Harley Benton SC-1000 SBK Progressive Line

Electric Guitar

  • Progressive Line
  • Archtop body
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck attachment: Set-in
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Flags
  • Bindings: Cream-coloured
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • 24 Frets
  • Pickups: 2 Active HBZ Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • 2 Volume controls
  • 1 Tone control
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Double action truss rod
  • Machine heads: Deluxe diecast
  • Hardware: Deluxe gold
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Matte Black
  • Suitable case available under Article Nr 340252 (not included)
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Audio Examples

  • Blues
  • Metal
  • Rock

Further Information

Colour Black
Body Mahogany
Top Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 24
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Beautiful Guitar, poorly packaged
Michael2681, 17.06.2015
This is my first guitar with active pickups. I'm a huge Metallica fan, and love the sound that Hetfield gets from his guitars with active pickups. I ordered the L-1000VB fully understanding it wouldn't compare to a much more expensive Hetfield model ESP guitar. With that being said, I was blown away when the guitar arrived.

The finish is a cool looking matte black. The pickups are also black, which gives it a very cool look when paired with the gold hardware. The flag inlays also add to the look of the guitar. So aesthetically it looks awesome.

The tuners on this guitar are sort of loose and imprecise. I was surprised because the chrome hardware on my other Harley Bentons was quite good. The guitar came with D'Adario strings which was a nice plus. Most guitars these days seem to come with terrible strings that you have to replace right away. The D'Adario's are nice. The guitar also came with a 9V battery, which is nice. Would suck to get the guitar and not be able to play it because you didn't have a battery laying around. The guitar is silent until you put the battery in the compartment in the back of the guitar. Like I said, I've never had a guitar with active pickups, so I don't know if all of them behave that way.

The sound quality is very good. The pickups seem to be quite hot, which I was very happy about. Hammer ons, pull offs and tapping are all very easy to do. Also get some nice sounding pinch harmonics and a nice chug when I palm mute the E string. Sounds very dark and heavy when tuned down.

Now the bad part:
I ordered my L-1000VB along with a L-450Plus. Both guitars were shipped in separate cardboard boxes. Then each box is loaded inside of another outer cardboard box. The only sort of padding was a couple of air bladders that were wedged in. This prevents the guitars from shifting, but offer very little in the way of protecting the guitars. Both the L-1000VB and L-450Plus arrived damaged.

The L-450 had a broken 3 way switch, and the L-1000VB has a crack on the corner of the headstock. It looks like it was dropped. It cracked the clearcoat and the wood underneath is splintered. It's really a pity, because I love this guitar. Thomann really needs to figure out a better way to ship these guitars so they are better protected. I've ordered guitars from China that are packaged in styrofoam and they arrive in pristine condition. Cardboard boxes simple don't offer any sort of protection. I have to send photos of the damage to the guitars, and the boxes to Thomann so they can investigate. Hopefully I can get a pristine L-1000VB once they review my photos.
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JustDanny, 12.12.2020
Honestly I have nothing bad to really say about it. The guitar came in good shape and overall the craftsmanship is very nice. The guitar came out of tune but otherwise the setup is perfectly fine for me although a more experienced guitarist would want to look into it to get it up to spec. I would also say that for a beginner like myself not wanting to spend a lot on a guitar for what you're getting is a bargain. I have an ESP LTD EC-50 and this guitar is definitely replacing it.

The gold hardware is aesthetically pleasing and acts as a nice accent to the body and pickups/knobs and I haven't had any issues with these components so far.

The pickups are great for what you're paying for; you're able to achieve some really nice tones and the tone knob definitely responds well to handling whatever you throw at it. Furthermore, with my EC-50 having passive pickups, it's very nice to hear the difference between active and passive pickups, and I'm definitely learning towards active pickups from now on.

The only downsides I could really say are more specific to QC and packaging:
- It would've been nice to see more packaging material inside the cardboard box it was shipped in to further ensure that there will be absolutely zero damage to the guitar.
- Fret ends are a little scratchy and may prove to be a little uncomfortable for some players.
- One of the knobs on my model specifically is put on incorrectly and the numbers don't match up. Easy fix but figured I should mention it anyway.

In conclusion: if you're looking for a budget metal guitar, this has got you covered. All it needs is a little bit of love and care and higher quality pickups and components, then you've got yourself a pretty great guitar.
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The best for your hard working money
Danniel Revenboer, 10.06.2018
if you are looking for a GREAT guitar for a super fair price with top notch features like Active pickups and a awesome design? Your search ends here, it doesn't get any better then this for the money.

Instead of buying an 800 or even more expensive guitar you could buy 4 Harley bentons and i have guitar on the ready for every tuning you like!

* Great pickups
* Fast neck and action
* Super cool looking
* Massive bang for buck

Read more about my journey towards this guitar below!

Personally i was looking for a 2nd guitar to play E standard with. I usually play allot of low and down tuned metal stuff and wanted a guitar for some more mainstream tuned songs.

My main guitar is a Schecter Hellraiser with a 81/85 pickup set. Recently it was fully serviced at the local guitar store so it's playing the best it can.

Not wanting to spend another 800 euro on a guitar and doing allot research this Harley Benton really got my attention. You see some negative reviews about the guitar here so you hope you are the lucky one when it arrives.

Out of the package the guitar looked great, except for one little dent on the bottom and it looked as if the paint got loose there and they tipped it with a marker pen. It's a small spot and hey not a 1k guitar so i thought what the hell let's play this thing.

Plugging it in the first thing i noticed was the massive gain the pickups have. Absolutely great, playing around a little with the guitar and tuning it i have to say it is an awesome guitar, it sounds great. The frets could use a little work maybe and the action could be lowered a little (action is user preference).

The tuners aren't as steady as the Gotoh's i had placed on my Schecter. So yeah every now and then you have to tune the guitar a little but that is like once every 3 days (yes i play everyday).

My next guitar will for sure be a Harley Benton again!
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Best choice for this price to start learning to play guitar!
xVOMITx, 27.02.2021
I'll start with the main advantages:
Pickups: 2 Active HBZ Hi-Gain humbuckers - what this means for a beginner guitarist, which means that you can connect this guitar to a computer without using additional devices, all you need is a 6.3 mm mono jack cable and adapter 6.3/3.5 mm or adapter Cable 6.3 / 3.5 mm (Just seach this if u wanna know more about it - "
What's the Difference Between Passive and Active Pickups")
You plug this into the line-in on the motherboard of your computer, the line-in is blue
Then download ASIO, any DAW and VST plugins you like.
Use youtube to learn more about guitar with active pickups / pc connection
Neck attachment: Set-in
this means - more sustain.
Neck profile: C
This option is will much more convenient for people who have not yet gone through the way of Left Hand Positioning, as well as for those who like to play power chords.
This is my first guitar, but I know a lot about it. I have been making music for a long time.
And I wanted to learn how to play on the guitar for a long time, but I didn't want to buy myself an expensive instrument for practice.
Therefore, I chose this particular guitar, for its quality and price.
So... if you want to easy start - this is the best choice.
A guitar with 2 active Hi-Gain humbuckers is a cool and useful option to save money at the beginning.

*2 Active HBZ Hi-Gain humbuckers
*Neck attachment: Set-in
*Neck profile: C
*Double action truss rod
*Cool Matte Black colour
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