Harley Benton Fusion-II HSH Roasted FBB

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???_02.02.63, 15.05.2021
Сегодня получил заказанную гитару HB Fusion II. Сразу оговорюсь - мне довелось поиграть не на многих моделях гитар (4-5), причем все- из моей молодости (1980-90е). Тогда я был не придирчив и у меня были минимальные требования к инструменту. Но сейчас я кое-что почитал, послушал в Сети, и мое представление и требования заметно расширились...
Итак. Без воды. Я не придирчив к внешнему виду и мелкие пятнышки и царапинки не искал - мне играть, а не на выставку. В целом, вид приятный, можно было бы несколько потемнее, но это дело вкуса.
Единственный серьезный упрек к внешнему виду - не закрытые крышками звукосниматели (широкие пазы в корпусе вокруг них, не прикрытые ничем выглядят не лучшим образом).
Колки - удобные, без люфтов, держат строй хорошо. Разовые энергичные движения ручкой тремоло строй не нарушают. Мензура из коробки вполне настроена. Высота струн - для меня чуть высоковата, но вполне можно играть без существенного напряжения.
Гриф удобный для меня, прекрасно обработана поверхность, держать приятно. Лады - когда играл первый час, за края нигде не цеплялся - и хорошо. Не рассматривал специально, т.к. при необходимости подровнять можно всегда легко. Лады не полированные и первые 10-15 мин бендинг вызывал на ладах скрип. Но за час игры все прошло. При необходимости можно и специально полировать.
Главное - звук. Играл через комбик HB Tube15 (он мне очень понравился по звуку с самого начала после приобретения). Действительно, как и обещали в Сети, все 5 положений переключателя звукоснимателей дают, на мой взгляд, хорошие и отличающиеся тембры. Причем, в положениях переключателя хамбакеров обычный/отсечка тембр заметно менялся, и оба варианта звучали хорошо - именно, как хамбакеры, и как синглы (нюансы отличий от настоящих синглов - на совести педантов). Регулятор тембра работал плавно и в широком диапазоне менял тембр (заваливал высокие частоты). Это порадовало - играл на гитарах, на которых полный оборот такого регулятора едва менял тембр. Зачем тогда такой нужен?!
ИТОГ: в целом, инструмент порадовал, на первый взгляд, и звучанием, и видом. Сомнения покупки вслепую (поиграть на нем перед покупкой у меня не было возможности) рассеялись, я доволен. И поверю предыдущим покупателям, что соотношение цена/качество весьма хорошее.
Процедура приобретения и доставки у THOMANN четко отработана и никаких нареканий не вызвала. Спасибо и HARLEY BENTON за хороший инструмент (не только симпатичный внешне, которых сейчас стало очень много), и THOMANN за четкую торговлю. )
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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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Decent guitar that has the looks
DoctorMorDi, 23.03.2020
I play all kinds of music ranging from country and blues to stoner rock and doom metal. I use this guitar most for noodling when Im watching TV, but it plays and feels right. It looks amazing, and I can keep it in my living room because of this. :) The tuners are good and quite precise, then tremolo system also works fine but I don't use it much since I'm not a fan of such systems. Setup was ok but need some tweaking to set the action the way I like it. The guitar I got was quite light which is a plus in my book. The only thing I don't like are the pickups. They are way too thin and wimpy for my taste. This also makes the coil split redundant since it further weakens the sound. I will definitely replace the pickups with something else. However, since I like the feel and looks of the guitar I still think it is a good investment and will recommend it if you don't mind spending some extra cash upgrading it. Overall it is a great price considering the specs (stainless steal frets, locking tuners, roasted maple neck ++).
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Great guitar for the money with great features.
Mitsi Aggelos, 29.09.2020
Just got the guitar and it is just great. Needed a bit of setup as any guitar would but it plays very well. There are though some things that i feel the need to mention. The roasted neck is very nice and brown but the "tiger stripes" are not as noticeable all across the neck though it might just be my particular guitar. The body veneer is not as dark as it looks in the pictures. Under lighting its much more dark red than brown. The Humbuckers on my guitar move a lot aswell. The higher the pickups are the more they move which annoys me a bit since i like to rest my fingers on them but its not too bothersome. What i found very annoying though was that the tone and volume knobs were installed very low on the body resulting to the veneer being a bit scratched under the knobs which to me is the worst part of this guitar. To wrap things up the guitar has some great specs for the money, plays very smooth, sounds pretty good and also looks very nice, but keep in mind that there is a bit of "luck" involved as for the small inconsistencies. Cheers.
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A Little Disappointed
RobbieG, 16.05.2020
The guitar is well constructed and I understand that you're going to use the absolute best looking samples for your online photos, but I was expecting a lot more flame on the the neck/fretboard/headstock.
The split tones are very weak, but the humbuckers are not too bad. The foam on the back of the neck/middle pickups are uneven causing both pickups to tilt back drastically.
I'm definitely replacing the pickups.
Overall, well worth the money.
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