Harley Benton CLJ-503CE WN

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OTTIMO PRODOTTO
Bluepicker, 06.06.2018
I purchased this Jumbo acoustic guitar for live use, so the instrument had to be equipped with a pickup and an active preamp. Since the instrument in question would have been used mainly with DADGAD tuning and Heavy 0.60 / 0.14 caliber strings I needed an instrument that would support the tension of such big strings, not wanting to use one of my Martin or one of my Taylor I decided for this guitar, which honestly did not seem excellent but with a decent price-quality ratio, a very well-finished aesthetic and massive woods as stated by the seller. After the order the guitar was delivered in 4 days well packaged and intact, at a first visual examination the instrument was of considerable workmanship with very few smears of glue inside the box and valuable inlaid abalone as markers, very soft mechanics and precise with a beautiful golden color and faux mother of pearl knobs. Obviously the instrument was with the loose strings and then I proceeded to tune it and the only drawback: an Action too low that made it impossible to play the instrument, as a result I proceeded to raise the bone of the bridge by about 3 mm with appropriate thicknesses reporting the action at the right height. After retuning the surprise! Powerful bass and deep, medium and sharp balanced and ringing and a total volume in amazing acoustics (Much higher than my Martin D28 of 1978). Moreover, the very fast and fast handle allows easy jumps of position along the keyboard both in standard tuning and in DADGAD. Then I proceeded to test it amplified and yet the Fishman system with pre-amp and digital tuner did not betray my expectations: tested with a Hartke ACR5 50W amp the electrified sound is warm with powerful and defined bass, high-pitched and silvery bass (without the presence of medium frequencies that make an acoustic guitar more like an electric guitar). Ultimately a happy purchase that allows me to recommend this guitar to anyone!
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My 1st Harley Benton and not my last
Zanshelby03, 11.08.2020
the guitar shipped from Germany to the USA in 8 days without any issues. This guitar is beautiful. The walnut looks amazing and the solid top is outstanding. I found no flaws on it at all and after an adjustment to the saddle this guitar plays as well as my $2000 taylor. I can literally find no flaws with thise guitar and for the price ... unbelievable. The tone is just beautiful, full bass, sweet mids and tight highs. This is the kind of guitar you would expect to pay much much more for. I will not hesitate to buy another and I will as soon as I save up some more spare cash. If you are holding off on buying one if these fir any reason, stop now and just buy it. Just an incredible value and and tremendous quality instrument, and not just as a beginner/ starter guitar but one you could gig with. Just a great instrument.
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Unreal purchase!
Peter Crittenden, 24.02.2021
I received this today (1 day earlier than expected) and honestly for the price you pay the value you gain from it is unreal.

The build quality is incredible and the sound of this guitar is simply beautiful and warm.

I went from a Fender FA-125 to this and I'm completely blown away by the sheer quality and volume of the craftsmanship.

If you have been sitting on the fence about this Guitar and have been looking for an upgrade especially from a beginner guitar then don't hesitate!
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Jumbo acoustic electric guitar.
Christopher6076, 20.03.2018
To cut a long story short, buy it, I doubt you will be disappointed!

