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Harley Benton Aeolus Frost Flame; Pro Series; Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar; Body: Mahogany; Top: Flame AAA Maple Veneer; Neck: Roasted Flame Maple with Satin Finish; Truss Rod with Spoke Wheel Access; Fingerboard: Roasted Maple; Neck Mount: Set; Neck Shape: C; Inlays: Pearloid White Dots; 2mm Glow in the Dark Side Dots; 22 Blacksmith Stainless Steel Medium Jumbo frets; Nut: Graphtech TUSQ Black; Nut Width: 43 mm (1,69"); Scale: 635 mm (25"); Fingerboard Radius: 350 mm (13,78"); Thickness at 1st Fret: 22 mm (0,87"); Thickness at 12th Fret: 24 mm (0,94"); Binding: 1 ply wooden; Pickups: Tesla VR-2 Alnico 5 (Bridge), Tesla VR-2 Alnico 5 (Neck); Controls: 1-Volume & 1-Tone, push/pull coil split; Switch: 3-Way Toggle; Bridge: WSC Tune-O-Matic Style; Hardware Finish: Chrome; Tuners: Grover Locking; Color: Frost Flame Satin ; Stock Strings: 010 - 046

Colour Frost Flame
Body Mahogany
Frets 22
Scale 635 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
available since June 2021
Item number 496344
$389
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Harley Benton Aeolus Frost Flame
Daniel.C. 12.09.2021
Decent guitar, good tuners+nut+fretboard, plus point for easy acces trussrod, compfy good materials, very nice top color with matt finish, the ergonomic heel is also a nice point, pickups are totally ok, you dont have the feeling like to have to change right away, ofc you can, but they are just fine. No sharp frets, maybe not 100% but action around/little below 2 mm, i would said medium quality, seen much worst from premium brands, and it can be corrigated under 1 hour to perfect around 0,5 mm. I made a few estetical changes, the only thing i would add for the basic modell is a roller bridge. In this price range, probably the best you can buy. This guitar "has it all", very very nice for beginners, and for advanced players as well. I recommend!
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Really good sounding instrument
KresoD 05.07.2021
I play music in several bands, and this review is based on three gigs I had this weekend.

Aeolus looks stunning. I have the frosted flamed version and it really looks classy. The maple veneer tops looks like real maple, color fading is smooth, and the roasted neck really compliments the look. I would only prefer neck inlays to be block instead of dots. Smaller chrome logo looks better than any other previous version, and I like the “a” logo on the headstock. If you are picky don't look at the soundholes. Guitar interior looks unfinished and f holes edges are not smooth.

Playability wise, guitar is set up perfectly, intonation is impeccable and 10 gauge strings feel smooth and easy to bend.

Sound is the most important thing to me and Aeolus really delivers. I was wondering how guitar will behave with overdrive on loud stage – I feared uncontrolled feedback, and presumed single-coil splitting will be useless, but I am happy to report both of those concerns proved to be unfounded. When I played guitar at home I instantly loved the neck pickup but bridge pickup did not impress me; I though it sounded thin and uninspiring.
Playing guitar live showed its true sound capabilities: neck pickup is just stellar in any combination – humbucking mode allows full clean sounds and singing smooth overdriven sound (but not woolly or muddy), and single coil mode really matches the good single coil tone I get from my strats. Really impressed here – I believe this is not only due to pickups but this is a maple/maple neck guitar, and the string length is between Strat and Les Paul, so I presume this contributes to tone.
Bridge pickup really thumps well with overdrive. When used with high gain sound I needed to be careful and not stand close to the wedge monitor to avoid feedback, but it is important to say the feedback was controllable and in-pitch. It was not the uncontrollable squealing I feared.

I really like the neck satin feel. Stainless steel frets are well done, but the fretboard was dry when I received the guitar. After a week of playing (and three sweaty gigs), it lost the dry feel and scratching sound of strings rubbing the fretboard.
One thing I don’t like about the neck is the profile: this is a thick, chunky C profile. It is quite substantial and since I have small hands this is challenging for me. After a couple of all-night gigs (7-8 hour sets) my left hand felt really tired. At the end of second night I had to switch to a superstrat – what a relief for my left hand! Players who prefer thick necks will like this chunky profile.

There is just one complaint: I broke the first string during the third song of the gig. This almost never happens to me. After the set I was replacing it with a fresh string – and it broke again immediately, at the same spot – right at the locking tuner! So, I guess the Grover locking tuners might have sharp edges of the locking mechanism. ☹ I then replaced it with a thicker gauge string (011), and it did not break again. Yet…

Overall, this is a really good instrument for any price range and a ridiculously great value.
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Lovely Satin Semi-Hollow
mossler 30.06.2021
I wanted a single cut semi-hollow with modern features and this guitar delivers. Roasted maple neck, stainless frets, locking tuners and an excellent pair of Korean pickups.
My Frost Flame is two dozen away in serial number from the one shown in the pictures and shows the individuality of each instrument. Mine has a very soft bottom colouration, with striping that shows in limited angles and would pop more with some oil or other treatment.
One outstanding modern capability is the rear panel access, which is odd for Semi-Hollow, but this gives you the ability to modify or maintain easily. The missing piece of visual puzzle, there is no "curtain" to hide the view of the internal guts of the cables and pots, but this is a very small price to pay to for all that you get.
Mark my words, this is a wonderful new way to build a Semi-Hollow guitar and HB now has a perhaps the most modern implementation.
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Usus 15.10.2021
Hab wirklich kein Glück gehabt. Hab sie 2 mal bestellen müssen. Beide kaputt.
Anscheinend gibt es hier keine QS mehr, wenn es 2 mal nicht drin ist ein funktionstüchtiges Instrument zu liefern. Sehr traurig bei den Features.

Pro:
Tolle features,
voller Sound,
gute Bespielbarkeit.
Traumschön.

Contra:
Intonation katastrophal,
nicht stimmstabil auch nach längerem Einspielen, trotz locking Mechs,
Fretbuzz sämtlicher Woundsaiten,
Saitenkillerbridge,
Nebengeräusche (es sirrt was mit, vermutl. Trussrod? NERVT!!),
Werkzeugspuren,
Deadnotes,
Satin Finish nach 2 Tagen runter,
Boden von innen nie in der Nähe eines Hobels gewesen,
Herausstehende Holzfasern an den F-Löchern,
F-Löcher nur zur Hälfte mit Finish behandelt. Auffallend hässlich.

Bei Nr.2 war die Ecke der Kopfplatte bereits beschädigt,
nicht intoniert,
nicht stimmstabil. Hält keinen Song durch.
Sitareffekt A-Saite.
Fetbuzz, auch über Amp.
Deadnotes,
Schraube der Abdeckungstößt durch den Boden unterm F-Loch

Die 2. hatte ich als Ersatz bestellt, weil ich Gigs zu spielen habe. Leider ohne Setup unspielbar, aber da es ein Leihgerät ist...hab ich wieder nichts.
Sie ist etwas leichter, was mir besser gefiel.

Fazit:Eigentlich ein super Modell mit mieser Qualität. Mehr Deko als Gitarre.
Also Thomann. So vergrault man Kunden. Ich bin sehr verärgert. Außerdem hab ich Gigs und Ihr laßt mich hängen.
Pro Line? Vielleicht wenn man Gitarrenbauer ist und was zu tun braucht. Aber nicht für Gitarristen.
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