Harley Benton’s latest acoustic models are both designed to give you a compact, affordable instrument, with some decent hardware thrown in the mix. The Harley Benton CLF-100E Parlor Acoustic looks like a great little guitar for songwriting on the couch, while the CLB-10SE acoustic bass is built for travel, thanks to its short scale length.
Harley Benton CLF-100E Parlor Acoustic
According to Harley Benton, this guitar is proof that you no longer need a big dreadnought to achieve a voluminous acoustic sound. Pretty full-bodied words! In any case, the new CLF-100E definitely offers good value for money.
Solid Sitka spruce
The solid Sitka spruce top should give you definition; the press release says that the mahogany back and sides provide it with a “warm foundation”. The neck is made of nyatoh. An in-house pre-amplifier with an integrated tuner and EQ are also on board. With its small parlor dimensions, this model is ideal for songwriting, practising, jamming with friends or for smaller gigs where you have to travel with light luggage.
The small parlor size should be attractive for players of all abilities and ages.
Short scale travel bass: Harley Benton CLB-10SE Travel Bass
With the new CLB-10SE, Harley Benton is trying to appeal to bass players who travel a lot. With its compact scale of only 597 mm, or 23.5″, this little instrument is portable enough for vacation or use on smaller acoustic stages where space is scarce. The integrated in-house piezo pickup with pre-amplifier and integrated EQ and tuner lets you connect the bass to an amplifier or PA and. Short-scale basses normally have a pretty rounded tone anyway, so if the sound on this model is up to scratch it could be a little gem of a travel bass. The electronics make it quite versatile, too, so you should be covered for most scenarios.
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- Harley Benton CLF-100E Parlor Acoustic: Harley Benton
- Harley Benton CLB-10SE Travel Bass: Harley Benton