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Harley Benton SC-450Plus VB Vintage Series

Electric Guitar

  • Vintage series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Arched top: AAA flamed maple
  • Set-in neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • Cream coloured bindings on body and neck
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Double-action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Wilkinson MWCHB Alnico Vintage Style humbuckers
  • 3-Way pickup selection switch
  • 2 Volume knobs (Push/Pull for coil split)
  • 2 Tone knobs
  • Chrome-plated DLX Hardware
  • DLX Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Sealed housing die cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario EXL .010 - .046
  • Colour: Vintage Burst
  • Finish: High gloss
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Colour Sunburst
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
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Harley Benton SC-450 Plus Vintage Burst - Sadly disappointed

10.06.2016
I think I was shipped a Lemon, or "B" stock guitar rather than an "A" Stock.

PROS
-Visually appealing beyond arms length or greater distance.
-Price
-Fret size, not to small, not Jumbo.
-Order process & Shipping

NEUTRAL
-Quality of Sound.
Pickups are OK

CONS
Appears to be a "B" stock guitar, not sold as such.
- Poor Binding work on body and neck.
- Run in clear coat finish not properly repaired.
- Wood filler in areas clearly evident.
- Blemish in Vintage Burst spray application.
- Unfinished Frets, rough, tarnished.
- Cheap Strings (goes without saying).
- Strap button over tightened and cracked finish.

Ordered late on a Friday, shipped the following Monday, arrived a week later on a Wednesday. From Germany, to US/Florida. Not bad.
The guitar was typically packaged in the HB corrugated cardboard box with foam and plastic wrap protection. This box was in the larger Thomann box which was filled with other items from the order and a mile of the Air Cushion padding, all was well at this point. No damage during shipping to the parts I had ordered.

The HB SC-450 Plus Vintage Burst looked really good as I pulled if from the box. Very happy at that moment. Then I noticed one flaw after another, little things, nothing that would make the guitar unplayable. But these were all things that I expect on a used guitar, or "B" stock guitar, not on "A" stock.

FINISH
The finish is nice overall, a greatly polished (almost everywhere), high-gloss clear. I know some people call this lacquer, but I truly doubt that, more than likely a urethane, which is really the way to go, and I'm old school on a lot of stuff. But honestly I don't want lacquer on anything unless I buy an OLD guitar.
This nice glossy clear sits on top of a nice (nearly) book-matched flame maple veneer. The alignment of the book match isn't perfect, but the center seam is very tight, no gap, and it runs true down the center-line of the guitar. Visually very nice.
However, the Vintage Burst is a dark feathered (sprayed) boarding color and is almost perfect, but it appears that something brushed against this burst near the pickup selector switch and marred the finish before the clear was applied. So, the final finish shows a blemish in the feathered burst area near the switch. Sad!
There are also some very small blemishes here and there, orange peel, etc. Very small spots however. The worst area is were the neck meets the body. This tight area connection point makes it difficult to properly polish, and it just didn't happen. It?s shiny, but a wavy orange peel textured.
There is damage to the clear finish at the rear strap button. It was screwed in so far that it smashed the rubber washer and cracked the clear finish.

BODY & NECK
The body back is a two piece mahogany looking wood, very nicely joined, barely able to notice the seam. The neck is three pieces. The add-on heal joint is very noticeable on my guitar, the glue really shows up. The scarf joint at the head stock is very nicely done, can't see any glue, just a really nice and clean finishing of the woodwork.
The joint of the neck to body is not so good as it looks like a "B" or "C" stock job. It is tight and solid, just doesn't look finely crafted, largely due to poor clear finish work.
There is also a spot that appears to be wood filler on the back, where the neck meets the body. I?d guess a small bit of wood chipped out, and they filled the divot with filler, sanded and finished.

FRETBOARD
The fretboard looks pretty good, but has some clear overspray between the nut and first fret that didn't get cleaned off. It is clear and shiny, not unfinished rosewood. Other areas of the fretboard, between the 18th and 22nd fret appear to have been scrapped a bit too harshly, as the binding is roughened/scarred up and will need to be repaired/properly finished when I clean up the frets.
The inlays look very nice. Nicely set and finished!
The frets aren't bad, but need a good cleaning and polishing. No fret buzz to speak of, however the action was sky-high as received. I roughly lowered the action to where I am just starting to get buzz, the guitar plays easily this way, other than rough strings and frets. I'll address all this during a real set up.

