Harley Benton Fusion-II HSH Roasted FBB Set

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

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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
!!
Jonathan Koh
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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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This very quickly became My Go To Guitar
Steve Cass, 20.11.2020
I am 58, have been playing Guitar since I was about 10, and have been a full time professional Guitar Tutor since 2003.

I have a lovely collection of guitars from most of the better known brands including some that retail at £2,000.00 and more.

One of my Students has become a bit of a Harley Benton collector having purchased several different models. The first thing that a lot of students do when buying a new guitar is immediately hand it to me as they arrive for a lesson and ask me what I think? - I was so impressed with the quality, finish, sound, playability and value for money, that I had to try a Harley Benton Guitar for myself and spend more time with it than the few minutes with a student's guitar.

With no wish to sound arrogant in any way, I thought I'd go for the highest price Harley Benton of the type that I wanted to try. - At the end of the day, compared with the price of some of my other guitars, if I was disappointed, it wouldn't be the end of the day. - I'd have a spare that I could lend to first timers that haven't bough a guitar yet.
I'd always fancied an HSH guitar but never had one, so it made sense to go for the Fusion-II HSH.

I have now had this guitar for 4 months and waited until now to post a review, although I don't know why, I've waited. - Wow, what can I say, it has lived up to what I hoped having tried my Student's Harley Bentons. - This has become my 'go to' guitar. - Right out of the box, it needed no adjusting. - The set up was great.

As you can imagine, as a teacher, I cover all styles and this guitar does a very good job for every style. - No more swapping guitars. -

I have to admit to being a bit lazy. - In the past, if I've broken a string, I've just taken another guitar off the stand, and the broken string may have gone weeks without being replaced. - I love this guitar so much, that on the one occasion that I've broken a string since owning it, the string was replaced immediately.

I haven't gone into neck profile etc. as this is personal thing. - Suffice to say, I love it. It's very comfortable. - The 'Strat' body style is also very comfortable. -

I've seen reviews of these where some people haven't liked the pick ups and some people have changed the pick ups. - I like the pick ups and can see no reason to change them. - Again, I am comparing with better name brands. - This is a very versatile guitar. Someone did some research to find the best combination of pick ups that work best on this guitar within the build budget. - I think they've done an excellent job.

A quick check before ending this review and I see that Thomann ask that reviewers mention the cons as well as the pros. - I honestly cannot think of a con! - There is nothing that I do not like about this guitar, other than that there wasn't a buy one, get one free offer when I bought it!

What more can I say?
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