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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
  • 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: 2x Wilkinson WHHBZ alnico zebra humbucker
  • 2 Volume- and 2 tone controls
  • 3-Way pickup toggle switch
  • 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
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Amazing guitar, especially for the price!

Daniel G. 770, 26.01.2017
Ok so i first saw this guitar when browsing Thomann for a 'budget' priced LP type guitar. I already own several nice LP's, but wanted to give this guitar a shot.. Especially since it's so in-expensive to buy.

It arrived in just a few days, amazing considering it was free shipping too.

Upon opening the box, the thing that grabbed me immediately was the beautiful flamed maple top finish. This looks every bit as good as high end brands. I'm sure it's a veneer maple top, as real thick maple tops are unlikely on an in-expensive guitar. But who cares if it's veneer... It looks BEAUTIFUL!

Straight out of the box, it was in tune and had a nice medium-low action. D'Addario strings too, nice touch. The tuners seem solid and the nut was correctly cut too.. No strings grabbing in the slots or anything like that.

Electronics inside all appear to be typical mass produced type electronics that you find in budget guitars. Nothing wrong with that, they work great and don't cause any noises or scratchy sounds.

The guitar body is chambered, so it's essentially hollow in 2 large areas inside. Don't assume this 'takes away' from the tone (like i always wrongly believed in the past). It still feels nice and substantial in weight (not too heavy though), and it sounds big and fat.

I picked up the guitar, played a few open chords and it rang out very nicely. Believe it or not, it has more chime in the top end than my real LP's.. No joke.

Plugged it in, it sounded immense. Very thick, fat and beefy but with lots of dynamics and immediacy in the note attack. The neck pickup just sings.. Think Gary Moore's 'Parisienne Walkways' tone or John Sykes 'Is This Love' solo. Just enormous singing tone.

Playability and feel, i can't fault it. Fret work is good. It's not high end guitar fretwork, like you'd find on guitars like PRS or anything. But you wouldn't expect that with this low price tag. It doesn't choke out on big bends unless the action is set lower.

The upper fret access is exceptional and i wish my other LP's had this too. It makes the guitar feel so much easier to play. Also the neck shape is a nice thin/slim taper, not at all like the fat necks on my other LP's. It's a narrower nut width, or atleast feels like it is narrower anyway. My hands do prefer a slimmer neck and i'm totally at home on this guitar.

Overall i really cant find any fault with this guitar. I've looked it over, tried it out through different amps etc.

My conclusion :

Amazing sounding and feeling guitar. Especially for the price tag.

My advice? Buy one. Try it out. If you don't love it, send it back. But i very much doubt you will return it. It's that much fun to play! :-)
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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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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, Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood), Neck profile: 60s, Radius: 350 mm,...

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