Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-16S BK

Steel-String Guitar

  • Dreadnought
  • Dovetail construction
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany (Aucomea Klaineana) body
  • Mahogany (Aucomea Klaineana) neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Modified Oval C-Shape Neck
  • Mother of Pearl DOT fretboard inlays
  • Black body bindings
  • 643 mm Scale
  • 43mm Nut width
  • 20 Frets
  • Bone nut
  • Compensated bone saddle
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Scalloped X-Bracing
  • DLX Chrome die-cast machine heads
  • D'Addario EXP-16 strings
  • Gloss black finish

Further Information

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

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Everything you need at a very good price
René1591, 01.11.2014
My rating is based upon value.
When buying cheap acoustic guitars with pickup (and tuner) I have for a long time bought Washburn and occasionally Yamaha. The Washburn WD10sce (and the d10sce before that) have been my pick again and again in this price range. This guitar is very similar to that. Not as fancy looking as the wd10sce and for me that is a good thing. The CLD-16SCE is very basic when it comes to looks. But that also means less stuff to go bad. The one I received had a different logo at the headstock. It says HB only and looks better I think. Some of the other Harley Benton guitars on this website have the same logo as this guitar.
The quality of the craftsmanship is good and on par with the Washburns I've bought.
The pickup and preamp from Fishman is identical with the Washburns. It's not the best sounding pickup system in the world, but it does an acceptable job. It's better than the other low end preamps I have tried. Having an onboard tuner is great and it makes my guitars with no tuner hanging on the wall. When it comes to amplified sound my Fishman Matrix equipped guitar sounds much better. But it is not fair to compare these two guitars when the price is so very different!
All in all I'm very pleased with my purchase and the next time I need to get a good but low cost acoustic it is this one again. Only problem with this guitar is the respect-from-other-guitarists-factor. This does not say some fancy brands name on the headstock. The resale value might not be as good as with a more recognized brand. But hey you'll not be selling this little gem!
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A decent guitar for the price
29.05.2016
I bought this guitar to bring with me when I travel. I needed an inexpensive guitar for this purpose. The guitar is light but well constructed. It projects its sound well and stays in tune.The Fishman pre-amp works well. This in no way sounds like a quality acoustic (rather hollow in sound) but it does sound good for a guitar in this price range and better than most double in price. If its sound opens up as it ages it will be even better. The neck is very comfortable and playable. I have had only one problem with it. I was playing it hard and suddenly there was a terrible buzzing from the 3rd and fourth strings located at the what appeared to be either the bridge or the top wood of the guitar below the bridge. To make the story shorter, after a half hour of checking the guitar (were the bridge pins loose, was the bridge separating from the guitar, did I have bracing coming unglued) I took the battery out of the preamp and the buzzing stopped. This will be an easy fix, either the battery will need to be shimmed from the bottom or its sides or a new battery might make the difference or the springs in the battery compartment compressed during shipment. Don't let this put you off from this guitar since it is something so easy to fix if you experience it.

Overall this acoustic guitar gives you good value for your money. I am very happy with this purchase.
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I am well impressed!
12.05.2016
I ordered this guitar in Jan of this year and I was waiting for a few months for it to come back into stock, I was nearly considering cancelling the order and getting something else but very glad that I did not.
I own a Martin D-15 with a fishman elipse pick up and was looking for a basic semi acc that was good quality and value and that I could throw around a little. This guitar is far beyond what I was expecting. It has a great finish, great balance, great sound and great sounding electrics. I would highly, highly recommend.
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Great Beginner Guitar
20.01.2017
I bought this guitar as a Christmas gift for my old man. As he has recently retired and approaching his autumn years I thought it would be apt to get one thing off the bucket list for him - that being learning the guitar.

As a guitar player myself I find this excellent value for money, sturdy build, great broad sound and the built in tuner is a massive advantage (especially for a novice).

My only advice would be to buy some strings along with your purchase and restring it on arrival - the stock strings leave a little bit to be desired.

All in all a great piece of kit for beginners to intermediate players alike.
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More than awesome for the price!
MarkoMilkovic, 06.05.2017
Cosidering the budget I thought this could be used just for strumming open chords and some fiddling in the lower part of the neck but boy was I in for a suprise! The guitar sounds fantastic! I wish I didn't have to install the strap knob by myself though. The tuner isn't the best but it gets the job done, and the preamp is pretty decent, but it's nowhere near a high quality one. All in all, for the money, I can't recommend it enought!
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Steel-String Guitar Dreadnought, Dovetail construction, Solid Sitka spruce top, Mahogany (Aucomea Klaineana) body, Mahogany (Aucomea Klaineana) neck, Ovangkol fretboard, Modified Oval C-Shape Neck,...

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  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
  • Colour: Black
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
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  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
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  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
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  • Case: No
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Steel String Guitar Vintage Solid Series, Body shape: Dreadnought, Top: Solid Sitka spruce, Scalloped X-Bracing, Body: Mahogany, Neck: Mahogany, Ovangkol fretboard, Dovetail construction, Modified...

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-16SCE BK
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Steel String Guitar Dreadnought, Cutaway, Dovetail construction, Top: Solid Sitka spruce, Body: Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana), Neck: Gabon mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana), Ovangkol fretboard,...

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
  • Colour: Black
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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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...

  • Top: Mahogany
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: No
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: No
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