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Harley Benton SC-550 II DFB

Harley Benton SC-550 II Desert Flame Burst; 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 chrome hardware; DLX tune-o-matic bridge; DLX Kluson style tuners; strings: D´Addario EXL-110 10-46; finish: gloss desert flame burst

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Colour Burst
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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Joules, 10.08.2021
I watched a YouTube review before purchasing this. The review gave it a glowing reference but I was blown away when it arrived. Finish is great, looks stunning, quite weighty, sounds great - I already had some pickups I was going to fit but now will probably leave them. The only bad points, the nut isn't brilliant and theres 2 bits of sawdust in the finish by the rear control cavity. And it took me ages to find that. The nut functions, the guitar holds tune very well but visually it could be better. If I'd paid 3 times this it would still be a bargain. Highly recommended
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Exceeded my expectations so Thomann deserves this review
Blues2Rock2, 30.07.2021
I'd thought about ordering an HB SC-550 since the beginning of Covid and never pulled the trigger. I loved the pics of the Desert Flame Burst and knew that if I ordered one ... that would be the one.

I have friends who said at Thomann's price on these guitars you have to expect to change a lot and put a lot into it to get it "playable", therefore turning the price into what you would pay for an Epiphone or LTD by the time you were done. Not the case here.

To keep this as short as possible, let me just say that the Desert Flame Burst had me speechless. I waited for the right time and got the right SC-550 in version 2. The guitar has stainless steel frets, Pau Ferro fretboard, your standard mahogany found in LP types, a chambered body but still has some LP heft to it, a 6mm maple cap with what appears to be a photo flame but who cares ... it takes your breath away. What I care about when it comes to a guitar is how does it look, how does it feel and how does it sound. This guitar looks, feels and sounds amazing! I must have said "Wow" 5 times before I put it down. The fretwork was spectacular, the cavity for the pots was neatly put together with full-size Alpha pots and Tesla pickups with 4 conductor wires.

This guitar truly makes Harley Benton its own respectable brand of guitar if many were not thinking so before. Actually more than respectable because I have some much higher-priced LP guitars that this guitar runs an extremely close second if not takes 1st place to me depending on the moment. I would say get one while they last. This is one of the best guitar purchases I have ever made. Outside of some minor setup to my preferred action and the pickup height adjustment, there was not a lot to do to get this guitar ready to play. And I pulled out tools to measure to a baseline, before I dialed in my preferences, that Gibson would use on their Les Pauls. Out of the box, this guitar fell within spec.

I'm still a little stunned by the quality and I have a friend who owns a guitar shop who was also a bit taken back by how nicely the guitar came in. Shipping was fast in it being about 6 days from order to at my door in the states from Germany. That is unbelievable in itself! I have to admit that I would purchase another HB if it were a PRS style with these features... or if I just wanted a different color SC-550 II. I would love if Harley Benton produced an Anaconda Green in this guitar. It would be in the basket now if they had one! There is really nothing bad to say about the guitar because it came in better in every way than some Epiphone, Gibson or Fender guitars. Thomann has hit it out of the park with this guitar. Everyone has something they would change on almost every guitar and for me with this one, it would be the pickups ... not because these are bad by any stretch of the imagination. Purely because I like Alnico 2s. That's it! If you have been thinking about getting this model, don't second guess yourself. Order it now! Cheers!
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Harley Benton SC-550 II DFB
Rojazz, 29.07.2021
Tip of the hat as they say to Harley Benton and Thomann for this Amazing guitar. This will be the third Harley Benton guitar I acquired from Thomann and in each case I was pleasantly surprised. The quality is second to none. Specially at this price. I checked out the finish and can't find any blemishes. The guitar plays very well, stays in tune and the Tesla pickups also sound amazing. The only issue with this Harley Benton SC-550 II DFB is not really a big one but it does take away from the look and that is the colour of the Machine heads. The green doesn't look so nice. Cream, Ivory, black or Chrome would make it so much better to the overall look. That being said, I still would recommend this guitar to anyone and everyone. Keep it going guys. Well done indeed.
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Adam Kel, 05.09.2021
Not a bad guitar for the money. Gibson admission ticket
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