Harley Benton Aeolus Frost Flame

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Electric guitar

  • Pro Series
  • Style: Semi-Hollow
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: AAA flamed maple veneer
  • Glued-in neck: Roasted maple
  • Fingerboard: Roasted maple
  • White Pearloid dot fingerboard inlays
  • 2 mm Glow in the dark side dots
  • Neck profile: C - thickness at 1st fret: 22 mm, thickness at 12th fret 24 mm
  • Matte neck finish
  • Single ply wood binding
  • Scale: 635 mm (25")
  • Fingerboard radius: 350 mm (13.78")
  • Nut width: 43 mm (1.69")
  • Black Graphtech TUSQ nut
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Blacksmith stainless steel frets
  • Pickups: 2 Tesla VR-2 AlNiCo 5 humbuckers
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • Push/Pull function for coil split
  • 3-way toggle switch
  • WSC Tune-O-Matic style bridge
  • Truss rod with spoke wheel access
  • Grover locking tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Factory strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Frost Flame Satin
available since June 2021
Item number 496344
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Frost Flame
Body Mahogany
Frets 22
Scale 635 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
$339
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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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Semi hollow on budget, hard to bit for the price
StephanPK 21.01.2022
I bought this guitar as I wanted to try a semi hollow for some time, but didn't want to invest a lot. The guitar was fine, Tesla pickups provide good cleans, especially with coil split, good overdrive, ok distortion. Distortion is not terrible, but a bit dull, to my taste. It's more mid output pickups.
The body and the neck were fine, had to polish the frets, common issue with all HB I had.
In general very good quality instrument.
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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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More Than Just a "Great Value"
Drew S 17.06.2022
Because of the low price of this guitar it's tempting to say "great guitar for the price," but really I think it's a really good guitar whatever the price. I bought it because I wanted a semi hollow, but don't like the large 335 body size. With the Aeolus they created the exact features and form I was looking for. It just amazes me that it was so inexpensive also. I am also happy they did something with the Frost color that is not so typical. Stainless steel frets, locking tuners, coil split, roasted maple neck - all excellent quality features especially for the price. High quality guitar all the way around. I'd say the two cons for me were that the fading from maple color to dark on the body is not gradual or subtle like I was hoping it would be, and I do think it could use a fret level and crown. That being said the action isn't bad, it just could be better. I am glad I took the gamble and ordered this guitar. It's just going to be luck if the draw on the color and grain and mine isn't ugly like a couple others I've seen online but it's not as great and even like the ones they used for the photos.
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