Harley Benton CLA-15M SolidWood

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Acoustic Guitar

  • Custom Line Solid Wood Series
  • Style: Auditorium
  • Top: solid Okoume
  • Back and sides: solid Okoume
  • Neck: Okoume
  • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
  • SnowFlake fingerboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Oval C
  • Scale: 643 mm (25.3")
  • Nut width: 43 mm (1.69")
  • Bone nut
  • 20 Frets
  • Pau Ferro bridge with bone saddle
  • Deluxe Antique Copper open tuners
  • Factory strings: D'Addarío XTAPB1253 .012 - .053 (Art. 471307)
  • Colour: Natural Matte
Available since July 2021
Item number 505980
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Model 000
Top Solid Okume
Back and Sides Solid Okume
Cutaway No
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 643
Pickup No
Colour Natural
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
B-Stock from £238 available
£258
All prices incl. VAT
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Very, very happy!
JimmyB1964 22.06.2022
Lots of other reviewers have said this is a great guitar for the money. This is a great guitar, full stop!
I'm going to make direct comparisons with the Martin 00015M, on which it's based. The fact that the 2 guitars even stand comparison says it all.

Weight, balance and sustain are all comparable. For me, there was always a slight dead spot on the G string of the Martin, but not on the HB.
The finishes on the Martin are better quality, as you'd expect, and there is a more uniform colour to the mahogany, which almost certainly means a superior cut of wood was used, but I don't hear those differences in the playing.
On delivery, both guitars were pretty well set up. I had a full pro setup on the Martin but I haven't done that yet for the Harley. I'm not sure it needs it!
I found no issues with frets etc, although I found 2 tiny, and I mean tiny, blemishes on the Harley headstock. The Martin, as you'd expect, was faultless.
The most important bit - playability! Both are very light guitars, and just beg to be picked up and played. Which am I enjoying more? The Harley Benton! It just feels right for me, although I realise that's very subjective.

Which should you buy? Both are solid wood, and will only improve through time, but I suspect the Martin, with it's superior timbers and that headstock logo is the one that will gain in value. That said, if I was offered the choice of the two at the same price, and I knew I would never sell it or give it away, I think I'd pick the Harley Benton.
Now, take into account what these two actually cost, and I think it's an easy choice.
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Amazing
Pingpongunderpants 25.07.2022
I have just received my all-solid CLA-15M - I also own a CLA-15M none solid - the difference in sound is like night and day. The all-solid has a wonderful bottom end, crisp highs, and an overall smoother tone, beautifully finished too, has more of a natural look to the wood then the non-solid version, I cannot find any faults whatsoever....Amazing!! and for £200 WOW!! I can't wait for it to mature.
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Anonymous 16.12.2021
Excellent quality product. Beautiful craftsmanship, great sound. Very impressive for the price.
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Earlier CLA-15M models far superior :/
JamesWell 01.08.2022
I have compared this model (side by side) with a 2015 Harley Benton CLA-15M and the older model was far superior. I have also compared the non SolidWood model (current 2022) and the built looks very similar but feels and sound quite different. I wish I could get my hands on the older model. The 2015 guitar I tested isn't mine but is simply fantastic, the sustain and attack was really impressive for the price range. I would imagine there's been a change of factory (?).

The current models in 2022 (non- & solidWood) are made in China and feel more plastic like to me. It's hard to describe, but that's the feeling I get under my fingers. I had a similar experience with the Gretsch Gin Rickey; also matt finish, Pau Ferro fingerboard and made in China.

This being said, a solid wood guitar in this price range is really a bargain. I appreciate Harley Benton's consistent effort to create an affordable wide variety of products. I believe some of them (some specific models with specific year of production) will become collectibles in the future.
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