Harley Benton Custom Line CLR-Chrome

Resonator Guitar

  • Bluegrass series
  • Nickel iron body
  • Single Cone: Ø 240 mm with 30 mm height
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: D - shape
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Fretboard: Wenge
  • 19 Frets
  • Dot inlays
  • Nut Width: 43 mm
  • Cream neck binding
  • Bridge: Maple "Biscuit"
  • Slotted headstock with mother of pear veneer
  • Tuners: Grover rotomatic style
  • Weight : 4.0 kg
  • Finish: Metallic nickel plated
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  • A Tuning
  • E Tuning
  • G Tuning

Further Information

Body Metal, Nickel Plated
Fretboard Wenge
Neck shape Roundneck
Pickup No
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 19
Colour Silver
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Slip Sliding
02.09.2016
A beautiful resonator guitar, I love it, but tin sound resonates from the cone and sound holes.
My expectation beforehand were not too high after reading some other reviews concerning finish, however my one that was delivered is beautifully finished to an exceptional high standard.

I am like a man in love ...with his first guitar.

The guitar is much smaller than you think from the images online, it approximately the size of a small travel guitar.

Slips about when playing as it's super slick.

Guitar sound better when tuned to open G or E as opposed to standard tuning.

My guitar arrived very poorly package and the box was in bits, however unbelievable as it may sound the guitar was undamaged. Thomann should package products better especially when shipping outside of Germany.

Now folks.... It's bluegrass time so got to go and sing some old time gospel songs. See ye all later
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Great little steel guitar
04.03.2016
I've had this for a few years and thought I'd write a review that has a little more history, other than the usual taking the guitar out of the box, giving it a few strums and then commenting on whether it is good or not.

Even after two years I still pick up the guitar regularly and use it predominantly for slide. I haven't had to set up a thing on the guitar since the day I received it. The action is reasonable for playing chords and scales and just about high enough to get some great slide guitar tones. The neck is really nice and has an old school quality about it. The tuners are very good and don't cause any noticeable tuning problems. The metal work is bright and well chromed but I like to leave these guitars to tarnish/ become road worn as opposed to cleaning them with polish.

I did try modifying the guitar by replacing it with a cone that was spun in the National factory in the USA. Totally pointless as it did nothing to the tone! So buy the guitar, get a decent slide and tune it to Open D or G. That's it.

Fantastic value for the money.
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLR Chrome Resonator
Rustproof, 09.04.2019
I brought this to inspire me to properly learn old style bottleneck Blues. It arrived in standard tuning and from the first chord I could tell it has a really authentic sound. Tuned to open G the action is still low enough for fretting without worrying about pressure from the slide ( I use a variety of slides now, from heavy Porcelain to light Glass Bottles ) and its character changes noticeably according to the Slide used. It is also very loud, the cone really pushes the sound and it can easily hold its own against heavily strummed acoustic guitars, even when playing single lines. it has excellent projection and can be easily mic'd (you will not need a separate mic near to the neck to capture that authentic Delta blues rasp from the strings) . Overall really happy with my purchase.
Pros:
Excellent projection, authentic sound, great playability.
Cons:
Its HEAVY! Not really a "Con", but you will definitely know its there.
Highly Recommended
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Nice Guitar but work needed
Denno, 03.06.2018
Having owned a resonator in the past, I knew what to expect from such an instrument. Upon opening the box, the guitar looked nice and the quality was acceptable. There was a little excess glue showing where the neck met the body, but that was easily removed.
The biggest disappointment was the sound. Initially it sounded very "banjo" like with little resonance from the higher strings. This was improved by an immediate string change to a branded make. The next problem was that the nut was low, so that when using a slide, there was a lot of string rattle from the first fret. Again, this was rectified by removing the nut and adding a thin strip of plastic card beneath the nut to raise it slightly. The guitar now sounds bright and loud, particularly when using a brass slide. The remaining criticism relates to the very sharp fret edges. This is something I will have to take to a luthier to be corrected. Despite all of the small problems I have experienced, I would still recommend this guitar, but there are some QC issues and maybe I was unlucky. Considering the price point of this guitar, I would summarise by saying it is worth the money but be prepared to possibly having to work on the setup.
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