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Top Cheap Acoustic Guitars

Let’s go with a selection of the most valued and cheap acoustic guitars. This is a selection based on different parameters such as quality, sales leader and positive reviews.

Guitar Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-15MCE

This guitar usually has a price around 189.00 €

  • Design: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Dovetail construction
  • Top: Solid mahogany
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Neck profile: Modified oval C
  • Fretboard inlays: Snowflakes
  • Body binding: Wooden
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Nut: Bone
  • Compensated saddle
  • Bridge: Pau Ferro
  • Machine heads: Chrome-plated diecast DLX
  • Strings: D’Addario XTAPB1253 Light (Article Nr 471307), .012 – .053
  • Pickup system: Fishman Presys-II preamp system with built-in tuner
  • Colour: Natural matte

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Harley Benton Custom Line CLD 15MCE Review

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Comment:

I use this guitar for playing small groups and for leading worship at church. It has now become my primary acoustic guitar.

Pros: Beautiful – I personally prefer a satin finish as opposed to the usual gloss finish, so this was a pleasant surprise for me; well set up; tone; price; pickup and electronics carry the natural tone very well.

Cons: If I had to pick out one thing, the only item I could come up with is that the built-in tuner seems to ‘float’ a little bit. For casual playing or on-the-fly quick tuning it’s adequate but the Snark seems to be more consistently accurate.

Detailed review:

I intended on taking it to a local luthier for setup (adjusting the action, etc.) but there was no need. Did a quick tuning upon arrival – amazingly it was still almost in tune but about a step low.

* The tuners are tight and even without being too stiff.

* It plays smoothly, couldn’t find any fret buzz even using capo up to the 8th fret.

* Intonation is spot on so harmonics are clean, pure sounding, and easy to hit.

* The tone is rich and full at the sound hole, and bright and full strumming at the bridge.

* The pickup is very good especially taking into consideration the price point of the guitar.

I will be purchasing additional guitars (and gear).

Comment:

For its price it’s definetely a good guitar!
Nice sound and beautiful look.

The sound of the pick up is better than most of the guitars in its price range, probably even better than more expensive ones.
With minor eq, compression and a bit of reverb you can definitely have a pro sound.

But if you plan to use it on a daily basis as I do for my gigs, get yourself a hard case…
Build quality is definitely not the best and it’s falling apart…
I already had to replace my jack input as it got out of its place.

Generally a beautiful and good sounding guitar, with some issues due to its very low price

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Guitar Harley Benton D-120CE NT

This guitar usually has a price around 66.00 €

  • Build type: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany (Sapele / Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck profile: C
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Pickup with preamp with volume knob and 4-band EQ
  • Chrome-plated diecast machine heads
  • Strings: .010 – .047
  • Colour: Natural high-gloss

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Review €75 Harley Benton D120CE NT

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Comment:

OK, so I have one issue with this guitar so let’s get that out the way. On inspection I ran my thumb and index finger down the edges of the neck (gently) and sliced open my index finger. These were the worst fret ends I have ever seen on a guitar, ever. Now don’t let this put you off, this takes seconds to remedy with a fine grain sanding sponge. Just be aware that the frets are quite weedy and probably couldn’t be re-crowned when they wear, there’s not a lot of material there. So, this isn’t a ‘keep for life’ guitar unless you are prepared to spend twice what it’s cost for a refret at some point down the line. However, for a beginner or low usage player (electric guitarists, bassists who like an acoustic hanging around) this shouldn’t be an issue.

Now onto the good stuff. Generally this is a pretty nice guitar, nice wood, surprisingly good tone for an inexpensive guitar, tuners aren’t high end but have a pretty decent ratio and it stays in tune. I hear of so many people who plan to swap out tuners on Harley Bentons before they have even received the instrument but I now have 3 HB guitars and 1 bass and I have had zero tuning issues.

I had very low expectations of the preamp given the price point, and was pleasantly surprised when I plugged it in. Obviously it isn’t as good as a more expensive guitar but it is entirely usable if you had to take it on stage or into the rehearsal room and plug into an amp or PA.

Any beginners reading this – you need to understand that pretty much any new guitar you buy will probably need an initial setup. Higher end more expensive guitars will often need to same tweeks as budget guitars, so don’t fall into the trap of thinking I only paid so much so its not worth spending almost as much again on a setup. A good setup is worth every penny on any guitar, and this guitar is no different. This could make the difference between learning to play and having a lifetime of pleasure and giving up because it seems too hard.

So to conclude, excellent value for money, invest in a setup, and if you wear the frets out in a few years then it’s done its job, you’ve learnt to play and will probably want something better anyway.

Comment:

For over five years I had an amazing dreadnought guitar from Yamaha, that was worth 8 time as much as this guitar, and I really enjoyed playing it. However, when I was moving abroad, I had to sell some of my guitars, and I had to part with this amazing instrument. I am trained classical guitarist and steel string guitar is not a priority in my guitar arsenal. Recently, however, I wanted to experiment with different types of guitars, and try different sound arrangement with jazz, steel-string and bass guitars. Harley Benton proved to be a positive surprise in the past, which is why I decided to give a go to this guitar, while buying a semi-hollow electric guitar.

WOW! I was really surprised by this guitar when it came. It sounds amazing! It also looks really well. There is no negative feedback I can give to the acoustic side of this guitar. In 18 years of playing guitars, I have never encountered such an extra-ordinary price/value ration. If you are looking for well-sounding acoustic guitar, just go for it. At that price you don’t have much to loose.

I am less enthusiastic when it comes to pickups. They are OK, but not as great as the rest of the guitar. Nice to play around with them, but could use an upgrade for professional music playing. The controls are made from rather cheap plastic, which really stands apart from the rest of the guitar. However, for a bit under 80 euro this is not a thing to complaint about. It is also a great idea for a gift, that will stun those who will get it.

