Cort G280 Select vs Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG

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Cort G280 Select
Playability
73
Sound
68
Build
65
Value
79
Score
69
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Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG
VS
Playability
75
Sound
73
Build
62
Value
80
Score
70

Reasons to Get
Cort G280 Select vs Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG

Decorative Top
Flamed Maple vs None
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Compound Radius
12" to 15.75" vs 13.78"
Balanced playability for chords and single-notes
Neck Joint
Bolt-On vs Set
Allows you to detach and swap the neck
Neck Profile
Ergo-V vs Harley Benton Modern C
Great if you like to hang your thumb over the fretboard
Switch Positions
5 vs 3
More tone options
Pickups
HSS vs HH
High output with beautiful cleans and tone versatility
Bridge
Tremolo vs Fixed
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm) vs 24.75'' (628.7mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone
Pickups Power
Passive vs Active
Cleaner sound and no battery needed

Reasons to Get
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG vs Cort G280 Select

Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Neck Profile
Harley Benton Modern C vs Ergo-V
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Pickups Quality
EMG vs Cort
Better pickups
Volume Knobs
2 vs 1
More volume control
Pickups
HH vs HSS
High output without hum
Bridge
Fixed vs Tremolo
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Scale Length
24.75'' (628.7mm) vs 25.5'' (647.7mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone
Pickups Power
Active vs Passive
More output for heavier genres
Value Score
80 vs 79
Better price/quality relationship

Other Key Differences
Cort G280 Select vs Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG

Bridge Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 vs EMG Retro Active Hot 70
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 vs EMG Retro Active Hot 70
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Alder vs Okoume
Different Body Wood
Neck Wood
Maple vs Nyatoh
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Rosewood vs Jatoba
Different Fretboard Wood
Headstock
6 vs 3-3
Different Headstock

Shared Features
Cort G280 Select vs Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG

Nut Material
Plastic
Same Nut Material
Strings
6
Same tuning options
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Tone Knobs
1
Same tone control
Number of Frets
22
Same maximum octave
Nut Width
1.654'' (42mm)
Same string separation at the nut
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Type of Frets
Medium vs Medium Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings

Common Strengths

  • Locking Tuners

Common Weaknesses

  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Weight Relief
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

Cort G280 Select Prices

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Cort G280 Select vs Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG: Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG is probably the better product overall with its final score of 70 compared to the Cort G280 Select's 69 score, although not by a lot.

The Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG wins when it comes to sound, playability, value for the money. On the other hand, the Cort G280 Select has the upper hand when it comes to build quality.

If you got small hands, you'll probably feel more comfortable playing the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG.

Which Guitar is Better for Beginners?

If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG is the better choice.

The Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG meets 7 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Cort G280 Select meets only 6. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players.

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing a guitar, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Cort G280 Select Overview

  • From Cort's 2021 G series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 15.75" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Alder body
  • Hard Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Cort CFA-III Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Ergo-V Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Cort Staggered Locking tuners

Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG Overview

  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Deluxe series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Okoume body
  • Nyatoh neck
  • Jatoba fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Harley Benton bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • WSC Schaller Style J07Lkf Locking tuners

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the guitar. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Cort G280 Select compares to the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG.

Country of Origin Comparison

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. Both guitars in this comparison where made in Indonesia.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

Winner: Tie

Woods Used in the Cort G280 Select

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood
Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America.

Rosewood is an almost purple-looking wood that is used mainly for fretboards since it's heavy, rare, and expensive. It's sometimes used on acoustic guitar bodies to create stronger warm tones.

Alder is the most popular wood that Fender uses in most of their guitars nowadays. Even though they say it's because of its balanced tone with an emphasis in the upper midrange, it probably is because it isn't too expensive, and it's also pretty lightweight—more than Mahogany.

Woods Used in the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG

Nyatoh wood pattern used for guitar building
Nyatoh
Jatoba wood pattern used for guitar building
Jatoba
Okoume wood pattern used for guitar building
Okoume

Nyatoh has been replacing Mahogany for guitar building. It's fairly hard, durable, more sustentable and common than Mahogany.

