Harley Benton Fusion-T HH HT Roasted FNT

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Pretty much unbeatable for the price
Capillatus, 25.04.2021
This is my main guitar for my cover band, we play mostly at weddings. For this purpose, I think there is no better guitar anywhere close to this price range. I've set it up with a set of 12-52 that works perfect for the DGCEAD tuning I play in (Viola Da Gamba tuning, look it up, it's great!) and I didn't need to touch the nut at all for this. The pickups are fairly low output and while they don't sound very special, I'm still very pleased with them since they sound well in any setting, from crystal clean (though the split settings are much, much better clean) to high gain, so I could play the entire set just on the bridge pickup if I wanted to.

I could write an entire review just about the neck on this thing because it is simply brilliant. It is not very thin, but just the right amount of girth for my hands and the roasted maple is so silky smooth (satin of course so it's never sticky). The hardtail bridge and locking tuners mean changing strings is a breeze.

As with all my Harley Benton guitars I've had so far, the frets are slightly rough but the fret edges are very well finished so your playing is not impeded. I'll probably buy a second one as a back-up at some point.
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Very good guitar and exceptional value for money
Sav Balac, 28.08.2020
This is a good guitar with great features and is exceptional value for money.

Pros:
It's a good-looking Tele-style guitar, with a belly cut, so it's comfortable to play. It's quite light too - mine is 7lb 4oz (or 3.29Kg).

The roasted maple neck has a drag-free satin finish so no sticky hands when it's hot! I have quite a strong grip with my fretting hand, so I wear nickel sliver frets out quite quickly - the stainless steel frets on this are great and it's the first thing that attracted me to this guitar.

Good tuners, bridge, pickups and electronics offering humbucker and single coil sounds (via the coil split). The single coil sounds are better than my Baja Tele which cost £750, but not quite as smooth as my £1200 Strat (there is more bass and low mids though). I haven't owned a guitar with humbuckers before - the humbuckers sound pretty good and I probably won't change the pickups.

I went for the hardtail version as I don't use a vibrato, plus it would have been another thing to set up - this hardtail took just a quick adjustment of action and intonation.

Cons:
When it arrived, the action was a bit high and the intonation needed a little adjustment. The supplied strings only had 1 turn on the tuning posts - all of this you can adjust!

This is now my main guitar as I can play a full set using humbucker or single coils. I am stunned that it sounds better than guitars worth twice the price. If you don't want the roasted maple neck, the black or green versions are going for £268!
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Outstanding guitar at this price point
Aussie Pete, 03.08.2020
I ordered this to be shipped to Sydney, Australia (along with another guitar). It arrived about a week after I placed the order, and in great condition. Here's some more detailed info:

Sound: The sound was excellent. I didn't want really hot humbuckers, which I've heard some people use against this guitar. It's not a metal guitar, the humbuckers are meant to be more nuanced. The Single coil sounds were tele-like, but not crisp enough to compete with a real tele (even a squier). But if you were deciding to only take one guitar to a gig, this could generate some decent single-coil sounds, just not the same twang you'll get from a real tele.

Feel: The frets are definitely bigger than medium jumbo. They feel great (being stainless steel), but they're bulky. Probably Jumbo frets. That's not really my thing, but it might be yours. The fret ends were smooth to the top of the neck (which is nice and thin with a comfortable satin finish), but there was fret-buzz in a couple of places between the 14-18th frets that required some levelling.

Appearance: the roasted maple neck is special. Combined with the roasted maple fretboard and the flame-maple top, all round it's a good looking guitar. Subjective, but my opinion matters enough that you've read this much of my review!
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Flawless.
ohferchrissakes, 15.02.2021
Remarkable guitar with excellent appointments.
The pickups may not be for everyone but I am more than satisfied with them.
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Scheckig, 27.05.2021
This guitar is unbelievably value packed. It's well crafted and has several premium features that make it attractive to both novice and experienced players. I had fairly high expectations based on what I'd seen on the web and I wasn't disappointed. It arrived surprisingly quickly in the U.S. and was beautiful, right out of the box and the setup was fine.
I only have 2 criticisms and they're pretty minor, in light of the value but It feels a tad heavy and I'm not in love with the pickups.
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Bang for the buck electric humbucker tele style guitar
dnatanaelk7, 05.04.2021
Since I bought this guitar, I've been using it for quite some time now for live performances and studio recordings and satisfied with the quality and the sound. The price is very affordable but it does not look and sound cheap. Good job Harley Benton and Thomann!
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Twalt, 28.11.2020
Very good buy. I love this guitar. The locking tuners are outstanding. Could have used better pots.
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Outstanding value for money!
V.B , 25.08.2020
Harley Bentons Fusion-T really exceeds expectations.
For the price of the low to mid tier offerings from the big name brands you get very high end features. The main highlights are the roasted maple neck/stainless frets/spoke wheel truss rod/locking tuners.

You have to expect to do some fine tuning in terms of setting up neck relief/action. Fretwork had no sharp edges or issues but was a bit sloppy. In some places you can see tooling marks on the wood where they rounded the edges.

There were a couple areas for improvement:
Electronics used in this model are a letdown. Roswell has much better pickups that could suit this model. The pickups have a strange low output voicing and when split their output is really weak. The pots can be noisy when turning and the pull/push pot is very loose feeling.

Overall I still think this is a great purchase. Tuning stability is spectacular, action can be set very low and this roasted maple neck is on par with very high end guitars.

This guitar offers a modding platform like no other. If you address the electronics issue and get the right pickups you got a guitar that is definitely a keeper.

*Please note that the colors/pattern can vary a lot!
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Nice guitar
Artereon, 16.06.2020
Very good feel. Awesome grip. Cannot believe it's available at this price.
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