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Guitar Harley Benton D-120CE BK

This guitar usually has a price around 66.00 €

  • Design: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • Cream-coloured bindings on the body and neck
  • Scale: 650 mm (25.59″)
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm (1.67″)
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Pickup includes preamp with volume control and 4-band EQ
  • Machine heads: Chrome-plated diecast
  • Strings: .010 – .047
  • Colour: Black, high-gloss

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The Harley Benton D-120CE TB Bundle Unboxing and review

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Comment:

I set up budget guitars in my spare time and bought this acoustic as something of an experiment. About a year ago I bought another Harley Benton (a Les Paul gold top copy) which was pretty well made but also pretty badly set up. However, after fret-levelling, re-profiling and polishing and sorting out the action (bridge and nut) it now plays better than any other Les Paul copy I’ve had. On that basis I wanted to try out a HB acoustic to see if, for almost no money, I could end up with a decent instrument.

The D-120 came pretty well packed (a conventional guitar shaped box inside a large rectangular box) and felt very light. The first thing that greeted me on unwrapping was a 2mm chip to the top edge of the headstock; disappointing but for £58 not worth initiating a return for since I can drop a bit of black lacquer in there to fill anyway.

First impressions when unpacked were how light and how thin the construction of this guitar is (even by comparison with my 2002 Fender CD60). It’s very black and very shiny but in patches the lacquer is so thin you can see the wood grain through it. It wouldn’t take much to wear through to the wood sadly. A quick all-over check revealed a decent-looking instrument; 20 frets on a nice shaped neck, basic sealed tuners, lousy Chinese strings, a little EQ unit (9v battery supplied!) and a jackplug input socket that was loose. That is a REAL hassle on a guitar like this. Getting a hand or tool inside there to hold the internal part of the jack socket still while tightening down on the outside is going to be a challenge. Enough now to send back and request another one? Mmmm. Still no. It’s too much hassle and I’m sure I can sort it out – but both this and the chipped headstock are basic quality control issues that should have been sorted and which could really spoil this guitar for someone without the experience and confidence to fix it themselves.

To my surprise the action on this guitar is not too bad straight out of the box. The tuners are ‘all or nothing’ and sticky but kind of work. The frets are awfully finished and scratchy as hell meaning string bends leave you wincing (but I can take care of that). But here’s the thing: despite its several little faults, this thing is playable straight out of the box. It sounds pretty good acoustically and even better when plugged into my amp (which I have to say ISN’T a dedicated acoustic guitar amp).

So for £58 plus £10 postage what you get is a lightweight electro-acoustic guitar that plays better than almost anything else you’re likely to find for so little money (apart from getting lucky and finding a second hand Fender or Vintage acoustic locally via eBay or Gumtree). This Harley Benton confirms my previous HB experience: these are great guitars IF you are able to put right the small niggling problems AND do some thorough set up work (including fret levelling & dressing). Otherwise this is still not a bad first guitar for a learner for almost no money – certainly far better than the all-too-common first ‘acoustic’ guitar that turns out to be an unplayable and cheap classical 🙂

Comment:

Great value for money, the electronics are nothing exceptional but work as they should – it’s amazing to even get a decent built in preamp in a guitar at this price. Treble, Mid, Bass and Presence controls all work – cut and boost, the battery indicator is a nice touch, volume control can push pretty high if needed.

Electronics aside, the finish and feel of the body is good, a nice full sound out of this guitar (acoustically), tuners, headstock and neck are all good quality especially for this price, the only let down is the fingerboard isn’t the best feeling, but the frets are acceptable no overhang and very little sharp edges.

Would recommend for any beginners – you wont get better then this for the price, and for anybody who doesn’t primarily play guitar but would like one around for occasional use without breaking the bank.

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Guitar Harley Benton D-120CE TB

This guitar usually has a price around 66.00 €

  • Body shape: Dreadnought
  • With cutaway
  • Body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Top: Spruce
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: C neck profile
  • Roseacer fretboard
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Cream bindings on the body and neck
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Roseacer bridge
  • Pickup system with pre-amp
  • Controls: Volume and 4-band EQ
  • Chrome die cast machine heads
  • String thicknesses: .010″ – .047″
  • Colour: Translucent blue high gloss

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The Harley Benton D-120CE TB Bundle Unboxing and review

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Comment:

I use this guitar for practicing. I have been an amateur player for about 30 years, my first "nice" guitar was a 1987 Ibanez RG550 which I played in the early 1990’s until I needed to sell it to make rent in college. I’m now 48, my day job is an IT Systems Engineer so I don’t consider myself a musician but I do dabble.
My girlfriend has a $5000 Martin acoustic-electric, this is not a guitar in the same league obviously, but it’s about the only thing I have to compare it to, as I haven’t played much acoustic over the years. If I use that guitar as a reference, I would say this guitar is much more pliable, just grabbing onto it and holding the neck makes it bend a quarter semitone or so. I bought this guitar because I was already ordering a Fusion 2 HSH FBLB I had wanted for quite a while and had to wait several months for there to be stock.
TBH, this guitar has impressed me most of the two I ordered. The strings it came with are more than adequate. The sound is warm and bright. After the strings were broken in the guitar keeps tune pretty well. Cosmetically, it is a beautiful instrument, and you’d really have to be a guitar guru/snob/luthier to know that it is a really inexpensive guitar. I think the engineering on it is excellent. I haven’t tried it plugged in yet. Machine heads seem to be a fairly adequate quality. Fretwork is excellent, no sharp edges or buzzes. The action from the factory is spot-on.

Pros – inexpensive, sound quality, playability, excellent setup, looks great

Cons – Could be a bit more rigid

I highly recommend this guitar, especially at this price point

Comment:

I bought this guitar at the beginning of the lockdown and started my guitarist journey with it, without any previous experience whatsoever. It was a very good decision.

