Harley Benton SC-1000 SBK Progressive Line

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Electric Guitar

  • Progressive line
  • Mahogany body with arched top
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Flags
  • Cream-coloured bindings
  • Neck profile: C
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Double-Action truss rod
  • Pickup: 2 Active HBZ Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • 2 Volume controls
  • 1 Tone control
  • 3-Way Pickup Switch
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Deluxe gold hardware
  • Deluxe die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario .010 - .046
  • Colour: Black, matte
  • Suitable case: Article no. 340252 (not included)
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Colour Black
Body Mahogany
Top Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 24
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Beautiful Guitar, poorly packaged
Michael2681, 17.06.2015
This is my first guitar with active pickups. I'm a huge Metallica fan, and love the sound that Hetfield gets from his guitars with active pickups. I ordered the L-1000VB fully understanding it wouldn't compare to a much more expensive Hetfield model ESP guitar. With that being said, I was blown away when the guitar arrived.

The finish is a cool looking matte black. The pickups are also black, which gives it a very cool look when paired with the gold hardware. The flag inlays also add to the look of the guitar. So aesthetically it looks awesome.

The tuners on this guitar are sort of loose and imprecise. I was surprised because the chrome hardware on my other Harley Bentons was quite good. The guitar came with D'Adario strings which was a nice plus. Most guitars these days seem to come with terrible strings that you have to replace right away. The D'Adario's are nice. The guitar also came with a 9V battery, which is nice. Would suck to get the guitar and not be able to play it because you didn't have a battery laying around. The guitar is silent until you put the battery in the compartment in the back of the guitar. Like I said, I've never had a guitar with active pickups, so I don't know if all of them behave that way.

The sound quality is very good. The pickups seem to be quite hot, which I was very happy about. Hammer ons, pull offs and tapping are all very easy to do. Also get some nice sounding pinch harmonics and a nice chug when I palm mute the E string. Sounds very dark and heavy when tuned down.

Now the bad part:
I ordered my L-1000VB along with a L-450Plus. Both guitars were shipped in separate cardboard boxes. Then each box is loaded inside of another outer cardboard box. The only sort of padding was a couple of air bladders that were wedged in. This prevents the guitars from shifting, but offer very little in the way of protecting the guitars. Both the L-1000VB and L-450Plus arrived damaged.

The L-450 had a broken 3 way switch, and the L-1000VB has a crack on the corner of the headstock. It looks like it was dropped. It cracked the clearcoat and the wood underneath is splintered. It's really a pity, because I love this guitar. Thomann really needs to figure out a better way to ship these guitars so they are better protected. I've ordered guitars from China that are packaged in styrofoam and they arrive in pristine condition. Cardboard boxes simple don't offer any sort of protection. I have to send photos of the damage to the guitars, and the boxes to Thomann so they can investigate. Hopefully I can get a pristine L-1000VB once they review my photos.
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The best for your hard working money
Danniel Revenboer, 10.06.2018
if you are looking for a GREAT guitar for a super fair price with top notch features like Active pickups and a awesome design? Your search ends here, it doesn't get any better then this for the money.

Instead of buying an 800 or even more expensive guitar you could buy 4 Harley bentons and i have guitar on the ready for every tuning you like!

* Great pickups
* Fast neck and action
* Super cool looking
* Massive bang for buck

Read more about my journey towards this guitar below!

Personally i was looking for a 2nd guitar to play E standard with. I usually play allot of low and down tuned metal stuff and wanted a guitar for some more mainstream tuned songs.

My main guitar is a Schecter Hellraiser with a 81/85 pickup set. Recently it was fully serviced at the local guitar store so it's playing the best it can.

Not wanting to spend another 800 euro on a guitar and doing allot research this Harley Benton really got my attention. You see some negative reviews about the guitar here so you hope you are the lucky one when it arrives.

Out of the package the guitar looked great, except for one little dent on the bottom and it looked as if the paint got loose there and they tipped it with a marker pen. It's a small spot and hey not a 1k guitar so i thought what the hell let's play this thing.

Plugging it in the first thing i noticed was the massive gain the pickups have. Absolutely great, playing around a little with the guitar and tuning it i have to say it is an awesome guitar, it sounds great. The frets could use a little work maybe and the action could be lowered a little (action is user preference).

The tuners aren't as steady as the Gotoh's i had placed on my Schecter. So yeah every now and then you have to tune the guitar a little but that is like once every 3 days (yes i play everyday).

My next guitar will for sure be a Harley Benton again!
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OMG - who installed the machine heads ?
Ian3180, 28.10.2020
The guitar arrived quickly in the UK, was double boxed and unscathed from its journey. On opening the box I was pleased by the look and feel of the guitar.
Turned the guitar around and to my horror saw that the machine heads must have been installed by Stevie Wonder. Not one of the machine heads has been fixed to the headstock correctly - some are more crooked than others.
To put this right I would need to drill new fixing holes and rotate the machine heads leaving the current screw holes exposed.

I'm really not sure how Thomann can put a quality control check tag on the guitar like this.

Even at this price point I think this is unacceptable and something that should be easily rectified at the factory in China.

Will I keep the guitar ?
Probably - as I may follow others example and replace the machine heads with better quality ones anyway.
The rest of the guitar is fine - out of the box it plays quite well although frets are a little rough and need a good polish.
The neck is nice with no nasty jagged fret ends or dodgy binding to speak of. Intonation was pretty much spot on out of the box as was string height (for me).
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Very impressed
Pipe2401, 05.06.2020
Ok, i know don't judge, 5 stars in every aspect of a harley benton guitar, but this is ridiculous for the price, I've tried the guitar that this one is based on, and it cost almost 7 times more the this, i can't stop playing it.

Now it has very few aesthetic flaws, yes, but again less the 200£!!!
Pickups are ok again for the money yeah they are hot, but big news it comes with volume pots, i know patronising but well, I am really happy with it. Yeah I'll change the pickups but for the moment i an having a lot of fun.

Tuners are fine and for my surprise the are pretty stable, yeah they could be better, but AGAIN IS LESS THAN 200£!!! The neck is unbelievably comfortable it makes me want to play the action in is beautiful and the finish is great.

It handles dropped A tunings great. I will certainly get another one of this soon.

I highly recommend it for the price it's a great canvas for pickup changes and tuning pegs.

Sound wise, fiddling with the vol pots you can get really cool tones clean wise and it's very responsive, the high gain is a bit muddy, but ok. Yeah has the typical behaviour of the active pickups compression etc. And hot bla bla.
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Colour: Black
Harley Benton SC-1000 SBK Progressive Line
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Harley Benton SC-1000 SBK Progressive Line

Electric Guitar Progressive line, Mahogany body with arched top, Set-in mahogany neck, Fretboard: Amaranth, Fretboard inlays: Flags, Cream-coloured bindings, Neck profile: C, 24 Frets, Scale: 628...

  • Colour: Black
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton SC-1000 WH Progressive Line
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Harley Benton SC-1000 WH Progressive Line

Electric Guitar Progressive Line, Body: Mahogany, Arched top, Neck: Mahogany, Neck attachment: Set-in, Fretboard: Amaranth, Fretboard inlays: Flags, Neck profile: C, Bindings: Cream-coloured, 24...

  • Colour: White
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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