Harley Benton SC-Custom II Vintage Black

Electric Guitar

  • Custom Line Series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck attachment: Set-in
  • Fretboard: Roasted jatoba
  • Fretboard inlays: White pearloid crowns
  • Neck profile: Modern C - Thickness at the 1st fret: 20 mm; Thickness at the 12th fret: 22 mm
  • Binding: Ivory coloured
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm (13.78")
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Nut: Graphite
  • Frets: 22 Medium jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 LAF Alnico-5 humbuckers
  • 2 Volume controls
  • 1 Tone control with push/pull function for coil split
  • 3-Way switch
  • Bridge: WSC Tune-O-Matic
  • Hardware: Gold-plated
  • Machine heads: Grover
  • Colour: Vintage Black Satin
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Further Information

Colour Black
Body Mahogany
Top Maple, flamed
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Jatoba
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Black Beauty
gh99, 20.02.2021
Of the seven HBs I have, this one is one of the best. It looks, feels and plays great. The coil split isn't as useful as others but is nice to have. I have seen earlier reviews which show that the strap locks don't lock. Mine do so it appears that that problem has been addressed. I have also seen a review showing the gold finish rubbing off the hardware after some use. Mine hasn't done that but I haven't played it much, yet. This is not uncommon with gold hardware but I hope it won't affect it too quickly. Cleaning it regularly after use should help.

Beyond that, this guitar compares favourably with the DC-Custom for quality of build and finish. Those two are the pick of the bunch. The fretboard wasn't dry like most and I haven't treated it, yet, however, after sitting for a while there appears to be some kind of tarnish or discolouration on some frets, particularly on the upper fretboard, that wasn't present before. That's not nice but I will give them a light buff when I restring it and it hasn't obviously affected playability.

There are some other minor things which I have noted:
-The tone knob does suffer just slightly from being misaligned. It's not enough to be problematic. See my other reviews for more on this. The volumes both seem fine.
-There is a very tiny spot in one place on the binding. It's nothing.
-Some minor scrapiness around the pot recess plate.
-A few screws installed badly on the recess covers.

Overall this is a nice guitar. The matt finish is very nice, it looks good, plays well, has a through-neck, sleek, contoured lines and, at the price, is a great way to get that 'LP' experience without the thousand-dollar price tag. Buy it.
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Amazing Guitar Far Exceeds Expectations
Dave Avon, 09.12.2020
I bought a B-Stock version of this guitar so was expecting some minor marks, but I was wrong it was absolutely perfect, a beautiful looking guitar. After tuning the guitar it played perfectly, the action was perfect, the Grover tuners are smooth and hold tune. Having it fitted with Daddario strings means no need to change the strings a ritual that is normal on most affordable guitars. The satin black finish looks great. The pickups are good, and if you dial the amp in sound really good far beyond their price. Just to give perspective my other guitars are a Gibson and a Fender so my praise is earned, this is a really good guitar can recommend it without hesitation at the price it is almost impossible to beat. Nice touch was the strap locks that are included. Still looking for something I did not like not found it yet.
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Unbelievable value for the price.
Jimmy1787, 01.02.2021
I own several guitars, five of them are in the $150-$250 price range. This is by far and away the best quality low priced guitar I have ever owned. It's not even close. It's easily a mid-range guitar for a rock bottom price. This SC Custom II has a great set up right out of the box. It stays in tune quite nicely. Pick ups are solid, but nothing amazing. Neck feels super comfortable and easy to play. Grover tuners feel very nice. I didn't need to mess with intonation at all. The only thing I did was file the nut a bit to accommodate heavier strings. Regardless of price, it's one of the most beautiful single cut Les Paul style guitars out there. My only con is that it isn't as ergonomic to play as a strat while sitting in your lap, but it's not huge deal. This is hands down the best bang for your buck guitar out right now. Just buy it!
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Just great
Rudelaris, 14.10.2020
This is a serious good guitar. For the price, you have an excellent LP style rock guitat that gets the job done.
I would take this on stage anytime. It delivers the goods!
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