Harley Benton SC-DLX Gotoh Pelham Blue


Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Weight-reduced Nyatoh body with arched top
  • Modern mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Trapezoid fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: C
  • 7-Ply binding
  • Fretboard radius: 254 mm
  • Scale length: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Graph Tech Tusq nut
  • 22 Blacksmith stainless steel medium jumbo frets
  • Pickups: 2 Tesla VR-2 AlNiCo 5 humbuckers
  • 2 Volume controls
  • 1 Tone control with push/pull function for coil split
  • 3-Way switch for pickup selection
  • Double Action Truss Rod
  • Gotoh Tune-o-Matic bridge
  • Gotoh Kluson tuners
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Pelham Blue high gloss
available since November 2021
Item number 503574
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Pelham Blue
Body Nyatoh
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Macassar
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Harley Benton may be the new kid on the block, but I tell you what, this guitar really rocks.
Inspirer 05.03.2022
I always admired the original Gibson Les Pauls and my first guitar was a second hand Les Paul copy, but what put me off them was that they were too heavy and the neck was too thick for me to use the thumb over the top.
I was looking for a new electric guitar recently and saw that Epiphone had released their own take on the Gibson Les Paul Modern, which was affordable and which also has a modernised weight relieved body with a slimmer profile neck, for around £550, I thought finally a modernised Les Paul that addresses all the issues I had. Then I found a review of the Harley Benton SC-DLX, which is insanely half the price and I cant believe the specifications and build quality for a guitar in this price bracket.
At 7.8 lb the SC-DLX is perfectly weight relieved. The Rosewood fretboard with stainless steel frets and trapezoid inlays, as well as the Gotoh hardware and Tesla pickups are all quality and all contribute to make it look and feel more expensive.
For me the stainless steel frets were one of my key requirements and after seeing the specs I thought this could be the perfect guitar for me and possibly even be the guitar of my dreams and now I own one, it didn't disappoint in any department.
I would have preferred locking tuners, but I know I cant expect those for the price, having said that, so far it doesn't seem to go out of tune with these Gotoh Kluson tuners.
Aside from what on first glance looked like scratches on the fretboard, which on close inspection were in fact only the natural grain showing through the finish (which highlights more care is required in production on the fretboard finish). Also there were two small scuffs on the paint work on the back top corner of the head, and it highlights perhaps it would be better if the head had binding on the back too? which would offer more protection on the back corners of the head. Aside from that, I can't fault this guitar. I'm very impressed with the quality of the build and it didnt require much of a setup.
Now to the most important part, the sound quality. When I first tried it even when unplugged, the resonance is what impressed me most, its outstanding and through my amp its sounds just as impressive,
When I was looking for my first guitar all those years ago, if I had been handed this Harley Benton SC-DLX in a music shop and had to guess how much it cost, I would have guessed it was at least hundreds of pounds more than it is currently priced and I would have paid the money and ran out of the shop, before the seller changed their mind about the price.
I would recommend this guitar and suggest you grab one while it remains at this price, its worth every penny and worth more in my opinion.


Great Looking Modern LP Style Guitar
Bobanovich 08.01.2022
Harley Benton produce inexpensive but decent guitars. This DLX Gotoh is a very attractive guitar in a bright metallic Pelham Blue.

The Gotoh hardware is excellent and I really like the smooth reponsive tuners. I'm not normally keen on gold hardware but it works very well with the blue of this instrument.

Playability is very good after I lowered the action with the Gotoh adjustable bridge. Intonation was absolutely spot on out of the box - the guitar was definitely set up before despatch.

No protruding sharp frets and no bum or dead notes any where on the fretboard, which looks great - nice and dark but with some nice grain too.

Pickups are fine by me (can growl/snarl but nice clean as well) with the criticism that there is a huge volume drop when switching to single coil(s) from humbucker(s) - this doesn't bother me - a home player - but may well be an issue for a live playing guitarist?

No serious blemishes to get upset about - one small darkish mark near a front body edge next to the binding. Small scuff on the white binding on the cutaway horn but this buffed out quite easily.

Biggest issue is there is about 2mm of play in the tone pot shaft but the tone pot works well and is progressive in its range of treble. Longer term I will probably upgrade the push/pull tone pot. The volume pots are excellent and nicely damped in feel.

An excellent attractive playable guitar easily worth a lot more than what HB ask for it.

Recommended if you want a modern styled Les Paul type guitar - I love it!


SJKUSA 11.02.2022
I bought this guitar about a month ago and have loved it from the beginning...Beautiful Blue Finish, Gotah hardware, hot-hot pickups ... absolutely love the guitar and would recommend this one to anyone wanting a Les Paul style guitar...Fantastic for the Price point .....


This one is really good
Barcelli 30.11.2021
This was my Harley number ……. More than 10…. I lost track.
Some of them I sent back, some i sold, some i used for present and some i still have.
This one, however, is acreally great guitar. Not only are specifications way beyond all other brands within its price range ( with one extraordinary exception ) but this time the designer and the indonesian crew managed to build in a lot of playability in terms of sound, ergonomics, weight and of cause the feel of the instrument as a whole.
This particular guitar was absolutely flawless in the cosmetic sense. It is nicely built, nothing to take away the joy of a new instrument.

But….. ( i hate to use the word “but” in a review ) the output jack on the guitar could not hold the cable, no click and… no sound.

This is a very easy fix either by adjusting the pins on the output jack or spend 3 minutes installing a new one. I asked Thomann to send me another jack but received a return label for the whole guitar…. When Thomann does something - its all in !!
Experience has told me to keed the good stuff and return the loosers, so now i will use a jack from my spare parts drawer…. No big deal.

Anyway…. Now the beauty serves me well, the VR2 pickups has a lower output than the Opus one used in the SC ver. 2 but the guitar still has this typical LP nasal sound with the clarity too.

Using only 3 pots is a step forward from the 4 on other SC models but why not settle for 2 ?? This would probably free a little bit of production costs to install 2 pots for individual splitting ( preferably push push pots ) which will increase the tonal possibilities much more than 2 tone pots.

Anyway… imho this is the best Harley LP wannabe so far and you should not hesitatate to order it. At least my 47 years of playing tell me that this is an amazing deal….