Harley Benton BM-75 Trans Red Deluxe Series

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Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Set-in neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm (13.77")
  • Scale: 635 mm (25")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • 24 Frets
  • Pickup: 3x Vintage Style single coils
  • 1 Master volume, 1 master tone control
  • 5-Way pickup selector switch
  • 3 Phase switch
  • Chrome hardware
  • Floating tremolo
  • HB Jinho J-03 Mini machine heads
  • Factory strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Trans Red, high-gloss
  • Suitable case: (optional): 172299 (not included)
Available since August 2016
Item number 392208
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Red
Soundboard Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 24
Scale 635 mm
Pickup System SSS
Tremolo Yes
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Design Double Cut
Top None
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She will rock you

Harley Benton BM-75 Trans Red Deluxe guitar, front view

Harley Benton has long enjoyed a reputation for making high-quality instruments available to players who don't have a fortune to spend, and the BM-75 Trans Red is no exception. This double cut guitar with its instantly recognisable silhouette is certain to find favour with afficionados of classic British Rock music in the style of luminaries like Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple. The guitar combines a mahogany body and set mahogany neck with a 24-fret amaranth fingerboard, and this construction combined with its three vintage-style single coil pickups delivers a full, warm tone with plenty of clarity while the guitar's sleek two-point floating vibrato opens up a range of different options for expressive playing.

Harley Benton BM-75 Trans Red with single coils and tremolo

Caught "red" handed

An all-mahogany construction and set neck are key ingredients for guitars designed to deliver the warmth and punch needed for Rock music in its various guises, and that is what players get with the BM-75 Trans Red in addition to the sonic versatility that only a trio of single coil pickups can provide, covering everything from shimmering cleans and gritty, dynamic crunch through to singing lead sounds. The pickups are governed by a five-way selector switch, and each one has a dedicated phase switch as well. The entire control layout, which also includes a master volume and master tone control, is accommodated within easy reach on the guitar's stylish black pickguard. The body's distinctive double cutaways provide unrestricted access to the guitar's upper registers, and reliable tuning stability is also ensured by a set of chrome-plated Jinho JN-03 Mini machine heads.

Rear side of Harley Benton BM-75 Trans Red Deluxe with neck joint and white binding on front and back

Rock royalty at an affordable price

The Harley Benton BM-75 Trans Red not only gives musicians all the advantages of an all-mahogany guitar without breaking the bank - it also gives fans of the illustrious original a chance to get their hands on a piece of Rock music history without having to spend a fortune. The three pickups and expanded range of switching options put a palette of sounds at the player's fingertips that will cover every style of Rock, and the guitar's powerful and transparent sound means that it will be equally at home playing overdriven sounds and clean chordal passages. What is more, both beginners and more experienced players will greatly appreciate the comfortable neck profile, which means they can rock out for hours on end without fatigue setting in.

Pointed Harley Benton headstock with Grover-style machine heads

About Harley Benton

Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.

Time to break free

As mentioned above, the BM-75 Trans Red's solid mahogany construction and pickup configuration make it ideal for Blues and Rock & Roll, but this classy red workhorse is clearly most at home in Classic Rock and, once paired with a good-quality amplifier, is ready to unleash the fury in the rehearsal room, in the studio, and on stage. Harley Benton has also not cut any corners in ensuring that the guitar's hardware is on a par with its robust construction and sonic versatility, so players can rest assured that its floating vibrato and high-quality machine heads will deliver many years of reliable service.

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153 Reviews

Excellent guitar in its own right!!
ScriptTaylor 05.03.2020
Excellent guitar in its own right!!
Whilst some may mark this down a little as it does not do everything Brian May’s guitar does, at a fraction of the price what it does do is terrific. Judging it on its own merits.

Features 5 out of 5 (here’s why)
In its own right the amount of different sounds/tones you can get out of the 3 pick ups, 5 way selector, tone knob and of course phase switches is really incredible. Soooo many guitars around this price point you struggle to hear a difference between pick ups, Not the case with the BM-75. Each option sounds distinctly different from the last which gives this guitar one of the largest ranges of sounds you could possibly ask for. Also there is a quality Floating tremolo which you can use and the guitar keeps its tuning really well. The way the neck is shaped means reaching those very top frets is easy.

Sounds 5 out of 5 (here’s why)
As I stated above the range of distinct sounds is incredible. Each pick up sounds great. The Mahogany body was a great choice as I was really blown away by just how much the guitar resonates. Tone control is impressive as from 0-10 you can hear the sound changing as you roll the tone off or on.

Quality 5 out of 5 (here’s why)
Again as stated above the guitar resonates incredibly well. It is surprisingly light. The finish had no flaws or imperfections, the binding looked great and the fretwork was very smooth, no sharp fret edges or even lumps/raises. Fretboard was flawless. The tuners held tune surprisingly well. Out of the box tuned it up and played away for 20-30 minutes without having to do any substantial re-tune (this was using the tremolo as well). Switches, 5 way selector, volume control, tone control all well fitted with nothing loose or lacking quality.