Jatoba is a hard and dense wood that emphasizes the mid-lows, giving a fuller, more round sound than, for example, Mahogany. However, it also has a lot of clarity in the top end.

Okoume is an affordable wood and one of the first to replace Mahogany when the prohibitions started. It's generally softer than Mahogany and the tone has warmer lows.

Winner: Cort G280 Select.

Nut Material

If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same guitar model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

In this case, both guitars have Plastic nuts. This is a low-quality nut that you might want to consider upgrading soon. Bone and TUSQ nuts are the best for guitars with a fixed or simple tremolo bridge.

Fret Material

Most guitar fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most guitars end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive guitars come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

Unfortunately, none of these guitars come with stainless steel frets.

Winner: Tie.

Bridge

The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

The Cort G280 Select's brige is a Tremolo. Tremolo bridges give you more versatility than fixed bridges. They let you perform the intense vibrato effects that would be impossible with a fixed bridge. However, since the bridge floats and there's less contact with the body, the strings lose sustain slightly faster. They can also be a bit harder to restring and set up correctly than fixed bridges.

On the other hand, the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG's is a Fixed. It's a simple bridge that is very beginner-friendly since it doesn't require any set-up. You can swap strings easily. It might also give more sustain since it doesn't have complex moving parts that make the strings lose vibration. However, it doesn't have the same versatility as a tremolo bridge.

Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

They both have locking tuners. They'll help to keep your guitar in tune because they allow you to tune the guitar without wrapping the strings around the posts. This avoids variations in the tuning due to the strings changing position at the post after a bend. They come at the disadvantage of being slightly heavier than regular tuners. Also, it makes it a lot easier to restring.

Winner: Tie.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to an electric guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

The Cort G280 Select has a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

On the other hand, the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG comes with Set neck joint. This neck is tightly glued to the body. They give you the least versatility because you can't swap them for a neck that fits your hand better if you want to, unlike bolt-on necks. Some people think this gives more resonance and sustain, but there's no real difference if the bolt-on joint is well built.

Winner: Cort G280 Select.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Cort G280 Select
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay
Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG
  • Locking Tuners
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Expensive Woods
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Final Build Quality Scores

Cort G280 Select
Quality of materials 56
Features 75
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 65
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG
Quality of materials 60
Features 60
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 62

Sound Quality Comparison

Determining which guitar sounds better objectively is a difficult task since not everybody will love the same pickups. However, we still can take a look at the instrument specifications to determine how versatile, how much sustain, and the tuning stability it might have. Let's see now how both these guitars compare to each other when it comes to sound quality.

Pickup Configuration

The Cort G280 Select has an HSS configuration while the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG has HH pickups.

HSS provides a great balance if you like to play with a lot of distortion, but also love to use clean tones. You'll get a lot of output at the bridge position, but you'll be able to play bright clean tones at the other positions.

On the other hand, Double Humbucker (HH) is the choice for people who want a fuller, more round sound with tons of mids and lows. Humbuckers also get rid of the hum noise that plague single-coil pickups. They can work out for almost any genre going from Djent to even Jazz.

Pickups Quality

The Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG pickups from a more specialized brand than the Cort G280 Select. Its pickups should give you a fuller, richer sound, although it all depends on what type of music you're going to play. We recommend these pickups for Heavy Metal and similar genres.

We found the same or similar pickups to the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG's online:

The Cort G280 Select's pickups are Passive while the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG's are Active.

Passive pickups are what most guitars use. These have a normal output that works well for most genres. However, Active pickups are the preferred choice of heavy metal players because they offer extra output thanks to their 9v battery, which results in a heavier, more distorted sound. Bear in mind that achieving a completely clean tone with them won't be easy. So if you want to also use clean tones, you might want to avoid Active pickups.

Winner: Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG.

Versatility Comparison

Some guitars offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both guitars compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

The Cort G280 Select gives you 5 switch options while the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG gives you 3. This means that the Cort G280 Select gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

None of them come with some kind of coil split or pickup mod option. This makes both lacking in terms of versatility.

