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Harley Benton CLJ-503CE WN

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Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

  • Solid Standard Series
  • Body design: Jumbo with cutaway
  • Top: Selected solid spruce
  • Advanced scalloped X-bracing
  • Back and sides: Selected walnut
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Fretboard inlays: White mother-of-pearl/abalone blocks
  • Binding: ABS
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Bridge: Ovangkol
  • Rosette: Abalone
  • Machine head buttons: Pearl-coloured
  • Machine heads: Enclosed
  • Pickup system: Fishman Isys+ preamp system with built-in tuner
  • Strings: D'Addario XTAPB1253 Light, .012 - .053 (Article Nr


  • Colour: Natural high-gloss
  • Suitable case available under Article Nr


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Top Spruce, Solid
Back and Sides Walnut
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Ovangkol
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickup(s) Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Item number 425371
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94 Customer Reviews

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4.7 / 5




Bluepicker 06.06.2018
I purchased this Jumbo acoustic guitar for live use, so the instrument had to be equipped with a pickup and an active preamp. Since the instrument in question would have been used mainly with DADGAD tuning and Heavy 0.60 / 0.14 caliber strings I needed an instrument that would support the tension of such big strings, not wanting to use one of my Martin or one of my Taylor I decided for this guitar, which honestly did not seem excellent but with a decent price-quality ratio, a very well-finished aesthetic and massive woods as stated by the seller. After the order the guitar was delivered in 4 days well packaged and intact, at a first visual examination the instrument was of considerable workmanship with very few smears of glue inside the box and valuable inlaid abalone as markers, very soft mechanics and precise with a beautiful golden color and faux mother of pearl knobs. Obviously the instrument was with the loose strings and then I proceeded to tune it and the only drawback: an Action too low that made it impossible to play the instrument, as a result I proceeded to raise the bone of the bridge by about 3 mm with appropriate thicknesses reporting the action at the right height. After retuning the surprise! Powerful bass and deep, medium and sharp balanced and ringing and a total volume in amazing acoustics (Much higher than my Martin D28 of 1978). Moreover, the very fast and fast handle allows easy jumps of position along the keyboard both in standard tuning and in DADGAD. Then I proceeded to test it amplified and yet the Fishman system with pre-amp and digital tuner did not betray my expectations: tested with a Hartke ACR5 50W amp the electrified sound is warm with powerful and defined bass, high-pitched and silvery bass (without the presence of medium frequencies that make an acoustic guitar more like an electric guitar). Ultimately a happy purchase that allows me to recommend this guitar to anyone!


Jumbo acoustic electric guitar.
Christopher6076 20.03.2018
To cut a long story short, buy it, I doubt you will be disappointed!

I bought mine in mid January this year, 2018. It was well packed, double boxed and arrived in perfect condition. I bought it to play with my Banjo and Mandolin playing friend as my electric guitars tend to drown his sound even though I turn the amps well down. When I opened the boxes (avoiding injury from the Staples of Doom) I was amazed at the quality of the guitar. The neck is slim and feels more like an electric to play, the Gold tuners are smooth and look really nice with the Pearl buttons. The Ovangkol finger board is very nice and the fretwork is amazingly good. The frets themselves are small and thin which I like. The inlay work is perfect, no filler anywhere and the coloured centres look classy, not cheap to me. The nut is fine, no tuning issues. The Fishman pickup system works nicely as does the tuner once you get used to it, the sound plugged in is brighter compared to the more mellow unplugged tone. The Walnut back and sides, probably plywood but that I do not know for sure look very nice. The Rosette, pick guard, bridge and binding again seem of very high quality. The guitar is very light, almost weightless after playing my electrics. When I play plugged in I use either a katana 50 on the acoustic channel or a Vox Mini 3 battery amp or my Mustang 3 V2, it sounds well through them all. I have left my only criticism of this guitar until last. It may be I was a little unlucky but the grain on the top is a little washed out in a couple of places. This is a shame but then again in a way it adds character and is in no way a reason to reject the guitar. I hate to say that for the money this is a very good instrument because that does not do it justice, my opinion is, it is worth a lot more than I paid for it and so, Thank you Thomann! If you are looking for an acoustic electric Jumbo I really do not think you can go wrong with one of these!


My 1st Harley Benton and not my last
Zanshelby03 11.08.2020
the guitar shipped from Germany to the USA in 8 days without any issues. This guitar is beautiful. The walnut looks amazing and the solid top is outstanding. I found no flaws on it at all and after an adjustment to the saddle this guitar plays as well as my $2000 taylor. I can literally find no flaws with thise guitar and for the price ... unbelievable. The tone is just beautiful, full bass, sweet mids and tight highs. This is the kind of guitar you would expect to pay much much more for. I will not hesitate to buy another and I will as soon as I save up some more spare cash. If you are holding off on buying one if these fir any reason, stop now and just buy it. Just an incredible value and and tremendous quality instrument, and not just as a beginner/ starter guitar but one you could gig with. Just a great instrument.


An absolute stunner for sure!
AutumnBreeze 27.09.2020
I mainly purchased this beauty after seeing the glowing reviews for such a neat guitar. Looks like a Taylor and probably sounds like one too! And the price! It does not get any better, for sure!

The pros:
Good playability, sturdy, well made and the spacings between the frets & inlays are nice and smooth. No chance at hurting your fingers while playing. The sound is rich and vibrant that resonates pleasantly when moving from chord to chord. Perhaps a little too bright for my liking but a great addition nevertheless!

The cons:
Every now and then there is the occasional buzzing from the strings and fretboard. Which I'm sure can be more than easily rectified with replacing the current set of strings with new ones. Preferably Ernie Ball strings. That's what I went with and I suggest that you do too.

Overall, a fantastic addition to my arsenal and one that will most definitely be put to its full and intended use. Many thanks Thomann!


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