Harley Benton SC-550 Plus EMG FTF (Their highest spec LP clone)

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edited March 2022 in Guitar Reviews

There are a lot of positive reviews about this on youtube
One says that it's made in the Cort factory

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I already have the neck pickup, and some single coils in this range, they have been very impressive

I'm guessing that the pots will be the wrong values, we'll see
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 12016
    Well I'm impressed
    This is quite close to PRS SE quality levels

    And they have fitted 25k pots, albeit small unbranded ones

    Possibly in homage to Gibson, the nut slots were cut way too high, and were sticking a bit on the G and B strings
    I fixed that easily enough

    After that, just a 1/8 turn to tighten up the truss rod, since there was too much relief - could be from the long cold journey, we'll see.

    Plays very nicely so far

    These pickups are very good
    The neck one seems less trebly than the same one I have in the neck of another HB
    But that other one is uncovered, so that seems reasonable
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 12016
    Still playing very nicely

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  • I think the fat 55s are great. I’ve got a set in an ESP Eclipse. A simple way to get a more classic sound out of an EMG loaded guitar than the typical 81/85/60 sets. Quick connect PAF ballpark tones 
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  • relic245relic245 Frets: 965
    If someone superimposed that soundtrack over a video of a Gibson I wouldn't ever guess. 

    Sound wise is be happy to gig that. 

    Only way to know if I'd be happy with the feel would be to play one. 

    For the price though hard to go wrong. 
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 12016
    I think the fat 55s are great. I’ve got a set in an ESP Eclipse. A simple way to get a more classic sound out of an EMG loaded guitar than the typical 81/85/60 sets. Quick connect PAF ballpark tones 
    I think I prefer the sound of the neck pickup (RA-350A Neck) without the cover
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 12016
    relic245 said:
    If someone superimposed that soundtrack over a video of a Gibson I wouldn't ever guess. 

    Sound wise is be happy to gig that. 

    Only way to know if I'd be happy with the feel would be to play one. 

    For the price though hard to go wrong. 
    I think it plays as nice or nicer than the 2008 LP I used to own
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