I bought mine in mid January this year, 2018. It was well packed, double boxed and arrived in perfect condition. I bought it to play with my Banjo and Mandolin playing friend as my electric guitars tend to drown his sound even though I turn the amps well down. When I opened the boxes (avoiding injury from the Staples of Doom) I was amazed at the quality of the guitar. The neck is slim and feels more like an electric to play, the Gold tuners are smooth and look really nice with the Pearl buttons. The Ovangkol finger board is very nice and the fretwork is amazingly good. The frets themselves are small and thin which I like. The inlay work is perfect, no filler anywhere and the coloured centres look classy, not cheap to me. The nut is fine, no tuning issues. The Fishman pickup system works nicely as does the tuner once you get used to it, the sound plugged in is brighter compared to the more mellow unplugged tone. The Walnut back and sides, probably plywood but that I do not know for sure look very nice. The Rosette, pick guard, bridge and binding again seem of very high quality. The guitar is very light, almost weightless after playing my electrics. When I play plugged in I use either a katana 50 on the acoustic channel or a Vox Mini 3 battery amp or my Mustang 3 V2, it sounds well through them all. I have left my only criticism of this guitar until last. It may be I was a little unlucky but the grain on the top is a little washed out in a couple of places. This is a shame but then again in a way it adds character and is in no way a reason to reject the guitar. I hate to say that for the money this is a very good instrument because that does not do it justice, my opinion is, it is worth a lot more than I paid for it and so, Thank you Thomann! If you are looking for an acoustic electric Jumbo I really do not think you can go wrong with one of these!
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An absolute stunner for sure!
AutumnBreeze, 27.09.2020
I mainly purchased this beauty after seeing the glowing reviews for such a neat guitar. Looks like a Taylor and probably sounds like one too! And the price! It does not get any better, for sure!

The pros:
Good playability, sturdy, well made and the spacings between the frets & inlays are nice and smooth. No chance at hurting your fingers while playing. The sound is rich and vibrant that resonates pleasantly when moving from chord to chord. Perhaps a little too bright for my liking but a great addition nevertheless!

The cons:
Every now and then there is the occasional buzzing from the strings and fretboard. Which I'm sure can be more than easily rectified with replacing the current set of strings with new ones. Preferably Ernie Ball strings. That's what I went with and I suggest that you do too.

Overall, a fantastic addition to my arsenal and one that will most definitely be put to its full and intended use. Many thanks Thomann!
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Stunning instrument
Jakey Sully, 28.04.2018
I bought this instrument as my second guitar after much thought and perusal. I am (and continue to be) blown away by the overall quality, playability and feel of the guitar. I have always played slightly smaller guitars (3/4 size), so a jumbo was a step into the unknown for me, To my surprise, the tone was very bright, jangly and slightly thin out of the box, whereas I had expected it to be mellower due to the size of the body. I guess spruce has a brighter sound anyway. There was also a very slight fret buzz on the 6th string.
Over the last few weeks the tone has somehow 'settled', with the frett buzz dissapearing completely, and it is now my go-to guitar for daily playing. The sound is simply gorgeous: very rich, warm and bright. My guess is the strings have settled into the saddle and the neck must have relaxed somewhat. Plugged in, the Fishman Isys is fantastic, and gives a great sound on multiple stacks, effects and levels of distortion.

Aesthetically the guitar is beautiful, with a lovely gloss finish all over, high quality pearl inlays in the neck (mother of pearl finish continues around the sound hole and on the bridge pegs, making for a nice motif) and the red pickguard really rounds it off nicely.
As an added note, the neck is much thinner than any of my other guitars, making for really easy finger picking and very quick chord changes when playing rhythm. It takes some getting used to as your fingers can misjudge the gap between the strings, but the payoff is worth it.

Overall a brilliant guitar out of the box, I haven't felt the need to do any extra tweaking as it plays so well. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anybody interested in purchasing a high quality jumbo!
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Beautiful
Stookiebhoy, 05.03.2018
I bought this thinking if it was rubbish I'd give it to my daughter to learn on, but there's just no way she's getting this, it's gorgeous. After a very quick set up to my specifications (It was set up fine from the factory but we all have out own preferences), this guitar plays beautifully. The neck is lovely and slim and extremely comfortable to play all the way up and down the neck. The pearloid tuners on gold posts are a nice touch and look really classy.matched up with the abalone inlays on the neck and you have a winning combination. The spruce top is a really nice piece of wood and resonates great. Combined with the walnut back and sides chords ring out very nicely and fingerstyle players will love the articulation on this guitar. I paid £177 for this guitar and it's worth at least 3 times that price when you look at the quality on display. I honestly don't know how Thomann are doing these things so cheap...I'm half expecting the 7 dwarfs to come walking past singing Hi Ho Hi Ho, after a hard shift building Harley Benton guitars. Honestly I just don't see the down side of buying one of these, it's amazing value for money, really incredible.
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hotsince83, 24.06.2021
I choose this guitar as I wanted nicely built pretty guitar, and this is what I wanted. The sound could be better though.
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Lovely guitar
T_o_m, 30.12.2020
I like this guitar. The first thing that I noticed when I unboxed it was how playable the instrument was - low action which I did not expect possible, a nice neck that fits my hand, smooth frets. I did not have to do anything with the guitar, its setup was perfect.

