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Harley Benton Custom Line CLP-15M

Steel-String Guitar

  • 00-12 Design with dovetail construction
  • Solid mahogany top
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Modified oval C neck profile
  • Snowflakes mother-of-pearl fretboard inlays
  • Wooden body binding
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • 18 Frets
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Compensated saddle
  • Pau Ferro bridge
  • D'Addario XTAPB Light strings, .012 - .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Matching case avaialble under Article Nr 122211 (not included)
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Model Parlor
Top Mahogany, Solid
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Pao Ferro
Nut width in mm 45,00 mm
Pickup System No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Nice guitar for the money, but don't expect miracles
Kire1984, 06.01.2020
I ordered this guitar based on the reviews on YouTube. Generally the people reviewing it are very impressed. I have to say I was surprised, but not impressed. But in all honesty I also have an Eastman acoustic and Eastmans just beats ALL acoustic guitars out there in terms of qc, playability and sound. Honest comparison could be Recording King. I've had a Recording King before and that one needed a lot more work as opposed to the HB in order to make it playable!

Truth be told: if you buy this guitar, just know it needs a bit of TLC.

1) the frets are not polished. This is an easy task you just use 0000 steel wool. Kudos to Thomann regarding the fret ends. These are nicely dressed, not sharp just a bit rough, but this you can solve this using the steel wool I just mentioned.

2) string height at 12th fret. There is a qc card which says 2.5mm at 6th string 12th fret. This wasn't the case, it was 3mm. The relief is good and the action at the first fret is about 0.6mm which is fine, especially since this is a short scale guitar (easier to fret).
I have to see if I'm going to sand the saddle down, there is a bit of saddle height you can work with, but it's not a lot. Maybe there are some shims underneath but I don't know yet.

3) the frets are pretty much even! I have a fret rocker and it didn't rock, only at the 14th fret or so. No one cares about that ;).

Overall it is a nice guitar for the money. If you know your way with setting up guitars yourself you can't go wrong. The price doesn't justify going to a luthier which is a shame really, but I do think that if you work a bit on this guitar you have an absolute belter. I'm not sure I will keep it though. I will decide within a week or so.

EDIT: So after 3 months of owning this guitar, I decided it needed a new owner. It still was amazing for the price but a parlor guitar isn't for me. I bought a harley benton st-90 in return :D
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Lovely guitar.
Scrapper Blackwell, 25.09.2020
After strumming an old cheap laminated Jumbo acoustic guitar for a couple of months, I decided to buy something decent to learn on, I didn't want to spent too much money in case I lost interest, or failed to learn.
I ordered the guitar on Monday, it arrived UK early on Thursday, well packaged.
First thing that hits you is the lovely smell of mahogany wood, then the solid build as you lift it,, man, I was already impressed, I tuned it up and played a few simple chords, lovely rich tone and well balanced sound, lovely action, and just enough base, and clear ringing bottom strings without any harshness. I strummed and picked until my fingers were sore. Picked it up after breakfast on Friday and already learnt my first ever song The Beatles "And I love her" simple note picking and the guitar does it's job beautifully, with clear ringing 10th fret to take you back up the neck for the finishing touches on the base notes .
No set up needed, frets are fine, good overall construction, lovely Matt finish, great value for money.
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Just what I wanted
Anonymous290, 20.02.2018
I always wanted a 12-fret small body guitar that is both cheap and of decent quality. I looked on thomann and various other sites, and I found other options, but there was always something that didn't quite fit...they either had narrow nut widths, exceeded my budget, or had flat headstocks like most other guitars.
The Harley Benton on the other hand, has exactly the specs I want to see on a parlor: wider nut width, 12-fret body construction, a slotted headstock, and even a pickguard just in case! It came very well set-up, no need to adjust the neck! I never played a guitar so light on the fingers as this one! The bone bridge seems a little high, but that didn't affect the action. Maybe next time I change strings, I will sand it down a bit, cause the angle of the strings sitting on it seems a little abrupt.
The sound is very good. It is excellent for blues like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy etc., you know the ones with thumping bass leads. It is also great for folk, and if you play alot of electric, this little guy is good with soloing as well! The bends sound superb!
The reviews don't lie, this guitar will NOT disappoint you!
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Love this little guitar!
dg3086, 07.04.2018
I am age 61 and my shoulders get stiff and achy after playing a big dreadnought. So I recently began searching for a smaller "parlor" guitar. I didn't care about electronics, but I wanted a mahogany body with a slotted head. Since I live in the USA, I had not heard of Thomann or the Harley-Benton brand and I was concerned about making an international purchase. However, I decided that Thomann had exactly what I wanted at a great price, so I was ready to take the risk. The Thomann website was easy to use and their shipping charge was very reasonable. I used a credit card so they calculated the dollar amount. Shipping was fast and I received a notice when my package passed through US Customs. The guitar arrived quickly and well packed. The packaging looked exactly like a Recording King I recently purchased. Maybe they are from the same factory? I have purchased guitars from US suppliers who charged more for shipping and took longer for my package to arrive, so I am very happy with my international purchasing experience. This little CLP-15M also sounds better and appears to be of better quality than my Martin DJR2.
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