BRIDGE & STOP TAILPIECE
These are economy parts understandably. The problem is that they aren't installed properly. They function as received, but will need to be removed, so the bushing inserts can be properly pressed into the body fully. As received, the bushings protrude out of the body revealing nearly 1/16" of he knurl above the top of the body. They appear to be tight, just not all the way in. I hope the holes they are pressed into are deep enough to allow the inserts to be pressed flush to the body.

PICK-UPS / WILKINSON
At this point they work, and seem to have fair sound. The "coil-tap" feature of both pickups yields a less noticeable change than I had expected.

MACHINE HEADS / TUNERS
Actually seem to work well. I do have a concern that they may back-off easily as everything breaks-in from use.
The color of the tuner heads is rather odd, dirty booger green I think is the closest way to describe it - funny.

NUT
The nut appears to be plastic. Nicely cut for string width and height, but the G/B/e stings all bind in their slots and cause tuning issues. This can be easily resolved, but could be a problem for someone who doesn't do any setup work on their own guitar.

CONCLUSION
This is not my first Harley Benton, and I really think I received a "B" stock guitar, rather than an "A" stock. At a glance it is a WOW looking guitar, from across the room. Up close it has cosmetic flaws, and a few component issues. Any functional guitar for this price it is a great deal, if it cost any more I'd complain about everything more than I am. Perhaps the biggest problem is that the guitar is supposed to look amazing, the wood is very nice, the veneer top looks good, but both suffer from defects in craftsmanship that take away from what should be a beautiful finished piece. As it is, I don't have to worry about it getting banged around, and I'll have no second thoughts selling it off.
As for function, It seems to be fine other than needing strings, fret polish, a really good fingerboard cleaning, some finish work done to the nut, and setting the bridge & saddle bushings.
Cosmetically I can't recommend this product, just rather disappointed, even for a $150US guitar. If it was a solid painted color, most of the finish issues would be moot.

I have sent a message to Thomann outlining the issues listed above, hopefully I will hear some response.

Follow-up
Played it this past weekend, while it does play well, I've found other issues (I need to stop looking). One being the tune-o-matic saddle screws not completely set. Hard to explain, but the the screw only engages one side of the bridge and the saddle, but does not make it to the other side of the bridge. Another easy fix, but one that shouldn't have to be made. Also notice other blemishes in the VB fade, oh well.
I do like the feel of the neck and once I give it a good set up it will be great.
Again, it looks nice, at a distance.
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A Stunning Value!!!

07.04.2017
I bought this guitar based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews here and on Youtube. My experience has been no different. Don't let the brand or the "made in China" fool you: It's just a great guitar. It's true worth is probably at least twice (or even three times?) what you can buy one for here.

The pickups are warm and open sounding. They go from clean and articulate to growly and aggressive when overdriven. Vintage voiced and suits my taste perfectly. Classic les paul sound.

The switches and pots seem solid enough. The coil tapping feature is a nice touch. The fit and finish is excellent. It's a gorgeous guitar! I did find one very small stain imperfection in the flame top, but you can only see it if you're really, really looking for it. One of the tuners (for the G string) isn't very reliable. That one seems to be always slipping out of tune. But that could have more to do with the nut, I really don't know. (or even the string winding--I haven't replaced the factory strings yet) But I do plan to upgrade the nut anyway (probably to a Graphtech) and also the bridge (to a Gotoh) (and maybe even the tuners, if the new nut and bridge doesn't solve the tuning issue on the G). Since the rest of the guitar is of such solid quality, I think these upgrades would be good investments.

In terms of playability, this is probably what I love most about this guitar. It's just so comfortable in my hands, even though the neck is a bit chunkier than that of the strats I own. The contoured heel makes a huge difference, correcting one of the main problems I've always had in the past when thinking about buying a les paul. It's so much more comfortable to play at the 15th fret and higher.

Anyway, it's just a great all around guitar for any level of player. I've been playing for 25 years and have had guitars from all different price ranges and this guitar is certainly nothing to scoff at. And it would be a perfect budget platform for getting creative with pickup and electronic upgrades. It defies logic that Thomann can sell these at this price level. I'm extremely happy with it and plan to buy another one very soon.
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