For a beginner guitarist this is great. There is a lot of volume, the sound is clear and the finish is sturdy. The color stands out and it really incentivizes you to keep the instrument around, just to be in sync with its "vibe". The only drawback (and it’s not directly related to the guitar, but to my level as a guitarist) were the strings, which were a bit too thick and I had to restring my guitar with thinner strings. In hindsight, this was also a good experience, as I got to see how the actual build is holding, how the strings are fixed, etc.

I use it to practice and to sing to small audiences. It really feels and plays like a "workhorse" and I can see myself playing it a few good years from now. Definitely recommend it!

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Guitar Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-1048SCE NS

This guitar usually has a price around 177.00 €

  • Dreadnought design with cutaway
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • “Dots” fretboard inlays
  • Cream-coloured binding
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 48.0 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 400 mm (15 3/4″)
  • 20 Frets
  • Pau Ferro bridge
  • Fishman Presys II preamp system with built-in tuner
  • Diecast chrome-plated machine heads
  • Strings: D’Addario XTAPB1253 Light, .012 – .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Colour: Natural matte

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Harley Benton | CLD-1048SCE | Acoustic Guitar | Demo

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Comment:

I’m a guitarist who makes my own recordings in my home studio. I mostly play a 6 string electric guitar, and occasionally, I use an acoustic when recording a backing track. I bought this guitar because of the wide nut, it gives me the ability to play clean chords at last after approximately 55 years of playing. This is one of the very few affordable options at a reasonable price.

The guitar was really well packaged, double boxed and air filled plastic pockets around to keep inner box to lessen the possibility of transit damage. Delivery time was quick from Germany to my door in England, I ordered on Monday and received on Friday.

I was pleasantly surprised with playability of this guitar, intonation and string height (action) were correct. I did drill into the curved underside of the neck heel and fitted a strap button, as I’ve always felt uncomfortable playing with a strap that attaches close to the tuners. A factory fitted strap button would have been very welcome there. I would also have preferred a factory fitted scratch plate, but they are readily available and easy to fit.

The build quality and choice of woods is good for a guitar of this price, although the fret ends would have benefited from some polishing. They are not too harsh, but lack the nice smooth feel of some of the more expensive guitars.

The acoustic sound was very nice, bass notes and high notes cut through nicely. For the electrics, I played through an Art Studio V3 to my PC with a Presonus Audiobox 18/18 interface to Senheiser HD380 headphones. The on board Fishman system does alright, it’s a budget system and performs well enough. An extensive range of highs and lows are available through the bass and treble knobs, and can be adjusted from very muddy through to very shrill with a decent range of acceptable sounds in between. I found that I must remember to turn off the on board tuner, as it does not switch itself off, as I discovered when I noticed we had a new green light in our room around 6 hours after using the guitar.

Summary:
The acoustic sound is super, the electric sound is of reasonable standard, the action and general playability is good. I think this guitar represents excellent value for money and I would recommend it to anyone, particularly those with thicker than average fingers.
Chris.

Comment:

My background:
I’m playing guitar for almost a year and you could rate me as advanced beginner 😊
My reference guitars are:
– a western: Dean, type PE-CBK. Still being sold for about 400 dollars
– a very, very, very cheap classical (nylon) guitar
– an electric: Harley Benton, typeSC-400 SBK

During practicing I noticed that I did prefer playing the classical guitar above the western guitar. The reason for me is that the classical guitar has a wider nut and has more space between the strings for finger picking. For some, for me unknown, reason most of the western guitars have a nut width of only 42mm while many would benefit of slightly more space in here. As being very happy with the quality of my electric Harley Benton the CLD-1048SCE could be an excellent replacement for my Dean and classical guitar

Details:
It’s really hard to believe the quality of this guitar. I did go through all the details and it is flawless on every single spot. Things that were mentioned in earlier reviews (e.g. uncomfortable tuners) are perfectly fine so I expect that the people from the Thomann company do really act upon the feedback received in these reviews. With respect to the sound I’m just blast away on how good this guitar really is: it is in a complete different league than my old Dean western guitar. The sound is very lively and bright on all frequencies and asks to be played forever.
For those interested: I did measure the width between the e-E strings. Compared with my 42mm (nut) electric and 42 mm Dean the CLD-1048 is about 5mm wider between the strings. So you gain about 1 mm between every string both at the nut and at the bridge end. For me this makes it much more comfortable to play but I would expect that more experienced players could still benefit as well.

Thanks Thomann for providing these great guitars.

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Guitar Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-41SE WN

This guitar usually has a price around 298.00 €

  • Dreadnought design
  • Dovetail construction
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Walnut body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Abalone Hexagon fretboard inlays
  • Abalone body binding
  • White fretboard and headstock binding
  • Modified Oval C neck profile
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Bone nut
  • 20 Frets
  • Compensated saddle
  • Pau Ferro bridge
  • Gold-plated diecast DLX machine heads
  • Pickup system: Fishman Presys-II preamp system with built-in tuner
  • Strings: D’Addario XTAPB1253 Light (Article Nr 471307), .012 – .053
  • Colour: Natural matte

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Harley Benton Custom Line CLD 41SE WN

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Comment:

*This review is on the current version with Walnut body with Ovangkol fretboard/saddle*

