Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH Roasted FBB

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Electric Guitar

  • Ergonomically shaped Nyatoh body
  • "Ultra Flame" flamed maple veneer top
  • Bolt-on neck made of roasted maple
  • Flamed maple fretboard
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Matching headstock
  • Natural wood binding
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Scale length: 648 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Graphtech TUSQ XL nut
  • 24 Medium Jumbo Blacksmith stainless steel frets
  • Pickups: Roswell HAF-B AlNiCo-5 humbucker (bridge), Roswell S74-C BK AlNiCo-5 single coil (middle) and Roswell HAF-N AlNiCo humbucker (neck)
  • 5-Way switch
  • Master volume control
  • Master tone control with push/pull function
  • Wilkinson 50IIK 2-point tremolo
  • Chrome hardware
  • WSC Staggered Locking Die-Cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Gloss Trans Flamed Bengal Burst
available since July 2021
Item number 521163
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Bengal
Body Nyatoh
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSH
Tremolo Wilkinson
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$339
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Decorative all-rounder

With this elegant guitar equipped with two humbuckers and a single coil, you will be prepared for any scenario. The ergonomically designed body made of mahogany-like nyatoh wood with its beautiful flamed maple veneer top is bolted to the roasted neck in a truly traditional way. The neck and fingerboard with a 305mm radius is also made of flamed maple, ensuring a snappy sound. A tasteful exterior, high flexibility, and tried-and-tested hardware and electronics come together here to create an affordable instrument that is suitable for a wide range of genres.

Diversity and aesthetics

The Fusion-III HSH Roasted FBB model is a real eye-catcher. The body is made of nyatoh and has a decorative flamed maple veneer top. Its transparent "Bengal Burst" finish is also a feast for the eyes and can be found on the headstock as well. The neck is made from roasted Canadian flamed maple and secured to the body with a four-screw neck joint. This instrument is very comfortable to play thanks to its nut width of 42mm and its modern C neck profile. The roasted maple fingerboard is also more than just an off-the-rack product. Furthermore, 24 wear-free stainless steel frets, a Graph Tech nut, a Wilkinson 50IIK vintage vibrato, and WSC locking machine heads are used here. The electronics consist of two AlNiCo-5 humbuckers and a single coil in the middle position, all made by Roswell. These are complemented by a five-position switch, as well as potentiometers for volume and tone. The latter allows the humbuckers to be split via a push-pull function.

Sounds to suit any style

The Fusion-III HSH Roasted FBB is extremely flexible in terms of sound thanks to its three pickups, five-way selector switch, and push-pull potentiometer for splitting the humbuckers. AlNiCo magnets also provide a vintage-style touch to the sound - from Blues to Rock and Pop to Funk. Depending on the particular song and song part, you can vary the timbre and the degree of distortion. Locking machines heads ensure reliable tuning, while the stainless steel frets are characterised by minimal wear - so the instrument will last for many years. With a scale length of 648mm, 24 jumbo frets, and a comfortable C-profile for the neck, the guitar relies on a tried and tested design. In combination with the contoured body with its double cutaway, excellent playability is a given.

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.

A guitar for the live set

With the Fusion-III HSH Roasted FBB, you are well-prepared for any situation. The traditional Wilkinson 50IIK vibrato system with individually adjustable saddles offers a familiar flat profile. The locking machine heads and the Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut ensure tuning stability at the same time. The straightforward combination of two splittable humbuckers with an additional single coil allows for an extremely high level of sonic flexibility, so that changing your instrument for the sake of sound should be unnecessary. With one instrument, you can switch from silvery-clean single coil sounds to crisp crunch on the bridge humbucker and on to fluid solo tones using the neck pickup.

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Just wow
Ivo_D1998 23.11.2021
I bought this guitar as a live workhorse axe that I wouldn't be upset about if it gets some dings. Plus, I was interested in finding out what kind of guitar you can get for just 400 euros nowadays. Man, this thing is impressive.
To start, it looks killer. The flamed maple neck is a definite looker. mine didn't have any finishing issues so that's a big plus. Controls are smooth, well placed and feel sturdy and durable. No real volume clean up with high gain but hey.
Hardware all feels durable and well made. Tuners show now deadzones and stay in tune very well. I locked the Wilkinson down as I don't like trems, but it's one of the more comfortable bridges to palm mute as there no sharp edges to get caught behind. After some setup work the action is awesome and the neck plays like butter. The frets were a bit sticky in the beginning but after some playing this quickly went away.
The only real downside I can give is that the fretboard looks rather bland when compared to the flame maple of the neck and that there are some marks at the fretboard end from fret end dressing... But hey those are extremely minor complaints for a guitar in this price range.
To conclude, this guitar has everything you could wish for and more considering the price.
I don't know if I got a particularly good one but I own a few high end boutique guitars and dare to say this rivals them in some or more aspects.
Definitely worth the money, it will become one of my mains for sure!
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Great guitar but looks like a B-Stock
LT_player 19.10.2021
I ordered this guitar late last week and as always the shipping was FAST! Awesome but spoiling kind of fast compared to any other online seller! Top notch.

The bad: This will be the 6th Harley Benton I’ve received. Of the 6 I ordered, one was an SC-550 B-stock and sadly it was in better shape than the Fusion III!! There’s a knick in the body on the top horn that was lacquered over, lacquer missing in two of the bolt on neck holes as well as a nice scratch and another apparent mishap with finishing on the cut away. Thankfully all the issues are on the backside of the body. But I will admit I’m a bit disappointed in the fact that I didn’t order a B-stock. One thing that I didn’t notice….because I like shiny things 🤩…..was the tuning keys. They are very close together (even closer than my Squire 50’s Tele), not a big deal but when you have sausages for fingers it can be difficult. Lastly the pots are very scratchy but unless you’re constantly adjusting the settings while playing (I’m not really that advanced) then it won’t matter.

The good: It arrived in almost perfect tuning, that darned G string……lol. This guitar sounds Amazing, by far the best of the bunch that I own. But it’s also supposed to be a “premium” guitar by HB standards. The neck and frets are a thing of beauty, the binding is beautiful and from the front this is one stunning guitar. Other than the few cosmetic issues, I would recommend this to anyone! But as with anything it’s a gamble on what you get when you open the box.

If it weren’t for the cosmetic issues and scratchy pots this would have been 5 stars across the board.

Cheers
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Top notch!
Jafo1975 05.12.2021
I ordered this on a whim! The list of appointments really impressed me! Received this very fast for an overseas shipping! When I got it I was a little underwhelmed. Frets were scratchy, needed to be finished properly. Needed a good setup. In my opinion, needed new pickups as well! Customer service was informed of the issues out of the box and I was compensated fairly! Since then... this guitar has been my "go to" player! The frets are now effortless! Slippery in the best way! It sounds massive! The roasted maple neck is absolutely perfect! Definitely a guitar worth easily twice the money I paid! My first harley benton! Will not be my last! P.s. just ordered my 2nd one!
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HARLEY BENTON BENDS
Danderson68 07.11.2021
This Is One Of The Most Beautiful, Great Set, Perfect Kneck, Amazing Acces To The Upper Frets 15/24. T
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS AMAZING INSTRUMENT. ILL BE DEMO ING YOUR GUITAR ARE MY YOUTUBE AS WELL. This Beautiful Guitar Is One The The Best INSTRUMENTS Hands Down, Truly A Class Instrument. PS. I'll Be Buying Another.
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