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Harley Benton CG-45 NS

Steel-String Guitar

  • Standard Series
  • Design: Folk-style
  • Body: Mahogany
  • X-Bracing
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Dovetail construction
  • Abalone rosette sticker
  • Cream-coloured bindings on the body and neck
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Machine heads: Gold-coloured diecast
  • Strings: .10 - .47
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Includes a black pickguard (unmounted)

Dimensions:

  • Total length: 102,5 cm
  • Lower bout: 37.5 cm
  • Upper bout: 28 cm
  • Height: 10.5 cm
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Further Information

Model Folk
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Pickup System No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Beats Other Beaters
22.12.2016
Having given away my travel guitar in the Far East I was looking for something cheap to be my travelling companion for days out and holidays. Having seen the kind of punishment an instrument can get on the road or in the air (even if you are careful). I did not want to spend very much on what would be my "Beater" guitar. These are my findings and thoughts on what I got.

First of all, the service (particularly by Thomas) at Thomann was first class. I couldn't be happier with the communication or their expediency.

My CG-45

Arrived securely boxed, well packaged and protected.
It was exceptionally light. Now for me this was a bonus, for others this would be a minus. There is of course a trade-off in terms of sound. Please keep in mind all the time, the actual price of this guitar though.

I put some Martin strings on it and "Oh Boy!" Now THAT is more like it.In fact, I liked it so much I took it to my guitar tech to install a pre-amp and piezo just in case.

I would not recommend this as a first or beginner guitar. It walks a fine line between toy and instrument. A person starting out would do better in my humble opinion to go for something they can grow with it. Buy the best instrument you can afford. Look at the top of the range Harley Benton's as well as the more "famous" brands.

I have had this guitar over a year now and it is holding up well. Keeps tune pretty good (often a problem with cheaper guitars). Would I gig with it? No. But I would use it as an emergency back-up.

I didn't bother with the stick-on pickguard and a small niggly point, the stickers added to look like mother of pearl on the tuners don't do it for me, nor does the printed rosette, but remember that price? I thought it was worth spending that amount again to electrify it. Just change the strings and you can have a very servicable laminate guitar like "Woody" too.
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For the price, not bad...
Nate the Enthusiast, 11.04.2017
My ratings are based on one might expect for the price point. I'm not putting this up against a Taylor or a Martin because that simply wouldn't be fair.

I got this guitar just as a stop-gap while on a lengthy business trip. It arrived in good condition with no obvious damage. The strings were protected in a full-length paper sheath, which was nice to see. One thing that struck me as a little peculiar was that the pickguard was not installed. Instead, it was included in the box with the option to peel off the backing and stick it on. Never seen that before. I opted to leave it off because I think it looks better without it.

I tuned it up to E Standard and noticed that the action at the 12th fret was about 1/2 inch. I adjusted the truss rod to bring the neck back to straight with the included Allen key (nice, handy) and it was still about 1/2. I cast about and looked at the bridge. The plastic bridge was clearly the culprit. I sanded off a good 1/3 inch off the bottom of the bridge and now it plays quite nicely.

The body of the guitar is narrower than full-sized guitars but produces a bright, full sound. There's not a speck of gloss on the entire thing, so the overall feel is very natural and pleasing to the touch. I've played it for about 6 hours and noticed that the neck takes skin oils very well.

The tuners are a touch sticky, but I suspect a touch of WD-40 will remedy that.

Overall, it's a good value for the price. I will say that it takes a little work to be playable, so if you are considering this for a first guitar, be ready to learn a little about setting up an acoustic.
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I have been using it for 5 years !
Manongrelaud, 06.04.2018
I have been using this guitar for 5 years and for far it is my favorite. A friend of mine bought it just before me and we used to play together, I fell in love with it and with its price.

I use it for every occasions I have, it is the guitar I am using the most through the ones I have. Didn't change the chords in 5 years and it is working perfectly. The tone is staying for a long time even though it's going more or less through warm and cold. I might have to change the chords soon as they are used but still working perfectly.

I highly recommand buying this guitar and I already recommended it to friends.

Just bought an electric one and didn't doubt about the quality of Harley Benton, hope I won't be disappointed.
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Cheap guitar but
Rory Murray , 06.08.2021
Okay so it is a cheap guitar, but I got this in a bundle for about £110 including a years subscription to an online learning platform. The subscription should be around £100 on this platform.

The guitar: The tone is nice and the sound is big for what is not much bigger than a parlor model. The craftsmanship is acceptable and all round construction is okay. I am an experienced player and bought this for my son and he is happy with it as it isn't too big in size. A few cons: the guitar was shipped in a tuning higher than concert pitch which was strange, strings are normally loosened during transit. The frets show no signs of being crowned or dressed and are rough against the base of the fingers. The fret board is dry but nothing a good oil wont sort out upon first restringing. The action beyond the 7th is a little unmanageable so if you know what you are doing you might want to address this. The "scratch plate" comes as a sheet of cheap plastic and I wouldn't recommend even bothering trying to attach it.

All said, would I recommend it? For a beginner absolutely.
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