Harley Benton CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood


Solid Wood Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

  • Custom Line Series
  • Design: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Top: Selected solid African A-grade mahogany
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Body: Solid selected African A-grade mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebonol
  • Fretboard inlays: Mother-of-pearl dots
  • Fretboard radius: 400 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Nut: Bone
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Ebonol
  • Rosette: Mother-of-pearl
  • Fretboard: Multi-ply
  • Double action truss rod
  • Machine heads: WSC DLX, enclosed
  • Strings: D'Addario XTAPB1253 Light, .012 - .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Pickup system: Fishman Flex Plus-T with built-in tuner
  • Colour: Natural High-gloss
available since June 2019
Item number 461137
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Top Mahogany, Solid
Back and Sides Mahogany, Solid
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Ebonol
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
B-Stock from 321 € available
379 €
All prices incl. VAT
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Delivery free of charge expected between Monday, 30.05. and Tuesday, 31.05.

Solid wood – solid tone

If there is one phrase that is sure to get acoustic guitarists’ attention, then it has to be “all-solid” – after all, guitars made completely from solid wood are synonymous with a lively, characterful tone. The downside, however, is that such guitars usually come with an equally luxurious price tag as well. With the CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood, however, Harley Benton is now proving that that doesn’t have to be the case. This dreadnought features a top, back, and sides made from solid mahogany and comes with modern features.

Equipped for full control

The dreadnought is one of the largest acoustic guitar shapes, and its sound has earned it great popularity. With the CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood, Harley Benton has added a cutaway (for unrestricted access to the upper register) and a Fishman pickup system (for unrestricted access to the bigger stages). The solid mahogany top – with its warm tone and characteristic mid-range emphasis – is the central element of the guitar’s sound, while the solid mahogany back and sides provide a precise, controlled resonance. These characteristics suit the Fishman Presys II system perfectly, which means that amplifying this guitar is no problem whatsoever.

A feast for the senses

The Harley Benton CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood is clearly an instrument for discerning musicians who know how to get the most out of every note they play – and of course for those who want to do that AND are looking for a guitar that helps them every step of the way. The mahogany neck with its ebonol (composite) fingerboard has a slightly more generous nut width of 44.5 millimetres and offers enough space for more refined techniques like fingerpicking and Bluegrass flatpicking – and this guitar really comes into its own with styles like these thanks to its full-sounding, punchy tone.

About Harley Benton

Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.

“Unplugged” or “completely unplugged”

It goes without saying that the Harley Benton CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood is at home on any stage, big or small, and its acoustic properties make it ideal for everybody, from solo fingerpickers and singer/songwriters through to unplugged Rock players. The latter doesn’t necessarily have to mean the classic “Rock song with amplified acoustic guitars” either: The CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood lives up to its name in all situations and will also do a great job if you want to play completely unplugged around the campfire or out in the street.

12 Customer ratings

11 Reviews

Great Guitar
Aspiring Rocker 30.09.2020
I've had this guitar for nine months now and I can't fault it. I've let people with many years playing experience use it and they are all impressed.
This is my first new guitar in this price range. So I was nervous before I bought it, but it has been great to use and has encouraged me to improve as a player. Its well built and I've used it most days and it still looks new.
But overall its the sound that is the really fun part. Tremendous resonnance, and I like the way you can pull many different sounds from the way you play it. I play acoustic versions of classic rock and pop songs and it has great character that encourages you to get it the song. The action suits me well, and seems to work well for others.
I found the metal strings a challenge at the beginning but I'm glad I stuck with them. I'm not sure an on-board tuner is essential but it is convenient and it was easy to change the battery. I haven't used the amp much because of lockdown, but have tested it and it sounds good.
If you are thinking of buying this size and style of guitar I'd recommend this model.


cld-40sm-ce solidwood
bobca 15.10.2020
Realy love this guitar and from a great company,guitar has nice mellow tones.just what i was after and the electrics plugged into a roland kc 110 sound suprisingly good with scope to do better if i wish.


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Harley Benton macht Spass :)
Burni65 23.10.2021
Meine erste Harley Benton war die Harley Benton CST-24TOL Tobacco Flame als B-Stock. Ich hatte mir vorab Videos und Bewertungen angesehen (Tag für Tag) und mich richtig schwergetan.
Trotz kleiner Fehler habe ich sie behalten, weil sie sich gut spielen lässt und gut klingt. Es folgten zwei weitere E-Gitaren von Harley Benton, ohne Mängel und wertig in der Verarbeitung.
Ich hatte mir vor Jahren schon einmal eine Low - Preis E-Gitarre gekauft, der Unterschied zu Harley Benton ist enorm. Thomann macht es mit der Hausmarke Harley Benton möglich Instrumente und Zubehör anzubieten, sodass jeder der ein Instrument erlernen möchte, ein solides hergestelltes Instrument bekommt, mit dem man sich gut fühlt und sich nicht gleich in Unkosten stürzen muss.

Mit der Harley Benton CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood ging es mir wie oben
beschrieben. Videos und Bewertungen. Dazu kommt das, wenn man bei
Thomann bestellt, egal wie teuer, wenn es nicht gefällt kann es zurückgeschickt werden und bekommt sein Geld zurück ohne sich einem lästigen Verhör auszusetzen. Kenne ich auch anders.
Also habe ich mir die Harley Benton CLD-40SM-CE SolidWood bestellt,
ausgepackt, begutachtet, gestimmt und gespielt. Der warme, klare, differenzierte Klang, je nach Spielweise macht großen Spaß. Eine hübsche, gut verarbeitete, erwachsene Akustikgitarre, mit einer ganz klaren Kaufemfehlung.
Manche stört es das die Potis vom Fishman Tonabnehmer nicht gekennzeichnet sind. Bei mir hat es eine Minuten gedauert um mir zu Merken welche Bedeutung die Potis haben. Ausserdem geben sie der Gitarre einen wertigen Look.

Meine neue Liebe ;))

PS.Habe darüber nachgedacht in meiner Wohnung alles zu Beschriften.
Türgriff,Sofa,Stuhl,Mund ,Nase,Auge......Was kann man damit machen? OMG


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Schade - Eine verpasste Chance
steman 19.01.2020
Wie schade, diese Gitarre geht zurück. Sie schnarrt in vielen Bünden, unabhängig davon, ob der Hals hin oder her spannt wird (bei diesem Modell in 2 Richtungen möglich).
Eine Qualitätskontrolle hat anscheinend nicht gänzlich gegriffen. Das ist ärgerlich, für den Kunden (der einen Mehraufwand hat), als auch für Thomann. Was mir auch nicht gefallen hat: Die 9V Batterie läßt sich aufwändig wechseln, da sie sich im Inneren des Korpus befindet. Da gibt es bessere Lösungen.
Der Klang ist aber wunderschön!
Wer eine fehlerfreie Gitarre dieser Marke & Modells erwischt, ist hiermit sehr gut aufgehoben.