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Harley Benton Fusion-III HSS Roasted DB

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HSS Roasted DB Pro Series; ST-shape electric guitar; comfort body contour; body: nyatoh; neck: roasted Canadian flame hard maple; neck mount: bolt on; neck form: modern-c; fingerboard: roasted Canadian hard maple; inlays: Ivory dots; 24 medium jumbo Blacksmith stainless steel frets; nut: Graph tech TUSQ; nut width: 42 mm (1,654"), scale: 648 mm (25,512"); fingerboard radius: 305 mm (12,008"); pickups: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 humnucker (bridge), Roswell S74-M Alnico-5 single coil (Middle),Roswell S74-N Alnico-5 single coil (neck); controls: 1x Master volume, 1x Master tone push/pull (Single/Humbucker); 5-way blade lever switch; Wilkinson WVS 50IIK tremolo; hardware finish: chrome; tuners: WSC staggered locking die-cast; color: daphne blue satin finish; original strings: 010-046

Colour Blue
Body Nyatoh
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSS
Tremolo Wilkinson
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available since October 2021
Item number 501705
$379
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My first attempt at a "modern" S style
audiomo music 16.10.2021
I have always thought about buying a super strat but the idea of very thin necks and expensive price tags has put me off in the past. After my experience with the Harley Benton SC550-ii I saw this was released and decided the color schemes were much more my flavor over the flame top and sparkle versions of previous versions... with the Blacksmith SS frets I loved from the SC500ii so I quickly ordered it.

The guitar arrived in perfect condition without a scratch on it, all electronics function as expected, and the action was at a playable level enough for me to film my initial review and demo of the guitar.

The neck on this is outstanding, and it's not the just the frets. The satin feel is great, but this is just the perfect size for someone like me who typically plays vintage style Fender and Gibson instruments. It's substantial without being a baseball bat, extremely comfortable. The factory setup wasn't perfectly set for the wilkinson tremolo to go back to tune reliably after heavy use, but after setting the guitar up myself with my own preferred gauge of string, lubricating the nut, and setting up the trem the guitar stays in tune perfectly even with very heavy use of the trem. Nothing but good news here.

Now the only part of this guitar I give 4* is the sound section, because in my own opinion I believe the Tesla pickups sound better than the Roswells... and well I am spoiled rotten when it comes to single coil sounds with my other instruments. They are by no means bad pickups, but they are the only actual "weakness" of this instrument if I were to say it has one. The good news here is, this is a very, very simple fix and something that isn't all too expensive.

All and all, I can say with confidence the brand has done a great job of making high quality instruments at a reliable rate. This is the 4th Harley benton i've had in the last 6 months, and none of them had any serious issues or defects. I would absolutely recommend this guitar.

I filmed a video on youtube of myself unboxing, inspecting, and playing this exact guitar if you are interested in that just search for Audiomo and Harley Benton Fusion iii on youtube.
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The Fusion III HSS fits in your lap like a Warm Glove!
SourGrape88 19.10.2021
The Fusion III HSS arrived in Texas less than 10 days from ordering it. ($77 for Shipping) and $464 Total.

Packaging:
The Guitar was very well packaged and very secure. The Guitar itself is in Perfect condition! No scratches, no dirt, no dings, and everything works like a brand new guitar. The guitar was practically in tune out of the box! The action was marginally high, but very playable. (Less high than most packaged guitars). You can tell someone took a look at the action of the guitar before it was sent.

Playability:
When i first put the guitar in my lap, it felt like it "belonged". Like your dog sitting in your lap to watch t.v. with you, or any general companion. The body is all Satin...soft and supple. It feels more like im holding a hard silk sheet or blanket than a guitar.
The guitar was ready to play from the first note. Like a born race horse or a Ferrari, it just wants to perform. You can tell that someone played and cared about this guitar before it arrived at my door. Again, everything on the guitar works. The tuners lock and stay in tune well enough (even with small dive bombs), the bridge is a Wilkinson - sturdy and efficient. The volume and tone control are textured knobs, which you can tell was chosen to make volume control and playing easier. The pickup selector switch works fine just as well. and the Tremolo arm can be tightened or loosened to your liking.