After seeing countless reviews on YouTube about Harley Benton guitars and especially the videos done by Henning and Eikejun, I felt I compelled to check out their top acoustic. I waited a few months after receiving the guitar to leave a review…..
This guitar is heavily inspired by the Martin D-41 (Hence the model #)
Shipping:
The guitar was packed very well. It was shipped (from Germany to USA) double boxed with plenty of bubble wrap protecting it on its journey to the US. Shipping was 16 days.
First Impression:
After taking it out of the box, it took about 5 minutes to tune the guitar. It was like any new guitar with a new pair of strings. I stretched the strings and tuned it a few times. Once that was done I was able to start jamming. The setup was really good and fully usable right out of the box. I just had to make a slight adjustment to lower the action just a bit to my liking. Better than any setup I’ve experience in a music store.
Quality:
The guitar looks fantastic. I looked it over several times and couldn’t find anything wrong with the build quality. There were no clue marks or blemishes on the wood. The frets are smooth with no fret sprouting (no sharp edges). The tuners hold tuning as well as my higher-end acoustics.
Playability:
You would think that a guitar at this price would have poor playability but it is surprisingly one of the most comfortable & best playing acoustics I’ve ever picked up. Whether playing chords or leads, this guitar does extremely well with no buzzing or dead spots on the fretboard. I also love the smooth satin neck. My hands don?t stick to it like my acoustics with the gloss necks.
Sound:
The sound is big with amazing punch & clarity. It has the perfect amount of highs & lows. It was as pleasing to my ears as any top end Martin guitar I’ve picked up. I use Martin as the standard for acoustic sound quality. I’ve been recording with this miced (miked) up and love the results I’m getting. The Fishman Isys is a good basic preamp. I never record acoustics plugged in even with higher end Fishman or Aura preamps, but if I had to play live with it plugged in that the Isys preamp would work.
Cons (if any):
The only con i had was cosmetic. The pickguard/scratch plate came already heavily scratched. I contacted Thomann support and they compensated me for it. This was something that was overlooked in the factory. Thank you Thomann for the great service.

Final Thoughts:
This guitar feels, plays, sounds, and looks like a professional acoustic guitar. I did not find that the Ovangkol fretboard, saddle or walnut body in place of rosewood diminished the sound quality in anyway. Many have said it’s a great guitar for the money. I feel it’s beyond that and I surprisingly find myself playing and recording with the HB more than the others I own that cost much more. Because of the cost, I kept trying to find things about the guitar I didn’t like and I couldn’t. Part of me is considering selling my high-end acoustics. This guitar is proof that high quality acoustics can be made at a great price. The quality of the CLD-41SE WN has me curious about several other Harley Benton acoustic models. I have probably 5 in my wish list that I may buy. I love this guitar so much that I?m going back and re-recording my acoustic parts on a symphonic metal song that I did on one of my higher end acoustics. Cheers Harley Benton & Thomann!

Comment:

This guitar sounds and feels like a high-end guitar that worth 10 times the price. If you are a guitar player who often tries guitars in stores, get this one and you will thank yourself later. If you are a new guitar player who has not much experience comparing guitars, get this one and save your time choosing from beginner guitars.

Pros: great sounds, beautiful look, easy to play.
Cons: None.

Overall: Great guitar, a player, a keeper.

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Guitar Harley Benton D-120BK

This guitar usually has a price around 58.00 €

  • Dreadnought style
  • Dovetail сonstruction
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and sides: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Neck profile: Modern C-shape
  • Dot inlays
  • Cream bindings on the body and neck
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Roseacer bridge (thermally treated maple wood)
  • X-Bracing
  • Black pickguard
  • Chrome diecast machine heads
  • String gauge: 010 – 047
  • Finish: Black high-gloss

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One of Harley Bentons cheapest guitars!! The D120.. any good?

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Comment:

I bought this guitar for my wife who wanted to learn to play the guitar. For this reason I was looking for an affordable acoustic guitar that still sounds decent.

This guitar came as great solution to my requirements. The features for that price are great and it sounds solid.

Guitar came with very nice finish and in very good condition. Strings are very clean and I didn’t notice any major imperfections.

It has a deep, full sound that you would expect from a dreadnought.

Use: Everyday playing at home

Pros:
– looks very good
– sounds decent
– very affordable price

Cons:
– doesn’t stay in tune (this could be that it hasn’t adjusted yet as well)

All in all I think it’s a very good guitar for the price. Sounds good. I would definitely recommend this for beginner wanting acoustic or if you just don’t want to spend too much until you see if you can get into guitar playing.

Comment:

I’ve just bought four of these guitars, so far they seem to have some trustful "dignity", instrument finishes are not its strength but the guitar lets itself be played. Sound is acceptable, except for two of the guitars that also includes a metallic buzzing accompainment depending on the string you play, but nothing I wouldn’t have expected for the money I payed, anyway I expect it to get better when I change the strings.

Visually they are very good, black is always a stylish color. Have in mind that pickguard is not much more than a sticker which come separatedly, I haven’t put them yet and for now have no plans on doing it.

Recommended for people who know what they are doing, a guitar for your country house, for going to the beach, for playing at a party where that glass of wine is probably going to be spilt over it.

If you are a beginner who is going to seriously use it to practice, you should have someone around to guide you through a correct setting up (strings, action adjustment, tuning…), otherwise maybe you should consider to get a more out of the box reliable instrument.

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Guitar Harley Benton D-120CE VS

This guitar usually has a price around 66.00 €

  • Design: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • X Bracing
  • Back and sides: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck profile: C
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Cream-coloured bindings on the body and neck
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Pickup with preamp, volume knob and 4-band EQ
  • Chrome-plated diecast machine heads
  • Strings: .010 – .047
  • Colour: Vintage sunburst, high-gloss

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I purchased one of the Harley Benton telecaster style guitars, specifically the TE-20MN, recently. I’d been quite sceptical of the hype around the brand, but having watched and read so many great reviews I decided to take a chance.

While making that purchase, I decided, on a whim — to also purchase an acoustic guitar, this brought me to the D-120CE VS which I couldn’t believe was £71…there has to be a catch, I thought. A telecaster for £79 and this wonderful looking acoustic for £71?

