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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE

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Electro-Acoustic Steel-String Guitar

  • Body shape: Auditorium with cutaway
  • Body dimensions: 000-14
  • Design: dovetail
  • Top: Solid mahogany
  • Scalloped X- bracing
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Modified oval C neck profile
  • Snowflake inlays
  • Body binding made of wood
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Compensated saddles
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Chrome machine heads die cast DLX
  • Fishman Isys+ preamp system with integrated tuner
  • Strings: Daddario EXP-16 .012 - .053
  • Colour: Natural matte

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Hard to believe...

buddhuu, 10.05.2017
This is very much a first impression as the guitar only arrived today, but I am blown away. It is great.

I've been playing since 1972. My last full-size acoustic was a Taylor, and I've been doing instrument repairs and setups for years - so I have a little knowledge of guitars.

Recently I bought another HB guitar: a cheap short scale thing called a Custom Line CLGS-10S Travel. I got it as a travel/beater/campfire guitar and I was surprised how good it was for a cheap guitar. So, when I found I needed a decent, but inexpensive, electro-acoustic for my band I thought I'd try a slightly higher-level HB.

The reviews of the Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE were excellent, and the few YouTube videos also looked great. The guitar is pretty low-priced, so I went for it. Thomann are always great about returns, so I had little to lose.

Forget that. No way am I returning this thing.

I think the body is a little shallower than the Martin model that obviously inspired this guitar and the unplugged volume is a little lower - but not much. This is an average volume acoustic guitar. That is the only average thing about it.

The fit and finish are, as far as I can see, absolutely excellent. The neck relief and action have been set up perfectly and there is even a battery installed in the preamp/tuner. The tuners are of very good quality: smooth and stable. Intonation seems spot on right up the neck.

The fret job is neat and well finished, without sharp ends. This is the first acoustic guitar I've had that I have not felt the urge to improve the string height at the nut. Whoever set this guitar up obviously checked and adjusted the nut slots to perfection. Thank you, Thomann setup person, whoever you are - I hope they're paying you enough because you've done a great job. I've had guitars with setups as good as this but I don't recall any better. I'm delighted.

The frets are smooth, not raspy like on many inexpensive guitars. I will polish them a little more, but only because I like a real, glassy mirror finish on my frets and these are just a tiny bit below that level of polish.
The fretboard is not actually dry, but it looks as if it will benefit from a light oiling, which I will do tomorrow.

Plugged in, the Fishman pickup and tuner work great. The sound is standard undersaddle piezo. I'm a bit odd because I prefer magnetic soundhole pickups rather than piezos, but this one sounds a lot better than many of its species. Perfectly acceptable and I'll be happy enough to gig it.

Visually, this is a beautiful guitar. The solid mahogany is made from a nice piece of wood. Actually, it looks like it may be a two piece top, but that's no problem. I've seen very high end guitars deliberately made with two piece tops for the book-matching effect they allow.

The acoustic tone is very nice. The strings are still a bit fresh and metallic yet for me to fully hear what it will sound like when they settle down, but it sounds fine already and the tone will get even better when that new-string bright twang wears off.

So, absolutely full marks, Thomann. This is extraordinary value for money. I couldn't be happier.


EDIT: I've now had the guitar for a few days. The strings have settled and I've had a chance to use the HB at a pub gig.

A bandmate who plays a Martin 000-15 is staggered by the quality and volume of the Harley Benton. I didn't think it was that loud, but comparing side-by-side it is as loud as his Martin.

I already gave this guitar top marks. If I could give it more stars I would.

I'm going to buy the dreadnought version as soon as it's back in stock next month. If you're not a logo snob then these guitars are just too good to miss.
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A great guitar for the money!

03.03.2017
I am a gigging musician and during the winter months I work mostly at bars with small or no stage in place. I, therefore, needed a guitar that would be smaller and lighter than my main guitar for ease of transport and that could take some abuse without me worrying too much about scratching the finish etc. I decided the Harley Benton CLA-15MCE was the right guitar for me: priced competitively and low enough that should anything irreparable happen to it (there are loads of drunk people stumbling around a musician's gear at bars after all) I wouldn't lose an expensive instrument. I did not expect anything spectacular when played unamplified but I was very wrong, I have in fact used this guitar to record with in a couple of albums where the tone and projection of a rosewood B/S dreadnought was not appropriate. As far as the build quality goes I found no flaws whatsoever, it is very clear to me that the people at Thomann take their job very seriously, as a matter of fact the guitar was tuned one step down when it arrived, a very safe practice to insure the neck is not strained during transport. The onboard Fishman pickup/preamp deliver a very useable and pleasant sound that can be used equally well when gigging solo or with a band.

Pros:
- Price
- Build quality
- Onboard pickup/preamp system by Fishman

Cons:
Didn't really find any, for this kind of money you can do much worse. You'll be hard pressed to find more guitar for your money.
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE

Electro-Acoustic Steel-String Guitar Body shape: Auditorium with cutaway, Body dimensions: 000-14, Design: dovetail, Top: Solid mahogany, Scalloped X- bracing, Body: Mahogany, Neck: Mahogany,...

  • Model: 000
  • Top: Mahogny
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Nut Width: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-16SCE
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-16SCE

Electro-Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway Body size: Auditorium 000-14, Dove tail design, Solid sitka spruce top, Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard, Modified oval C neck profile, Mother...

  • Model: 000
  • Top: spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Nut Width: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
€198 £172.66
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Due back in stock on 15.06.2017
Due back in stock on 15.06.2017

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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE
€198

Electro-Acoustic Steel-String Guitar Body shape: Auditorium with cutaway, Body dimensions: 000-14, Design: dovetail, Top: Solid mahogany, Scalloped X- bracing, Body: Mahogany, Neck: Mahogany,...

  • Model: 000
  • Top: Mahogny
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Nut Width: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton Custom Line CLP-15ME
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLP-15ME
€205

Steel-string guitar Vintage Solid series, Design: 00-12, Dovetail construction, Solid mahogany top, Scalloped X-bracing, Body: Mahogany, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Rosewood, Neck profile: Modified...

  • Model: 000
  • Top: massive mahogny
  • Back And Sides: Mahogany
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Width At Nut: 45,00 mm
  • Nut Width: 45,00 mm
  • Pickup System: Yes
  • Frets: 18
  • Colour: Natural
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
  • Incl. Case: No
Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15M
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15M
€168

Steel String Guitar Vintage solid series, Body shape: Auditorium 000-14 with dovetail construction, Top: Mahogany, solid, Body: Mahogany, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Rosewood, Neck profile: Modified...

  • Model: 000
  • Top: Mahogny
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Nut Width: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-16SCE
(21)
Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-16SCE
€188

Electro-Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway Body size: Auditorium 000-14, Dove tail design, Solid sitka spruce top, Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard, Modified oval C neck profile, Mother...

  • Model: 000
  • Top: spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Nut Width: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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