Harley Benton SC-Junior review

A single-pickup solidbody singlecut that's unbeatable for value – is Benton setting the standard for entry-level electrics?

Harley Benton SC-Junior
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Harley Benton gets the vibe bang-on with the stripped down vintage-inspired SC-Junior. Just because you won't beat it on value doesn't mean you'll be slumming it; the neck is playable, the frets well finished, the weight is just right, and with a few mods (a more upscale P-90?) this will serve you well for years.


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    Authentic Junior vibe at a fraction of the price.

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    Makes a very viable candidate for aftermarket modding.

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    Impressive playability and it's a nice weight.

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    Great value.


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    The most minor of finish issues.

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Single pickup guitars occupy a strange space; limited? Misunderstood? Well, they look certainly cool. There’s something utilitarian, no-nonsense but self-assured and classic about a Junior.  

The Gibson Les Paul Junior may have been designed as an entry-level model back in 1954, but it’s won favour for good reasons. One P-90 pickup can do a surprising amount of things with the right tone and volume – and player, of course. There’s no doubt that is where Harley Benton’s SC-Junior is drawing its influence. And at a price to tempt even those who have hesitated to travel down One Pickup Avenue before. 

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.