Harley Benton SC-1000 VB Progressive Bundle

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

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Harley Benton L-1000 Progressive Line VB
Dan H., 08.10.2013
I bought this guitar because i liked the colors and it was cheap, but now that i have it, i am so happy i bought it, the active pickups are absolutely amazing, have a fantastic sound and are relatively less noisy than the pickups in my Gibson flying v. the matte black finish is amazing and the gold hardware that comes with it really makes it stand out on the guitar rack, the flag inlays are just another feature that make it look fantastic, i give this guitar 5 stars for the quality and price, defiantly recommend picking this one up, i will also be buying the white model.
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A Very Good Copy
Howard, 24.10.2014
. . of the much more expensive other brand guitars with 1000 in the name.

These are my initial observations; I shall update the review over the coming months as I play it for more than a few minutes.

The set up out of the box was not bad at all: it was almost in tune. The action is set fairly low which suits me. The intonation is only marginally out, and I shall correct that when I go through set up after it has acclimatised for a few days. As it comes though it is perfectly playable.

The sound is acceptable rather than breathtaking. I am using a couple of Mustang 3s and a Zoom G3X pedal. No doubt a thicker sound would be obtainable with a valve amp, but I don't have one (maybe the next purchase?) There is a reasonable range of tones available, and there is very little noise from the active circuit, less, in fact than the noise from the Wilkinson passive pickups on a couple of my other guitars.

Playability: a very nice neck profile and a smooth silky matt finish. The frets are well set and there is not a trace of them straying past the neck edge binding. The fingerboard frets cleanly all the way up on every string. Truly impressive at this price point.

Finish: almost the fly in the ointment. It's not bad at all, but clearly not anything like the finish on a much more expensive instrument. There are a couple of traces of glue on the fingerboard (easy to remove), a smudge of paint that has not quite been cleaned off on one side of the nut, and the striping on the body edge binding is a bit hit and miss, with the lines breaking up in places. The matt finish on the body appears to be flawless. The gold plated hardware does look a touch delicate in places, and indeed the bridge is - care is needed adjusting the intonation.

I bought this because I wanted another guitar with a two octave neck to pair with the playing position of my Epiphone Prophesy, and it easily and impressively fills that role.

Overall, despite not being perfect, it is close. At this price point it is amazing value for money, hence the 5 star headline rating.

Update after six weeks of ownership: It is just outstanding - so glad I bought it. I really can't recommend it highly enough.
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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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Amazing guitar!
laerti, 02.04.2014
Guitar very well made.just opened the box and started playing no tweaking was needed.sound and playability is great.It is worth every penny however it looks like it wont take good any hitting.
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KuBiCA55, 30.07.2017
First of all I?ve always wanted a guitar like ESP EC-1000 or James Hetfield Iron Cross but we all know what the price is on this awesome guitars. But then i saw this one and it was love at first sight. I have little doubts when i saw the price but i was really surprised when I?ve opened the box and plug the guitar into my amp. The overall quality is just impressive for that price, the mate black finish if awesome I?m in love with it. The active picups on this guitar are really awesome but i prefer EMGs so i put in 60/81 and now its the definition of perfect guitar for me.

Pros:
+Guitar quality
+Price
+Harley Benton
+Sound
+Everything

Cons:
-ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !!
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Unbelieveable
Mind=blown, 24.06.2019
I wanted an affordable single cut guitar for metal music, and I've always loved the look of the higher-end ESP Eclipses, so this looked like a good alternative. I hesitated a while because of the incredibly low price but there were so many good reviews that I decided to give it a chance.

When I got the guitar in the mail I was blown away, I could find no flaw in the build quality and the guitar was perfectly set up. The frets were perfectly level, intonation was on point, and the tuners keep the tuning really well.

I plugged the guitar into my Peavey Envoy 110 and was pleasantly surprised by the pickups, which provided more than enough punch for any songs I wanted to play. They obviously won't blow an EMG 81/85 set out of the water, but the difference was surprisingly minor. The clean tone of the guitar was quite good as well.

There were two cons I noticed with the guitar:
- The pickups are very noisy, at least with my amp, so you might want a noise gate with this.
- The frets were not smooth at all, which made bends uncomfortable, but that was easily fixable.

Overall, I'm very happy with the guitar and would recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable guitar with excellent quality. This guitar can easily compete with other guitars I've played, many of which are 2-3 times the price.
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5 star guitar
30.10.2015
When you look at it, clearly you can see it's replica of ESPs Les Paul model. And it truly is, but better. I can't believe how well built this guitar is. It's always mystery for Harley Benton guitar users, how Thomann get these guitars done so well for such a small price. Bought this guitar because wanted something to suit my metal background, so that I wouldn't need to upgrade it too much, so that it would be very appealing for myself. First of all-those pickups. They are extremely great. Swapped them for EMG 81/85 set and still went back to these HBZs. They are great without a doubt. Even in clean channel without tone down it distorts because they have THAT much of gain in them. When you will receive guitar, first what you will be looking at is inlays. They are so great. Really makes people want to have this guitar just because of those inlays and satin finish. Play ability of the guitar is good, but you will have to adjust action and things like that to get the perfect play ability for yourself. I personally prefer very low action, without a buzz and with little work on it, I got it. If you play mainly metal, rock, don't look further. Guitar is great and you will stand out of crowd with it.
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Harley Benton SC-1000 VB Progressive Bundle
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containing: Harley Benton SC-1000 VB Progressive Line

  • Colour: Black
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric Guitar Progressive Line, Archtop body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum), Set-in neck: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum), Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus Radiata),...

  • Colour: Black
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric Guitar Progressive Line, Body: Mahogany, with arched top (Entandrophragma cylindricum), Neck: Mahogany, glued (Entandrophragma cylindricum), Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Blackwood, Flag...

  • Colour: White
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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