Has Harley Benton just raised the bar for acoustic guitar value with the CL-15 series?

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Acoustic guitar (opens in new tab) value just keeps getting better – and Harley Benton might be setting a new benchmark for it here with a four-model range added to its Custom Line with spec including solid mahogany back and sides, bone nut and saddle. Plus Fishman Presys II preamp systems on the three electro acoustic (opens in new tab) models.

And you won't believe the prices! 

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CLA-15M (Image credit: Harley Benton)

The range encompasses the CLD-15MCE electro dreadnought, electro CLA-15MCE auditorium and non-electro CLA-15M auditorium plus electro CLP-15ME parlor guitar.

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CLA-15MCE (Image credit: Harley Benton)

These guitars have a timeless vintage look with their natural satin mahogany tops, backs and sides. The deluxe antique-style copper coloured open back tuners help too. Shared traits included pau ferro fingerboards and oval C neck profiles.

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CLD-15MCE (Image credit: Harley Benton)

The CLP-15ME parlor has 24.7" scale and slotted headstock with 18 frets while the other three models are 25.3" with 20 frets. 

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CLP-15ME (Image credit: Harley Benton)

So far, so impressive and we've been impressed with the peformance of the Fishman Presys II system on other guitars we've tried. So what about the prices? Well, as is often the case with Harley Benton - they're eyebrow raisers!

CLP-15ME parlor electro: €306 / £315.60 (inc VAT) buy at Thomann (opens in new tab)

CLA-15M auditorium non-electro: €254 / £261.60 (inc VAT) buy at Thomann (opens in new tab)  (opens in new tab)

CLA-15MCE auditorium cutaway electro: €306 / £315.60 (inc VAT) buy at Thomann (opens in new tab)

CLD-15MCE dreadnought cutaway electro: €306 / £315.60 (inc VAT) buy at Thomann (opens in new tab)

Check out the full Custom Line of acoustic guitars over at Harley Benton (opens in new tab)

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.