I’m not much of an acoustic player, owed a few over the years, had an Ibanez, a Yamaha, a Fender, they were good guitars and this absolutely is up there with any of them in terms of sound and playability. I did have to do a few minor things to get this guitar perfect but it only took half an hour of minor work and it was singing like a canary.

Here are my pros and cons, first the pros:

1. Gorgeous, really – the binding really stands out against the blacks and browns on the body, it’s very nice. Also, the black finish is only on the top, the rest of the guitar is a really nice, deep brown wood/grain.

2. The tuners are better than I’d expect at this price point, they feel quite nice.

3. Big, deep dreadnaught so you get a really nice, booming sound from it — really rich, deep bass tones.

4. The EQ control is actually better than expected, even came with a battery.

5. Sounds nice through an amp, actually a lot better than expected.

6. First guitar I ever bought where I didn’t want to change the strings, they are smooth as butter.

Cons:

1. Some minor fret sprouting, this is more likely down to wood drying/shrinkage than craftsmanship or quality control and a really easy fix.

2. Frets a bit rough and scratchy, not a huge problem and to be expected, quick polish and they’re bright as a button. They now feel really smooth to play and bend.

3. Fretboard was really dry. I realise some people like that but I like a nicely oiled fretboard. To be fair this is kind of expected and not a problem at all. I applied lemon oil and this thing sucked it up in seconds, so I applied another layer and that was enough. Really brightens this thing up and darkens that fingerboard, lovely!

So, to summarise – as a non-acoustic player and a newcomer to the Harley Benton brand I’ve been dealt a double-helping of having my mind blown in a very short space of time, it’s very pleasant!

I love this guitar, I think I’ll be playing a lot more acoustic stuff than I used to because it feels so nice to hold. It’s a chunky, deep body so take me time to get used to but this is an absolute steal at this price.

Always a good test to hand my dad a guitar and let him have a guess at the price. He had the HB telecaster priced at £200-300 and this priced at about £200, didn’t believe me when I told him how much they really cost – I had to show him the website!

Very happy with this – much obliged!

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First I want to preface this by saying that my rating is based upon other similar products and not in comparison to a $10,000 Martin.
I had seen several videos on youtube about HB guitars. When I saw the prices I was very skeptical so I thought I’d try this guitar out and decide from there. I was very surprised at what I received.
Quite frankly I was shocked at the quality I received for a mere $78! The guitar, surprisingly arrived with a perfect set up. Intonation was good and the action was low just the way I like it.
There were no flaws in the finish and truthfully the guitar is a real beauty to look at. The frets were well done and the nut was cut to perfection. The fret ends were a little sharp, but not problematic. The frets were a bit dirty, but that’s usually the case with many guitars both high and low end. The fingerboard is a little dry, but that’s an easy fix with a bit of fingerboard oil. However, I like the dry feeling on an acoustic so I won’t be oiling it down.
The sound of the guitar was surprisingly good. Better than a more expensive Gianinni I had. I give it four stars because it is NOT a $10,000 Martin, but for the money the guitar sounds amazingly good. Acoustic guitar is best recorded with a mike. Yet when I recorded the guitar direct it still sounded very, very good! I can hardly wait for the next order to arrive. If you want a very good guitar on a budget, you can’t go wrong with a Harley Benton brand.

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Guitar Harley Benton D-120NT

This guitar usually has a price around 58.00 €

  • Body shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Spruce
  • X bracing
  • Body and sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Dovetail construction
  • Roseacer (thermally treated rosewood) fretboard
  • Modern C neck profile
  • Cream coloured bindings on body and neck
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm
  • Roseacer (thermally treated rosewood) bridge
  • Chrome-plated die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: .010″ – .047″
  • Colour: Natural, high gloss

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Wow,wow,wow ,I was well surprised, solid spruce top ,X bracing ,maghony back &sides the tone woods are here ,action is great and neck so playable ,I have seen guitars 4 times more expensive that don’t have this quality,not only suited for beginners but a one for all,it’s a workhorse which you can bring anywhere ,and will only get better in time due to its solid woods ,and oh the price I pinched myself amazing value when all the middle men are taken out ,sometimes there is a snobbery when prices are cheap and you automatically think something is lacking quality, not here a excellent guitar ,I highly recommend

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I bought this as a side thing, for travelling or for when I can’t be bothered to fire up the electric but still wanna hear what I play. I’ve been pretty happy so far. It sounds nice and clear, it looks good and the finish and details are all pretty decent for the price. The guitar not too light and feels sturdy, which is a bonus for me: I don’t like instruments that feel too "flimsy".

It plays pretty easy thanks to the big frets and smooth neck, no sprout or anything to complain about in that department. The tuners could be slightly better, but maybe it’s just the strings that needed stretching or replacing. I used it to teach a beginner, as well (me on electric, her on this one), and she also found it great.

A solid acoustic at a friendly price, would recommend to any beginner or even advanced player who wanted "just one more guitar" without breaking the bank.

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Guitar Epiphone Hummingbird Studio FCB

This guitar usually has a price around 288.00 €

  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Scale: 629 mm
  • Nut width: 42.8 mm
  • Slim Taper D neck profile
  • 20 Frets
  • Pearloid parallelogram fretboard inlays
  • Fishman Sonitone pickup system
  • Pickguard is decorated with original hummingbird artwork
  • Pau Ferro bridge
  • Grover machine heads
  • Total length: 106 cm
  • Colour: Faded Cherry Burst

