Harley Benton SC-450Plus CB Vintage Series

Electric Guitar

  • Vintage series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Arched top: AAA flamed maple
  • Set-in neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • Cream-coloured bindings on body & neck
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Vintage Style Humbuckers
  • 3-Way pickup selector switch
  • 2 Volume controls with push/pull-function for coil-split
  • 2 Tone controls
  • Chrome plated DLX hardware
  • DLX Tune-o-matic bridge
  • DLX Kluson-Style Tuners
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario EXL .010 - .046
  • Colour: Cherry burst, high gloss
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Colour Sunburst
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Awesome guitar

21.12.2016
Ordered this guitar more than a week ago on a Monday and it arrived a week later on a Monday. Not bad for an international shipment.

As with all Thomann products the packaging is extremely great. The guitar was wrapped in some soft wrapping which was in a box that was in another bigger box filled with giant bubble wrap. This packaging could survive a blast from a tank!

The guitar has some minor flaws which are probably expected for this price but nothing serious.

The finish is excellent. But the product pictures shown aren't very accurate. It's much lighter in color than in pictures. The red isn't as deep as shown and the brownish middle is actually quite yellow, almost like a lemon drop.
Despite that it looks great (maybe even better in my opinion)

The neck is extremely comfortable to play.
The rounded joint where the neck meets the body makes playing high notes very, very, very comfortable.
The binding is a bit rounded so there aren't any edges that you can feel.
No fret buzz, although the frets could use a bit of additional sanding since not all of them are smooth.

The tuners are very smooth and hold the tuning very well.

The nut is plastic. Actually the nut probably is the worst part of the guitar. It's ok but the grooves for the strings are made a bit sloppily..

The description doesn't say this but this guitar comes with coil splitting push-pull pots. Awesome!
Tip: dont try to forcefully remove the knobs. I wanted to remove them to get rid of the stickers more easily that were underneath and I broke my bridge volume pot... 10 minutes after opening the box...
Seriously those knobs are very hard to remove, be careful!

Every plastic part on the guitar (knobs, cavity plates) feels very cheapish, especially the pick guard.

Finally the pickups. These Wilkinson pickups are quite decent. They actually sound good. I like them.

Cons:
Not fully polished/sanded frets
Cheap plastics
Knobs!
Inlay on the headstock isn't symmetrically aligned (but who cares)

Pros:
Easy access to high frets
Coil splitting
Looks fantastic

Final words:
It plays, sounds and feels like a Les Paul. No need to say anything else.
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Great design, poorly executed.

JustinP84, 10.04.2018
I just received my SC-450 after 7 weeks of waiting (Colorado, USA) and I am disappointed, to be honest. The guitar has a clear coat flaw above the pickup selector. I could get over that easy enough for 164 US$, but there is also 5 dead notes (not in sequence) with terrible fret buzz. The frets on the finger side of the neck stick out some and are sharp. The pickups are not in perfect line. The bridge pickup is left of center when viewed from above the strings. Also, one of the tuners (A String) is crooked on the back of the head stock. It is not in line with the other tuners. I believe this could be a good instrument once I spend some quality hours working on it, but I am probably not going to order another HB after this experience. The value is one thing if the guitar is at the least playable out of the box, but with the dead frets & sharp edges, it is nothing but a frustrating practice guitar for now... obviously the "Quality Control" aspect of this transaction is extremely disappointing.
I do love the Coil Tap pickups. It has strong midrange LP tone from the Roswells and all hardware is secure and well fitting.
If you are a luthier hobbyist, it may be worth the trouble. I am not yet certain.
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  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
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  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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