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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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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Much better guitar than its price tag
Phase55, 12.02.2018
Ordered the Harley Benton SC-500 BK Vintage Series and I have to say I was a little apprehensive given the price I was paying. However I thought it was worth a punt.
I have had many high end guitars over the years including Les Pauls and so I feel that I am in a good position to compare. Firstly the delivery from Thomann was great. Arrived within 3 days and was kept fully informed as to its journey. When it arrived and I unboxed it the first thing that struck me was the quality of the finish. The frets were well fitted with no sharp edges. The binding was neatly done and all the gold hardware looked amazing.
On playing it I found that the intonation was slightly out and the action a little higher than I like it. I was soon able to sort that all out with a slight truss rod and saddle adjustment. I fully expected to fit new pickups on it but after playing it I found the stock ones to be great and will leave well alone. I was really impressed with the way they have shaped the rear of the guitar at the neck joint as it makes playing much easier when reaching for those high notes. I think some of the top end manufacturers could learn from that. Volume pots not as responsive as I am used to and I found that it require turning them back a lot before they started to lower the volume. not a huge problem for me and easily upgraded if required
All in all I feel that this is a much better guitar than the price and has surprised me just how much. I spend a lot of my time traveling between UK and South East Asia and wanted a cheaper guitar bring with me. I decided on the SC-500 as it is lighter for me to carry than the mahogany body ones but this does not seem to effect the sustain I get from the instrument. I will wait to see how it holds up dealing with the humidity abroad.
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For the price a great guitar
Pavel Ivanov, 29.01.2019
I bought my guitar in August 2017. My idea was to use it only at home (I play professionally in restaurants and small bars, I use my American Fender Stratocaster Standart). My first impressions of the guitar were that the guitar was very good finish(only I don't like the pickguard, it's made of cheap black plastic), the sound is prety good!

Pros
-Very hot humbuckers.
-Incredible sustain(the thing that's missing my Fender)
-The pots are smooth and responsive.
-The fit and finish is remarkable.
-Weight is like Les Paul's original

Cons
-The strings that come with the guitar are of poor quality
-Gold coverage of the hardware looks a litle bit cheap.
-The pickguard has sharp edges(this is not a problem, it can be fixed even at home).
-The 3-way toggle switch is a little cheap(but works perfectly).
-Feedback at higher gain levels when I play close to my amp

My bridge breaking very often the first and second strings, so after two months I decided to replace the bridge and the pick ups
So I bought from Ebay:
Vanson Roller Saddle Bridge(gold) for Gibson Les Paul - 25 euro
Tonerider Alnico II Classic Vintage Humbuckers
-for bridge side - zebra - 58 euro
-for the neck side - GOLD - 65 euro
Total bill for upgrading - 148 euro
After I did this ... I forgot for my Fender Stratocaster
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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...

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  • 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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  • Pickups: HH
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  • Neck: Maple
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  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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