Harley Benton SC-550 Paradise Amber Flame

Electric Guitar

  • Flame Deluxe series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Arched top: AAAA flamed maple
  • Set in neck: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla king)
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Neck profile: '60s
  • Radius: 350 mm
  • Pearloid trapezoid inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Bone nut
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell HAF Alnico-5 Zebra Humbuckers
  • 2 x Volume controls and 2 x tone controls
  • 3-Way pickup selector
  • DLX chrome hardware
  • DLX Tune-o-matic bridge
  • DLX Wilkinson machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL .010 - .046
  • Colour: Paradise Amber Flame
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Colour Amber
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Great but needs a bit of TLC

MrGiggly, 04.04.2018
As long as you don't mind the possibility that you'll need to do some tinkering, its a great guitar for the price.

It took less than 48hrs from southern germany to northern england so big hats off to the warehouse and postal service.

Mine arrived with wood shavings inside the guitar wrapping which was pretty unnerving but fortunately everything was in one piece.

Body looks superb with a good match up between the veneers and an even finish all over. Veneers are off centre by a few mm but you have to look hard to notice. Back and neck are particularly impressive, as is the quality of the binding.

Now on to the things that were not up to snuff...
Strings were corroded. No biggie as its pretty much a given to restring a new guitar.

Frets were quite a mess. From the low e to d and all the way down were tooling marks suggesting someone forgot to finish the dressing. I spent a good 3hrs taping up and polishing the marks out which fortunately were not too deep.
Fretboard also needed oiling as it was very dry.

Bone nut stuck on 3 strings (10/46's) so that needed a little filing. I used a little trick of a small piece of 800 grit wet and dry pulled under each slightly loosened string and then run through the nut grooves.

Tailpiece stud holes don't follow the natural back slope of the guitar so the tailpiece leans forward by a couple of mm. Had to raise the tailpiece a bit to stop the strings snagging. I'll probably try top wrapping next string change.

Other than that everything is spot on. Sustain is awesome and the general playability of the neck is great. I'm still undecided on the Rosswell pickups. I'll leave them in for now to see if they grow on me and if not swap them out for something like irongear tesla sharks. Volume and tone controls as someone else mentioned aren't very linear. Again, may be the pots or the pickups. Again, not a massive issue to resolve for anyone who doesn't mind tinkering.

Overall I can definitely recommend the sc550 but not for a complete newbie or wants to play straight out of the box unless you strike lucky and non of the niggles above are present.
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Another convert to outrageous value!

17.01.2017
I've played over 30 years including teaching, and owned too many guitars. GAS will only get worse with this quality and price.

Pickups: Wilkinson and sound good with modern tone rather than vintage, switch is robust. Wiring includes 4 cables per pickup so options to mod via pull pots etc...

Bridge: looks good, no rough edges.
Machine heads: Wilkinson Deluxe, they work well, no slack, the twisters are plasticy to touch (I'm being picky).

Internal wiring: tidy, foil on backplate covers to avoid interference, additional humbucker coil split wires soldered and taped up. Jack socket is nice and tight and has no play.

Pots: not too stiff, the treble roll off from the volume pots is severe and something I will try and sort out via a mod. 60s style knobs.

Body: 2 or 3 pieces but hard to confirm, nice back paint colour with depth, working strap locks.

Neck: 5 pieces, joint is very tidy, no visible issues at all. C shape, I would say medium towards thin.

Frets: well fitted, levelled, low, no issues, nothing sticking up/out where it shouldn't.

Fretboard: looks and feels like rosewood but is something else as per product description. Works perfectly well. It is dark but not black, and there is subtle colour variation throughout.

Inlays: accurate sizing and tidily done with no excess goop on the curves.
Binding: good all over, even a close colour match to the pickup surrounds.

Intonation: accurate, someone had set this guitar up reasonably well.

Action: set very low so was buzzing a little. Might be ok for some people but I raised mine a tad to a still good level to avoid it.
Nut:looks fine, slots a little sticky so added a lube. Would need wider slots for heavy strings.

Top: Stripes! Makes me want to start a Tygers of Pan Tang tribute band. Well matched halfs on this one, but they will all be different.
Finish: 1 tiny tiny black dot on the top, everything else very well finished.

Feel: great to play, from jazz to screaming rock and alt tunings. Came with 9s on so felt very light. I keep coming back to it after a break thinking, "No, it cant have been that good", but it is.

Conclusion: Great feel, good sound, outstanding value, highly recommended.
Traditional brands must be panicing!
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Colour: Amber
Harley Benton SC-550 Paradise Amber Flame
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Harley Benton SC-550 Paradise Amber Flame

Electric Guitar Flame Deluxe series, Body: Mahogany, Arched top: AAAA flamed maple, Set in neck: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla king), Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood), Neck...

  • Colour: Amber
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton SC-550 Faded Tobacco Flame
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Harley Benton SC-550 Faded Tobacco Flame

Electric Guitar Flame Deluxe series, Body: Mahogany, Arched top: AAAA Flamed maple, Set-in neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood), Neck profile: '60s, Radius: 350 mm,...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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