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Harley Benton CLA-15CE Java Exotic

Harley Benton CLA-15CE Java Exotic; Custom Line western guitar - Grand Auditorium style w/ venetian cutaway, select a-grade java ebony top, mahogany body with scalloped x-bracing, mahogany c-shape neck w/ dual action trussrod, dovetail neckjoint, pau ferro fretboard w/ acrylic pearl snowflake inlays, matching java ebony headstock, black binding, pau ferro bridge, black die cast quality mushroom knob machine heads, 643mm scale, 43mm bone nut, 20 frets, integrated Sonicore pickup with Fishman Presys II preamp, natural satin finish; strings: D'Addario XTAPB1253 high end Coated phosphor bronze 12-53 gauge

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Design Grand Auditorium
Top Ebony
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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A D , 22.08.2021
Great sounding, and very well made and finished guitar, let down only really by the mediocre tuners. Feature wise it is all there, with a reasonable sounding fishman presys too. The build quality is massively improved over earlier HB's. The guitar sounds very good, expecially considering it has a pretty typical laminate construction and is of a reasonably compact body size. The veneer top looks nice (personal taste of course) and the entire guitar has a satin finish that feels lovely in hand.

The guitar arrived with a decent truss setting, though the action was about 5mm at the 12th. I have cut down the bridge (bone btw) but we start to hear too much buzz once down to about 3mm at the 12th. When the strings need changing next I will level and recrown the frets, and tweak the nut (bone again) to get the action down a bit more and improve playability. Fret edges were surprisingly neat but could do with a bit more rounding if I was being fussy.

Overall its a great guitar, and not just for the money either. It's an all-round nice guitar that could easily be confused with something way above its price point if you were to cover the headstock. The Koa model sounds even better, though I bought this for my partner as she prefered the look of the top. In comparison, The Java version has a bit more of a hollow midrange to it than the koa, and is not quite as dark and warm as the full gaboon ('mahogany') version.

Recommended. :)
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ottima chitarra
AlessioB, 26.07.2021
La chitarra è davvero bellissima con quel top e suona molto bene tutti i generi musicali. Molto comoda rispetto ad una dreadnought. Rapporto qualità/prezzo molto buono. Secondo me sullo strumming da il meglio di se. Sul fingerstyle proverò cosa riesco a tirar fuori dopo abbassamento action. I bassi non relativamente forti, ma è tutto molto bilanciato e funziona.
Quello che mi è piaciuto meno è il setup iniziale e alcuni finiture funzionali.
- Il nut non è rifinito bene (è squadrato e un po' slabbrato) e si sente il classico tic in accordatura, segno di un lavoro grossolano
- l'action fuori dalla scatola è oltre 3 mm ​
- avrei gradito ia presenza del secondo aggancio per la tracolla (sapevo già non ci sarebbe stato)
Tutto risolvibile ma sarebbe bastato poco
per avere una chitarra perfetta anche senza intervento del liutaio
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guitare electro
badg56, 12.08.2021
je donne trois étoiles rien a redire sonorité
par contre je suis dessus du faux bois ça fait tache
pour le prix on aurait pu avoir un meilleur présentation
quand je la prend le plastique me gène
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okronar, 23.08.2021
Tengo unas cuantas harley benton y nunca me han decepcionado. Hasta ahora. He pedido esta guitarra dos veces, la primera tiene un acabado nefasto, la tapa no se parece en nada a la imagen y tiene bastantes desperfectos debajo del barniz muy notables a la vista. La segunda, se parece mas a la imagen pero ha venido con un par de grietas que inspiran poca confianza a cada lado del mástil en la zona de la cejuela.
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