Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE LH

Acoustic/Electric Left-Handed Steel-String Guitar

  • With Cutaway
  • Body size: Auditorium 000-14
  • Construction: Dovetail
  • Top: Solid Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana)
  • Body: Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana)
  • Neck: Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana)
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Neck shape: Oval modified C
  • Snowflake: Fretboard inlays
  • Wooden body binding
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut: Compensated
  • Bridge: Ovangkol
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Machine heads: DLX chrome diecast
  • Preamp system: Fishman Presys-II with integrated tuner
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP-16
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Optional case available under Article Nr 208576 (not included)

Further Information

Model 000
Top massive mahogny
Back and Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Ovangkol
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickup Yes
Colour Natural
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Unbelievable guitar for the price
dwattitude, 09.09.2019
I bought this guitar primarily for studio recording and live solo acoustic performances. As it turns out, it has replaced my £500 Faith guitar!

The 'in the room' sound is wonderful, it has a very rich mid range with a gentle top end and round bottom end. Plugged in, the Fishman pickup system works brilliantly, especially when you add a little chorus and reverb.

The set-up out of the box is very good, however the action may be a little high above the 12th fret for some people. Easy enough to adjust. The nut looks very good, however the bridge pins appear to be plastic, fortunately bridge pins are very cheap to replace.

Overall, I am really happy with this guitar. In total it cost me £200 and for the guitar received, I would have expected to pay an awful lot more.

Many thanks Thomann, you really outdid yourselves!

Much love from the UK!
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Pretty perfect
TStarr, 05.10.2019
Always wanted an electro acoustic to play thru my PC and maybe try something smaller than a dreadnt. Took a chance on a HB to see what all grt reviews about. Overall delighted. Couple of cons being rusted strings and tarnished frets, but would probably have changed them and cleaned everything anyway. A 2nd strap button would have been nice. Everything else fantastic. Looks great, lovely weight and balance. Wider nut is a joy as I can finally play a C chord with proper fingering! Amazing tone, and not as deep as I thought a mahogany would sound. Great volume for just me and my guitar, but the pickup works just fine for when I get the call to the Albert hall. Set up was pretty spot on, nut cut lower than anything I have ever owned, which helps the playability of this, and why I will be reaching for it for yrs to come. 1/9th of what I was contemplating a similar Martin for - ridiculous.
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Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE VS
Jamesy Boy, 14.10.2019
Had my guitar for several weeks now and I have to say its one of the best guitars I have bought to date/ The quality of workmanship and the sound out shines any other guitars I have e.g Yamaha,Fender and a Takamine. The price was excellent for such a high quality guitar. Goes to show you don't need to spend a fortune for a quality guitar from USA. Keep up the good work Thomann.
I will be shopping again soon
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Hard to believe...
buddhuu, 10.05.2017
This is very much a first impression as the guitar only arrived today, but I am blown away. It is great.

I've been playing since 1972. My last full-size acoustic was a Taylor, and I've been doing instrument repairs and setups for years - so I have a little knowledge of guitars.

Recently I bought another HB guitar: a cheap short scale thing called a Custom Line CLGS-10S Travel. I got it as a travel/beater/campfire guitar and I was surprised how good it was for a cheap guitar. So, when I found I needed a decent, but inexpensive, electro-acoustic for my band I thought I'd try a slightly higher-level HB.

The reviews of the Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-15MCE were excellent, and the few YouTube videos also looked great. The guitar is pretty low-priced, so I went for it. Thomann are always great about returns, so I had little to lose.

Forget that. No way am I returning this thing.

I think the body is a little shallower than the Martin model that obviously inspired this guitar and the unplugged volume is a little lower - but not much. This is an average volume acoustic guitar. That is the only average thing about it.

The fit and finish are, as far as I can see, absolutely excellent. The neck relief and action have been set up perfectly and there is even a battery installed in the preamp/tuner. The tuners are of very good quality: smooth and stable. Intonation seems spot on right up the neck.

