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Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute  ·  Source: Harley Benton

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These Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute models have all the right ingredients and a recipe for good tone. All without breaking the bank and they are available in a left-handed version on launch.

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Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

The new Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute comes in a classic Singlecut design. Reminiscent of the Gibson models of the 1950s and 1960s, just at a much more affordable price point.

Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

The Classic Singlecut Formula

They come with a chambered mahogany body with a carved AAAA flame maple veneer top and they come in Autumn Flame Burst or Paradise Amber Flame finishes. Each guitar has a mahogany 60s profile neck with a Pau Ferro 12″ radius fretboard and 22 Blacksmith stainless steel frets plus a set of classic trapezoidal fret inlays.

I love that they are offering a left-handed version on launch, that is a great move and one I certainly welcome.

Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

Right and Left handed models

Alnico Tesla

The Tesla Opus-1 Zebra Alnico-5 humbuckers are controlled via a standard 3-way switch, with twin tone and volume controls. Hardware includes the set of  Gotoh Kluson tuners and a DLX Tune-O-Matic bridge and a stop tail. It is all good stuff and great to have at this price point.

The Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute costs EUR 349/GBP 349 for both the Paradise Amber Flame* and Autumn Flame Burst*

Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

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Slashing Prices

Of course, both these guitars look like something Slash would have played on whilst recording Guns’n’Roses’ Appetite for Destruction. An album where he used a Kris Derrig copy of a Gibson Burst to record one of the most successful debut albums of all time.

Just going to prove that you don’t need an actual Gibson to make great music.

Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh PAF Tribute

Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh PAF Tribute

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Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh AFB Tribute

Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh AFB Tribute

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3 responses to “Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute: Classic Singlecut for less money”

    michael c says:
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    They look good. And full props to HB for the lefty version. Nice.

    William Paxson says:
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    Looks like both a better guitar and a better deal than an Epiphone with the added bonus of not having to deal with Gibson.

    George says:
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    These are not so much aimed at Epiphone/Gibson but at PRS SE. Why buy an overpriced PRS SE where all parts are sourced in the same Asian factories when HB will give you 3 guitars for the same price?

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