Harley Benton CG-45 NS

Steel-String Guitar

  • Standard Series
  • Design: Folk-style
  • Body: Mahogany
  • X-Bracing
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Dovetail construction
  • Abalone rosette sticker
  • Cream-coloured bindings on the body and neck
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Machine heads: Gold-coloured diecast
  • Strings: .10 - .47
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Includes a black pickguard (unmounted)

Dimensions:

  • Total length: 102,5 cm
  • Lower bout: 37.5 cm
  • Upper bout: 28 cm
  • Height: 10.5 cm
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  • Fingerstyle
  • Indie-Pop
  • Country
  • Strumming

Further Information

Model Folk
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 42,00 mm
Pickup System No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Beats Other Beaters
22.12.2016
Having given away my travel guitar in the Far East I was looking for something cheap to be my travelling companion for days out and holidays. Having seen the kind of punishment an instrument can get on the road or in the air (even if you are careful). I did not want to spend very much on what would be my "Beater" guitar. These are my findings and thoughts on what I got.

First of all, the service (particularly by Thomas) at Thomann was first class. I couldn't be happier with the communication or their expediency.

My CG-45

Arrived securely boxed, well packaged and protected.
It was exceptionally light. Now for me this was a bonus, for others this would be a minus. There is of course a trade-off in terms of sound. Please keep in mind all the time, the actual price of this guitar though.

I put some Martin strings on it and "Oh Boy!" Now THAT is more like it.In fact, I liked it so much I took it to my guitar tech to install a pre-amp and piezo just in case.

I would not recommend this as a first or beginner guitar. It walks a fine line between toy and instrument. A person starting out would do better in my humble opinion to go for something they can grow with it. Buy the best instrument you can afford. Look at the top of the range Harley Benton's as well as the more "famous" brands.

I have had this guitar over a year now and it is holding up well. Keeps tune pretty good (often a problem with cheaper guitars). Would I gig with it? No. But I would use it as an emergency back-up.

I didn't bother with the stick-on pickguard and a small niggly point, the stickers added to look like mother of pearl on the tuners don't do it for me, nor does the printed rosette, but remember that price? I thought it was worth spending that amount again to electrify it. Just change the strings and you can have a very servicable laminate guitar like "Woody" too.
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Wonderful guitar for low lost!
Ilya Vilchik, 14.08.2020
I am very happy to own this guitar, it sounds amazing!

Advantages:
- Good sound
- Nice looking natural wood
- No scratches due to matte finish
- Compact size and light weight, it is easy to take with you when traveling.

Disadvantages:
- Frets are not worn down, they scratch hands during the game
- Trunk not properly tuned, strings often rattle while playing
- Gold plating from strings fades quickly
- Bass strings sound louder than lower strings
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For the price, not bad...
Nate the Enthusiast, 11.04.2017
My ratings are based on one might expect for the price point. I'm not putting this up against a Taylor or a Martin because that simply wouldn't be fair.

I got this guitar just as a stop-gap while on a lengthy business trip. It arrived in good condition with no obvious damage. The strings were protected in a full-length paper sheath, which was nice to see. One thing that struck me as a little peculiar was that the pickguard was not installed. Instead, it was included in the box with the option to peel off the backing and stick it on. Never seen that before. I opted to leave it off because I think it looks better without it.

I tuned it up to E Standard and noticed that the action at the 12th fret was about 1/2 inch. I adjusted the truss rod to bring the neck back to straight with the included Allen key (nice, handy) and it was still about 1/2. I cast about and looked at the bridge. The plastic bridge was clearly the culprit. I sanded off a good 1/3 inch off the bottom of the bridge and now it plays quite nicely.

The body of the guitar is narrower than full-sized guitars but produces a bright, full sound. There's not a speck of gloss on the entire thing, so the overall feel is very natural and pleasing to the touch. I've played it for about 6 hours and noticed that the neck takes skin oils very well.

The tuners are a touch sticky, but I suspect a touch of WD-40 will remedy that.

Overall, it's a good value for the price. I will say that it takes a little work to be playable, so if you are considering this for a first guitar, be ready to learn a little about setting up an acoustic.
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Can not argue with value for money
Patrik Vidic, 17.12.2019
This is simply one of the best vaule acoustic guitars I have ever played. I have bought a few for my guitar students and none had to be much tweaked, being setup almost perfectly. frets were cut nicely, with no sarp edges and dead frets. The greatest surprise were the tuners, which were a lot better than I have ever expected.
If you plan on using it as a gigging guitar I would not reccomend it to anyone since it is neither loud nor pronounced, but for learning and practice or even travelling (it is super compact) is perfect. It is build very solid and being mistreated for almost two years now still perform excellently.
To sum it all up. It is super affordable but niclely made instrument. It is also a quite a lot smaller than my orher acoustic guitars (Made in Germany Framuf and Hofner archtop acoustics) being the same size as an Epiphone Casino (not being that thin) and it is a very comfotable guitar to play standing up or sitting down.
If you are looking for a first guitar look no further, I would just recomend changing the strings for some of better quality, becouse stock ones leae a lot to desire and does not show the instruments full potential.
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