to compare this guitar to the original. However, I own guitars that are way more expensive, and I feel this one holds it own, pretty much.
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Just wowed!! (in a good way)
Stan7, 24.08.2021
I had to return a Gretsch g220 from another store due to frets coming off the fretboard. And this HB SC550 II BCF almost the same price level actually little less than that - I am just wowed by the quality and sound of this instrument that I have been playing for a week now. Looks so beautiful! Just how Thomann do this? :)
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Beautiful Guitar
Yorkshire Lad, 27.08.2021
Ordered on Sunday, arrived on Thursday. This guitar is stunning. The pictures on the website dont do it justice. The flame top is amazing, and its a much deeper, richer cherry red than on the website. It arrived without a blemish anywhere. The build quality is exceptional and the sound (to me as a beginner guitarist) is right up there with any guitar Ive heard. I cant believe how good it looks. Maybe the jade coloured tuner pegs might not be to everyones taste, but I dont mind them. I have quite a few HB guitars now, including the outstanding Fusion 3 in roasted maple and this guitar looks just as good. If you want a LP style guitar, dont bother paying £600/£700, buy this one, its outstanding in every way.
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