The guitar is very beatiful, it rests on a stand so that I can pick it up and play whenever I can. It is made very well, I came across just one little blemish on its lacquer.

UPDATE: Regarding its sound, I would like to update my previous comment in which basses seemed to me a bit dull. After I changed strings it improved so much that this comment is no longer valid and I give the sound 5 stars.

I appreciate the pickup system as I like to record and practice with a looper.

All in all, the guitar prompts me to pick it up and play often. And it speaks for itself.
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Harley Benton CLJ-503CE WN
Dansero, 16.12.2020
This guitar came in with no visible flaws and is simply Gorgeous!
Set up was a tad higher than my liking, but pretty good. No fret spouts.
I was quite surprised at the sound of this guitar, full and round.
The only issue I have is the dimensions are not given on their web site.
The depth of the body is about 4 inches, I found that small considering it's classified as a Jumbo. That said it does provide adequate Bass.
If you have been looking at this guitar, BUY it you wont be disappointed!
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Such quality!
Pieces0fviii, 23.07.2020
This is one of three Harley Benton guitars I now own. None of them disappoint! When I started looking to buy some more guitars to be used for alternate tunings, Harley Benton fit the bill perfectly! The only 'one' thing that I feel is bad on Harley Benton guitars is the onboard tuners. I'll be using aftermarket clip on tuners. Aside from that, when you buy a Harley Benton guitar, you get far more guitar than what you pay for.
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Exceptional value for money
Flattie, 05.05.2020
This was ordered as a present as a starter instrument for a nephew of ours. He's 6ft 2in so needed a jumbo. It's been my experience that you need to spend a lot of money to get a decent sound from a jumbo body. Not so here. I'm seriously impressed with the sound quality straight out of the box. Sure it needs a small set-up to get the action down a little but other than that it's truly remarkable. I would gig this guitar quite happily!!
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Harley benton clj 503 ce
Ann B., 01.02.2020
i bought this guitar because of the price and features
also the reviews online were good
let me just say
Harley benton out of the box i tuned it up plugged it in
perfect... sounds fantastic acoustic or plugged in
This is a very nice guitar nothing needs to be done and that says it all
by the way comparing the two guitars the construction and woods used look as if the same factory made both guitars
conclusion im with other people here
buy this if you need one it is very good
by the way i would not call this a jumbo like the king model its not big or deep enough its more the size of a yamaha fg800 in body size but a very nice guitar very comfortable i highly recommend this to everyone its a beautiful guitar to look at too
so thats another bonus
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Wow, just wow!!
Klajd17, 03.07.2019
I must say i am very impressed with this guitar. It came in excellent conditions. Fresh strings, no blemishes. It looks like a thousand dollar guitar. Every detail put on it is special. I use it for live/small gigs. Very satisfied with it.
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Over the moon!!
Thommo, 30.04.2019
What a great looking and sounding guitar. The neck feels great. I can't put it down.
It came with a great set up and I didn't have to adjust anything.
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GREAT, BUY IT YOU WON'T BE SORRY!!!
vex200, 27.07.2018
The guitar is excellent in every way. Finish is flawless and the sound is very well balanced. My taylor 114 has a much more thicker body so this harley benton is not so big jumbo. All in all, great finish great design and great built quality. The sound of preamp is great and very responsive. Buy it and don't hesitate. It's worth every penny.
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Amazing
SimeM, 25.06.2018
This acoustic makes a mockery of its hugely overpriced brothers....literally flawless
Don't get fooled by the snob value of Big Name brands, they're obviously laughing all the way to the bank if this is what you can get for under 200 quid
Astounding
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Very good guitar!
Pearl13, 08.09.2020
The delivery was fast! Thank you Thomann.

