Harley Benton SC-Junior LTD SSP

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Electric Guitar

  • Limited Run 2020 - limited to 250 copies
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: White dots
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Graphite nut
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • Pickups: Roswell P90D Alnico-5 Dog Ear single coil (bridge)
  • Volume and tone controls
  • 3-Ply black pickguard
  • WSC Wrap Around bridge
  • Wilkinson vintage-style machine heads with 15:1 gear ratio
  • Chrome hardware
  • Ex-factory stringing: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Silver Sparkle
Colour Silver
Body Mahogany
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups P90
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
In catalogo dal Febbraio 2020
Numero di articolo 480985
Unitá incluse 1 Pezzo
B-Stock da € 187 disponibile
€ 199
Spedizione gratuita, incl. IVA
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15 recensioni del cliente

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Sfortunatamente si è verificato un errore, La preghiamo di riprovare più tardi.
QC
Dreadful Quality Control On What Could've Been a Great Value
Quality Control 16.12.2021
After reading so many rave reviews about HB products I'm exceptionally disappointed. This guitar arrived in really poor shape to the point I believed it was an accidental fluke or that I was sent a b-stock by mistake. While courteous in their response, Thomann's technical department considers the exceptionally crooked tuner detailed below among the host of problems I detail below to be the only problem. Noting that "the rest is considered to be normal for this guitar at this price range."

I'll leave you dear reader to decide for yourself:

Keeping price in mind, this is some of the worst I've seen compared to the competition and I can only hope the product development team will utilize this feedback for future items and production runs.

It's unfortunate to know that Thomann has such incredibly low standards for QC, which doesn't align with many of the reviews out there -- even on the site itself. The QC tag affixed on the crooked tuner was an especially horrid greeting to unboxing the guitar and then to find the rest wrong with it in "guitar basics 101" was an exceptionally sour experience. It's an absolute shame the marketing -- which leads one to believe you're getting a guitar that competes with the name brands that are a bit more, because it's a house brand with good resources to make it happen -- doesn't align with the utterly woeful product. I was considering purchasing more from Harley Benton in the future, however, it's not compelling against the large swathe of offerings out there that do better for the price.

To their credit, they've offered a partial refund or a full return. I opted for the partial refund to avoid the hassles and cost of international shipping. Make no mistake though, this guitar arrived in unacceptable condition. While I asked for a replacement ideally, they noted that "a
replacement in this case makes no sense, as you may receive a similar guitar" -- the QC department sounds dreadful then.

I don't understand how this guitar made it through without being marked as b-stock as it has numerous problems. This is keeping in mind the price and knowing to expect variance in many areas. I'm left to believe this must be a b-stock or worse that was sent to me mistakenly, as that's the only logical explanation that comes to mind.

Here's the rundown:

1. Excessively Crooked Tuner: The low-E string tuner is completely crooked and yet somehow this is the tuner that has the QC tag attached. It's perplexing.

2. Oxidation Cheese: Many of the frets show beyond the 14th what's either green oxidation or "finger cheese" buildup between the fretboard and the bottom of the crown.

3. Headstock scuffs: The side edge of the headstock behind the nut on the bass-side is chipped/scuffed. The top edge of the headstock has a glob/scuff in the paint along with dots of a mystery brown substance.

4. Inadequate Crowning of Frets Under B, G, e strings: Woeful. All of the frets arrived with moderate scuffing under the B, G , and e strings, it was clearly not crowned properly -- this area is incredibly scratchy and is all grind even on light vibrato -- try to bend slightly on this neck and you'll feel how surprisingly bad the frets are even for a budget guitar. It needs a full-on fret level and dress to correct this.

5. Finish Damage from Tone Knob: The tone pot was installed too low, so the tone knob was grinding into the finish and wouldn't turn smoothly.

6. Excess glue: There is excessive CA glue/gloss globs in spots on the fingerboard, especially on the third fret inlay.

7. Some of the gloss finish over some of the fret tangs is blistering from the fret tangs pushing through and the fret ends are exceptionally sharp.

