Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-16S

Steel String Guitar

  • Build: Auditorium 000-14
  • Dovetail construction
  • Top: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Scalloped X-Bracing
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Pau ferro
  • Neck profile: Modified oval C
  • Fretboard inlays: Mother-of-pearl dots
  • Black body bindings
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bone nut
  • Compensated bone saddle
  • Bridge: Pau ferro
  • Chrome-plated DLX die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario EXP-16 .012 - .053
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Suitable case: Article no. 122211 (not included)
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  • Picking
  • Strumming

Further Information

Model 000
Top massive spruce
Back and Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickup No
Colour Natural
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
38 Customer Ratings:
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Absolutely love this guitar
Tips, 14.07.2019
The last couple of years I tried a lot of different acoustic guitars, but I never really fell in love with one. There Always seemed to be something missing on all of them (epihone/Sigma).
Kind of lost hope in finding a good fun acoustic guitar. After hearing a lot of good talk about the Harley Bentons I thought, what the hell, let's try one. And A
am I glad I did.
The guitar sounds really good. Very powerfull on single notes with the convenience of a smaller body than a dreadnought.
Was it perfect on arrival? No, Action was way too high at the 12th fret. But because it was so cheap, I decided to lower the action on an acoustic guitar for the first time by myself. And now it plays like a dream.
Is it better than a Martin: Probably not, but I played acoustics that were 3 times as expensive as this one that didn't sound half as good.
It is a no brainer. Just go for it.
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An amazing guitar for an amazing price
panos907, 18.11.2019
I have been playing guitar (acoustic , electric and classical) for about 3 years in total. I bought this guitar to try acoustic fingerstyle in the style of Tommy Emmanuel.

Arrival:
The guitar arrived perfectly protected in it's box, with no damage whatsoever.

Setup:
It was flawlessly setup out of the box, with low string action, intonated properly, no buzzing frets or fret sprout, and no truss rod adjustment needed. The nut was cut really well with no buzzing or bad height.

Playability:
It plays really easily all throughout the neck, has a great neck profile and radius (reminds me of a Fender Stratocaster neck). All the chords and picking i did on it rang out greatly and flawlessly, and barre chords have never been easier to play all over the neck.

Sound:
It sounds much better than the sound clips on the site , to be honest. A balanced sound (as you would expect from an OOO) with all frequencies present as should , it is great for fingerpicking, but still not bad at all for strumming. Also, every hammer on/pull off and similar effects ring out with great resonance. At first, i thought i was hearing a much more expensive guitar, reminded me of some much more expensive ones like the Martin 15M.

Cons:
It arrived with some small cosmetic flaws. Some tiny bits of glue left over where the neck meets the body (i already took them off with a toothpick) and a small ding in the back , in that same spot.

Overall, a great guitar. Not just "for the money" . A great guitar all around. Highly recommended to beginners and advanced alike.
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Quite ok , with flaws
Motherspot, 06.02.2020
When the guitar arrived it was well packed, looked very nice, nice size...playability was good and the sound was quite nice too. After 3 days i wanted 0.11 strings on it...so i started to change them...that's when the problems occured...when putting on the other, thinner strings some bridge pins went way too deep into the bridge wood..so extremely hard to get the strings out....( when i swapped them back to the stock strings..(for sending the guitar back) .i could only get 'm out by going into the body with my hand and push them out from under...) The 0.11 strings did'nt work...there was a rattle/buzz on the d-string...and they sounded thin....maybe i could have changed the trustrod, or have it checked bij a luthier, but i did not want to go that far. A new guitar should be giving a good feeling .... if possible...the fretbuzz & the bridge pins made me send it back....Thomann is very efficient and for the credit from this one i ordered another HB guitar...this time a little bit bigger (dreadnought) wich will hopefully as well give a fuller sound.....this 000 was nice sounding but not very special in my ears...Maybe i just had bad luck with this specific guitar...an ugly ducklin...but anyway...Thumbs up for Thomann!
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Just superb
Dusko, 14.02.2017
I thought it was time to get a solid top steel string acoustic guitar but money is short so I looked at the more affordable brands, and knowing from my electric Harley Bentons that they do good quality instruments I looked no further I went for this one which is the cheapest in their 000 guitars.

I was not surprised to receive a very well built guitar. Satin finish perfect. Neck just right, not fat not too thin. No fret buzz at all, frets nicely polished and finished. Fretboard needed no oiling. The strings were fresh looking (no rust or discolorations). Tuners hold well in tune. The action is 2mm - 2.5mm perfect for me.

Its a very projecting sound, very clear but also has some depth to it even though its not a dreadnought guitar. ?

Just buy this you will not regret it and if you do Thomann has a fantastic return policy and is very customer service orinetated.
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-16S

Steel String Guitar Build: Auditorium 000-14, Dovetail construction, Top: Solid Sitka spruce, Scalloped X-Bracing, Body: Mahogany, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Pau ferro, Neck profile: Modified oval...

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  • Top: massive spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickup: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Steel String Guitar Build: Auditorium 000-14, Dovetail construction, Top: Solid Gabon mahogany, Scalloped X-Bracing, Body: Gabon mahogany, Neck: Gabon mahogany, Fretboard: Pau ferro, Neck profile:...

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  • Top: Mahogny
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickup: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Steel String Guitar Vintage Solid Series, Build: Auditorium 000-14, Top: Solid mahogany, Scalloped X-Bracing, Body: Mahogany, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Pau ferro, Fretboard inlays: Snowflakes,...

  • Model: 000
  • Top: Mahogny
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickup: No
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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