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I have always encouraged my grandson with his musical `studies` and efforts and he has always responded well to my help. I said that I would buy him an acoustic guitar and he went searching on the web. He was looking for a black guitar [ a bit of a Goth ] but when he came across the Epiphone Hummingbird it was love at first sight. I bought him one on Ebay but the seller was a plonker who did not understand how to pack the instrument and it was ruined !! I then checked out Thomann and discovered that I could buy a brand new electro acoustic version of the Epiphone Hummingbird for just a small amount more than I had paid for the wreck from Ebay. The staff at Thomann were very helpful and patient with my questions and when the guitar arrived we were all very pleased to see the excellent packing which gave 100% protection to this precious instrument. When he got the guitar out of all that packaging I gave it a good going over – checking for any faults – no worries, there were none. It was perfect !! In tune out of the box [ tuned down a tone ] and perfectly in tune all the way up the neck. The finish was just beautiful and the sound of the instrument [ both acoustically and amplified ] was equally beautiful.
This has got to be one of the best buys for an electro-acoustic out there today. I know a bit about guitars – I started playing in 1955 when I was five years old and since then I have owned and played them all – Gibsons, Fenders, Gretches, a Vox, Zemaitis and old Epiphonesand Hofners and I can honestly say that my grandson`s semi-acoustic would sound really good up on any stage with any of them.
Congratulations to Thomann for selling this ultra high quality solid-top electro-acoustic guitar at such a reasonable price and enabling young students to learn on the best. I lost count of the number of friends who gave up on learning to play the guitar because they thought that it was their fault that their efforts sounded so bad – they didn`t realise that the shops were busy selling rubbish that were built all wrong [ frets in the wrong place, bridges in the wrong place etc. etc.]. None of that with Thomann – they did us proud !! I am VERY pleased and you should hearmy grandson play now – sweet !!

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I ordered this guitar as I have been a fan of the Gibson Hummingbird for some time, having seen Keith Richards and Jeff Lynne use them and look cool as while doing so. As I am not long out of uni I unfortunately cannot afford the Gibson, but this Epiphone is just a beautiful and affordable for a student. As such, I thought i’d treat myself to this lovely guitar to help pass the time during lockdown.

The guitar came within 5 day to my home in Birmingham, UK and was in perfect condition. The guitar sounds absolutely fantastic with a rich tone. It’s easy to play and is great value for its price; i’m very happy with my purchase. The only thing that might let it down is that the great sound is somewhat diminished when plugged into an amp. Even so, would still buy again!

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Guitar Harley Benton Custom Line Superior-E VS

This guitar usually has a price around 186.00 €

  • Dreadnought design
  • Selected solid spruce top
  • Okoume body
  • Okoume neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Fretboard radius: 400 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Mother-of-pearl parallelogram fretboard inlays
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Ivory-coloured multi-ply binding
  • Ivory-coloured binding on the neck
  • Fishman Presys-II pickup system with integrated tuner
  • Double action truss rod
  • WSC DLX diecast chrome machine heads
  • D’Addario XTAPB1253 Light strings, .012 – .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst (high-gloss)

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Delivered within 4 days well packaged and undamaged. but with faults the action is very high, I hope I can get it down enough by getting someone to take something of the bridge.
Whoever did the faux mother of pearl markers on the neck must have been a completely untrained amateur none of them are level they look atrocious they are so far out and at such an angle that where it is level with the string at the bottom the top part has over an eighth of an inch showing, and you can see through some of them where so much has been gouged out that you can see the indentation through the marker and there are black bits of glue or something on the edges as well and even the sizes and shade don’t match.
The tuners seem firm enough but they turn and nothing happens and then suddenly they start to catch, once in tune they are ok but they make tuning awkward and more time consuming, something I can live with as they stay in tune once set, but a niggle all the same.
The action and the markers are the two really disappointing things, hopefully I can get someone to improve the action, but I can do nothing with the inlays on the neck, they look really stupid, how they got through quality control I don’t know, they stand out like a sore thumb, which is a shame as the guitar otherwise looks and sounds really good.
I can’t send it back, at the price it is not worth all the trouble of re-packaging and sorting out post, but someone needs to be told about the workmanship on the inlays, no professional could have done those, even an apprentice wouldn’t have done work so bad, I would be interested to know how it occured and who did it.

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I must say right away that the guitar was delivered to me in excellent condition. Oftentimes I am afraid to risk buying such things for delivery. I had no complaints about the build quality.
The guitar very quickly became the mainstay in my arsenal. I very often heard only good reviews about Harley Benton guitars, so I was not surprised by such a gift.
In general I use this guitar on recordings at home. I may not be entirely happy with the pickup, but many other guitars are even worse for this price. However, all problems disappear when you record it on the line and on the microphone at the same time (however, as it should be). In general, this is more of a niggle than a flaw.
Personally, I think this guitar is great for strumming. With such a deep sound, she perfectly plays along with my girlfriend’s vocals.
Before that I mainly played Epiphone ej200ce among acoustic guitars. It may sound strange, but Benton overshadowed it.
From Russia with love
Thank you so much for giving me something that finally satisfied most of my musical needs.

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Guitar Epiphone J-200 EC Studio VS

This guitar usually has a price around 366.00 €

  • Jumbo body design with cutaway
  • Solid spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • Maple neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42.7 mm
  • King fretboard inlays
  • Preamp and pickup system
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst
  • Matching case available under Article Nr 129726 (not included)
  • Width at the lower end: 43 cm
  • Width at the top end: 32 cm
  • Total length: 110 cm
  • Body length: 53 cm
  • Height of the sides: 11 cm

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I simply fell in love with this guitar after strumming my first chords on it, the construction, finish, playability and sound are on a par with a guitar costing significantly more, what a great axe I can’t say it enough, it really sounds like a guitar double its price.
The action is lighter and lower than you’d expect from an acoustic, so while this is still a guitar that likes to be strummed, it’s great for finger pickers as well.
The groover machine heads feel smooth as butter and stay in tune very well. The preamp system sounds great after you fiddle with the knobs for a while and find the "right" sound for yourself.
I love it and highly recommend it to anyone wanting a quality instrument at an affordable price.

