Harley Benton SC-550 Paradise Amber Flame

Electric Guitar

  • Flame Deluxe series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Arched top: AAAA flamed maple
  • Set in neck: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla king)
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Neck profile: '60s
  • Radius: 350 mm
  • Pearloid trapezoid inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Bone nut
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell HAF Alnico-5 Zebra Humbuckers
  • 2 x Volume controls and 2 x tone controls
  • 3-Way pickup selector
  • DLX chrome hardware
  • DLX Tune-o-matic bridge
  • DLX Wilkinson machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL .010 - .046
  • Colour: Paradise Amber Flame
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Colour Amber
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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I am amazed!

ibxn, 19.07.2018
First Impressions (just received it an hour ago in the US)
I have been playing guitar in bands since the early 70's and have owned many, many guitars. I currently own guitars from all the big companies, and most of them sit rarely used for various reasons (unhappy with the play-ability, sound, way they have held up). I only recently started hearing about Harley Benton and have watched many YouTube videos demonstrating their virtues. So - long story short- I decided to plunk down the paltry sum for the SC-550 Amber Flame model and was willing to work on doing whatever repairs were necessary once I received it.
Well - there isn't much to do other than play it! The fingerboard is dry, but not such that it is not usable, and is easily remedied:
* Remove strings.
* Clean with Dunlop fretboard prep cleaner
* Oil with fretboard oil (Dunlop fretboard conditioner)
* Let dry
* remove excess oil with rag.
* re-string
The body is perfect as far as I can tell, the neck straight and set up well, the tuning machines work well, the nut is cut properly. And to top it off, they included strap locks that actually work! Unlike the videos I have seen complaining about the poor quality of the strap locks.
Pros:
1. Incredible value for the money (or for even much more!)
2. It sounds great! The Roswell pickups are keepers! The pickup switch doesn't feel cheap, and the pots are smooth and functional
3. It plays smooth - no sharp fret ends, the neck is fast and intonated well
4. It is lighter than I expected (chambered?)
5. It is gorgeous!
Cons:
1. The truss rod cover only has one screw at the apex of the triangle (not a big deal)
2. The pickup center position is wired differently from a standard LP-style guitar with each volume control blending into the other, and only when both are off is the sound gone - I'm not sure it this is a con or not - I sorta like it!

In summary - this has been a very positive experience for me - I wasn't sure what to expect purchasing something from a different country and knowing it would not be worth the shipping cost to return it if I didn't like it. I expect my next guitar with also be a Harley Benton!
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Great but needs a bit of TLC

MrGiggly, 04.04.2018
As long as you don't mind the possibility that you'll need to do some tinkering, its a great guitar for the price.

It took less than 48hrs from southern germany to northern england so big hats off to the warehouse and postal service.

Mine arrived with wood shavings inside the guitar wrapping which was pretty unnerving but fortunately everything was in one piece.

Body looks superb with a good match up between the veneers and an even finish all over. Veneers are off centre by a few mm but you have to look hard to notice. Back and neck are particularly impressive, as is the quality of the binding.

Now on to the things that were not up to snuff...
Strings were corroded. No biggie as its pretty much a given to restring a new guitar.

Frets were quite a mess. From the low e to d and all the way down were tooling marks suggesting someone forgot to finish the dressing. I spent a good 3hrs taping up and polishing the marks out which fortunately were not too deep.
Fretboard also needed oiling as it was very dry.

Bone nut stuck on 3 strings (10/46's) so that needed a little filing. I used a little trick of a small piece of 800 grit wet and dry pulled under each slightly loosened string and then run through the nut grooves.

Tailpiece stud holes don't follow the natural back slope of the guitar so the tailpiece leans forward by a couple of mm. Had to raise the tailpiece a bit to stop the strings snagging. I'll probably try top wrapping next string change.

Other than that everything is spot on. Sustain is awesome and the general playability of the neck is great. I'm still undecided on the Rosswell pickups. I'll leave them in for now to see if they grow on me and if not swap them out for something like irongear tesla sharks. Volume and tone controls as someone else mentioned aren't very linear. Again, may be the pots or the pickups. Again, not a massive issue to resolve for anyone who doesn't mind tinkering.

Overall I can definitely recommend the sc550 but not for a complete newbie or wants to play straight out of the box unless you strike lucky and non of the niggles above are present.
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Electric Guitar Flame Deluxe series, Body: Mahogany, Arched top: AAAA flamed maple, Set in neck: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla king), Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood), Neck...

  • Colour: Amber
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton SC-550 Faded Tobacco Flame
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Electric Guitar Flame Deluxe series, Body: Mahogany, Arched top: AAAA Flamed maple, Set-in neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood), Neck profile: '60s, Radius: 350 mm,...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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