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Harley Benton EX-84 Modern EMG VW

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Electric Guitar

  • Pro Series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard inlays: White dots
  • Neck profile: Slim Taper C
  • Neck thickness: 1st fret: 22.5 mm - 12th fret: 25 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm (12")
  • Scale: 628 mm (24.72")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut
  • 22 Extra jumbo frets
  • Pickup: Active EMG81 (bridge) and EMG60 (neck) humbuckers
  • 1 Master volume control and 1 master tone control
  • 3-Way switch
  • WSC Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Tuners: HB by Jinho J-03
  • Black hardware
  • Factory stringing .010 - .046
  • Colour: Vintage White Gloss
Available since July 2021
Item number 482142
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Shape EX-Style
Colour White
Soundboard Mahogany
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Active Pickups Yes
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
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Metal looks and active EMG power

White metal guitar Harley Benton EX-84 Modern EMG VW

Harley Benton instruments have long enjoyed a reputation for delivering outstanding quality at an affordable price, and the brand also offers numerous guitars for Metal players. The EX-84 Modern EMG - shown here in its Vintage White finish - is part of Harley Benton's Pro Series and gives musicians on a budget a chance to get their hands on a high-quality instrument that doesn't compromise. This guitar features a mahogany body and a slim-taper mahogany set neck complete with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard that is ideal for those lightning-fast solo runs, together with a pair of original EMG humbucking pickups. This combination makes for an extremely powerful sound, while the robust hardware ensures reliable tuning stability.

Two active EMG humbuckers on the Harley Benton EX-84 Modern EMG VW

Power and precision in every register

As mentioned above, the use of mahogany for both the neck and body of the EX-84 Modern EMG gives the guitar a punchy and powerful sound with plenty of sustain, and its no-nonsense circuitry - two EMG humbuckers governed by a single control each for volume and tone together with a three-way toggle switch - eliminates unnecessary hassle. The body's deep cutaway and ergonomic neck joint provide unrestricted access to the upper registers when soloing, which is made even easier by the extra jumbo frets, and the solid Tune-o-Matic bridge gives the player's picking hand a comfortable support for effortless riffing.

set-in neck on the white Harley Benton EX-84 Modern EMG VW

Ideal for beginners

Fans of heavier musical styles will find in the Harley Benton EX-84 Modern EMG everything that players expect from a Metal guitar: A body that sits comfortably against the player's body and a comfortable neck profile, combined here with a pair of high-output EMG pickups that will push pretty much any amplifier into saturation and deliver a powerful and nuance-rich sound. Despite its wealth of practical features, however, the EX-84 Modern EMG is available at the kind of budget-friendly price for which Harley Benton is known, which makes this classy cream-white guitar a very interesting proposition for those who are new to the instrument.

White Harley Benton metal guitar headstock

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.

Metal down to its core

It goes without saying that the EX-84 Modern EMG is built to unleash full-on Rock riffage when paired with a powerful amplifier and the right speakers, but players looking for clean and crunch sounds will not go short here either, thanks to the guitar's combination of an EMG 81 bridge pickup and an EMG 60 neck pickup, which offer a sonic palette that is impressive even for guitars at higher price points. And also worthy of mention are the guitar's classic EX body shape and high-gloss white finish, which ensure that it will always be an eyecatcher on stage and leave no doubt as to its Metal pedigree.

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71 Reviews

The best Explorer
HectorSFT 12.05.2021
I've played with over 50 guitars in my whole life. This guitar is the one that made me fall in love with the first hit. Great sound, very high quality and features and in a price that almost anyone could afford it.
The only negative thing (but that's totally subjective) is the action that is a little higher than I would liked it to be.
Although higher action in the fretboard is perfect for low-tuning (Drop C and lower), cause you can feel the vibrations across the neck and the body.
A total value for money guitar and great choice especially for James Hetfield-Metallica fans.


Beyond impressed, astonished even....
HalfOrc 11.11.2022
I may start this review by saying I am not a gear head per se. I love gear, and I collect it but I know very little about it, I just know what I like. I have two Gibson Les Pauls, Fender Lite Ash Korea, Peavy Quilt Top EVH and so on. I'm a classical guitarist by trade and have spent by far the most money on my classical guitar (custom luthier built). So again, no expert, but I've played a few.

I've used Harley Benton twice, for exactly the reason most people do- to experiment with a fantasy guitar without spending outrageous money. My first was in 2004, a seven string, which I still play and rather like. This new one though, is in another class altogether.

As a massive Maiden, Metallica fan, (Smith and Hetfield respectively) I've always wanted an Explorer but wouldn't have had a daily use for one. Along comes the HB EX-84 EMG.

Well Holy God, this thing is a monster. As well made as any guitar I've ever played and could hold its own with guitars five times the price. The fretboard is like butter. Strung with .10s I have no issue switching between this and my nylon strings. Beautiful finish, no sharp edges or rough patches. Looks amazing, plays like a dream. Flatters me beyond belief! As for the EMG pick-ups.... pchow! Mind. Blown.

As I say, I'm no expert but I value quality, sound, aesthetics and playability. Sometimes I wish I'd broken the bank on a high-end Ibanez, PRS or suchlike- my classical cost over €6,500 so I'm no Scrooge. However, I can honestly say I'm not sure if that's necessary any more. If you are a true connoisseur, by all means shell out for the big guns, but Harley Benton are on to a winner with this one.

I've seen the price of my Peavey increase, and the Lite Ash might just become a dark horse classic. I firmly believe the same will happen with this guitar- it's a stone cold classic. Buy one before they sell out...


A dream come true
theFrantic 08.11.2022
I'm a James Hetfield fan since I was a kid, and I'll always loved the explorer's guitars, so I can say that buying this guitar was like a dream come true to me.

First, let's take care about the elephant in the room, the bad stuff.

It has a little cosmetic issue near the nut (wasn't fully painted on that point), but nothing too big or visible.

Now let's talk about the good stuff of the guitar.

The setup is correct, but you may had to adjust the truss rod and the action to fit your personal taste.

I was very surprised with the weight of the guitar, is very light for the shape. Also the neck dive is not as bad as I though it could be (I'm wearing a leather strap). and I think is a little less longer than a Gibson or ESP, but still great.

The pictures didn't make justice to the beautiful color, is like a white that makes me remember the old Hetfield's Explorers.

The sound is great, was very pleased with the EMGs pickups, they do the work. I also used the guitar on stage and was great.

I'm totally satisfied with my guitar, as I've already said, it is a dream come true for me, is also very affordable and I think on that price tag is unbeatable comparing the tech specs with other guitar on the market.

Probably I will give the opportunity to some Harley Benton SC on the near future.

Keep up the great work guys!


Worth every penny!
Mrbd 12.08.2021
Im skeptical at first about getting a HB ex so i took a risk of getting one. My God i was not disappointed! It looks and sounds like a 700 euro guitar. Guys if you want an axe with emg's on it, try their ex tribute series. Thomann nailed this one when it comes to price and quality.

My only issue with it is the action of the guitar. Its a little bit high for me so i had to adjust it to my preference but overall this is a solid guitar.

I hope this will help those who are unsure about purchasing a harley benton tribute series.