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I love this guitar, the tone is beautiful, the quality is unbelievable for the price it is very well made and the pick ups and preamp sound amazing, there is a blend fader where you can choose between pickups or gradually blend the sound of the nanomag and nanoflex pickups and this feature works very well. it is fitted with grover gold machine heads which are fantastic at staying in tune, they have a solid precise feel to them I have used thomann before and this is my 3rd purchase from them it arrived super fast and I am extremely happy with the guitar and the superb service thomann offer, if you want a top quality guitar under £500 don’t look any further, this is the one.

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Guitar Harley Benton HB Custom Line King-CE NT

This guitar usually has a price around 211.00 €

  • Body design: Jumbo with cutaway
  • Top: Selected solid spruce
  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Fretboard inlays: Pearloid squares
  • Bridge: Ovangkol
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Bindings: Multi-ply
  • Double action truss rod
  • Machine heads: Gold-plated Grover diecast
  • Strings: D’Addario XTAPB1253 Light, .012 – .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Pickup system: Fishman Presys II with integrated tuner
  • Colour: Natural high-gloss

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I play for 40 years, have 12 various guitars and play semi pro.
I have 4 acoustic guitars, from classic, dreadnought, grand auditorium and now also jumbo.

I really bought this guitar just for fun, because it’s price is very nice and I read and saw some excelent reviews. I allways liked SJ-200 natural, but never found enough reason to actually buy it, as it is pretty expensive and my desire was never that strong.

With this one, one just can not go wrong. You get plenty of guitar for the money, excellent built, setup, solid electronics.

From the moment of unwrapping this guitar looks like it is triple or four times the price. It is very nice to play, excellent setup with Daddario EXP16 0,12 gauge.
neck is setup perfectly, action great and suitable for this kind of acoustic guitar.
And here we come to the next – what is this guitar meant for.
This is strumming type of guitar with rich and deep sound. Very neutral without any special character (martin, taylor, gibson sound…) resembling more to Ibanez or PRS neutral sound.
Since I have it only two days, this can be partly because acoustics get their character after some time of playing and when the wood properly matures.
This guitar has some raw spruce scent that makes me think, that wood could be a bit forced, so I will wait some time and be carefull, that I don’t dry it out.
I expect, that harmonics will develop through time and use, right now it’s more strings that give character to the sound.
So, when comparing this guitar to my grand auditorium Tanglewood TW170ASCE, Tanglewood sounds more mature, less deep bass but splendid mids and highs for fingerpicking, less for strumming.
Jumbo King CENT is quite opposite – mellow at fingerpicking, but great at open and full chords strumming.
But that is basically, what was expected from shape and wood and why I did buy this guitar.
I didn’t expect much and I was pleasantly surprised and I still don’t expect much, mut i see that this guitar has some potential to be more than just solid instrument.
But time will tell.
Anyway, great use of money and totaly worth it. Everybody that saw it, immediately guessed the price range of around 1000? or even more.

Edited after few months:
sound: developed more to typical Gibson SJ200 sound, sounds great when recorded.
as to mellow sound – it’s not that, it is just that increased lower tones give different sound to high strings.
when played hard, this guitar roars!
action: set up high for strumming which it does excelently. If one wants to lower action, the whole mustache bridge has to be lowered. If you lower the action, some of the roar when strummed hard goes away.
Guitar tunes excelent and keeps tunning astonishingly.
Anyway, this guitar is not so much for gentle fingerpicking (jumbo’s never meant to be anyway…) or it looses much of character.

Changed strings to D’addario EXP 12-56. It works great.

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Используется в домашней студии, иногда – на концертах.
Ни к дереву, ни к машинкам абсолютно никаких вопросов.
Гриф ровный, анкер отзывчивый. Лады – 13 пришлось один закатать на полмиллиметра, это не проблема.
Порожки – хоть и пластмасса, но очень достойные, желающие – могут поменять, я не стал.
Струны поменял на 013-056, понравилось больше. Пришлось бриджевый порожек поднимать, подложил отрезок басовой струны 🙂
Пьезосниматель – на уровне, но ничего особенного. Сколько видел гитар – понимаю что у всех пьезы стоят только для удобства на концертах, правильней снимать микрофоном.
Тьюнер – нормальный. Мелковат дисплей, и нет индикатора включения, несколько раз оставил включенным, за ночь батарейка разряжается.
В целом – рекомендую к покупке, за такие деньги лучше не найдешь.

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Guitar Harley Benton HB Custom Line King-CE VS

This guitar usually has a price around 209.00 €

  • Body design: Jumbo with cutaway
  • Top: Selected solid spruce
  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Saddle: 76 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Fretboard inlays: Pearloid squares
  • Bridge: Ovangkol
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Bindings: Multi-ply
  • Double action truss rod
  • Machine heads: Gold-plated Grover diecast
  • Strings: D’Addario XTAPB1253 Light, .012 – .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Pickup system: Fishman Presys II with integrated tuner
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst High-gloss

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Just to let you know I am not a precious guitar purist and I won’t pretend what I don’t know. I have been playing for my own entertainment for over 40 years to no great level. A bit of flat picking on old Neil Young songs is about my limit. So really I will be using this guitar to play at home and also at church.

It made me smile when I took it out of the box, it was in DADGAD tuning which enabled me to do a rendition of Music is Love by David Crosby (which is actually in DADDAD). It was at this moment that I realised how sweet this guitar sounds and how booming on the bass notes. Now I’m having trouble with deafness with the peaks of high end frequencies lopped off so I have to say, to my ears, which I know aren’t yours, it sounded really very good indeed.

