- Vintage Series
- Body: Basswood
- Arched top
- Set-in maple neck
- Neck profile: C shape
- Fretboard: Blackwood <i>(Pinus Radiata) </i>
- Fretboard radius: 350 mm
- Fretboard inlays: Block
- 22 Frets
- Scale: 628 mm
- Nut width: 43 mm
- Double action truss rod
- Pickups: 2 Vintage style humbuckers
- 3-Way pickup toggle switch
- 2 Volume- and 2 tone controls
- Gold DLX hardware
- Tune-O-Matic bridge
- DLX machine heads
- Strings: Harley Benton .010 - .046
- Colour: Black high-gloss
A classy guitar on a budget
The Harley Benton SC-500 BK is a single-cut guitar from the manufacturer's Vintage Series and combines a solid basswood body with a carved basswood top and a set maple neck, a construction that provides plenty of sustain. The neck in turn features a 22-fret blackwood fingerboard that, together with the black pickguard, provides the perfect complement to the guitar's high-gloss black finish and has the classic 648mm (24.75") scale length with which SC-style guitars have long been associated. The fingerboard is adorned with block inlays for improved orientation when playing, and the guitar's classy look is completed by cream-coloured body and fingerboard binding as well as three-ply front binding and high-quality gold-plated hardware. Last but not least, the SC-500 BK comes loaded with a pair of vintage-style humbucking pickups that provide a full, powerful sound.
The Harley Benton SC-500 BK Vintage Series features a comfortable C-shaped neck profile that makes it ideal for both rhythm and lead playing, and its shorter scale length will make life easier for younger guitarists as well as those with smaller hands. The fingerboard in turn has a large radius of 350mm (approximately 14"), which will facilitate string bends even with a very low string action - helped along by the .010-gauge strings with which the guitar comes as standard. The SC-500 BK additionally features a double-action truss rod, which comprises two firmly connected metal rods with counter-rotating threads and can be used to adjust the neck bow perfectly.
Timeless design, individual sound
SC-style guitars have been popular for decades among players of many different genres and particularly among the Rock and Metal contingent, but many guitarists who have long dreamed of owning one of these classic instruments have been put off by the hefty price tag. Those days are over now however, thanks to the Harley Benton SC-500 BK. Beginners will appreciate this guitar's affordable price and playability, and it is also a good choice for more experienced players who already own a much more expensive single-cut model and want a solid and reliable backup guitar. And no less important is the sonic versatility provided by the guitar's twin humbuckers and its control layout, which comprises separate volume and tone controls for each pickup as well as a three-way toggle switch.
About Harley Benton
Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.
Variety is the spice of life
Thanks to the classic combination of a stopbar tailpiece and Tune-o-Matic bridge, the Harley Benton SC-500 BK Vintage Series will stay in tune even when the player changes tunings on the fly, making it a good choice for Rock and Alternative music as well as for Metal in its many guises. Its two humbucking pickups are designed to deliver everything from crunch through to full-on distortion, so chunky powerchords, heavy riffs, and even searing lead tones are very much on the menu. That is not all, however: This guitar will also handle clean tones very well, so soft ballads, thick jazzy tones, and smoky Blues licks are also no problem. Even without a tremolo system, the SC-500 BK thus promises plenty of playing fun.
In the spotlight: Double-Action Truss Rod
The double-action truss rod consists of two firmly joined metal rods with opposing threads. It is inserted into the neck and covered by the fingerboard, which is glued to the front of the neck. A clockwise turn of the nut at the end of the truss rod (also called the T-rod) straightens the neck, bringing the strings closer to the fingerboard, and in extreme cases causes a convex neck bow so that the strings rest on top of the middle frets. An anti-clockwise turn, on the other hand, causes a concave neck bow, which significantly raises the strings above the middle frets. Double-action truss rods are mainly used in thin necks because they fit into a narrow groove and therefore take up only a small amount of space.
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