Well today I've recieved my new SC-550 and I have mixed feelings about it...
Out of the box it remembered me a friend's Gibson Standard faded from 2005, not because of the look but the weight, so I knocked the backside and found that it was chambered aswell. I decided to open the guts of the guitar and see what's inside and found this in the switch part:
Which leads to this -not so well- hidden chamber:
But also wanted to see if it was just the upper half of the body or both, and this pretty mess of cables:
Lead me to this other -even worse- hidden chamber:
So this guitar is a three parts body in which you've two chambers and a sustain block in the middle. Also I learnt that it's made in Vietnam since the back of the headstock has an-impossible-to-removal print that says it so:
Includes the new Harley Benton logo:
And the HB on the truss rod cover that might stand for Hollow Body:
Of course the guitar comes with the new Roswell pickups, which I don't dislike at all (haven't played enough) and besides minor paint flaws and slightly dry fretboard, it's playable, you can have fun with it for sure and the tone/vol knobs do their job, but as I said I've mixed feelings about the chambered body, I didn't read anything about it or didn't watch a video that mention that 'issue', so I want to read your honest opinion about it.
Sorry if the imgs are too large, if you need I can resized them.
It's the Faded Tobacco, but seems like they are getting a few aesthetic changes since they are now being crafted in Vietnam. Maybe someday they'll update the pictures.
They sure are Jazz III . Is the back of the neck painted black now? It sure doesn't look like this:
No, don't trust my cheap mobile phone camera, it's a little bit darker than website, but not black. I like the older headstock and typography, but I guess this is the new HB -hope it's not just an experimental thing- also the box has new logo.
Btw I bought the LP cream pickguard but I'm not sure if I want to screw this beautiful top D:
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