The Neck
The Neck is Amazing!! It is Not a Thin Neck! Do not let those pictures fool you! it is Not a Wizard neck! It is slightly thicker than a Strat Modern C neck or similar to an Ibanez AZ or Chevelle DK24 neck. Very comfortable for any player, but it caters to taller people or people with "longer" hands. The neck and fretboard are all one piece. The fretwork is nice and wont cut your hands when you slide across the neck. The Nut is cut well enough and I haven't experienced any fret buzz or fret issues. Overall, the Fusion III has one of the better necks that I have played. Better than my Squier and my Harley Benton CST-24 for sure (although i do like those necks)

The Sound:
The Pickups sound better than my Squier Strat. (Read that again!) I know some people do not like Rosewell pickups. Ive heard that Rosewell pickups can sound "muddy" or "dull", but that is Not the case with this guitar! I didnt prefer the Rosewell pickups in my 2018 Harley Benton CST-24 HH, but this guitar shows that Rosewell has come a long way! The pickups have plenty of space, clarity, and vibrance (IMO). Each pickup selection has a vastly different sound and feel. I doubt you will be disappointed with the pickups and it's a cheap replacement if you are.

Conclusion/TLDR/Should you buy it? :
In Conclusion, I want to look at some facts.
The guitar that this is "Inspired" from is currently $1,000 - $1,300 dollars (2021 price) without shipping and it doesnt have stainless steel frets.
I paid $464 for my Fusion III...
If you dont like something about the Fusion III, you can more than likely replace it and it will still be wayy cheaper than it's more expensive counterpart.
Harley Benton offering quality guitars at cheaper prices has allowed me to own a guitar that i wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise! A literal dream come true!
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Magnificent guitar for this price
KoDan 24.10.2021
This is my first HB and my third guitar in general in 10 years of playing (albeit with interruptions). I perfectly understood what I wanted and waited for this particular guitar for about a year and a half. Therefore, as soon as she appeared in the photo on Instagram, the next day I frantically updated the delivery information.

The guitar came ready-to-play right out of the box without chips, dents and shipping consequences. With a quick glance, I assessed her condition and the only flaw that I found was a small "patch" of paint on the heel of the neck (as if a speck of dust had been painted over). Later, when I returned home and began to twirl and examine it, several more shortcomings were found:
1.inaccurate graphite shielding of niches for pickups;
2. graphite shielding slightly peeking out of the cover of the electronics compartment;
3. the tone and volume knobs are not very evenly installed (they rub a little against the body);
4. singles are not installed very smoothly;
5. one of the six pickup height adjustment bolts differs from the others in the size of the head (And this was the biggest drawback for me :D );
6. Frets not well polished;
7. In general, the assembly feels worse than, for example, on my Schecter Reaper 6 (but the Schecter is 2 times more expensive);
This is where the disadvantages end.

Advantages:
1. Matte finish on the body feels almost like velvet;
2. Amazing color (as on the photo in HB's Instagram profile. The photo on the store's website does not give an accurate representation);
3. The neck looks like it's from another planet. It is stunningly beautiful and pleasant to hold in your hands. Headstock is gorgeous;
4. The frets are all set very neatly, all notes sound crystal clear;
5. Excellent tuners;
6. Stainless steel frets;
7. Surprisingly very good and readable sound. No desire to change pickups;
8. Excellent balance;
9. I want to take it in hand and play.

As a result, we have an amazing guitar for a very good price.
All the flaws are absolutely irrelevant and not noticeable (except for not very good fret polishing, but this is also a trifle).
I enjoy playing it, and I can definitely recommend it to anyone who has doubts.
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A good copy of the real thing
axewound 08.11.2021
Not having the funds to spend on a Charvel I took the plunge on this and I don't regret it.

Pros
finish is really nice sort of sattin and it's done well no runs or marks.
Frets are great and all hardware seems like its good quality and will last

Cons
Not many being fussy the pickups will probably be changed but you could be perfectly happy with them

In all a very good hss super strat
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