Harley Benton CLG-650SM-CE VS SolidWood

Solid Wood Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

  • Design: Grand auditorium with Venetian cutaway
  • Top: Selected solid African A-grade mahogany
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Body: Selected solid African A-grade mahogany with armrest
  • Neck: Okoume
  • Fretboard: Composite
  • Fretboard inlays: 6 mm mother-of-pearl dot
  • Dovetail construction
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard radius: 400 mm
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Wood bindings
  • Rosette: Abalone
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Bone
  • Headstock inlay: Split rhombus mother-of-pearl
  • 400 mm double action truss rod
  • Bridge pins with mother-of-pearl dots
  • Machine heads: WSC DLX, enclosed
  • Pickup system: Fishman Flex Plus-T with built-in tuner
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP-16 (.012 - .053)
  • Top colour: Ultra High-Gloss Vintage Sunburst
  • Body colour: Natural
  • Suitable case available under Article Nr 250337 (not included)
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Design Grand Auditorium
Top Mahogany, Solid
Back And Sides Mahogany, Solid
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Ebonol
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Sunburst
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Snag66, 30.11.2019
This was my 8th HB guitar ordered from Thomann, and certainly the most expensive. That being said, I had high expectations that this guitar would my best purchase yet, and would require very little “correction” right out of the box. Other HB purchases usually needed small adjustments in intonation, string height, fret end dressing, or truss rod adjustment. Let me first say that the delivered CLG-650-CE VS is an absolutely beautiful guitar, with wonderful tone. It is well crafted with above average HB hardware. It does, however, have one glaring flaw- as delivered it had the absolutely worst fret treatment that I had ever seen. When trying to perform even a minor string bend, the strings actually catch on the frets, and the sound emanating when trying to bend a note sounds like fingernails running across a chalkboard.
I will have to turn this over to an experienced luthier because I think that trying to polish frets that are in such poor condition is beyond my capabilities. I had considered returning the guitar, but frankly, I’d rather not go through the hassle, and I believe that once the fret issues are resolved by a luthier, I’ll be completely satisfied.

Summary:
PRO- Beautiful guitar, great woods, fine craftsmanship, better than average hardware, and good initial setup.

CON- Terrible fret work- should have never passed QC.

Note.... I also need to mention that you must remove the guitar strings to replace the battery for the preamp. Ughhhhh!
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micoli, 19.08.2020
A lovely sounding guitar with a a comfortable armrest built in. The action was lowered by me by sanding the saddle and the action plays great.
Only 2 little niggles. The first was that the fret marker dots were black and indistinguishable from the fret-board in low light. I painted some white dots with acrylic artists paint to get around this. The second is that the battery compartment is inside the sound-hole and is Velcroed to the base of the neck Not only is it a real pain changing the battery as the all the strings need to be loosened to get my hand in, but also the Velcro has become unattached, (presumably I didn't push it back on tightly enough), and the battery is now hanging loose inside the sound-hole and I can't be bothered to loosen the strings to put it back. To cure this, I've ordered a battery compartment that will fit on the base of the guitar, although it will need cutting a hole into the guitars base near the strap pin.
It's a well made guitar with a good clear and mellow sound. Well worth the money.
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Incredible price for an all solid wood guitar!
The Hawk, 01.04.2021
I have other well known solid wood guitars from various makers and since I have been impressed with Harley Benton products so far, I thought I would take a risk on one of these.
I found the construction and finish to be flawless and I cannot emphasise enough how comfortable it is. The neck is slim and slightly narrower than my other guitars and the armrest is great.
The tone is full and well balanced and it has good projection.
I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone wanting to own an all solid wood guitar without spending thousands.
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Excellent Guitar
Ripmybuffs, 06.04.2021
I read and watched several reviews on this guitar prior to purchasing and they were right. This is a sweet guitar. The setup was good overall. The action was a little high for me, 2.50 mm low e, 2.00 mm high e. There were no blemishes in the finish that I noticed. I was able to pull the pick guard off by hand and it did not leave any residue. The tuners are solid and as of right now, I don't think I'll replace them. If you're thinking about getting one, I would recommend it.
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