Harley Benton SC-1000 VB Progressive Line

Electric Guitar

  • Progressive Line
  • Archtop body: Mahogany
  • Set-in neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Fretboard inlays: Flags
  • Cream-coloured bindings
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Double-action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 active HBZ Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • 2 Volume knobs
  • 1 Tone knob
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Deluxe gold hardware
  • Deluxe die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario .010- .046
  • Colour: Vintage Black
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Colour Black
Body Mahogany
Top Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 24
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Beautiful Guitar, poorly packaged

Michael2681, 17.06.2015
This is my first guitar with active pickups. I'm a huge Metallica fan, and love the sound that Hetfield gets from his guitars with active pickups. I ordered the L-1000VB fully understanding it wouldn't compare to a much more expensive Hetfield model ESP guitar. With that being said, I was blown away when the guitar arrived.

The finish is a cool looking matte black. The pickups are also black, which gives it a very cool look when paired with the gold hardware. The flag inlays also add to the look of the guitar. So aesthetically it looks awesome.

The tuners on this guitar are sort of loose and imprecise. I was surprised because the chrome hardware on my other Harley Bentons was quite good. The guitar came with D'Adario strings which was a nice plus. Most guitars these days seem to come with terrible strings that you have to replace right away. The D'Adario's are nice. The guitar also came with a 9V battery, which is nice. Would suck to get the guitar and not be able to play it because you didn't have a battery laying around. The guitar is silent until you put the battery in the compartment in the back of the guitar. Like I said, I've never had a guitar with active pickups, so I don't know if all of them behave that way.

The sound quality is very good. The pickups seem to be quite hot, which I was very happy about. Hammer ons, pull offs and tapping are all very easy to do. Also get some nice sounding pinch harmonics and a nice chug when I palm mute the E string. Sounds very dark and heavy when tuned down.

Now the bad part:
I ordered my L-1000VB along with a L-450Plus. Both guitars were shipped in separate cardboard boxes. Then each box is loaded inside of another outer cardboard box. The only sort of padding was a couple of air bladders that were wedged in. This prevents the guitars from shifting, but offer very little in the way of protecting the guitars. Both the L-1000VB and L-450Plus arrived damaged.

The L-450 had a broken 3 way switch, and the L-1000VB has a crack on the corner of the headstock. It looks like it was dropped. It cracked the clearcoat and the wood underneath is splintered. It's really a pity, because I love this guitar. Thomann really needs to figure out a better way to ship these guitars so they are better protected. I've ordered guitars from China that are packaged in styrofoam and they arrive in pristine condition. Cardboard boxes simple don't offer any sort of protection. I have to send photos of the damage to the guitars, and the boxes to Thomann so they can investigate. Hopefully I can get a pristine L-1000VB once they review my photos.
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A Very Good Copy

Howard, 24.10.2014
. . of the much more expensive other brand guitars with 1000 in the name.

These are my initial observations; I shall update the review over the coming months as I play it for more than a few minutes.

The set up out of the box was not bad at all: it was almost in tune. The action is set fairly low which suits me. The intonation is only marginally out, and I shall correct that when I go through set up after it has acclimatised for a few days. As it comes though it is perfectly playable.

The sound is acceptable rather than breathtaking. I am using a couple of Mustang 3s and a Zoom G3X pedal. No doubt a thicker sound would be obtainable with a valve amp, but I don't have one (maybe the next purchase?) There is a reasonable range of tones available, and there is very little noise from the active circuit, less, in fact than the noise from the Wilkinson passive pickups on a couple of my other guitars.

Playability: a very nice neck profile and a smooth silky matt finish. The frets are well set and there is not a trace of them straying past the neck edge binding. The fingerboard frets cleanly all the way up on every string. Truly impressive at this price point.

Finish: almost the fly in the ointment. It's not bad at all, but clearly not anything like the finish on a much more expensive instrument. There are a couple of traces of glue on the fingerboard (easy to remove), a smudge of paint that has not quite been cleaned off on one side of the nut, and the striping on the body edge binding is a bit hit and miss, with the lines breaking up in places. The matt finish on the body appears to be flawless. The gold plated hardware does look a touch delicate in places, and indeed the bridge is - care is needed adjusting the intonation.

I bought this because I wanted another guitar with a two octave neck to pair with the playing position of my Epiphone Prophesy, and it easily and impressively fills that role.

Overall, despite not being perfect, it is close. At this price point it is amazing value for money, hence the 5 star headline rating.

Update after six weeks of ownership: It is just outstanding - so glad I bought it. I really can't recommend it highly enough.
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Electric Guitar Progressive Line, Archtop body: Mahogany, Set-in neck: Mahogany, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Blackwood, Fretboard inlays: Flags, Cream-coloured bindings, 24 Frets, Scale: 628 mm,...

  • Colour: Black
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton SC-1000 VW Progressive Line
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Harley Benton SC-1000 VW Progressive Line
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169 €

Electric Guitar Progressive Line, Body: Mahogany, with arched top, Neck: Mahogany, glued, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Blackwood, Flag inlays, Creme coloured bindings, 24 Frets, Scale: 628 mm, Nut...

  • Colour: White
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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