Great job Thomann with the set up. Right across the board this is a great guitar. Does it compare to £1000 guitars, probably not. But it certainly holds it own with guitars 3 times the price. If you, like me, think strats sound great but you don’t like the body shape, this is a great guitar for you. The range of different sounds alone is worth the price but with the overall quality being this good, it makes this a great deal!
If you are tempted by this ….. get it! You will not be disappointed.


Best allrounder I own
Orangejus 10.12.2022
To be honest, at first sight this guitar looks quite scary. It has many buttons, the accessible neck makes it seem like you need to shred on it and even its general looks create some expectations. But rest assured you don't have to be Brian May on this one.

It is the most versatile guitar I have ever played. It is basically a Stratocaster for Les Paul lovers. It has all the functionalities you would find on a stratocaster and, with it's 3 fase switches, even more than that. And as an extra benefit it doesn't look like a stratocaster.
I use it mainly as a back-up for my Les Paul and Telecaster and actually it is able to do more than replace one of those when a string breaks. At home or when I want to travel light it's my go to guitar because all the pick-up and fase combination give you all the sounds you need.

Because of its relatively small body it's also the shortest guitar I own which for a not so super tall person is also kinda nice. Yet its small form-factor does not take anything away from the sound it produces. It is true that its pickups are not as loud as a humbucker but then again that makes sense as it is not a humbucker pick-up, so you shouldn't expect that. It can easily blow everyone away on a stage or be used practising at home; I haven't any issues on higher or lower volumes yet.
Its neck is slightly thicker than you would expect if you are used to Stratocasters but it doesn't feel as if that will ever be a problem.

I can easily tell you all day about this guitar. While my other guitars allow me to play, this one inspires me to play. I don't know if you can do anything with that info but here it is anyway.
If you are looking for a great allrounder, a great guitar for practising at home or even for your first electric guitar, look no further. This guitar has all you need and even more. It's not too heavy, it's not too big, yet they still managed to cram a huge deal of potential in this guitar.


Lance Z. 12.07.2021
I have owned 4 or 5 real BMG Special LEs over the past several years. I have tried so hard to like them, but I’ve never been able to get past 3 issues: 24” scale length, serial pickup wiring (though I have performed the serial/parallel switch mod on a couple of them), and the closeness of the pickups to the strings (interferes with my picking style).

This BM-75 solves all of those issues for me, while also being a ridiculously well-built and great-sounding guitar for the money. The 25” scale length is perfect. The parallel wiring is far more pleasant than series, to my ears. And the pickup(s) height is more like a Strat, leaving plenty of room for digging in without hitting a pickup with the pick.

Regarding the pickup options, I lose neck+bridge, with corresponding two out-of-phase options for it. And I lose neck+middle+bridge option with all the out-of-phase options for it. I don’t mind, though. This still gives me plenty of whacky out-of-phase tones to play with and use.

Regarding the middle out-of-phase switch: some have implied that it is redundant. It is not redundant. Sonically, it matters which pickup is out-of-phase. This guitar, in particular, produces a distinctly different tone depending on which is used in (especially) neck+middle or (less noticeably) middle+bridge. This is true on a real BMG, too. It’s true on any guitar that provides a per-pickup phase-switching option. But it is slightly more pronounced on the BM-75 than on the BMG Special LEs I’ve owned.

Anyway, great guitar. After I tested it through the AFX3 for a half hour, I said to myself, “Perfect.” Just a great value. Built well, plays well, sounds great, feels great.


Well done tribute guitar
FenderPete 23.11.2020
I have had my eye on this guitar for quite some time and when it became available again I had to snap it up, and I don't regret it at all. The price of this guitar is extremely competitive for the quality and sound.

The pickups are nice and bright, as is expected from a SSS layout, and the build quality if good.

- switches are solid and positive feeling.
- No crackling when turning the pots, I will come back to this later after extensive use.
- tuning machines are nice and tight, not too loose or tight.
- smooth trem performance with it coming back to tune after use regularly.
- fret ends and bindings are nice and smooth.
- frets are seated properly

- although the 5 way switch works well, it's a shame that the individual pickup on/off switches were removed. I like playing with bridge and neck so I will need to modify the tone to be a push/push style to get that functionality.
- guitar was very dirty when received, the but was very dusty so I had to properly clean the guitar before use, but this is more nit-picking.
- neck/body joint seemed to have leaked some adhesive and it was not cleaned properly and just painted over so there is a visible raised imperfection on the top of the guitar and I hope it does chip over time.
-frets are not polished so bending is quite gritty but that is easily fixed.
- wiring seems to be parallel, but would have liked it to be series. Maybe a future mod.

Overall this is a solidly built and sounding guitar. For those who want the red special feel without the BMG or custom made guitar prices then this is the way to go.