Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT Review & Prices

Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT Review
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  • From Harley Benton's 2019 Santos series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.724"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Spruce top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Black Walnut fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: HB-03 system with built-in tuner (Preamp/Active)
  • Blackwood bridge
  • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Deluxe machine heads tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 82
Sound 80
Build quality 60
Value for money 89
Overall Score 74
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT
  • Expensive Wood
  • Electronics
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • Low-Quality Material Saddle
  • Laminated Top Wood
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $440, which means that the Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT is around 67% cheaper than the competition. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in China.

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Is it Easy to Play?

The Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. 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 to get used to.

New Player Friendliness

Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Soft Strings
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Locking tuners

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT's 24.724" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT Scale Length Comparison
Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is a slightly shorter scale than the more common short scale of 24.75". It's a good choice for beginners that want to get an easier-to-play guitar without it being much different than a normal scale guitar.

Neck Profile

Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT Neck Profile
Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT has a 15.748" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT's fretboard radius compared to others

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.724'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.89'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
25.3'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.772'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
24.961'' Scale Length
V Neck Profile
1.772'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
25.315'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
25.315'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT Nut Width
Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT Nut Width

The Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT has a nut width of 48mm (1.89''). This is within the most common range of nut widths for a 6-string guitar. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

Frets

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT Fret Size Comparison
Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 90
Chord Playability 75
Solo Playability 80
Playability 82

Tone Analysis

The type of wood and even the shape of the body will have a lot of influence in the final tone of an acoustic guitar. Here's we'll talk about what kind of tone you can expect from its specs.

Wood

Spruce wood pattern used for guitar building
Spruce Top
Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Back, Sides, Neck
Walnut wood pattern used for guitar building
Walnut Fretboard

Spruce Top: This wood has a light color with tight grain patterns. It's very stiff but relatively light. It's known for producing a well-rounded tone with a broad dynamic range.

Mahogany Back, Sides and Neck: This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Walnut Fretboard: It's a hard wood with a chocolate color that is often used to give an elegant finish. Since it's quite expensive and rare, it's mostly used for guitar tops.

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Pickups

This guitar comes with preamp pickups that will allow you to connect it directly to an amplifier and record with it, or use it live.

Sound Score

Sustain 65
Versatility 85
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 80

Build Quality Analysis

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive instruments are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT is made in China. So you can expect lower build quality when compared to others made in Korea, Japan or the United States. Guitars made in this country are meant for mass production, which translates into less attention to detail and quality control. This doesn't mean the product is made poorly at all. Chinese products have a bad reputation since long ago, but they've definitely improved a lot the last few years.

Still, remember that we're taking about Harley Benton here, which is a brand with good renown. They know how to use cheap labor in this country without sacrificing too much quality. So you shouldn't end up receiving a useless or ugly instrument.

Bridge

Blackwood: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT has a Graphite nut. This material is self-lubricating, which allows the strings to slide over the nut without too much friction. This helps to keep the guitar in tune when bending and using the tremolo. It's not as resistant and it doesn't sound as good as bone, but it is much better than a plastic nut.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 51
Features 75
Quality Control 55
Build Quality 60

All Specs

Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT
General
Brand: Harley Benton
Year: 2019
Configuration:
Strings: 6
Made in: China
Series: Santos
Colors: Black, Natural
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Spruce
Bridge: Blackwood
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Deluxe machine heads
Fretboard: Black Walnut
Neck Material: Mahogany
Decoration:
Scale Size: 24.724"
Shape: Acoustic C Shape
Frets: 20 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 15.748"
Nut: Graphite
Nut Width: 48mm (1.89'')
Electronics
Switch: 0 Way
Knobs:
Volume Controls: 0
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: HB-03 system with built-in tuner (Preamp / Active)

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