Harley Benton SC-500 BK Vintage Series


Electric Guitar

  • 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
available since July 2015
Item number 362633
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Color Black
Body Basswood
Top Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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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.

Classic specifications

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.

fantastic beginner guitar
HumanoidHD 20.09.2020
I'm a beginner and only started playing a few months ago. I owned 2 acoustics prior to buying this guitar and wanted to give electric a go without spending too much money.
Here are my pros and cons (from a beginners perspective)

The guitar is absolutely gorgeous and that seems to be a common theme with all Harley Benton guitars. the finish on the guitar is truly flawless. no nicks, no uneven texture anywhere. The inlays (while likely plastic, couldn't find any info) look like genuine mother of pearl inlays and really catch the eye, especially the headstock decal which has a lovely rainbow pattern to it on my model which adds a lot of character. The gold hardware on this model isn't painted, its plated in something (couldn't say what, not gold). Aesthetically the guitar really works for me and seriously looks like a guitar that's 4x what this guitar costs.

The price is a very obvious pro as these guitars are pretty much bottom of the line as far as price goes especially if you want a Les paul/single cut style. the other option in this price range is something like the Epiphone SL, and personally I think that guitars finish and look is just not comparable. an Epiphone is a budget guitar and you can tell but this one looks very premium. It also has very small details which they could have easily skipped, such as the binding being triple ply, the attention to detail is phenomenal.

Quality control
My guitar came with a sticker on the headstock showing it had been individually quality control checked as well as a card (i dont remember where it could have been on the stock tag) stating the name of the person who checked it. This level of quality control is unheard of in guitars this price range. hell, even in guitars that are 4x more expensive than this you rarely get quality control that's as strict as Harley Benton is

As I stated, I'm a beginner, so I cant really speak to its performance against much more expensive models like Gibson's etc. As I haven't played one. I can however talk to its performance VS a cheap strat clone as my sister owns one I had a chance to play. the Harley Benton is worlds above that specific guitar. The neck on this guitar fits my hand wonderfully.

Fit and finish:
This guitar is wonderfully put together. the neck is a set neck and the base is wonderfully rounder so you can get to high frets comfortably. speaking of frets, this guitar has some really good fret work to it. each fret is polished fantastically and there is no "dragging" or scratching noises when I'm doing bends or anything similar, there doesn't seem to be any high points and if they are they are unnoticeable. this may be my specific version only but I'm impressed.

im a beginner so i don't know the difference really between types of pickups, bridges etc. from over reviews I've seen that the pickups leave something to be desired. however from my perspective it plays fantastically. im sure really expensive pickups would improve the sound but to my ears the guitar sounds beautiful without doing anything to it, so i see no reason to change the pickups.


The strings are very cheap but surprisingly playable. id barely call this a con to be honest as the strings are replicable. you can get top of the line strings for less than £10 so again. This is not a critique. hell it could have come without strings all together and I still wouldn't take overall points off for that.

mines a little on the heavy side (around 5 or so kg) but then again I'm used to acoustics and I've never had another les Paul style to compare it to, that weight may be normal.

If this is your first electric I can absolutely 100% recommend it. If you already have a few guitars you may be better off getting one of Harley Benton's more premium models. but over all this guitar is a 10/10 for quality especially in the price range, I cant really find anything bad to say about it.


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lastfun 20.03.2022
Yes, this is a wonderful guitar (examples of sounds below).
Delivery to Russia is super, I was very worried that the guitar would not arrive, or it would arrive with damage (due to the war, this is not relevant now)...
I have not played for a long time, my old guitar was made from a bass guitar (cut off the neck and re-glued))
I can't professionally give a decision on the sound ... on the quality of performance - 100 out of 100 ...

special thanks (many thanks) to Svitlana Brukhlii, the manager who worked with my order.

if, in some fantastic way, I win something, transfer the winnings to support the red cross.


all my music is here (updated)


Nice budget surprise
Muss23 28.07.2021
I play mostly at home, so it more than ticked all the boxes needed. However, even if I did play a gig, I wouldn't mind taking this baby for a spin (along with a good enough amp).

This was the my first Thomann order and I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasently surprised with the guitar, no scratches whatsoever. The black gloss finish looks and feels fantastic. I took the pickguard off, but that was a personal preference, the pickguard was in good condition. The package arrived even before the time indicated by the UPS tracking number, another nice surpise (4 working days from Germany to Croatia). I believe I read comments about it being too heavy. It's lighter than my Squier Standard so there's a comparison if someone owns one. Definitely not a con for me.

The setup right from the box was great, just that the low E and A strings tended to resonate a bit more while playing unplugged, but a bit of tweaking should do the trick with that. Through the amp it has no string-resonating issues at all (Ibanez Tone Blaster 15r). It did, however have some feedback when facing the amp with higher gain.

The vintage style stock humbuckers sound good (I'm used to single coils so can't really compare them to other humbuckers, they are certainly "darker" than single coils).

The fretboard is a tad dry, probably down to the blackwood used. It's easily rectified with some fretboard oil, but it does not impede playability, as far as my limited skills are concerned.

The DLX machine heads keep tune and are very responsive and the gold hardware against the black body looks very elegant and really gives it that vintage feel.

A nice addition was the "In case of emergency rescue my guitars" sticker.

This will probably not be my last order from Thomann, hopefully the next one will be another success.

p.s. Even if someone were to stop playing guitar (why would you, though?) it would look great hanging on a wall in the middle of the room, admired by everyone!


Perfect for the price
skim 26.01.2022
I bought the Harley Benton SC-500 BK because i wanted to try out a single cut guitar. The guitar is amazing!

Fretboard is smooth without sharp edges
Stays in tune
Pots are smooth and response very well
Pickups sound very well
The finish is excellent
Low price

The strings are cheap but playable. Although i recommend to change them
The 3-way pickup toggle switch is a little bit cheap but works perfectly

A gorgeous guitar. If you are a begginer or you want to try out a single cut guitar i 100% recommend it