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Harley Benton Exotic Wood Custom Line

Harley Benton Exotic Wood Custom Line  ·  Source: Harley Benton


Harley Benton’s new Exotic Wood acoustic guitars feature A-grade Koa, Flamed Koa and Java Ebony tops on three three body sizes, to offer beginners and experienced players alike something a bit special at the budget end of the market.


Exotic Wood Custom Line

The three new Dreadnought, Grand Auditorium and Parlor models are part of the Custom Line series that’s been a mainstay of Harley Benton’s acoustic guitar offerings. Koa is a fantastic looking wood with a caramel colour and contrasting grain. If you’re after something a bit more unusual, the Koa Flame versions should be worth a look. All Koa and Koa Flame variants have a solid wood top. Finally the laminated Java Ebony tops offer a lively response and “velvety sustain”, according to the press release, which also praises the “rich, chocolaty hues” of this wood. If you are looking for an acoustic with a more interesting wood choice but don’t want to spend thousands, this new range is definitely worth checking out, as the prices look hard to beat.



Fishman Loaded

The rest of the features across the Harley Benton Exotic Wood Custom Line are the same, like black binding, Pau-Ferro bridges, bone saddles and a smooth, natural satin finish. All nine acoustic models also come factory-equipped with a Sonicore pickup and a Fishman Presys II preamplifier system, so you can straight to a mixing desk or DAW input, without having to mic up your guitar.

I think this range of exotic acoustics looks like it offers great value, with some beautiful looking tops. Having the Fishman on board is the icing on the cake. Harley Benton is hitting it out the park with their new Exotic Wood Custom Line in terms of value, and I’m look forward to hearing them in players hands soon.

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  • Harley Benton Exotic Wood Custom Line. Flamed Koa : Harley Benton
  • Harley Benton Exotic Wood Custom Line Koa top: Harley Benton
  • Harley Benton Exotic Wood Custom Line Java Ebony : Harley Benton
Harley Benton Exotic Wood Custom Line

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One response to “Harley Benton Exotic Wood acoustics with Koa, Flamed Koa and Java Ebony tops”

    Ugo says:

    Mah, the veneers are pretty bad. These in the front picture in this article are probably the best chosen ones. Go to Thomann site and check there – not very nice.

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