Harley Benton Custom Line CLA-16S

Steel-String Guitar

  • Auditorium 000-14 design
  • Dovetail construction
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Modified oval C neck profile
  • Mother-of-pearl dot fretboard inlays
  • Black body binding
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bone nut
  • Compensated bone saddle
  • Pau Ferro bridge
  • Chrome-plated diecast DLX machine heads
  • D'Addario XTAPB1253 Light strings, .012 - .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Matching case available under Article Nr 122211 (not included)
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Audio Examples

  • Country
  • Picking
  • Strumming

Further Information

Model 000
Top massive spruce
Back and Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickup No
Colour Natural
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
43 Customer Ratings
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Absolutely love this guitar
Tips, 14.07.2019
The last couple of years I tried a lot of different acoustic guitars, but I never really fell in love with one. There Always seemed to be something missing on all of them (epihone/Sigma).
Kind of lost hope in finding a good fun acoustic guitar. After hearing a lot of good talk about the Harley Bentons I thought, what the hell, let's try one. And A
am I glad I did.
The guitar sounds really good. Very powerfull on single notes with the convenience of a smaller body than a dreadnought.
Was it perfect on arrival? No, Action was way too high at the 12th fret. But because it was so cheap, I decided to lower the action on an acoustic guitar for the first time by myself. And now it plays like a dream.
Is it better than a Martin: Probably not, but I played acoustics that were 3 times as expensive as this one that didn't sound half as good.
It is a no brainer. Just go for it.
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An amazing guitar for an amazing price
panos907, 18.11.2019
I have been playing guitar (acoustic , electric and classical) for about 3 years in total. I bought this guitar to try acoustic fingerstyle in the style of Tommy Emmanuel.

The guitar arrived perfectly protected in it's box, with no damage whatsoever.

It was flawlessly setup out of the box, with low string action, intonated properly, no buzzing frets or fret sprout, and no truss rod adjustment needed. The nut was cut really well with no buzzing or bad height.

It plays really easily all throughout the neck, has a great neck profile and radius (reminds me of a Fender Stratocaster neck). All the chords and picking i did on it rang out greatly and flawlessly, and barre chords have never been easier to play all over the neck.

It sounds much better than the sound clips on the site , to be honest. A balanced sound (as you would expect from an OOO) with all frequencies present as should , it is great for fingerpicking, but still not bad at all for strumming. Also, every hammer on/pull off and similar effects ring out with great resonance. At first, i thought i was hearing a much more expensive guitar, reminded me of some much more expensive ones like the Martin 15M.

It arrived with some small cosmetic flaws. Some tiny bits of glue left over where the neck meets the body (i already took them off with a toothpick) and a small ding in the back , in that same spot.

Overall, a great guitar. Not just "for the money" . A great guitar all around. Highly recommended to beginners and advanced alike.
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Great guitar
mike stormchaser, 19.08.2020
I bought this during an isolation period away from home and away from my Martins. After receiving and playing this baby I will say this: while I love my Martins, those are 20 times more expensive than this HB and now I cannot say that they are 20 times better than the HB. Or 20 times longer sustain, or 20 times higher quality materials.

The law of diminishing returns applies clearly here, showing that value is subjective. The fact that I am comparing a Harley Benton against a Martin should say a lot. The CLA-16S is a great guitar that gives you A LOT for a modest price. It looks great, it sounds great, it's built well and more than affordable and suitable for any guitarist, from beginner to advanced.

I think that for this price, you get a lot of features found on higher grade guitar: solid spruce top, scalloped X bracing, bone nut and saddle, a good fretboard and bridge. I know Pau Ferro isn't technically in the rosewood family and it gets a bad rap, but it is still a good tonewood for a fretboard and more affordable. Let's not forget that even Fender and Gibson Custom Shops use it on expensive models.

All in all, I was amazed at the build quality and playability and I bonded with it instantly, becoming one of my favorites.

Kudos to Harley Benton and cheers to Thomann for a great guitar!
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Quite ok , with flaws
Motherspot, 06.02.2020
When the guitar arrived it was well packed, looked very nice, nice size...playability was good and the sound was quite nice too. After 3 days i wanted 0.11 strings on it...so i started to change them...that's when the problems occured...when putting on the other, thinner strings some bridge pins went way too deep into the bridge wood..so extremely hard to get the strings out....( when i swapped them back to the stock strings..(for sending the guitar back) .i could only get 'm out by going into the body with my hand and push them out from under...) The 0.11 strings did'nt work...there was a rattle/buzz on the d-string...and they sounded thin....maybe i could have changed the trustrod, or have it checked bij a luthier, but i did not want to go that far. A new guitar should be giving a good feeling .... if possible...the fretbuzz & the bridge pins made me send it back....Thomann is very efficient and for the credit from this one i ordered another HB guitar...this time a little bit bigger (dreadnought) wich will hopefully as well give a fuller sound.....this 000 was nice sounding but not very special in my ears...Maybe i just had bad luck with this specific guitar...an ugly ducklin...but anyway...Thumbs up for Thomann!
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