The fret job is neat and well finished, without sharp ends. This is the first acoustic guitar I've had that I have not felt the urge to improve the string height at the nut. Whoever set this guitar up obviously checked and adjusted the nut slots to perfection. Thank you, Thomann setup person, whoever you are - I hope they're paying you enough because you've done a great job. I've had guitars with setups as good as this but I don't recall any better. I'm delighted.

The frets are smooth, not raspy like on many inexpensive guitars. I will polish them a little more, but only because I like a real, glassy mirror finish on my frets and these are just a tiny bit below that level of polish.
The fretboard is not actually dry, but it looks as if it will benefit from a light oiling, which I will do tomorrow.

Plugged in, the Fishman pickup and tuner work great. The sound is standard undersaddle piezo. I'm a bit odd because I prefer magnetic soundhole pickups rather than piezos, but this one sounds a lot better than many of its species. Perfectly acceptable and I'll be happy enough to gig it.

Visually, this is a beautiful guitar. The solid mahogany is made from a nice piece of wood. Actually, it looks like it may be a two piece top, but that's no problem. I've seen very high end guitars deliberately made with two piece tops for the book-matching effect they allow.

The acoustic tone is very nice. The strings are still a bit fresh and metallic yet for me to fully hear what it will sound like when they settle down, but it sounds fine already and the tone will get even better when that new-string bright twang wears off.

So, absolutely full marks, Thomann. This is extraordinary value for money. I couldn't be happier.


EDIT: I've now had the guitar for a few days. The strings have settled and I've had a chance to use the HB at a pub gig.

A bandmate who plays a Martin 000-15 is staggered by the quality and volume of the Harley Benton. I didn't think it was that loud, but comparing side-by-side it is as loud as his Martin.

I already gave this guitar top marks. If I could give it more stars I would.

I'm going to buy the dreadnought version as soon as it's back in stock next month. If you're not a logo snob then these guitars are just too good to miss.
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Beautiful all round guitar that over delivers on any realistic expectations.
Marcopolo, 24.04.2018
Out of the box, the first impression was how attractive this guitar was. Mine had a lovely "tiger stripe" to the grain on the solid mahogany top. The tuners are solid and similar in appearance to the ones on my Martin. The nut and bridge are well made, the electrics sound great when plugged in with a really handy built in tuner. As I tune my guitar a semi tone down I didn't expect to be able to tune it with this, but it does handle #'s.
The sound is more mellow than my Martin (solid spruce top) which I really like. If I was picky I would say the base is much weaker but it is not fair to make this comparison given the price point and it still sounds really well balanced and pleasant to listen to.
As I have smaller hands, the really great thing I liked was the profiled neck. It is quite a slim profile and I have no trouble getting my thumb over onto the sixth string. Also I really like this size guitar (Goldilocks...not to big, not too small) which sits comfortably on my lap and easy to get my hands into position.
The frets and pretty smooth, and the intonation is great. It seems to play really well with a capo and stays in tune as I move it about (some of my other guitars need to be re-tuned each time I move the capo!)
In summary and taking into account the price point, in my opinion there are no negatives. On a blind test I would say it would retail for 2-3 times more than the asking price. Tone, play-ability, looks, components and craftsmanship are all fantastic for the price. If you are not sure but feel it is the type of instrument you are interested in...take a punt and I doubt you will be disappointed.
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Great Guitar foe whatever price
snark01, 26.11.2017
It is a great guitar. I bought it as a backup for my Martin, Taylor, and Breedlove guitars.

Expensive guitars may sound mediocre, and cheap guitars may sound like heaven. So forget about it and talk about the guitar itself.

The guitar played well out of the box with a little fret buzz. After adjusting the action, it became a perfect guitar. My impression is that it looks like a Martin cutaway acoustic electric but sounds like a Taylor.

Pros: good tone; beautiful color; easy to play

Cons: fret buzz de to the very low action; it is very easy to fix.

Whoever made this guitar in a factory in China, you may not read this review, but I salute you.
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  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickup: Yes
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  • Incl. Case: No
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