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Harley Benton SC-550 II Paradise Amber Flame; deluxe series; electric guitar; mahogany body (swietenia meliaceae) (weight relief chambered); arched & flamed AAA-maple top; set mahogany neck (swietenia macrophylla king); pau ferro fingerboard; 60`s neck profile; 305mm (12") fingerboard radius; 1th fret thickness 20mm; 12th fret thickness 22mm; pearloid trapezoid inlays; 22 Blacksmith stainless steel frets; 628mm (24,72") scale; 42mm (1,65") nut width; graphite nut; 2x Tesla Opus-1 Alnico-5 humbucker pickups; controls: 2x volume & 2x tone; 3-way switch; DLX chrome hardware; DLX tune-o-matic bridge; DLX Kluson style tuners; strings: D´Addario EXL-110 10-46; finish: gloss paradise amber flame

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Colour Amber
Body Mahogany
Top Maple, flamed
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Pao Ferro
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Pensavo molto meglio
luke71, 10.08.2021
Pensavo di trovarmi di fronte ad uno strumento di buona fattura, dalle recensioni positive pensavo fosse paragonabile ad una prs 245.
Purtroppo dopo aver ricevuto il primo esemplare mi sono accorto che le broccole del ponte non erano perpendicolari al body e che il radius non era quindi conservato, restituito il primo esemplare il secondo è risultato assemblato meglio all'origine e con un ponte di 0.5cm piu vicino al pickup del primo elemento, le due chitarre avevano quindi un suono nettamente diverso: piu' squillante la seconda piu' cupa la prima.
Anche nel secondo esemplare il radius non era conservato ed in nessuno dei due esemplari le corde erano allineate con il centro dei poli del pickup (cosa non correggibile dopo l'assemblaggio).
Il tono non mi piaceva per nulla, ho deciso di tenere la seconda e di portarla da un liutaio che mi ha settato la action in maniera consona e splittato gli humbuker come 2 single coil grazie a potenziometri push and pull.
Ora sicuramente la situazione è migliorata ma per preservare il radius dovrò sostituire il ponte con uno regolabile in altezza per singola sella.
In conclusione
pro: prezzo, fret talmente alti da risultare eterni
contro: assemblaggio e setup assolutamente insufficienti assolutamente non paragonabile ad una prs 245.
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Very good and affordable starting point
MyNicknameMustBeAtLeastFiveCharactersLong, 23.08.2021
I bought this guitar exactly month ago. Did not have any special expectations beside one - it will be a good base for modifications. Yes, I will pimp the guitar, and will complete this review after a while.

First impression
Once the guitar arrived, I unpacked it, tuned and simply plugged in. And there was the first surprise. I was able to play it without any additional set up. It was in-tune (someone set the intonation up it in the factory, or I was lucky to get one with bridge saddles in the right positions - I hope the first one). Anyway - it was feeling well, with no buzzing and with proper intonation. Nice.

The oryginal sound
The guitar sounds pretty well "from the wood" - before plugging in, and the sound is pretty balanced "horizontally and vertically" - across the strings and positions. The sustain thou could be better (I compared it to my old Ibanez AR300, as I do not own real Gibson).
While plugged in - it is nicely playable, with well balanced sound, but a bit "too dry" for me. That said - I am simply stating I do not like the Tesla pickups. As for budget guitar I will go rather for Toneriders (Thomann would probably easily make a proper deal with Tonerider to keep the cost down).

The look
That is a killer! This damn guitar looks like one that you spent five times more money on it.
On the one I have I spotted no finishing flaws.

Build quality
Surprisingly good, I love the steel frets and the way they are finished and polished. That is something you will get only in expensive guitars. No glue traces or gaps around the binding. Very well!
But there are three minuses I must point out:
- the biggest - a 3 millimetres gap between the neck and body (visible only after you remove the neck pickup). I filled it with epoxy, as I believe any gap there is reducing sustain),
- small scratches on the 20th, 21st and 22nd frets (like scratched with file). Thankfully only under E6 and A4 strings, so I am not really playing there,
- dirt dust in the cavities (not really visible, as those are covered with plastic plates

Summary (unmodified guitar)
If you want a Gibson, but cannot afford or won't buy original, SC-550 is really great starting guitar. Good sounding from wood, very acceptable factory setup, fantastically looking baby. I highly doubt you can buy anything better for less than 600 Euro. Especially with steel frets.

