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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-16SCE

Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

  • Auditorium design with cutaway
  • Dovetail construction
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Gaboon mahagony body
  • Gaboon mahagony neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Modified oval C neck profile
  • Mother-of-pearl dot fretboard inlays
  • Black body binding
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bone nut
  • Compensated bone saddle
  • Pau Ferro bridge
  • Chrome-plated diecast DLX machine heads
  • D'Addario XTAPB1253 Light strings, .012 - .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Pickup system: Fishman Presys-II preamp system with built-in tuner
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Matching cases available under Article Nr 208576 or Article Nr 414347 (both are not included)
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Further Information

Model 000
Top spruce
Back and Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickup Yes
Colour Natural
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Highly Recommended
13.01.2017
I have always been wary of purchasing acoustic instruments online without being able to play or see how they feel first. After having a look around the nearest music stores and not finding anything that was jumping out at me in the 200euro price range I said what the heck I'd give this one a try, even though there were no reviews on it yet.It was for my son to learn on so I figured it had to be good enough for that purpose and if he stuck with it he could always get a better one in a year or so.
Arrived in the usual prompt fashion from Thomann. At first glance it looks good -simple but nice, it obviously doesn't have fancy beading etc. but I think it is
still well finished and the only obvious flaw I could find was a tiny bit of roughness on the neck which I have to say wouldn't bother me but if you were being picky, maybe.
I left the strings that it came with on for a week or so, which were ok but I prefer 10's on an acoustic and these were I'd say 11's. The action on the strings as it came was again ok but I figured there was space to go lower. So when I changed the strings I took the action down and I have to say it's really nice to play now, not quite as good as my 4 times the price Tanglewood -but close.
As for the most important thing; the sound. It's very good. I teach guitar so sometimes I end up having to listen to beginners who are using guitars that are not up to much. Teaching my son on this Harley Benton I have marveled a few times at how good it sounds.
It's folky but clear without any muddiness and a nice medium sustain. Through the pickup it sounds good too with no feedback through a Roland cube amp..
For the money compared to others I've tried I was definitely surprised, this guitar is really good value.
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Too much G.A.S., 10.04.2018
I wanted a cheap but good recording acoustic guitar. This Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-16SCE fitted the bill very well. For the price it's amazing how good the PUP sounds? It's has a thinner body than regular jumbo acoustics which makes it a very comfortable guitar to play. Intonation is pretty good for non adjustable situation. And I must say it's a cool looking thing.
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Great Value For Money
GrottonGuitar, 03.04.2020
Looks great and sounds even better.

Needed no adjustment...just took it out of the box, tuned it with the built in tuner and started playing.

Lovely action...no sore fingers with this.

I've played a lot of acoustics and I haven't played a better one for the money...it plays like a £300+ guitar.

The solid top gives it super resonance and tone.

Not plugged it in yet, so can't comment on that.

Overall, I am very happy with this guitar and would recommend it to anyone.
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Unbelievable value
Happy Customer!, 23.05.2020
This is a £175 guitar made of solid wood, which sounds fantastic and is beautifully constructed. Any criticisms at this price point are moot and I only include them to offer my limited advice to any new players thinking of buying this. I wish when I first started playing guitar that instruments of this quality were available for this price!

I bought this as a present for somebody who is learning to play, and it required a very small amount of maintenance (he could have easily done this himself with the help of google and youtube).

The frets were rough and needed polishing (I use those fret rubbers). The truss rod was loose when shipped so over the course of a day I brought it to tension and made sure the neck was straight. The nut was cut a little high (but this is a really small issue and I don't have the skill nor tools to make it absolutely perfect, so we can live with it for the moment).
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