Harley Benton SC-550 Plus EMG FTF


Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Okoume
  • Top: AA Flamed maple
  • Neck: Nyatoh
  • Neck attachment: Set-in
  • Fretboard: Roasted jatoba
  • Fretboard inlays: White pearloid trapezoids
  • Binding: Ivory-coloured
  • Neck profile: 1960 C - Thickness at the 1st fret: 20.5 mm; Thickness at the 12th fret: 22.5 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm (13.78")
  • Scale: 629 mm (24.75")
  • Nut width: 43 mm (1.69")
  • Nut: Graphite
  • Frets: 22 Medium jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 EMG Retro Active FAT 55 covered PAF-style Alnico-5 humbuckers
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone
  • 3-Way switch
  • Bridge: WSC LP17 Tune-O-Matic
  • Machine heads: WSC Schaller Style J07LKF locking
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Original strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Faded Tobacco Flame Gloss
  • Made in Indonesia
available since March 2021
Item number 497997
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Sunburst
Body Okoume
Top Maple
Neck Nyatoh
Fretboard Jatoba
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Harley Benton total winner!!!!!!!
Adie 05.04.2021
Well I waited, (expecting for it to arrive two weeks later) to find a pleasant surprise on my doorstep. Yes five days later it was delivered!!!!!! ( I did pay the 74.00 pounds import charge to the U.K. proactively from the ups website). Now for the unboxing.
I bought this after reviews from the mad German Henning and Steve from Boston had reviewed it, both said they were shocked at the quality and the sounds they produced from it were well.......in their words “shockingly good”.
On opening the box I must say at least I concur with the the both of them. Unbelievable build quality, beautiful flame top ( veneer) it looks very similiar to the Gibson desert burst, maybe a touch lighter brown in the darker areas with quite a beautiful carve.
Now I did notice the action was a little high but it was no problem to lower this (very low as I like it) with buzz free results, meaning the fretwork was spot on, in fact the frets were beautifully rounded on the ends and the binding was perfect, I was SHOCKED!!!!!! ) no truss rod adjustment was necessary!
And that’s it, it was now set up to my liking ie like my Sg standard exceptionally low.
Well! Time to plug it in to my Marshall jvm.
I THOUGHT I’ll hit an E ( that always sorts the men from the boys) and wow this thing kicks ass!!! I mean on playing it (Henning was right) it was fabulous, it was a joy and almost played itself.
How do I describe this sound.......as Henning said it’s not a les Paul.......I think ( and I got my Sg out to compare) it sounds somewhere in between an SG and les Paul classic ( which I used to have) which is fabulous as I never really liked the heavy thick bass on les Paul’s ( yes that’s their signature sound) but through my jvm I always had to dial it down.
The thickness of the neck very near to a sixties profile and they carved back the bout again made this much easier to play on the higher register(much better than the on a traditional model. Overall this guitar is damn beautiful, perfectly built with really great locking tuners and I can’t put it down. You’re going to find it hard to buy one of these as I believe the word is out now, Thomann you did it! The shift to Cort in Indonesia of production of these higher end HBs was a stroke of pure genius, Thankyou Thomann. What about a double cut Sg model in white next time ?


This is a teriffic guitar
cyanide_regime 14.02.2022
This is my second Harley Benton's guitar (the first one was SC-Custom VB and it was pretty "shitty") and what can I say, it's just amazing. The guitar definitely looks and feels like a guitar x2 or x3 more expensive. The pickups are simply magical - armor-piercing sound on the bridge and creamy in the neck. The finish also did not let me down - I could not find a single (!) defect.

Overall impression:
+ EMG pickups are by far the guitar's strongest point - everything from creamy cleans to crushing higain tones is possible
+ The guitar is perfectly tuned from the factory
+ Potentiometers and switches looks solid
+ Easy to tune
+ Really looks and feels like 1000$ guitar
- Frets would be nice to polish


Unbeatable quality for the price!
QGHguitars 24.03.2022
It's unbelievable how affordable this guitar is, the EMG active pickups sounds amazing and the overall physical quality of the guitar is great. The only problem I ran into was that the pickup selector switch wasn't installed properly. It was an easy fix, I just unscrewed it from the top, removed the plastic 'treble/rhythm' indicator and adjusted the switch and replaced the washer. Not a big problem given the value of the product.


Best bang for your buck anywhere, Amazing Guitar
J.Pfeiffer 05.04.2022
This guitar would be a deal at 3 times the price, Looks, Build Quality, Tones are all what you'd expect on a guitar costing 3 time more, the Pickups alone cost $200 then add locking tuners which are excellent and I don't know how Thomann's can sell it so cheap.
Check out Henning Pauly's review at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uW9hnHLxKI