Harley Benton SC-500 BK Vintage Series

Electric Guitar

  • Vintage Series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Arched top
  • Set-in maple neck
  • Neck profile: C shape
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus Radiata)
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Fretboard inlays: Block
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Vintage style humbuckers
  • 3-Way pickup toggle switch
  • 2 Volume- and 2 tone controls
  • Gold DLX hardware
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • DLX machine heads
  • Strings: Harley Benton .010 - .046
  • Colour: Black high-gloss
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Further Information

Colour Black
Body Basswood
Top Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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fantastic beginner guitar
HumanoidHD, 20.09.2020
I'm a beginner and only started playing a few months ago. I owned 2 acoustics prior to buying this guitar and wanted to give electric a go without spending too much money.
Here are my pros and cons (from a beginners perspective)
Pros:

Looks
The guitar is absolutely gorgeous and that seems to be a common theme with all Harley Benton guitars. the finish on the guitar is truly flawless. no nicks, no uneven texture anywhere. The inlays (while likely plastic, couldn't find any info) look like genuine mother of pearl inlays and really catch the eye, especially the headstock decal which has a lovely rainbow pattern to it on my model which adds a lot of character. The gold hardware on this model isn't painted, its plated in something (couldn't say what, not gold). Aesthetically the guitar really works for me and seriously looks like a guitar that's 4x what this guitar costs.

Price:
The price is a very obvious pro as these guitars are pretty much bottom of the line as far as price goes especially if you want a Les paul/single cut style. the other option in this price range is something like the Epiphone SL, and personally I think that guitars finish and look is just not comparable. an Epiphone is a budget guitar and you can tell but this one looks very premium. It also has very small details which they could have easily skipped, such as the binding being triple ply, the attention to detail is phenomenal.

Quality control
My guitar came with a sticker on the headstock showing it had been individually quality control checked as well as a card (i dont remember where it could have been on the stock tag) stating the name of the person who checked it. This level of quality control is unheard of in guitars this price range. hell, even in guitars that are 4x more expensive than this you rarely get quality control that's as strict as Harley Benton is


Playability:
As I stated, I'm a beginner, so I cant really speak to its performance against much more expensive models like Gibson's etc. As I haven't played one. I can however talk to its performance VS a cheap strat clone as my sister owns one I had a chance to play. the Harley Benton is worlds above that specific guitar. The neck on this guitar fits my hand wonderfully.

Fit and finish:
This guitar is wonderfully put together. the neck is a set neck and the base is wonderfully rounder so you can get to high frets comfortably. speaking of frets, this guitar has some really good fret work to it. each fret is polished fantastically and there is no "dragging" or scratching noises when I'm doing bends or anything similar, there doesn't seem to be any high points and if they are they are unnoticeable. this may be my specific version only but I'm impressed.

Hardware
im a beginner so i don't know the difference really between types of pickups, bridges etc. from over reviews I've seen that the pickups leave something to be desired. however from my perspective it plays fantastically. im sure really expensive pickups would improve the sound but to my ears the guitar sounds beautiful without doing anything to it, so i see no reason to change the pickups.

Cons:

Strings
The strings are very cheap but surprisingly playable. id barely call this a con to be honest as the strings are replicable. you can get top of the line strings for less than £10 so again. This is not a critique. hell it could have come without strings all together and I still wouldn't take overall points off for that.

Weight
mines a little on the heavy side (around 5 or so kg) but then again I'm used to acoustics and I've never had another les Paul style to compare it to, that weight may be normal.

Conclusion
If this is your first electric I can absolutely 100% recommend it. If you already have a few guitars you may be better off getting one of Harley Benton's more premium models. but over all this guitar is a 10/10 for quality especially in the price range, I cant really find anything bad to say about it.
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Theres no way this guitar is only 200$ CAD
TheHarleyBentonFanatic, 05.07.2020
I was very skeptical about buying this guitar, i had read reviews from YouTube, Facebook groups, forums... and i seldom ever found a bad review on these Harley Benton's.

So i decided to finally buy an SC500BK, i love single-cut style guitars, and im a BIG fan of the all around binding.

Right out of the box, i fell in love with the guitar, the finish was perfect, the play ability was spectacular, the neck was straight and felt great, the frets were great as well, and the pickups sounded great as well!

There was not a single issue with how the guitar played, I was VERY shocked when I was playing the guitar and considering how much i paid for it, I couldn't have spent my money any better.

if there was anything i had an issue with when it came to the guitar, is when the binding on the lower half of the head stock meets the binding on the middle half of the left side of the head stock(where the GBE tuners are) did not line up quite correctly, but by BARELY a millimeter, not noticeable AT ALL unless you're looking at it from 3 inches away. so for me personally, that was not a problem in any way.

overall, for the 200$ cad i spent, i could not be more satisfied. thank you thomann for delivering a quality product for this price range, i will be buying more Harley Bentons in the future!
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Harley Benton SC-500 BK Vintage Series
Widerberg, 24.02.2021
Harley Benton SC-500 BK Vintage Series
I have been using this cosy little item for a year now – regathering teenage properties as a 70 year old man. This item makes me comfortable. It arrived readily adjusted, to be plugged into a Fender Champion 100.
It is simply playable out of the package. Holds tuning with minor adjustments. Neck suits my rather long fingers. Haven’t had to touch any adjusting screws. The fret bars could have been a bit better polished – the only negative item.
It indeed provides the bluesy feeling, which fits my temper – all in a private setting.
I simply feel at home with Harley-Benton – and with Thoman…
Lars Widerberg, Sweden
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Looks good on the outside
InkyBlinky, 05.04.2021
The finishing of this Les Paul lookalike is very nice and it looks good.
The pickguard has a bit chap feel to it and you might want to replace it at some point.
I had a problem with the neck pickup not working at all after about a week or so. I popped open the hats and dove into the wiring to see if there was something wrong. I ended up resoldering nearly all the connections, since they were done really poorly. The culprit for the silent neck pickup turned out to be the volume pot, which was not working. I managed to fix it by spraying some electrical contact cleaner to the inside and cleaning the pot. I may have to replace it in the future.
Other than that, the guitar has a very nice feel to it and sounds now nice.
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