Harley Benton Fusion-III HSS Roasted DB

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Electric Guitar

  • Ergonomically shaped body: Nyatoh
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian flamed maple
  • Fretboard: Canadian roasted maple
  • Ivory Dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Scale length: 648 mm (25.5")
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm (12")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • Graph Tech TUSQ nut
  • 24 Medium jumbo Blacksmith stainless steel frets
  • Pickups: Roswell HAF-B AlNiCo-5 humbucker (bridge), S74-N AlNiCo-5 (neck) and S74-M AlNiCo-5 (middle) single coils
  • Master volume control
  • Master tone control with push/pull function for coil split
  • 5-Way switch
  • Wilkinson WVS 50IIK Tremolo
  • JN-07 locking staggered machine heads
  • Chrome hardware
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Daphne Blue matt
available since October 2021
Item number 501705
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Blue
Body Nyatoh
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSS
Tremolo Wilkinson
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The all-rounder

With this high-quality guitar equipped with a humbucker and two single coils (HSS), you will be prepared for any scenario. The ergonomically designed body made of mahogany-like nyatoh wood with a high-gloss "Daphne Blue" finish is bolted to the roasted maple neck in a truly traditional way. The fretboard with a 305mm radius is also made of roasted flamed maple, ensuring a snappy sound. A tasteful exterior, high flexibility, and tried-and-tested branded hardware and electronics come together to create an affordable instrument that is suitable for a wide range of genres.

Variety and aesthetics

The Fusion-III HSS Roasted DB model is a real eye-catcher. The body made of Nyatoh is painted all over with a matt "Daphne Blue" finish. The roasted, bolt-on neck is made of Canadian flamed maple. This instrument is very comfortable to play thanks to its nut width of 42mm and a modern C-profile. The roasted maple fingerboard with its 22 wear-free jumbo stainless steel frets is also more than an off-the-rack product. In addition, a TUSQ nut, a Wilkinson 50IIK two-point tremolo, and Jinho staggered locking machine heads are used here. The electronics consist of a humbucker and two single coils with AlNiCo-5 magnets, made by Roswell. These are complemented by a five-way switch as well as volume and tone potentiometers. The tone potentiometer also allows the humbucker to be split via a push-pull function.

Can be used across genres

The Fusion-III HSS Roasted DB is an inexpensive guitar that stands out above all for its multitude of impressive as well as practical features. The roasted flamed maple neck alone is a rare find in this price range. But that's not all: Locking machines heads ensure reliable tuning, while the stainless steel frets are characterised by minimal wear - so the instrument can last for many years. And it will never get boring, as the sound is extremely flexible and is at home in many genres thanks to the three pickups, the five-way selector switch, and the option to split the bridge humbucker. This guitar is recommended for beginners who want to start with a high-quality instrument in order to remain satisfied for a long time, for example. But those on a budget who want to own a particularly elegant and flexible instrument for a comparatively low price will also find what they are looking for.

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.

Sounds to suit any style

With the Fusion-III HSS Roasted DB, you will be ready for whatever situation presents itself. The HSS pickup configuration delivers both typical single-coil sounds with the intermediate positions and full-throttle Rock tones from the bridge humbucker. The AlNiCo magnets also provide a vintage-style touch to the sound - from Blues to Hard Rock and from Pop to Funk, there's nothing the Fusion-III HSS Roasted DB can't manage. Depending on the song and song part, you can vary the timbre and the degree of distortion beautifully. The Wilkinson 50IIK two-point tremolo system also contributes to the guitar's flexible sound-shaping abilities. On stage, changing your instrument for the sake of sound should therefore be unnecessary.

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A killer guitar for the price
S.Romanovitch 24.01.2022
I've been playing guitar for about 7 years in a row, until I got into math and programming. I never touched an instrument since there. After 5 years break I started to feel like I want to get back into music. So, I decided to buy something that will not be so noticeable for my wallet. My friend told me that I should check out Harley Benton brand. I've taken a look into specs, it is impressive, you can see it yourself XD. I was not expecting something mind blowing, but I enjoyed the looks of it.
Well, now to the business. I got my package in about two weeks. I'm from Russia, so I'm thanking God and Thomann that I could even get goods from abroad in pretty short time. Headstock has a little dent, seems like instrument had a rough time in shipping and customs. But nothing serious.
So, I took a guitar and started to noodle. I've noticed that frets were unpolished and scratchy. Not so pleasant experience, isn't it? Also neck relief and tremolo setup were a bit off, but it was winter outside and it took 2 weeks to get to my house. So, again, let's just enjoy the fact thats guitar is one piece and not frozen. Also I had some little cosmetic flaws, nothin serious to be honest. I took my new axe to local workshop. Guys dressed the frets quickly and set everything up properly for a small amount. Finally, I've got my guitar ready to play. I play it every day. I noodle the hell out if it. I enjoy it a lot.
Things to enjoy about fusion:
- the looks, it is blue that means fast XD
- the neck finish and color, mine got a bit darker tone, but I like it even more. The finish and profile combo are so good and comfortable. Frets are good too after dressing
- it has a great feature set like wilkinson trem and locking tuners. Also it has graph tech nut. I use tremolo. Sometimes maybe even too much tremolo. It stays in tune for weeks, never experienced anything like this before.
- the feel and looks of body finish. I like the color and texture a lot. There are some little areas where I can see a black primer, but it is not even close to severe.
- the sound is good and recognizable in the mix. I enjoy clean tones the most
Things to feel "meh" about fusion:
- pickups are microphonic a bit. They transfer every rustle from guitar body into amp. Not too loud but it is audible.
As you can see, I'm pretty happy with my new guitar. I use it about two month at the time of making this review. It's comfortable to play, it looks good, sounds good. Also it has pretty insane feature set for the price and it is totally working. Adds to comfort using this very much. I'm not an expert or anything, but it feels like a more expensive guitar. You can take my words with a grain of salt, I'm still under impression from this purchase. But I believe fusion iii will not disappoint you.
P.S: get the blue one, it's faster XD
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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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