Harley Benton DC Guitar Kit

Having bought a few guitars by mid-2014, I was conscious of a desire to understand more about how guitars work, and how to maintain them.  I also had the idea of having a cheap guitar as a test bed for experiments like swapping pickups.  The logical answer to both of these was to buy and make a kit guitar.

The unfinished body
The unfinished body

To cut a long story short, I bought a Harley Benton Double Cut (SG-style) kit from Thomann and finished and assembled it.  I won’t go into the details here because I’ve already written a series of articles about this build.  You can find the first article here.

The rest of the components
The rest of the components


  • Bolt-on neck
  • Body: Solid wood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Double action truss rod
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Trapeze fretboard inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm / 24.75″
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Pickup: 2 Humbuckers
  • 2 Volume, 2 Tone control
  • 3 way switch
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • DieCast machine heads
  • 009 – 042 Strings
The finished guitar (almost)
The finished guitar (almost)