Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-15M VS

Steel-String Guitar

  • Dreadnought
  • Dovetail construction
  • Solid mahogany corner (Aucomea Klaineana)
  • Mahogany (Aucomea klaineana) body
  • Mahogany (Aucomea Klaineana) neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Modified Oval C-Shape Neck
  • Snowflake inlays
  • Wooden body binding
  • 643 mm Scale
  • Nut Width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bone nut
  • Compensated Bone saddle
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Scalloped X-Bracing
  • DLX Chrome die-cast machine heads
  • D'Addario EXP-16 Strings
  • Vintage Sunburst Satin Finish

Further Information

Top Mahogany
Back and Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Ovangkol
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups No
Colour Vintage Sunburst
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Excellent guitar at an unbelieveable price!!
02.03.2015
I have owned two Martin D-15Ms over the years, but ended up selling them due to money troubles. I wanted to add an all mahogany guitar to my collection, but couldn't afford another Martin. I bought the CLD-15M based purely from the feedback on the Thomann website.

When it arrived, I almost couldn't believe my eyes. It is so well made, not a flaw to be seen. The set-up was perfect- a nice low action with no buzz and full saddle height. Perfect frets. I would hazard a guess that the guitar has been through a PLEK machine, as it seems almost too good a set-up to have been done by human hands.

The neck is a very slim low profile. I would have preferred it to be slightly chunkier but at this price, I am not complaining. I assumed I would have to change the tuners to Grovers, as cheap guitars almost universally have terrible tuners. The tuners on this guitar are sturdy, smooth and tight. The nut and saddle are bone, so no upgrade needed there either.

The sound? Nice. NICE!! It has a lovely honey sweetness to it. Mellow, rich.

The biggest difference I found compared to a Martin is the weight. It's not a particularly heavy guitar, but the mahogany Martins are featherweight. For my purposes this is fine, as I wanted it to take out to sessions and busking. This guitar seems incredibly sturdy and well built. I'm confident that it can take a few knocks.

Before buying the CLD-15M, I was seriously considering the all mahogany Sigma guitars. I can't see how the Sigma could be any better than this. It doesn't sound as good as the Martin D-15M, but the Martin is ?1290, which is nearly 9 times the price of this guitar. It is not 9 times better in sound.

I am incredibly happy with my purchase and am seriously thinking about buying the CLA-28V when it is back in stock. I am also looking at a T.bone condenser mic, as it seems the own-branded Thomann products are sheer quality.
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Superb value!
Dusko, 25.01.2017
Seems to me that Harley Benton have done something extraordinary to make these Custom Line acoustic guitars so well made. (Im conversing with many who have bought one or the other from this Custom Line of guitars and all are very happy with them).

The solid mahogani top is awesome looking, much better that on the Thomann photo which is more linear and looks like a photoflame to me. I hoped that the top will look more something like the photo of the CLA-15M and it did :) Im a happy bunny.

The neck is very comfortable and on the thin side which I love. I really dislike fat necks. This one is kind of something like the modern C shape. Very nice!

Frets are tiny but well made and there was NO fret buzz at all which is just amazing. The string action was 2mm on the 14th fret on the 1st string and 2,5mm on the low E which is very fine for out of the box guitar.

Tuners hold tune well and seem solid.

Wish the pickguard was delivered separate because I would rather choose not to use it, but thats just me. The pickguard looks nice though.

Now to the SOUND (subjective view);

The guitar came with D'addario EXP16 which in my opinion are too heavy of a gauge for this dark sounding Mahogani guitar. Tuned in standard the low E and A sounded like "thumph" with very little sustain (when fretted especially bellow the 5th fret). The other strings had more sustain though. Bending was impossible for me and bending and string vibrating is my style so lighter gauge will improve this issue for me.

I did detune the guitar one whole step down (on all strings, low E is now D, A is G, etc ... ) and bending imporved a lot and even the low E and A sounded better. So lighter gauge strings will enliven the sound of this dark sounding mahogani wood guitar.
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Guitars at this price should not sound this good!
23.01.2016
This was a blind purchase out of sheer curiousity on my part. I watched a video on YouTube of the CLA (Grand Auditorium version of this) guitar and thought "wow, solid mahogany top for under 200 Euros? Count me in."

Yes, you read that right. A solid mahogany top with select mahogany back and sides. For under 200 Euros. That is unheard of. I impulsively bought the dreadnought version after reading up on the Harley Benton brand. Basically, it's Thomann's Chinese manufactured in-house brand. I eagerly expected its arrival.

Pulling it out of the cardboard box, I was immediately taken by the colour and finish. This is a weird word to use to describe a guitar, but it looked delicious - downright appetizing! I'm so used to the plasticy/laminated finishes hovering around this price range that the feeling of solid wood in my hands felt surreal at once. Then I played a chord.

The rich tone instantly filled the room. Wow. I strummed out a song and was flabbergasted. I have owned an all solid-wood guitar in the past (The Seagull S6, for 500 Euros) and this sounded better. The mahogany tone was beautiful, warm and like hot chocolate. Every song I played felt enhanced by its rich and spectacular tone.

This is a great strumming guitar. Take it anywhere and you'll get a lot of depth and volume from playing your songs. The action was by default set to a very comfortably low level. As previously stated, you can't beat this quality at this price - from any other guitar maker on this site.

Highly recommended. Thomann, I don't know how you managed this but I hope you're paying the manufacturers a decent wage!
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Unbelievable
Dannyboi, 26.11.2018
I cannot tell you how happy I am with this guitar. I had already purchased the cla model and was amazed at how good that was so I decided to take a chance on the cld model as I wanted the bigger sound of th dreadnought too. Well I?m so glad I did, it sounds looks and yes smells amazing :). Beautiful deep rich warm tone from it. Was playable right out of the box with the action really low so can play for hours easily . No dings or blemishes to be found on it. So guys if you are thinking about buying this guitar and are not cause you are worried how good it can be for the money well trust me it?s more than worth the money it?s worth 2 or 3 times more so just buy it. You won?t be sorry.
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Again....YES!
Scott_W, 12.07.2017
I have wanted a full mahogany acoustic for a while but was worried this was too cheap.

On opening it I was a little disappointed at first. It looked pretty but a little on the cheap side.

Then i played it. Holy momma. What a beautiful, rich sound.
It instantly changed my visual perception...and the thing is, it looks gorgeous - turns out I don't like the pick guard so it will be removed.

The quality of the nut, saddle, bridge and tuners and magnificent, and not just for this price range.

Its the 4th acoustic I've owned - takamine, ibanez and fender. This HB blows them all away at a much lower price.

Great stuff, Thomann.

Needs to be said - of all the guitar companies I have used, the tracking service Thomann use i great.
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Steel-String Guitar Dreadnought, Dovetail construction, Solid mahogany corner (Aucomea Klaineana), Mahogany (Aucomea klaineana) body, Mahogany (Aucomea Klaineana) neck, Ovangkol fretboard, Modified...

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  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Cutaway: No
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  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
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  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
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