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Harley Benton SC-550 II FTF

Harley Benton SC-550 II Faded Tobacco 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; 241mm (9,5") 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 faded tobacco flame

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Colour Tobacco
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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Definitely a Flagship Model
Music Is Zen, 10.09.2021
I bought this guitar just to have an LP type/style in the collection for occasional use. I have yet to put this guitar down since it arrived. Out of the box it only required a bit of tuning. Intonation was spot on, the neck was perfectly straight & the build quality, set up and QC are top notch. Beautiful top, great feeling comfortable neck and good hardware/electronics made the introductory impressions pleasing. Even after seeing several positive reviews and recommendations I was still pleasantly surprised with this guitar overall. The Tesla pickups are quite versatile and provide great tone. The neck pickup does not have the ultra dark or muddy tones of many other neck pickups on guitars of this type. Both pickups are very dynamic and offer plenty good tones. The neck is very comfortable and a joy to play. The improved body shape and neck heel lend to great comfort, upper fret access and playability. Although I’ve heard a few complaints on the tuners, I find them quite serviceable and have had no issues with operation or with them holding tune. They are a bit odd visually but not absurdly so. Hardware and electronics on this guitar are impressive at this price point and exceeded my expectations based on other reviews. The only “flaw” I was able to find was the binding is less than perfect in some places but is minimal and hardly noticeable outside of close scrutiny.
My point of reference and comparison for this particular HB model are several Epiphone LP Plus, Tribute and Custom models as well as a few Gibson LP Studio models. The SC-550 II provides an experience and quality on-par with or better than those guitars in my experience.
This one has been immediately promoted from an occasional use stand-by/backup to having a spot in the main rotation for studio/session work and most likely in my live rig as well. The chambered weight relief makes this a very comfortable and useable live instrument for long gigs. I will definitely be recommending this guitar to my peers and students. This one along with my Harley Benton TE-70 BP (another phenomenal HB guitar) will soon get their public debut here on the stages around the Home of the Blues & Birthplace of Rock n Roll (Memphis, TN US)!
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TonyV125, 10.07.2021
This is my first Harley Benton guitar, and my first single cut. I've played mostly on a strat, but have been wanting that Les Paul humbucker sound. I played an actual LP years ago (don't remember the exact model), but it wasn't comfortable to play. THIS guitar is only slightly heavier than my strat and I can't believe how easy it is to play. I'm in love with the neck - I had no idea how awesome stainless steel frets would feel, especially when bending strings. The action and intonation were great right out of the box (I might make a slight adjustment to the intonation on one string, but it's minor). The only adjustment I did make was slightly lowering the right side of the bridge pickup - it was a little too hot on the high strings for my liking. The hardware seems pretty solid. I wasn't sure what the pickup switch would feel like, but it's pretty solid and no issues so far. I would have preferred more modern looking tuners like the SC - 550 plus, but that's an easy change if I even bother. I absolutely love this guitar and will probably only buy Harley Bentons going forward.
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YouLikeItLoud...LoudLikeThis?, 11.08.2021
So I spent about a year chasing 2nd-hand Epiphone LP Standards looking for one that ticked the classic LP specs: Set neck, Hog body with Maple cap, 24.75" scale, single ply binding, trapezoid markers, burst finish, covered pick ups. I had a modest budget and reasonable idea of "good condition". It never happened.
I read the specs of this guitar in disbelief when you see the price. I watched the YT vids (John Robson persuaded me: placed the order.
PROS: What arrived is a wonderful guitar that exceeds my expectations and is a genuine, straight-up, full fat LP. It looks, sounds and breaks up under gain like an LP.
The finish is superb. The pups sound pretty good: powerful and clear - through my tube amp and the hardware - tuning machines, knobs and switch - feel like solid, quality items.
CONS: Well, nothing's perfect. The bridge and tailpiece are a bit rough and have little spurs of plastic and sharp metal corners. The nut has the funkiest cut I have ever seen; it actually defies physics and stays in tune. The G-string breaks at a crazy angle and only a few mm of string actually touch the nut. The filing on all strings are too shallow. Not good. It's also too narrow for the neck by a couple of mm.

However, these are cheap, simple fixes and part of living with an instrument; you find a luthier you trust and give him a few quid/euros/dollars to solve it.

You'd likely have to do the same with a _real_ LP costing 10x as much ...
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Great guitar for the money
Russ Vegas, 21.07.2021
looks amazing and sounds great.
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