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Harley Benton SC-DLX Gotoh Daphne Blue

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Harley Benton SC-DLX Gotoh Daphne Blue Deluxe Series, electric guitar, weight relieved Nyatoh body with arched top and 7ply-binding, set mahogany modern C-shape neck, Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) fretboard with a 254mm radius, trapezoid inlays, 22 Blacksmith stainless steel medium-jumbo frets, 628mm (24,75”) scale, 43mm graphtech tusq nut, double action truss rod, 2 x Tesla VR-2 Alnico 5 humbucker pickups, controls: 2 x volume, 1 x tone with push/pull for coil split, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, Gotoh tune-o-matic bridge, Gotoh Kluson tuners, stock strings: 010-046, finish: Satin Daphne Blue with gold hardware

Body Nyatoh
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since October 2021
Item number 503576
$329
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It is not a copy of anything, it is its own thing
Mostro 03.11.2021
Looks on this guitar is amazing, honestly if I would have ordered a custom made single cut guitar by a luthier, the features would have been quite similar to this:

- Stainless steel frets
- Volute in the headstock
- Thinner than a Les Paul with comfort cut
- Blue or pink satin finish (well, blue in this case). I don't flavor high gloss finish too much.
- Binding
- Two volumes but only one tone
- Coil split
- Gotoh hardware, non-locking tuners.
- Bright pickups (I would not have thought of Tesla, but I love how clean they are, the PAF that had my Gibson LP sound as if you had put a blanked covering the amp). The Tesla's lose volume with split coil, but that is to be expected. Sound doesn't reach as far as a strat, but it is quite bright and spanky, I love it.

Believe it or not, this was the single cut guitar I had in my head before Harley Benton launched this one. I would have asked for CTS pots, but this ones are Alpha, no need to change them for now.

Things that are not so good:

- Neck dive. Yes, the awful neck dive, not everything can be perfect. Guitar is so cool that it doesn't took me down. I put 200 grams of weight in the control cavity, not totally fixed the dive, but is much much better, with a strap with good gripe is not noticeable. Weight WITH the fix: 3.7 KG, out of the bnox around 3.5 KG.
- 2 frets are not perfectly leveled, but I noticed only measuring it, I don't feel them while playing. All in all the fretjob can be considered as well done.
- 2 of the 3 screw holes of the control plate where dull, but still the screws hold position.

And that's it. Honestly I can't fault this guitar, I think is an awesome instrument for a very affordable price. A branded one with the same quality for sure would be over 500 € and I would not count on the stainless steel frets at that price.
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Blown away by this modern take on the LP style guitar
damondimento78 11.11.2021
Take my subjective review with a grain of salt. I'm not a musician and my review is based on my perceptions and a comparison to other HB guitars.

Colour- for once very like the web photos.
Hardware- great quality, tuners feel good and responsive
Fretwork- seems very good, they can be felt somewhat as you move up the neck, but not excessively.

Sounds- I'm comparing to the HB Sc Custom II with Roswell. They seem to have a bit more mid and clarity. The roswells on the Sc Custom II (at least the early one I have) are muddy and lacking character.

Overall the guitar feels like quality. The body shape and weight are around the same as the SC Custom II. Overall a more contoured, streamlined body than the SC 450 PLus I also owned.

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