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Harley Benton Custom Line CLJ-412E NT


12-String Steel String Guitar with Pickup

  • Build: Jumbo
  • Top: Selected solid spruce
  • Back and sides: Selected mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Pearloid square inlays
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 48 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Ovangkol
  • Nut and saddle made of bone
  • Multi-ply bindings
  • Double Action Truss Rod
  • Gold-plated DLX die-cast machine heads
  • Stringing: D'Addario EJ38 .010/.010, .014/.014, .008/w.023, .012/w.030, .018/w.039, w.027/w.047
  • Fishman Isys+ pickup system with built-in tuner
  • Dimensions: 109 x 42 x 12 cm
  • Colour: Natural high gloss
  • Suitable case: Article no. 129726 (not included)
Design Jumbo
Top Spruce, Solid
Back and Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Ovangkol
Nut width in mm 48,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickup System Yes
Colour Natural
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since September 2013
Item number 308208
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Surprising good guitar
palantine9131 09.10.2020
I was about to complete the title with....."for the price" but it isn't correct.
This guitar is good as is......not just for the price.
I'm not an expert of 12strings guitars, but I own more than 30 medium budget guitar, so I think i know what I'm saying.
I just had to lower the saddle (as usual), and tight a little the truss rod and voilà......that's it.
Not so much basses as you would expect from a jumbo but the real deal with this guitar is the playability.
There are some guitar which requires a certain precision on playing...more pression on the fret and precision on how and where you put your fingers....these guitars do not forgive the slightest mistake and hare really hard to play.
THIS guitar is exactely the opposite; very heasy to play, bright sounding (and I love it) and very touch responsive.
Do you think all the acoustic guitars are touch responsive in the same way? You wrong! They aren't.
This is it. Believe me.

That sayd, I think he needs almost one year (four season) to deliver its potential.

Anyway, PRO:
good overal volume
bright and sparkle tone
heasy to play
preamp on board with tuner (!!)
cheap but well crafted inside/out

CONS: the only thing I dislike on far east guitars is finish.....even when it is thin it is too much

Buy it.


Harley Benton Custom Line CLJ-412E NT
micoli 19.10.2019
I bought this guitar for very occasional use. I already had a second-hand Freshman 12 string guitar which developed a twisted neck and needed a replacement.

It arrived safely in the usual safe Thomann packaging and in perfect condition. It is jumbo sized so it is quite a size if you are smaller in stature. Fortunately I'm over 6 feet tall so it is no problem! It is a very attractive guitar and the spruce top and mahogany sides and bottom smell wonderful.

On my guitar there is scope to shave off some of the saddle slightly to lower the action but as it stands the string height is probably as low as any 12 string guitar I have seen. The machine heads do their job well, the neck is what I would call a shallow C, and the Fishman pick-up system has a built in tuner to make life a bit easier. The frets needed a slight polish but the fret ends were fine.

Not surprisingly for a 12 string it is a bright sounding guitar and, in my opinion, when I first played it it was a bit harsh sounding. But I have owned it for 9 months now and already it is getting a bit mellower and feels like it is taming down. For anybody who needs an occasional 12 string or even if you just want to experiment on a 12 string, I don't think you will be disappointed with this. And at this price it is very good value.


the best for the price. superb!
Zemgalietis 05.04.2018
Actually this is my second 12string guitar.
The first one was some Ukraine made with all the problems 12stringed can have. So I can compare.
So now I have played HBCLJ412 for a month and I must admitt it is well made and good sounding guitar for excellent price.
The neck and fretwork is excellent! (I just lowered action a little bit) And during a month action has not rised, so trussrod is great, and guitar also stays in tune for long time.
At first moment guitar seemed to sound a little bit to bright, but when strings and soundboard adjusted, it sounds rich and warm while decent and juicy.
(Yes, I also took of that ugly plastic pickguard, so the soundboard can breathe uninterrupted, and guitar also looks greater. It is good, that pickguard is easy to remove, and there is rosette under pickard too, so no risks of cosmetic deffects if you do it carefully)
Speaking about rosette, it is not abalone as on youtube videos, but plain black circles. They have changed the design of saddle too as seen on picture, and they are great.
Tuner is very basic, but if You are musician, it is good to use ears too for clean intonation. At least tuner helps to save time quite a lot for basic tuning of any 12string beast. And it is very handy if You have imbuilt tuner.
Preamp has very limited tonal regulation, but anyway any amplifier offers additional controls. It is just a minor issue compared to the great acoustic performance this guitar offers.

Guitar is great and Thomann quality control is great!
You will love this guitar!


Great guitar at any price
SPB-UK 23.06.2021
I love playing this guitar. It has such a big sound, rich in detail and great for picking or strumming.
The quality of construction is excellent with no flaws and a lovely finish. It even stays in tune well. I was expecting to have to keep tuning it all the time based on videos about 12 string guitars on YouTube, but no!
The only thing I think could have been done better is to cut the pickguard so it more closely follows the shape of the waist of the guitar.
Other than that I'm delighted with it and would recommend it to anyone without hesitation.


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