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Harley Benton with Tesla Opus-1 Humbuckers

Harley Benton with Tesla Opus-1 Humbuckers  ·  Source: Harley Benton


Harley Benton has added some sweet new upgrades to one of its most popular ranges. The new SC-550 II models have a new recipe, come in a new flavour, and offer a gourmet spread for the price of a Happy Meal!


Harley Benton SC-550 II

The widely successful Harley Benton SC-550 range was already a cracking deal. Many players were fans of the single-cut instrument which offered great specifications on a budget. The company has now amped-up the quality and tweaked the formula closer to perfection, so you can look forward to a whole suite of upgrades with the new SC-550 II.

You still get a mahogany (Swietenia Meliaceae) weight-relief chambered body and matching 60`s C shape neck, which give the guitar its classic sound and feel, but with a host of tweaks to the original formula, making it an even better buy than before.

Harley Benton SC-550 II

Harley Benton SC-550 II

Tesla Opus-1

You now get a Pau Ferro fretboard with stainless steel frets, a fancy looking AAAA flamed maple top, new Tesla Opus-1 pickups and a graphite nut, instead of the ABS one you got with the previous incarnation.

Harley Benton with upgraded Tesla Opus-1 Humbuckers

Harley Benton with upgraded Tesla Opus-1 Humbuckers

Alnico 5

The Tesla Opus-1 humbucking pickups feature Alnico-5 magnets and wax-potted coils for optimum tone. The two custom-voiced humbuckers, the CR-N at the neck position and the brighter CR-B at the bridge, should be exactly what players have been asking for, and I’m looking forwards to hearing what players think of them, once they get their hands on them.

Harley Benton SC-550 II upgraded for 2021

Harley Benton SC-550 II, upgraded for 2021

Colour options

There are a host of great finishes on launch, including Paradise Amber Flame, Black Cherry Burst, Desert Flame Burst, Faded Tobacco Flame and Silver Burst. With these upgrades, and at this price point, I’m sure these single-cut models will no doubt fly off the shelf.

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by Jef

4 responses to “Harley Benton SC-550 II: Now upgraded and even more of a steal!”

  1. pierre says:

    Good description of the new candy on the axe.. Congratulations !!

  2. Nigel Haynes says:

    A lot of people have checked the maple cap top with Thomann. It’s actually a 6mm flame top cap and isn’t a veneer which is incredible at this price. John Robson phoned them on video and Thomann confirmed this. He then scraped away the screening painting the pick up cavity to confirm that it’s a full maple cap.

  3. Yorkshire Lad says:

    The top on the HB 550 2 is a solid maple top, not a veneer. Confirmed by Thomann.

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