Harley Benton Custom Line Nashville-Steel

Steel-String Guitar

  • Custom Line
  • Body: Solid mahogany with flamed maple veneer
  • Binding: Multi-ply
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Jatoba
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Bridge: Walnut
  • Nut & Saddle: are Bone
  • Dual-action truss rod
  • Machine heads: DLX
  • 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
  • Finish: High-gloss
  • Corresponding 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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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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Good value but poor quality
kenn007, 26.10.2018
This guitrar is great value but not without flaws. I am on the fence with this one. If you are use to high end guitars, you will notice a lot of structural issues.. For example, the bridge is not flush to the body. The fretboard is poorly glued on. Frets are not all level. There is a loose wire inside the cavity creating a lot of unpleasant buzz. The bridge was sanded down due to what looks like excess glue. The saddle leans forward too much which impacts intonation. Fret ends are a bit sharp maybe due to humidity changes during transport. The lipstick pup is a bit weak compared to the piezo but can be fixed by raising it up a bit - but not too much higher from factory as there isn't a lot of margin. Reslotting the nut is required as it goes out of tune very easily.

On the bright side, the guitar sounds great when plugged in. Piezo has decent volume and the design with an electric pup and piezo is unique in a semi-hollow body. The EQ, tuner and mix controls is a nice feature. Acoustically it is louder than say a fender tele thinline... but no where close to a full body guitar. Is it a guitar worth investing in? Probably not if yours came with as many problems as mine.
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Steel-String Guitar Custom Line, Body: Solid mahogany with flamed maple veneer, Binding: Multi-ply, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Jatoba, Fretboard inlays: Dot, 21 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 43...

  • Shape/Design: Single Cut
  • Design: Thinline
  • Top: None
  • Colour: Black
  • Back And Sides: Mahogany
  • Soundboard: Mahogany
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Jatoba
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Nut width in mm: 43,00 mm
  • Frets: 21
  • Pickups: Yes
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Tremolo: No
  • Case: No
  • Pickups (Acoustic): Piezo
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
  • Connector: Jack
  • Incl. Case: No
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Steel-String Guitar with Pickup Custom Line Series, Design: Grand auditorium with Venetian cutaway, Top: Selected solid African A-grade mahogany (Khaya ivorensis), Scalloped X-bracing, Body with...

  • Design: Grand Auditorium
  • Top: Mahogany, Solid
  • Back And Sides: Mahogany, Solid
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Nut width in mm: 42,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Solid Wood Steel String Guitar with Pickup Build: Grand Auditorium with Venetian Cutaway, Solid wood top made of hand-selected African A-Grade mahogany, Scalloped X-Bracing, Solid wood body with...

  • Design: Grand Auditorium
  • Top: Mahogany, Solid
  • Back And Sides: Mahogany, Solid
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Nut width in mm: 42,00 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
  • Colour: Black
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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