The guitar looks like a class item, plays extremely well, and is inexpensive. I won’t use the word cheap because there is nothing cheap about this guitar. It is as great to look at as it is to play. To my ears the sustain (if that’s the word used to describe the rise, decay and length of the note) is not as good the further up the fretboard I go, but I have no great experience with other guitars other than an old Japanese made Fender F15 or Fender CD60 that I bought without realising it was a laminate top. Maybe the sustain is better on more expensive branded guitars or not I don’t know.

The quality of the finish, Grover machine heads, D’Addario strings, Fishman electrics mean that to my ears it is at least as good as the Epiphone EJ200, which I have played, maybe better and at less than half the price. Plus I think the cutaway looks better. I can’t really review the electrics as, although I have a practice amp, I’m not qualified to say. Although if Jackson Browne speaks in reverential tones of Fishman pick ups, as I have heard on YouTube the electrics must be ok.

In summary this is the best guitar I have ever owned. I am really pleased that at 62 years old I finally have a professional standard instrument and at 198 euros in price it has to be five stars all round. I cannot find an instrument of this price and quality in England so I am glad I found the Thomann website. The communication of the international sales section was first class on to delivery. I will be buying another guitar as soon as I am able and it is likely to be the HB CLD41S. I have no complaints at all and am unable to take any issue with Thomann. From a cost benefits analysis perspective it is an excellent guitar and an absolute keeper.

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I was a woodworker for many years and I am familiar with different types of joinery, choices of wood, cuttting and gluing tolerances of less than 5/1000 of an inch, the perloid inlays on the fretboard are set perfectly. Upon close inspection this guitar is almost flawless, this guitar left the factory with all of it’s quality control measures firing on all cylanders. The action was too low, on inspection the saddle may need some adjusting, the 1st and 2nd string hang a tiny bit lower or higher than they should and do not match the radius or curvature of the other strings. I will contact Thomann for advice or a new saddle.
The size and feel of this jumbo is a little bit smaller and more comfortable than some I have tried. I am a senior [75 yrs] played many types of guitars, mostly classical, for 60 yrs, I am 5′ 7” and 165 lbs with smallish hands so this was a bit of a risk taking on this large a guitar at my age. It sits well on my lap and standing with a strap fitted high on my chest lets my strumb and finger pick with ease. The tones produced by the body chamber are very rewarding, grover tuners, fishman pre-amp with tuner/phaser, upgraded D’Addario strings and solid wood top, excellent poly finish etc, etc… the mustache bridge reminds us of a mostly unafordable guitar that this Harley Benton seems to match by many standards. I recommend this guitar.
Four weeks later: changed the nut, saddle and string pins with special order bone products, cleaned the fretboard and changed strings to D’Addario 10’s. The new saddle fixed the radius problem, lighter strings easier for me to play, gently filed and lubricated new nut and the bone pins seemed to add a new brighter sound. Very pleased with this simple upgrade.

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Guitar Harley Benton CLJ-503CE WN

This guitar usually has a price around 199.00 €

  • Solid Standard Series
  • Body design: Jumbo with cutaway
  • Top: Selected solid spruce
  • Advanced scalloped X-bracing
  • Back and sides: Selected walnut
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Fretboard inlays: White mother-of-pearl/abalone blocks
  • Binding: ABS
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Bridge: Ovangkol
  • Rosette: Abalone
  • Machine head buttons: Pearl-coloured
  • Machine heads: Enclosed
  • Pickup system: Fishman Isys+ preamp system with built-in tuner
  • Strings: D’Addario XTAPB1253 Light, .012 – .053 (Article Nr 471307)
  • Colour: Natural high-gloss
  • Suitable case available under Article Nr 122212 (not included)

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I purchased this Jumbo acoustic guitar for live use, so the instrument had to be equipped with a pickup and an active preamp. Since the instrument in question would have been used mainly with DADGAD tuning and Heavy 0.60 / 0.14 caliber strings I needed an instrument that would support the tension of such big strings, not wanting to use one of my Martin or one of my Taylor I decided for this guitar, which honestly did not seem excellent but with a decent price-quality ratio, a very well-finished aesthetic and massive woods as stated by the seller. After the order the guitar was delivered in 4 days well packaged and intact, at a first visual examination the instrument was of considerable workmanship with very few smears of glue inside the box and valuable inlaid abalone as markers, very soft mechanics and precise with a beautiful golden color and faux mother of pearl knobs. Obviously the instrument was with the loose strings and then I proceeded to tune it and the only drawback: an Action too low that made it impossible to play the instrument, as a result I proceeded to raise the bone of the bridge by about 3 mm with appropriate thicknesses reporting the action at the right height. After retuning the surprise! Powerful bass and deep, medium and sharp balanced and ringing and a total volume in amazing acoustics (Much higher than my Martin D28 of 1978). Moreover, the very fast and fast handle allows easy jumps of position along the keyboard both in standard tuning and in DADGAD. Then I proceeded to test it amplified and yet the Fishman system with pre-amp and digital tuner did not betray my expectations: tested with a Hartke ACR5 50W amp the electrified sound is warm with powerful and defined bass, high-pitched and silvery bass (without the presence of medium frequencies that make an acoustic guitar more like an electric guitar). Ultimately a happy purchase that allows me to recommend this guitar to anyone!

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the guitar shipped from Germany to the USA in 8 days without any issues. This guitar is beautiful. The walnut looks amazing and the solid top is outstanding. I found no flaws on it at all and after an adjustment to the saddle this guitar plays as well as my $2000 taylor. I can literally find no flaws with thise guitar and for the price … unbelievable. The tone is just beautiful, full bass, sweet mids and tight highs. This is the kind of guitar you would expect to pay much much more for. I will not hesitate to buy another and I will as soon as I save up some more spare cash. If you are holding off on buying one if these fir any reason, stop now and just buy it. Just an incredible value and and tremendous quality instrument, and not just as a beginner/ starter guitar but one you could gig with. Just a great instrument.

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