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Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster vs Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

Reasons to Get
Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster over Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Neck Profile
Modern C vs Harley Benton '60s
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Nut Material
Synthetic Bone vs Graphite
Good quality nut with rich tone
Neck Joint
Bolt-On vs Set
Allows you to detach and swap the neck
Pickups
H vs HH
Hum-free with more right hand freedom and sustain
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.82'' (20.8mm) vs 0.787'' (20mm)
More comfortable open chords for big hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.87'' (22.1mm) vs 0.866'' (22mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for big hands
Nut Width
1.65'' (41.9mm) vs 1.654'' (42mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm) vs 24.72'' (627.9mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone
Fretboard Radius
9.5'' (241.3mm) vs 12'' (304.8mm)
Easier to play chords without muting strings

Reasons to Get
Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute over Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster

Weight Relief
Yes vs None
Lighter Body
Decorative Top
Flame Maple vs None
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Fret Material
Stainless Steel vs Nickel Silver
Best fret material that will last forever
Neck Profile
Harley Benton '60s vs Modern C
Thin and flat neck for playing fast
Switch Positions
3 vs 0
More tone options
Volume Knobs
2 vs 1
More volume control
Tone Knobs
2 vs 0
More tone control
Pickups
HH vs H
High output without hum
Number of Frets
22 vs 21
Allows to reach higher notes
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.787'' (20mm) vs 0.82'' (20.8mm)
More comfortable open chords for small hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.866'' (22mm) vs 0.87'' (22.1mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for small hands
Nut Width
1.654'' (42mm) vs 1.65'' (41.9mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Scale Length
24.72'' (627.9mm) vs 25.5'' (647.7mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone
Fretboard Radius
12'' (304.8mm) vs 9.5'' (241.3mm)
Flatter fretboard makes it easier to play single notes and bend
Value Score
82 vs 67
Better price/quality relationship

Other Key Differences
Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster vs Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

Bridge Pickup
Fender Seymour Duncan Invader SH8 Humbucking vs Tesla OPUS-1 AlNiCo-5
Different Bridge Pickup
Body Wood
Alder vs Mahogany
Different Body Wood
Neck Wood
Maple vs Mahogany
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Rosewood vs Pau Ferro
Different Fretboard Wood
Headstock
6 vs 3-3
Different Headstock
Nut Material
Synthetic Bone vs Graphite
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster vs Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

Strings
6
Same playing style
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Fixed
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs Medium
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Frets
  • Top Pickup Brand
  • Expensive Wood

Common Weaknesses

  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Locking Tuners
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

Price History Comparison

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    Which One is Better for Beginners?

    Both meet 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness. 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. If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, you can't go wrong with either of them.

    New Player Friendliness

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    • Comfortable shape
    • Easy-to-use bridge
    • Comfortable fretboard
    • Tall frets
    • Narrow nut
    • Comfortable neck
    • Short scale
    • Locking tuners

    New Player Friendliness

    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute
    • Comfortable shape
    • Easy-to-use bridge
    • Tall frets
    • Narrow nut
    • Short scale
    • Comfortable neck
    • Comfortable fretboard
    • Locking tuners

    Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, 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.

    Sound Quality Comparison

    The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

    Woods Used in the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster

    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. Find out more about Maple.

    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. Find out more about Rosewood.

    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. Find out more about Alder.

    Woods Used in the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute

    Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
    Mahogany
    Pau Ferro wood pattern used for guitar building
    Pau Ferro

    Mahogany is a fairly rare wood nowadays. It's used mostly for bodies due to its relatively lightweight. Gibson popularized it with their Les Paul guitars during their golden years, so this wood has a lot of good reputation behind it. The most expensive type comes from South America and it's still used by Gibson even today. Find out more about Mahogany.

    Pau Ferro has a dark, chocolate-like color with straight dark grains that is being used as a replacement to Rosewood due to the regulations. It produces a warm tone that is somewhere between Mahogany and Rosewood. Find out more about Pau Ferro.

    Winner: Tie.

    Pickup Configuration

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster has an H configuration while the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute has HH pickups.

    A single H pickup gives you the advantage of having a little longer sustain (all other things being equal) because there will be less magnetic fields from other pickups affecting the strings' vibration. However, they also give you the least versatility because you won't have other pickups at different distances from the bridge to create different tones. A single humbucking pickup is used for noiseless high output, which is used mainly for Hard Rock genres.

    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

    Both come with very good pickups from at least one of the specialized brands in the market. With pickups like these, you probably won't need an upgrade anytime soon.

    Both use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

    Winner: Tie.

    Versatility Comparison

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

    Switch Options

    The Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute gives you 3 switch options while the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster gives you 0. This means that the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

    Neither of them come with some kind of coil split or pickup mod option. This makes both lacking in terms of versatility.

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster doesn't come with pickup switching options.

    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute pickups switch and push knobs diagram
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute'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: Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute.

    Final Sound Quality Scores

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    Pickups 90
    Sustain 75
    Versatility 42
    Tuning Stability 70
    Sound 69
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute
    Pickups 90
    Sustain 70
    Versatility 53
    Tuning Stability 70
    Sound 71

    Build Quality Comparison

    When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster compares to the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute.

    Country of Origin

    The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster is built in Mexico while the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute is made in Indonesia.

