Harley Benton SC-550 II DFB

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Harley Benton SC-550 II Desert Flame Burst; deluxe series; electric guitar; mahogany body (swietenia meliaceae) (weight relief chambered); arched & flamed AAA-maple top; set mahogany neck (swietenia macrophylla king); pau ferro fingerboard; 60`s neck profile; 305mm (12,00") fingerboard radius; 1th fret thickness 20mm; 12th fret thickness 22mm; pearloid trapezoid inlays; 22 Blacksmith stainless steel frets; 628mm (24,72") scale; 42mm (1,65") nut width; graphite nut; 2x Tesla Opus-1 Alnico-5 humbucker pickups; controls: 2x volume & 2x tone; 3-way switch; DLX chrome hardware; DLX tune-o-matic bridge; DLX Kluson style tuners; strings: D´Addario EXL-110 10-46; finish: gloss desert flame burst

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Colour Burst
Body Mahogany
Top Maple, flamed
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Pao Ferro
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Xenmaster, 14.07.2021
The writing is on the wall for other guitar brands...Harley Bentons will become the best sellers world wide. Mark my words. I am a collector, sitting here with a Gibson Les Paul Classic and this new HB beside me. I can find the flaws on the Gibson easily...the Harley Benton is perfect and way more beautiful, by far. The neck and action are very comfortable and it is not as heavy as the Gibson. The pickups are low output and a bit muddy on cleans but are good on overdrive. The tuners are very good and stainless steel frets are not gritty. The instrument also balances well. I've stopped mentioning value for money with these HB guitars...They are just excellent in build quality and can compete with (and beat) some of the top brands several times their cost.
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Aaron D, 12.07.2021
The Tesla pickups and stainless frets are welcome additions to the the formula I was already quite happy with on the Gen I. The frets required little to no work and they feel great. The new flame tops are HOT.

I think the description of the nut as "graphite" is in error. It was also badly cut and will probably need changing before I'm happy with it.

Pros:
Beautiful
Great fret work
New pickups are fantastic

Cons:
Badly cut nut
Nut material not as advertised
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rock solid, 05.07.2021
Really good for the money, plays well straight out of the box, totally good enough to gig at any level, like a lot of other guitars many times the cost it could do with setting up to your taste. for me i think the stainless steel frets are to high, but that's nothing i can't change, i can't say enough, i have many guitars not as good that cost a lot more, total thumbs up from me
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Tienn, 17.07.2021
Ich gebe der Sc 550 II 2 Sterne Abzug insgesamt , aber nur weil sich beim Sternesystem keine feinere Unterscheidung treffen lässt. Es handelt sich dabei nur um Kleinigkeiten, die nicht ganz perfekt sind.

Erstens wäre da zu nennen bei der "Verarbeitung":
- der Sattel. Warum zur Hölle ist der schneeweiss, wenn sämtliche Teile (Binding, PU frames etc) cremefarben sind? Das sticht optisch unschön heraus.
- die Tuner. Gleiches Problem wie beim Sattel. Hier kommt noch eine weitere unpassende und unschöne Farbe in den Mix. Ich kann nicht mal sagen, welchen Namen diese "Farbe"haben sollte. Es passt einfach nicht zum Rest und fällt negativ auf. Leider sind Vintage-Tuner mit zwei Schrauben auf der Rückseite nicht ganz einfach zu ersetzen, da die neuen Tuner die Löcher halt am exakt gleichen Ort mit dem gleichen Abstand haben sollten. Ansonsten wird es eine ziemliche Bastelarbeit mit viel Potential, die Optik zu verschlimmbessern.
(- mir persönlich wären moderne Tuner lieber gewesen)

und bei den "Features":
- fänd ich einen Coil-Split mit Push-Pull halt schon ein nettes Extra. "Extras" hat die Gute ansonsten... naja... die Stainless Steel Bünde. Die sind schon ein sehr nettes upgrade, da sag ich nicht nein. Aber ansonsten sind da keine grossen "Extras" verbaut.

Das Gesamtpaket ist als solches aber sehr überzeugend, wenn man von diesen kleinen Kritikpunkten absieht.
Die Qualitätskontrolle hat bei meiner Gitarre einen guten Job gemacht. Eine einzige, winzige Unreinheit an einer Lackstelle.
Staitenlage out of the box PERFEKT eingestellt. Keine Kratzer, keine Wackelnden Knöpfe o.ä.

Die Lackierung ist wahnsinnig gut gelungen. Ein wirklich sehr schönes Instrument.

Beim Spielen fiel mir auf, dass es meine erste Gitarre mit glänzendem Lackfinish ist, was sich am Hals beim Spielen ungewohnt anfühlt, aber keineswegs unangenehm.

Das Halsprofil ist etwas schlanker als bei der SC Custom II. Bei der SC 550 kann ich mit meinen kleinen Händen den Daumen auch bequem oben drüber hängen, während das bei der SC Custom II nicht geht.

Das Fretboard aus Pau Ferro ist eine echte Verbesserung. Ein angemessen passender brauner Farbton und keine riesigen Poren. Man bleibt bei Bendings also nirgends hängen.

Der Klang der Gitarre hat mich etwas überrascht. Sie klingt auch unangeschlossen deutlich anders als die SC Custom II. Ich finde es erfreulich, dass die Unterschiede zwischen den beiden Modellen stärker herausgearbeitet wurden. So ist sie eine echte Abwechslung.

Die SC 550 II finde ich vom Klang her metallischer/ heller als die SC Custom II.
Auch eingesteckt klingen sie natürlich völlig anders. Da kommen allerdings auch die neuen Tesla Pickups zum Tragen.
Da beide Modelle völlig verschieden klingen, könnte ich nicht sagen, welche "besser" oder "schlechter" klingt. Es sind einfach zwei unterschiedliche Gitarren. Welchen Sound man präferiert oder ob man beide mag, ist Geschmacksache.

Ich kann nur sagen: Hut ab, HB da seid ihr auf dem richtigen Weg. Jetzt noch kleine Designfehler wie die unpassenden Farben vermeiden.

Und nochmals unendliches DANKE, dass ihr vom Jatoba abgekommen seid!
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