The guitar is very pretty, the pearly touch on it is quite nice.
I'm an intermediate guitar player who stopped playing many years ago and I decided to start playing again this year.
I thought I would go for an affordable guitar, I didn't want to spend 400 euros right off the bat, so I thought this would be it and it is, I'm quite surprised by the quality.
I changed the strings and put the "Elixir Nanoweb Extra Light Phosphor" and I must say...WOW! The sound is totally beautiful!!

Thank you Thomann for the fast delivery and the good care in wrapping up the guitar.

I recommend this guitar for any beginners and intermediate.
It's really a good quality guitar at a very fair price.

ps: I didn't use the amplifier yet as I do not need it.
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Great Guitar!
Glenn from Virginia, 14.02.2020
Bought this for my wife to gig with at open mics and with a Beatles cover band she just got into. She loves it! It sounds awesome both plugged and unplugged, and is extremely well made....looks great. She gets a lot of complements on it. The built in tuner is helpful, as she is always forgetting her clip on tuner. Could have spent 3x as much and not gotten anything this nice. I own 16 HB line guitars and basses, love them all....just bought 4 more. Don't know how they can deliver such value for so little. Buy it!
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whats a nickname for here?, 25.07.2019
Absolute perfection! quickly becoming my go to guitar!
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NICE!
Gradoboev, 24.08.2019
So cheap, and so nice,
To Siberia for 13 days. Completely safe. Well electronics (Fishman), well tuner.
A little bit higher string action - just adjusted myself truss rod, and now it perfect.
THX HB for ur instruments, and Thomann for ur work.
It's a history!
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Like a Taylor guitar! mic drop for this.
Mosi27, 27.01.2019
U definitely get looks on this guitar. like a taylor guitar which made me buy this. took a risk but once it came..man this thing rocks! great sounding and not a single buzz from the frets! kudos to thomann guitar service checkup before sending out for delivery!
Add to that, beautiful gold hardware on this guitar! Loving it this guitar! No cons!
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Lovely guitar. Good looking.
GeTe, 11.12.2019
After reading feedback on this guitar, i ordered it in a bundle with gig bag and picks.. Out of the box guitar was a little bit high on strings for my liking, which is normal. I prefer low action. So i sanded down the bridge 1,3mm. Bridge was bone. No plastic.. Excellent.. After tune-up the guitar was perfect. No fret buzz, and strings height is fine. Also plugged in sounded good. Guess it will be even better after it has settled down for some weeks.. The finish is perfect. Everything is well put together.. Neck is very good out of the box, and no need for adjustment. The tuners are smooth and guitar seems to stay in tune. I like the sound of it. A lot warmer than maple guitars, which i think is too bright. But still crisp sound. Well balanced sound. The combination of walnut and spruce body seems like a good match.. Also the color of the guitar is beautiful.. It looks like a 1000$ guitar..
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Extremely Nice Guitar!!!
GlennS876, 31.03.2019
I own a significant number of name brand guitars. Gibson, Epiphone, Yamaha, and Ibanez to name a few. I cannot believe the quality of this guitar for the price. The fit and finish is as good as any guitar in the $500 and up range. The Fishman electronics work very well in this guitar and there is no boominess like in some other acoustic guitars that are amped. I will purchase more Harley Bention guitars in the future. The Youtube reviews on the quality of this brand are true!!!
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Beautiful guitar!
SLUMAN, 15.04.2020
Excellent guitar! Arrived in perfect shape.
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