PS
I will pimp my copy and complete this review in two weeks (still waiting for parts).

UPDATE 07.09.2021 - SC-550 pimping
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As I planned, I pimped it, and will keep this guitar. I have fabulously sounding instrument, with great sustain, tuning stability and great playability. Well, and good look too ;-)

Pimping-up process:

Bridge
I started with changing the bridge, by replacing the original one with TonePros LPCM02 C Tuneomatic Set Chrome (bought at Thomann). I replaced the bridge completely, with bushings. A magic happened. This bridge looks and weights basically the same as the original Harley Benton, but there was immediate sustain improvement. Plus the locking screws that keep the bridge and tailpiece in place, when you’re changing strings is great enhancement.

Electronics
Having that, I decided to replace the whole electronics.
I put DiMarzio PAF 36 Anniversary set (in creme). Replaced pots with DiMarzio custom tapper pots for volume and DiMarzio push/pull pots for tone. Orange Sprague capacitors (well, I personally like them) and treble bleeds.
I also replaced the toggle switch - for Switchcraft one, and the jack socket for Pure Tone multi contact output jack.
The push/pull on tone potentiometers work as series/parallel switch. In total I have 8 different pickup combinations, all hum cancelling. Truly versatile guitar!

Tuners
The last thing I replaced were the tuners. I managed to buy for good price a set of GOTOH SD90MG-T-SL looking tuners. They also fit perfectly the SC-550 II.

I also made, printed out and put *ugly* sticker on the headstock saying “Gibby” and replaced the cavity covers with ones in creme colour. Because of grip (the push/pull pots require good grip) I replaced the potentiometer knobs with Strat-like ones.

In total (the guitar + new parts) it was around 630 Euro, but there is no way you will buy that sounding guitar, with this quality hardware, and additionally steel frets for under 1000 Euro. Simply not possible. And then still, most probably you will want to change pickups at least (I do that on all my guitars always).
And - you do not have to spend the whole sum at once, you may do upgrades gradually.

Here are some pics:
time - the HB SC-550 II is great guitar to start (playing, learning to play, gigging). It is also fantastic base for upgrades.
If Thomann will have different product manager in the guitar department, they have the capacity to produce outstanding guitars, that can compete with the big brands. Some small details here and there only to change.
Well, maybe that person is just great product manager, but not musician ;-)

Anyway - go and buy one, if you want/need affordable, but very good Les Paul copy.
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Still don't believe it.
audiomo music, 14.07.2021
I have to say I am more than impressed with this instrument. The problem I have with lower end instruments is always in the neck, whether it's the frets being rough, the ends being rough, or the fingerboard not being the most finished... this is by far the best I've had in any guitar that isn't Japanese or American outside of the PRS SE line, at a third of the cost of one of those!

The tesla pickups are an improvement from the Roswells in this body style in my opinion, and I love the straight forward no nonsense from them... no coil split needed, they work perfect as is and even sound good clean.

The weight of the guitar is great at 8.3LBS or around 3.75KG, it's effortless to play and I am confident I could take this guitar out tonight and play a full performance with no worries or issues. Great job harley benton.

I made a full unboxing, inspection, and playthrough of this guitar on my youtube channel audiomo music if you are interested to see me go over the exact guitar I received. Thank you again for the great work everyone.
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Way more guitar than I expected
TexasAerobatic, 16.08.2021
I have owned over 90 guitars and of all those guitars only 3 were in tune and perfectly intonated out of the box. 2 of them were PRS core models and the 3rd was SC-550 ll PAF. Excellent playability on this guitar the action was set exactly where I love it. There was no fret buzz. Honestly I could not have been more pleased with this guitar. The only thing that would have made this experience better would have been if the guitar were free. Hell I liked it so well I ordered a second one.
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