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Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-41S WN

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Steel-String Guitar

  • Dreadnought design
  • Dovetail construction
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Walnut body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Abalone body binding
  • White fretboard and headstock binding
  • Modified Oval C neck profile
  • Abalone Hexagon fretboard inlays
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bone nut
  • Compensated bone saddle
  • Pau Ferro bridge
  • Gold-plated diecast DLX machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario XTAPB1253 Light, .012 - .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Colour: Natural matte
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Walnut
Cutaway No
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since September 2017
Item number 414098
299 €
All prices incl. VAT
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Delivery free of charge expected between Monday, 13.12. and Tuesday, 14.12.
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Very Happy with Initial Impressions
GregT 12.03.2019
I received the guitar yesterday and immediately tuned it and began to play it. This guitar has a great neck profile. I have an older v-neck D35 which is great for finger picking but is a little "fat" by today's standards. I just sold a Taylor because the neck was uncomfortable. I played this new Harley Benton for an hour and it is a great feeling neck. There were a few dust particles in the finish at first, but with an hour of playing, they disappeared. The neck is silky and fast.

Overall impression of the guitar is that the construction is flawless. It's a beautiful guitar. On the downside: The MOP inlays in the neck are fairly dark and not as pearlescent as I would have expected; and, I'm old school and guess I like shiny finishes over matte finishes. The guitar would benefit from a gloss finish. That's just me, YMMV.

Soundwise, I'm very happy with the guitar. It isn't a Martin, but it's got to be considered at the top of its class for Spruce top guitars that cost 2 or 3 times Thomann's price. Seriously, this is a very nice sounding guitar from the outset and it continues to open as time passes. Sustain on the guitar is very very good.

The action could be improved by lighter strings. The guitar came with a .012" high E string. I'm happier with 10's, so I'll change the strings in a few days after the guitar acclimatizes a bit more. Initially, the guitar appeared to have a rather high setup with too much bow in the truss rod. After 24 hours, the neck bow is .009", low E is 3/32" and high E is 5/64". Quite acceptable for factory setup. And I really appreciate the quality control card included with the guitar. They show that F8 andBI-BL inspected the guitar and tested setup. Thanks!

Overall, I doubt you can find another new guitar on the market that competes with HB/Thomann at this juncture. This D41 is astounding for this price.

EDIT: I decided to lower the action by sanding the bottom of the saddle. The frets are relatively small and I felt I was working to hard to get clear tones when barring. This definitely improved the action. I've had a chance to really play this guitar for extended sessions and the walnut is impressive for its ability to achieve bell-like tones on the upper frets. I've used the guitar in numerous recording sessions and note clarity has been superb. It's a nice complement to other guitars with rosewood or mohagany backs. Now, the downside: The bridge is a softer wood than it should be AND the string pin holes have been recessed too deep. When I changed out strings, the pins are now about .125" deeper than they were from factory setup. Not good. I don't think I'll need to do a changeout in the near future, but I'll probably install a brass backing plate inside the top, like Mitchell's PlateMate, to prevent problems.

Other than the bridge, this guitar is a gem.
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reasoNN 05.08.2021
What a great surprise!
Every review of it said it would be the best guitar i could get in this price range and they were right! Even as a begginer who tried some other models around the same price i could notice how better this guitar felt as soon as i picked it up!
Even tho the daddarios sounded pretty good i got some elixirs phosphor bronze and it became even better.
The neck is extremely confortable and the overall looks are amazing and extremely well finished with only minor details that are expected for this price range.
Even this week i took it for a good setup from a luthier and he was crazy about how good it felt and sounded specially for the price!
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Fantastic guitar
Sparkles 28.10.2021
Received the guitar a few days ago and I'm really blown away by the quality and sound! I will upgrade the tuners to Gotoh for "smoother" tuners.
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Superb and More Than That
Dusko 12.06.2018
This is my 8th Harley Benton acoustic guitar and amongst those there were 2 worth mentioning; the CLD-15M and the CLA-16S. Fantastic guitars for the money but not entirelly my cup of tea as I wanted lots of clarity and sustain. I went on to search for my perfect guitar in guitar shops and played all sorts of stuff from expensive Martin and Gibson to Epi, Yamaha etc ... One guitar ticked all my boxes and that was a Yamaha LL16 but it was over my budget. Been told by some that this CLD-41S is a crazy good guitar not just for the money but a "crazy good guitar" for any money, so I went ahead and bought it!

Everything from the nut to the bridge is spot on and needed no adjustemtn of any kind expect me oiling the fretbaord! Tuners perfect, no blemishes in the finish fine comfortable action, fresh D'addario strings that zing well. No fret buzz. All 5 Starts!

The most important aspect for me was that sustain on low E and A strings above the 12th fret which usually on most acoustic guitars sounds as a dead "thump" sound without sustain! This guitar has no such issues! It rings and rings! Sustain for ages!
The over all tone when you strum the guitar hard is awesome! Its as if I have used a slight compression and a slight sweet Overdrive, yet still very satin like clean tone! When strummed gentle it still projects the sound well and very clear, very pronanunced! Also when strumming close to theneck the tone does not go muddy just warmer and of course when strumming close to the bridge the treble is more pronaunced but that is never much of an issue on any acoustic guitar. Its mostly that warm tone when strummed close to the neck that I was after, that stays clear but warm, no muddiness here folks!

This guitar can growl and is very loud outdoors! It also responds well to quiet finger picking, not loosing much volume as it resonates well! No boomy/boxy tones here!

Just a great buy! Well done Harley Benton for offering such an instruments for such price so even the poor can afford it!
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