Here's the diagram comparing all the pickup combinations you can get with both guitars:

Cort G280 Select pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Cort G280 Select's switch options
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG's switch options

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Cort G280 Select.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Cort G280 Select
Pickups 60
Sustain 70
Versatility 71
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 68
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG
Pickups 90
Sustain 80
Versatility 47
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 73

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare the playability of both guitars. Bear in mind that the guitar will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test a guitar before buying it. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the guitar for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar is to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when we're comparing guitars. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

Nut Width Comparison

Cort G280 Select Nut Width
Both Guitars Have The Same Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, both guitars have a nut width of 42mm (1.654'').

Compared to the average 43mm nut width, these guitars will feel better in the hands of people with small hands. You'll feel that it's easier to play bar chords, although you might be more likely to mute strings accidentally when playing open chords.

Scale Length Comparison

Cort G280 Select's Scale Length
Cort G280 Select's Scale Length
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG's Scale Length
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG's Scale Length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

The Cort G280 Select has the longest scale: 25.5". The Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG is only 24.75" long. This is a 0.75'' (19.1mm) scale length difference.

This longer scale means that the strings need more tension to get in tune. This is good if you want to avoid fret buzz, which can happen when the strings are too loose and touch the frets while vibrating. This is especially important when playing in lower tunings. This will also let you reduce the gap between fretboard and strings (low action) to make them easier to press down. However, this higher tension will also make it harder to perform bends and vibratos as the strings will feel stiffer.

This also means that the frets have a longer separation between each other, so this will make it harder for people with smaller hands when playing some chord positions.

Another characteristic of a longer scale is that it makes the guitar sound 'snappier' or brighter. This is due to the extra separation between harmonics and overtones produced by the tension. This influences tone more than any other factor (except the pickups).

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile Comparison

Cort G280 Select Neck Profile
Cort G280 Select's neck profile
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG Neck Profile
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

In this case, both guitars have different neck shapes:

The Cort G280 Select has a V type of neck. This neck shape was more common during Fender's early years. Some people like it because they use their thumb over the edge of the fretboard to press the lower strings. It's rather thicker than most modern necks, so it's not usually used for playing fast solos.

The Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG, on the other hand, has a C neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

Fretboard Radius Comparison

Cort G280 Select Fretboard Compound Radius
Cort G280 Select's Compound Fretboard Radius
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG Fingerboard Radius
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG's Fingerboard radius

Most electric guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

In this case, the Cort G280 Select is the only one with a compound radius. This is a huge win because it will give you the best of both worlds: a more curved radius in the first few frets for chords, and flatter as you come closer to the body for soloing.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Cort G280 Select favors large hands more than the Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG.

Cort G280 Select:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Fret Size Comparison

Cort G280 Select Frets Size
Cort G280 Select's Frets Size
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG Frets Size
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG's Frets Size

The Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG has Medium Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Cort G280 Select's Medium frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

Cort G280 Select
Bending & Vibrato Ease 60
Chord Playability 100
Solo Playability 60
Playability 73
Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75

Cort G280 Select vs Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG Specs Comparison

General Cort G280 Select Harley Benton SC-Custom Plus EMG
Brand: Cort Harley Benton
Year: 2021 2021
Configuration: HSS HH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Indonesia Indonesia
Series: G Deluxe
Colors: Black, Yellow Black, Blue, Orange, Red
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Alder Okoume
Bridge: Cort CFA-III Tremolo Harley Benton
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Set
Tuners: Cort Staggered Locking WSC Schaller Style J07Lkf Locking
Fretboard: Rosewood Jatoba
Neck Material: Hard Maple Nyatoh
Decoration: White Dots White Pearloid Trapezoids
Scale Size: 25.5" 24.75"
Shape: Ergo-V Harley Benton Modern C
Frets: 22 Medium 22 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" to 15.75" 13.78"
Nut: Plastic Plastic
Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'') 42mm (1.654'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Dome Dome
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 1 2
Tone Controls: 1 1
Bridge Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 (Humbucker / Passive) EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker / Active)
Middle Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive) EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker / Active)