Harley Benton CLD-30SCM SolidWood

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Steel-String Guitar

  • Design: Dreadnought
  • Dovetail construction
  • Top: Solid American A-grade cedar
  • Advanced scalloped X-bracing
  • Back & Sides: Solid African A-Grade mahogany
  • One-piece neck: African mahogany
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Inlays: Nano pearl dots
  • Neck profile: "C"
  • 20 Frets
  • Body binding: Tortoise
  • Heel cap: Tortoise
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Rosette: Mother-of-pearl
  • Bridge: Pau Ferro
  • Saddle & Nut: Graph Tech TUSQ
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Machine heads: Grover
  • Strings: D'Addario XTAPB1253 Light (Article Nr 471307), .012 - .053
  • Colour: Natural
available since January 2015
Item number 348636
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Top Cedar
Back and Sides Mahogany, Solid
Cutaway No
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Nut width in mm 45,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
£269
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Fantastic guitar
MickS 25.05.2015
I have been a Thomann customer for a few years now and have often looked at Harley Benton guitars when searching for a new purchase. I have seen some videos on Youtube and, at least in those reviews, they sounded like nice instruments. I recently sold a guitar and decided to replace it with a Harley Benton. I looked at the solid top selection but most had a laminate back and sides. Then I came upon the CLD-30SCM SolidWood. I checked the pound sterling price and it was under £220. I thought at that price it would not be wonderful, but Thomann have a very good returns policy so I thought I would give it a try. It arrived in only 4 days. When I opened the box the first thing I noticed was how light in weight it is, less than 4lbs (1.8kg). This is the lightest acoustic I have ever picked up. I examined the guitar thoroughly and found a couple of blemishes. One seems to be like a finger print in the finish on the back and one is a light dip in the wood on the top. Neither are noticeable unless you look very closely - and now after a few days I even have to look close to find them. The guitar is set up almost perfectly for me with a lowish action and well cut nut. The frets are well finished, the satin finish all over is excellent with tortie binding nd Grover machines. On the inside there are no signs of glue etc and all the struts appear to have been well cut and sanded smooth. The top is cedar. I have never had a cedar top acoustic before so I was interested to see how that performed. The grain is straight and wide like the picture on the website, beautiful! The neck feels just right and comfortable in the hand. It states on the web site specifications that it has a 45mm nut and I was a little concerned that this would be too wide. However, it is not 45mm it is more like 44mm (that 1mm makes all the difference). So it is very comfortable to play. The tone is super and I can only compare it to a USA made Martin DX1 I owned a few years ago - it is that good. I think it has every likelihood of opening up into a great sounding guitar. I cannot recommend this guitar highly enough - it is a super guitar for the price and anyone who buys one will be pleased with it. It is a quality made instrument with a very nice tone. I can now say I have become a real fan of Harley Benton guitars and I am happy to recommend them in acoustic guitar forums and websites (in fact I have already done so). Harley Benton should make some other all solid woood acoustics, perhaps rosewood back and sides. I am sure they would sell really well I have just one wish - I'm a big fan of round shouldered dreadnoughts (like Gibsons) and I hope that Thomann will one day have a round shouldered dread (like a J45) made by Harley Benton so I can add that to my collection, that would really be fantastic.
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Great guitar for money.
Scout12 Prague 06.10.2021
I was looking for a cheaper guitar for my expensive Furch guitars. I already have a bass guitar from Harley Benton, with which I have excellent experience, so the choice fell on this company again. Although the reviews were positive, I was very surprised by the sound and processing of this instrument. This guitar has a great value for money. One of my best purchases in 30 years of playing musical instruments. I highly recommend it to both beginners and advanced musicians. Good luck to you.
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Decent value
Rocky Fred 22.09.2021
Very good value for the price tag.
Keeps in tune which is a major plus. Extremely light so you won’t be throwing it around. Very easy on the neck as I have had two operations on my shoulder and this is important. Wood is good quality, light but generates a decent tone.
Overall, great value for money, might get the cut away model next year with electronics.
One down side, there was no strap catch at the base of the neck, just my only point in an otherwise positive experience with my purchase.
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Incredibly light guitar
itsonlyme 16.06.2020
I bought this guitar because it was all solid wood, it had a cedar top, and had a wider string spacing so that I could work on my acoustic finger picking.

This guitar is the lightest guitar I have ever picked up. I actually got a mirror to look inside to verify that it was braced.
The first couple of times I restrung it, I fully expected the bridge to pull out of the top and hit me in the face, but there wasn't even a creak.
I have no idea how they got the wood that thin on the top, sides and back and still maintain the structural integrity of the guitar.

It sounds exactly like a cedar top with mahogany body guitar should sound. The sound is very warm and rich, whether picking or strumming. If you need something that will emphasize the top end, this isn't it, but this provides exactly the sound I was looking for.

A full solid wood guitar for under $300.00 US is unheard of around here, even one that sounds poor - and this one doesn't. Thanks to Harley Benton - Thomann for providing a quality guitar at a very reasonable price point.
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