Harley Benton Fusion-II HSH Roasted FBB

Electric Guitar

  • Ergonomically shaped body: Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Matching headstock
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Flamed maple featuring an 'Ultra Flame' veneer
  • Neck: Roasted Canadian flamed maple
  • Neck attachment: Bolt-on
  • Fretboard: Roasted Canadian flamed maple
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Frets: 24 Medium jumbo stainless steel
  • Nut: Graph Tech TUSQ XL
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Binding: Wood
  • Pickups: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 (bridge) and Roswell HAF-N Alnico-5 (neck) humbucking pickups, and 1 x S74-C BK Alnico-5 single coil (middle)
  • 5-Way switch
  • Pickup switch: Single coil / Humbucker
  • Controls: 1 x Master volume- and 1 x master tone
  • Tremolo: Wilkinson 50IIK 2-point
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine heads: WSC staggered locking diecast
  • Original strings: D'Addario EXL110 .010 - .046
  • Colour: Gloss Trans Flamed Bengal Burst

Further Information

Colour Sunburst
Body Sapele
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSH
Tremolo Wilkinson
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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For this price you can't get a better guitar
dr_Primus, 29.09.2019
Wanted to get a roasted maple neck guitar, so after watching all the youtube videos I decided to get this one.

Let's talk about the IMHO most important part of guitar - the neck!

It is made of slightly flamed roasted maple... It doesn't look as nice as on the thomann website (they either used photoshop, or cherry picked one with nice flame for the gallery), but still nicer than Ibanez AZ Premium line.
The profile is very comfortable... I don't know the difference between C, D or similar profiles... I'll just say it isn't too thin and it feels like a strat ;)
One thing I really like is that the fingerboard edges are rolled - the only neck with rolled edges is the USACG i have on my partscaster.

Fretwork is impeccable - no sharp edges and bending and vibrato are extra smooth
It came with action a bit too high for my taste, but I lowered it to extra low, and no fret buzz occurred :)
I think it could go even lower, but I have my other guitars set up this way, so I'll keep it for the sake of consistency.

The body is smaller than on a strat... Pretty light and resonant. Had no experience with sapele before but I like it so far.
The top is flamed maple veneer but it is still thick enough to have some 3D effect when looking at different angles.
Back is painted black... I would actually prefer some wood to show (like on previous revision) but this is will do... Other models (the natural model) have different back paint.

Pickups are pretty good... I was concerned that these Roswell pickups will sound bad but they punch above their weight.
Neck pickup by itself is a bit muddy compared to SD 59 I have on one other guitar, but bridge is pretty good... very similar to SD JB.
Middle pickup is similar to a overwound strat single coil - stronger in the mids so it won't get mistaken for a strat, but nicely balanced with humbuckers on this guitar.

Hardware is pretty good... The locking tuners are as reliable as Sperzels I have on other guitar - nice and smooth... The locking wheels are a bit thicker... Like Schaller tuners.
Tremolo is a Wilkinson wv50 mkII - it looks and feels just like Gotoh made, but the block looks cheaper... Definitely not steel... The arm can be screwed in and tension is adjusted with a little Allen screw - typical Wilkinson
The tuning stability is great... I have a Gotoh VG300 on my partscaster and this one is just as reliable

One objection i have is that the tremolo cavity is a bit too small, so there is not enough space for the block to move when dive bombing - if you plan to use tremolo in melodic beck/verheyen/surf style you will be fine. However if you wanna do Van Halen / Vai style dive bombs, you might want to make it a bit bigger.
I checked and you actually don't need to increase the whole cavity, just drill where the three screws that hold together the baseplate and block pass - if anyone from Thomann is reading this, perhaps the problem is with my guitar and not with the whole series - tremolo cavity looks OK otherwise.
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A superb guitar at an amazing price
StevieMR, 25.03.2019
In July 2018 I bought one of the original first generation models of the Fusion Pro, with natural finish, roasted maple neck and Wilkinson tremolo. Due to the string retainer bar fitted behind the nut it was a tuning nightmare! I returned the guitar because it would not play or stay in tune. I gave this guitar 1 star in my review on this site and made some suggestions with regards to improving the design of the guitar. Thomann appear to have listened and very positively responded to mine and other customers design comments and potential improvements. Gone is the string retainer bar replaced by locking machine heads and a string roller tree and the guitar plays and stays in tune perfectly , including when using the tremolo arm extensively. The guitar looks stunning with a beautiful flamed Bengal maple top and roasted maple neck. The neck profile is said to be a modern C shape, however there is definitely more 'wood in your hand' than on my HH Fusion Pro I model which is said to have the same neck profile. I would describe the neck profile to be more of a 'soft V' or even 'D' profile. Either way it is incredibly comfortable and playable.

Sound wise, the Roswell pickups are okay but they don't deliver the claririty, depth or warmth I need for the studio, so I got Alan Dingwall a legendary pickup builder here in the North east of England to replace the Roswell pickups with 3 of his own pickups (HSH configuration). These now make the guitar into a 'tone monster', that not only sounds better but also plays and looks better than guitars that cost £2000 - £3000 more.

In summary, this is a brilliant guitar at a great price, like the other two Harley Benton guitars I own it required a little bit of a set up when it came out of the box. This can be done with minimal maintenance knowledge or with You tube demo's.
Highly recommended , and a 'tip of the hat' here to Thomann / Harley Benton who listened to customers and responded by correcting design faults on the original non-locking trem Fusion Pro's, resulting in a fantastic guitar! Well done Harley Benton / Thomann.
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A beautiful guitar...no more no less.
JonathanKoh, 26.04.2019
This is my 2nd fusion pro Maple neck purchase even though I bought this on behalf of a good friend of mine.
The guitar was delivered in great condition and well setup! With a couple of slight tweaks, it was up and playing.
The flame on the roasted maple neck are a bit different from the 1st version but still nice. The neck and frets felt the same as my previous guitar.
Alas, the pickups were not improved. They are ok but a bit too thin to my liking. You would have to tweak a bit on your eq to get a workable sound.
The floating tremolo bridge works like a dream and very responsive just like the earlier version.
ANd yes! The retainer bar is out ..now they have staggered tuners with no string trees! All good as the guitar will stay in tune more without more metal obstacles. hahah
Overall, a great purchase! They did this one right this time round!
This guitar was reviewed on my video "Harley Benton Fusion II HSH Roasted FBB Unboxing and Review" @ my youtube channel
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Jonathan Koh
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Thoroughly excellent.
Bassbasher, 06.02.2020
I can totally recommend this guitar. I've had it for three days and haven't stopped playing it! it has a huge range of tones and the pickups are voiced so nicely that you can move from shredding lead runs to gentle strumming in a few moments. The neck is super comfortable and the weight is well balanced between headstock and body. You can play any style you wish on it.
Congratulations to Harley Benton - let's have some more models in your dearer price range : they're an absolute bargain.
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