8. Fingerboard ding: There is a hole in the wood at the 15th fret.

9. Side of Fretboard Finishing / Edge Rolling: The gloss finish over the edge of the fingerboard on both sides was never buffed to a glossy finish or scratched by a file from the rolling of the edges which is exceptionally inconsistent and woeful -- would have been much better without it because it's so amazingly bad. There is a chip in the finish at the 13th fret treble side.

10. Crooked Output Jack.

Pickup sounds good. Construction seems okay otherwise. Shielding paint doesn't show continuity. Electrics work is very good, albeit not the prettiest solder work. Bridge is nice, albeit the saddles are sharp on the hand as others have noticed. Can't speak to playability and neck straightness until the frets are addressed. Buy it for the finish, except it to need work. Nut slots are cut well, but high. Wilkinson hardware is good stuff as expected. Neck has a very nice carve to it. Guitar balances well. Thomann packs and ships very well.
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Sfortunatamente si è verificato un errore, La preghiamo di riprovare più tardi.
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Silver sparkle P90 limited run. Buy it.
WholeLottaHarley 09.01.2021
In my opinion, any review of a Harley Benton guitar should be done through the lens of value for money, and the fact that we can even compare Harley Bentons with guitars costing 10X as much and more is perhaps the best compliment I can give them. So any complaints or criticisms should be viewed in that context.

As for this model, it had me at silver sparkle and P90, and I defy anybody to show me more cool for the dollar. My only regret is that I'm a lefty, so I bought it for my daughter, who loves it for its look as much as I do.

The action is a bit high, but typical for this style of guitar, and it produces a ripping, raw sound with gain, like a Junior should, and from a surprisingly light-weight body. I haven't attempted to lower the action, as my daughter likes it as-is, but this is a great guitar for a beginner, and also a great platform for anyone looking to take it to another level.

I'd give this guitar 5 stars across the board but for the tuners, which I found to be disappointing, not so much for the way they function, which is adequate, as for how they look. They're white plastic, which I expected and is probably period-correct, but viewed in real life they look "cheap" and cast a bit of a shadow on what otherwise appears to be a rather expensive guitar.

All in all, a great, tough to top guitar for the money, and kudos to Thomann for the variety of their offerings, including limited run models like this one. Please keep them coming!
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Exceeded Expectations
Jacey A 12.06.2020
I was so ready for this to be a piece of crap, or at best a good guitar to mod/work on. What I actually got was a well set-up instrument that sounds and feels great for less than the cost the majority of pedals. Despite originally ordering this to get Billie Joe Armstrong vibes for a cover band, this has quickly become one of my most used guitars. It's well balanced and light. Although I plan to replace the pickup with a Seymour Duncan, the stock Roswell meets your expectations of a P90, especially if you're running it through a high-quality amp. Only minor gripe is the tuning machines - they are the only part that feels cheap despite matching the look of BJA's silver guitar closely. Will be ordering more of this brand.
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I wanted a P90 guitar, but didn't want to pay the Gibson Tax ...
YouLikeItLoud...LoudLikeThis? 04.10.2020
... so I bought this.
So I waited an age for this to be manufactured and shipped because ... sparkle silver ... obviously. :-)

The Junior here is everything I wanted in a stripped-back screamer, but not until I'd fettled and tinkered a bit.

It arrived reasonably set up. No sharp frets and well, she plays, but the action was too low causing fretbuzz in the first few frets on strings 1 and 6. The nut wasn't lubed as far as I could see either. I raised the action a little (super simple - see them big-ass screws on the bridge? loosen the strings and turn them) and it was OK.

Then I snapped the 10 string. Best thing to happen. I changed to 9s, put about a quarter turn on the truss rod to compensate and straighten the visible "hump" in the neck when tuned to pitch, cleaned and oiled the dry fretboard, lowered the action back down 'cos the neck was now straighter and ... my god, she's beautiful. She plays like a dream.
The P90 and the Alpha Pots can be made to scream like a banshee or sing sweetly like a maid.

Happy Days!
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