    Mexico has been for a long time where Fender has built their semi-premium series. If you don't want to overpay for a wellp-built instrument, a guitar built in this country by a good brand always offers good value for the money.

    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

    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 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.

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster has a Synthetic Bone nut. Bone is the best natural material for guitar nuts. However, its tonal properties can be inconsistent. That's the problem that synthetic bone fixes. This is much better than using a plastic nut because the nut is more slippery—which helps with tuning stability—, and it gives your open strings rich harmonics.

    On the other hand, the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute comes with a Graphite nut. It's a self-lubricating material that will allow the strings to slide over the nut without a lot of friction. It's a good type of nut if you want to have better tuning stability than with plastic, although it's not as resistant as Bone or Tusq.

    Winner: Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster.

    Fret Material

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

    In this comparison, the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute is the only one that has stainless steel frets. These frets will basically last for the entire life of the guitar. They will never need polishing nor replacement. And not only that, but some people also notice that bending and vibratos are much easier to perform when they upgrade to stainless steel.

    Winner: Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute.

    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.

    Both come with a similar bridge: 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

    Both come with regular tuners. The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's are Fender Vintage-Style while the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute's are Gotoh Kluson

    Winner: Tie.

    Neck Joint

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

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster 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-550SL Gotoh Tribute 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: Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster.

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

    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    • Expensive Wood
    • Synthetic Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Mexico
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute
    • Stainless Steel Frets
    • Expensive Wood
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Weight Relief
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Indonesia
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

    Final Build Quality Scores

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    Quality of materials 66
    Features 50
    Quality Control 75
    Build Quality 64
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute
    Quality of materials 75
    Features 55
    Quality Control 65
    Build Quality 65

    Playability Comparison

    Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. 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 instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar might be 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 it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

    Nut Width

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Nut Width
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Nut Width
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute Nut Width
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute Nut Width

    The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute has the wider nut with 42mm (1.654'') vs 41.9mm (1.65''). This is a 0.1mm (0.004'') difference

    This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

    Scale Length

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's Scale Length
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's Scale Length
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute's Scale Length
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute'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 Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster has the longest scale: 25.5". The Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute is only 24.72" long. This is a 0.78'' (19.8mm) 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

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Neck Profile
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's neck profile
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute Neck Profile
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute'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 have different neck shapes:

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster has a C type of 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.

    The Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute, on the other hand, has a D neck. This is a thin and flat neck that is made for playing fast. If you prefer a neck that doesn't get in your way when soloing, this is the shape you should use. Guitarists that prefer to have a bit more grip won't like this type of neck.

    Fretboard Radius

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Fingerboard Radius
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's Fingerboard radius
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute Fingerboard Radius
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute's Fingerboard radius

    Most 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 Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's fingerboard radius is smaller, which means it's more curved than the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute's. This extra arc will make playing chords easier in this model. You won't be as likely to mute the strings, especially if you have big hands. However, playing single notes and bending will be easier on the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute.

    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 Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster favors large hands more than the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute. But it's still more comfortable for people with small hands, as you can see in the score meter below.

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster:
    Big Hands
    Small Hands
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute:
    Big Hands
    Small Hands

    Fret Size

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Frets Size
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's Frets Size
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute Frets Size
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute's Frets Size

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster has Medium Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute'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

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 65
    Chord Playability 80
    Solo Playability 60
    Playability 68
    Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 90
    Chord Playability 80
    Solo Playability 70
    Playability 80

    Specs Side-by-Side

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster vs Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute
    General Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Harley Benton SC-550SL Gotoh Tribute
    Brand: Fender Harley Benton
    Year: 2023 2023
    Configuration: H HH
    Strings: 6 6
    Made in: Mexico Indonesia
    Series: Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Tribute
    Colors: Yellow
    Left-Handed Version: No Yes
    Body
    Type: Solid Body Solid Body
    Body Material: Alder Mahogany
    Bridge: 6-Saddle String-Through-Body Hardtail With Block Saddles DLX Tune-O-Matic
    Neck
    Neck Joint: Bolt-On Set
    Tuners: Fender Vintage-Style Gotoh Kluson
    Fretboard: Slab Rosewood Pau Ferro
    Neck Material: Maple Mahogany
    Decoration: White Dot pearloid trapezoid Inlays
    Scale Size: 25.5" 24.72"
    Shape: Modern C Harley Benton '60s
    Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.82'' (20.8mm) - 12th Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm) 1st Fret: 0.787'' (20mm) - 12th Fret: 0.866'' (22mm)
    Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver 22 Medium Stainless Steel
    Fretboard Radius: 9.5" 12"
    Nut: Synthetic Bone Graphite
    Nut Width: 41.9mm (1.65'') 42mm (1.654'')
    Electronics
    Bridge Pickup: Fender Seymour Duncan Invader SH8 Humbucking (Humbucker / Passive) Tesla OPUS-1 AlNiCo-5 (Humbucker / Passive)
    Middle Pickup:
    Neck Pickup: Tesla OPUS-1 AlNiCo-5 (Humbucker / Passive)
    Switch: 0 Way 3 Way
    Knobs: Bell Bell
    Pickup Mods: None None
    Volume Controls: 1 2
    Tone Controls: 0 2