Harley Benton SC-DLX Gotoh Pelham Blue

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Electric guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Carved-top Nyatoh body with weight relief
  • Set mahogany neck with modern C profile
  • Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) fingerboard
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • 7-ply binding
  • Fingerboard radius: 254 mm
  • Scale: 628 mm (24.75”)
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Graph Tech TUSQ nut
  • 22 Blacksmith medium jumbo stainless steel frets
  • Pickups: 2 x Tesla VR-2 alnico 5 humbucker
  • Controls: Bridge volume, neck volume, master tone w/push-pull for coil split
  • Switch: 3-way toggle
  • Double-action truss rod
  • Gotoh tune-o-matic bridge
  • Gotoh Kluson-style machine heads
  • Hardware finish: Gold
  • Stock strings: .010 - .046
  • Finish: High-gloss Pelham Blue
Body Nyatoh
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since November 2021
Item number 503574
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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….
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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!
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Impressive!
MileHiSancho 28.11.2021
I have seen many youtube videos about the HB guitar family and I have always wanted to give them a try. Initially pulled in by their cyber deal on the daphene blue, I saw this beautiful color and decided to make the purchase. For 335 USD, this is a steal. The overall quality and build are on par with higher-priced guitars (think 700 and up group). I did make some slight adjustments, lowered the action, small bow in the neck that required a quarter-turn of the truss rod and she is now perfect for me. Will mostly play rock/blues/hard rock on it but, you can make it metal with the right amp/pedals or plugins on your DAW. I will probably replace the gotoh tuners with locking ones but otherwise will keep it as is. Buy it, you will most likely enjoy the heck out of it. And its a great modding platform. Cheers
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Great for new guitar players
jjax 19.12.2021
Easy to play. good for playing every genre .
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