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Harley Benton D-200CE-12BK

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12-String Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

  • Design: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Top: Laminated spruce
  • Back & Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Built-in pickup system with 4-band EQ
  • Colour: Black
  • Corresponding case available under Article Nr 122212 (not included)
Design Dreadnought
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Sapele, Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 48,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickup System Yes
Colour Black
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since February 2004
Item number 165307
£93
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Very Good Indeed
Martyn T. 11.10.2015
A cutaway electric 12 string for 118euro. Can it possibly be any good at this price?

Yes it can- and indeed is!

Just for the record, at the price I paid,I have given it a deserved 5 stars all round. To be fair, had it been priced at say £3000 it wouldn't have scored quite so well.

Visually it's a looker. Cream bound neck and cream bound body set off the black bodywork to perfection. To be picky, I could comment that the paintwork is a bit thin, but then thin paint gives the wood more opportunity to produce a good sound. As is to be expected at this price, the top (and sides and back) are going to be laminate, and the strings are not from the top price range, but that doesn't stop this baby from producing a surprisingly good tone. One of the first things I normally do on a new guitar is change the strings, but I just don't think it needs it. And volume is very good too..
Straight out of the box it was very nearly in tune, and absolutely playable, with no sharp fret ends, which is very creditable. Like just about every guitar you buy- from anywhere and at any price (at least under around £500-£600) it will greatly benefit from being breathed upon by a good luthier. As supplied, the truss rod is pretty well set, although measuring might well yield some minor improvement. The bridge and nut can certainly be lowered, speeding up the action. The frets are pretty level and would be adequate for most people, but fret levelling and polishing would improve this guitar even more.
Ok, like some other reviewers, I have gone on about setups, Please accept that this guitar is NOT inferior- it's jut that setting up is very time consuming, and would put up the initial price, so manufacturers cut back. But this guitar is so good to begin with that any additional work by a good luthier would be well worth it- and I would go so far as to say that spending say £75 on a full fret level and polish, plus a set up would produce a guitar that would easily match any guitar on a shop wall costing £400
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For under a 100 bucks...........really?
Jan Strydom 04.04.2018
I am a very happy HB customer, not only did all my product arrive in perfect order.....took the guitar from the box and it was 100% perfect, not a mark or anything. Cleaned it with a cloth and oiled the fret-board then tuned it up, Sound, play-ability and tone is amazing. This is a 500+ guitar and more any day of the week. HB if you keep this up some of the fancy names are in trouble.............enough talking, time to play!!! Wow, what value!!! Yes, I am very happy indeed!!

Jan Strydom
Tel Aviv
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Not sure if I'll keep this one or not
cydewaze 14.10.2020
I bought this guitar as sort of an add-on to another HB I ordered.

I'm not sure if this problem was weather-related or not, but the strings were wound VERY tightly. When I started to tune the guitar, the high G snapped as soon as I started to turn the tuning knob, so now I need to order strings. Also, this guitar has a lot of headstock "dive", meaning it wants to droop forward. The body is way light for such a huge headstock. Maybe this is a thing with 12-strings, but I didn't notice it the last time I played one.

When I removed the broken string, I noticed that this guitar has the rattly tuners that my HB 35 had (which I replaced) but I'm not sure I want to spring for 12 new tuning machines.

I also noticed a couple of blems in the finish. One at the top of the headstock, and one in the sound hole. They're not B-stock bad, so I can ignore them.

So, my third HB and my first non-great one. Hopefully a fluke.
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Aaaaah!
pajper 29.05.2019
12. I always wanted a twelve. So I ordered this one, because of the price and good youtube reviews. My first Harley Benton, but hey, all over my expectations!

Everything fine, two different pickguards came with to choose. No finish cracks, nothing bad, fretwork nice. So checked the neck - which was a bit bowy - high action, so lowered. I will maybe replace the saddle with compensated one, because of better intonation.

I am using it at home, for a jammings with friends, and this black beauty is well done and very nice and loud sounding instrument.
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