Harley Benton Custom Line Nashville-Steel

Steel-String Guitar

  • Custom Line
  • Solid mahogany body with flamed maple veneer
  • Multi-ply binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Jatoba fretboard
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Walnut bridge
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Dual-action truss rod
  • DLX machine heads
  • Pickups: Piezo system (bridge) and Lipstick single coil (neck)
  • Preamp with Hybrid Blend System
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL110 (Article Nr 104555)
  • Colour: Flame black burst high-gloss
  • Matching case available under Article Nr 131827 (not included)
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Design Thinline
Top None
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Jatoba
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 21
Pickups Yes
Colour Black
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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A good player with a pros and cons to work with.
jeffintheusa, 12.11.2020
This guitar is a good little player, but certainly has a few shortcomings with components and build quality.

The battery and output jack plate don't quite fit right. It's simply a matter of the plate being a different radius than the body so it sticks out on the sides. Functionally it's fine, aesthetically it's not good.

The bridge suffers the same problem. They've glued a flat bridge to an arched body. The corners of the bridge are just barely hanging on and will probably fail overtime.

There are a few areas where the binding has some flaws or could simply use more clean up. In the price range you can forgive some finish work, but there are places where the binding simply isn't set quite right or has a noticeable gap.

On the electronics side there's not a lot wrong functionally, but they're just not very good. The piezo pickup is pretty harsh sounding to my ear. This harshness takes over when the blend function is used and is easy to hear when blending even the slightest amount of signal from the piezo. The onboard tuner is a really nice feature, but it jumps around a lot. It'll get the job done, but sometimes takes just a little longer than it should.

It's not all bad things though, like I said it's been a good player for me.

Construction wise the neck is pretty good. It's comfortable, the frets aren't sharp, and it's tuners are smooth. The body looks great overall. With the exception of the few issues mentioned above it's put together pretty well.

For sounds it's pretty easy to get some great warm jazzy sounds from the lipstick pickup. It wakes up with an overdrive and gives you terrific blues tones. If you really go high gain you can get great rock sounds too. This is where it really shines. It won't give you a bunch of sparkle or twang. There are other guitars for that anyway. When I pick this up I always end up playing sounds that make me think dirt, wet, warm... and that's just fine.

I've enjoyed playing this guitar and will continue to do so.

About me: I've been playing guitar for almost 20 years. I am no pro, I play for myself in the comfort of my own home. I play this guitar through a small tube amp with a variety of pedals. I play with a pick and finger style depending on my mood.
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Nice hybrid Guitar-well worth the cost
Rob R, 10.06.2018
Just got this guitar. Waited three months for it to be restocked and after not much more than a week I see it?s out of stock again. Very popular or made in small batches?

I?m an amateur guitarist, songwriter and singer. I?ve been playing guitar and recording music for over 40 years and I cross between light rock, country, folk roots, blues and jazz. I have 14 other guitars. I even made my first guitars back in the 60s. I have four other Harley Bentons including a Ganjo all of which I?m very happy with (see below). I play folk clubs, open mics and also busk. So maybe you can understand why I bought this ?hybrid? guitar.

The guitar arrived with the top E string broken at around the bridge position? a bit odd?so not a good start? OK , it can happen but quality control ? After I put on a spare string my overall impression was of a very nice looking and well-made guitar with a good action, intonation and well finished frets.

The word ?solid? mahogany in the instrument description is a bit misleading? In fact it?s a quite light thin-line entirely hollow-body guitar made from solid rather than veneered mahogany apart from the veneer flame top and the Roseacre finger board (heat-treated maple). The images on the site suggest the back and neck are lacquered completely black. But in fact you can see the mahogany grain through the back. This reveals that the back is made from three edge-joined pieces and the neck from 2 longitudinally joined pieces. The bridge could be finished better where the strings emerge from the anchoring points. It?s just a bit rough but wouldn?t take much too much to smooth these on first change of strings.

But all this is a preamble. What does it sound like? Well without amplification, it?s what you?d expect for a thin-line guitar. Of course this all depends on the string choice but with what it?s fitted the tone is quite high end and bright and the volume is low but fine for practising and noodling around. I put this through a Marshall amp and a QTX-15 busking PA. I?m looking here for the range of tones on clean because quite frankly you can use pedals and effects boxes to get any almost sound off almost any electric guitar. With all the guitar tone settings on middle, the blend set all the way to the bridge piezo setting, it?s trebly and very bright with a pick but also when finger picking. This is of course what you?d expect but it?s way brighter than other electro acoustics I have with piezo pickups and similar strings. Move it all the way down to the lipstick single-coil neck pickup and the tone is much more muted and jazzy. It?s a typical single coil sound. A bit like a Strat neck pickup? Now the test of the blend? The treble end comes in very quickly as you move from lipstick to piezo. So I?d say to get the intermediate blend is not in the middle position but more like 85% to the lipstick side. The output is quite high too so it can easily drives a crunch sound when set on the amp or through a pedal. Just a thought : if fitted with a humbucker at the neck end then like my Epiphone EJ-160E/VS (not a hybrid) it could be much more distinctly bluesy and jazzy on the neck pickup and the blend range could be much more distinctive.

All in all this is a very nice guitar and as another reviewer has said you can?t buy a hybrid like a Godin or the Taylor without paying a lot lot more. This is a keeper for me and I?ll gig it around. Well done Thomann?.again!

My other Harley Benton?s are SC-550 Faded Tobacco, ST-62MN and the CLJ-503 CE NT (an electro acoustic). I also have the Ganjo (fitted with treble strings on 5 and 6...nice sound!
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Buyer Beware!
Thekezbo , 06.06.2020
I wanted a Guitar that I could use on stage for both acoustic and electric numbers, and this, on paper, at least, seemed like the ideal solution - it wasn’t! It looks like a cheaper alternative to the Taylor model - it isn’t!
On first inspection it looked fantastic, but when I tried to play it, it wouldn’t stay in tune, the ‘acoustic pickup’ is little more than a joke, and the frets buzz like a cheap Fridge! As the top of the Body of the guitar isn’t flat, the acoustic style bridge has started to move away from the body and as I’m no Luthier, I’m guessing that’s not good? Needless to say, I’ve never played it on stage (or anywhere else for that matter) and it has sat in the Case for a good 18 months. I took out again today - it’s still unplayable.
I love Thomann and especially their Harley Benton range, but this guitar is ill-conceived and should never have made it past the design stage.
I don’t know if Thomann ever read these reviews, but if they do, stop offering this guitar for sale until it’s improved.
I just wish I’d returned it when I had the chance and bought a Harley Benton electro-acoustic...ah, the benefit of hindsight!
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Nice, but could be better.
Mihai Sorohan, 31.12.2019
It's a nice looking guitar, and for the price it sounds ok. The pickups are good and the preamp offers quite a lot of options; piezo, magnetic, mix, phase reverse and some tone controls. It's possible to play it even with high gain/ distortion. Not the best option, it has some feedback, but it's on the manageable size.
Flame top looks very nice.
My main problem is with the bridge. The guitar body is arched, but the bridge is made for flat tops, leaving some areas where the bridge is not touching the guitar. Isn't that the point where string vibrations are transferred to the body?
There are also some minor quality flaws (glue spots under the lacquer, sharp frets), but from distance are not noticeable.
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