Harley Benton HWY-25BKS Progressive Series


Electric Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • 24 Frets
  • Matched reversed headstock
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double-action truss rod
  • "Predator" inlay on the 12th fret
  • Pickup: 2 High output humbuckers
  • Black hardware
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Standard tremolo
  • Factory stringing: .009 - .042
  • Colour: Black, matte
available since September 2016
Item number 380359
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Black
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo Standard
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An affordable Metal guitar that’s ready for battle

The Harley Benton HWY-25BKS Progressive Series is an entry-level Metal axe that has a lot to offer despite its budget-friendly price tag. Its looks alone are nothing short of classy, particularly at this price point. The ST-shape body features the matt black finish and twin humbucking pickups you would expect from a Metal guitar. The hardware – from the machine heads and nut to the bridge and tremolo arm, control knobs, and pickup switch – is finished in black and ensures that this guitar looks ready for battle. Even the back of the neck features the same matt black finish. The two humbuckers in the Harley Benton HWY-25BKS Progressive Series follow suit, of course: They are mounted in black pickup rings and feature matt black covers.

Perfect for fast runs

The fingerboard is made from thermally treated maple and has no dot inlays – instead, it sports a stylish tribal design at the twelfth-fret position. But not to worry: The upper edge of the neck features dot markers for easy orientation. The neck, with its modern D-shape profile, is ideal for fast runs and full-on shredding. Its 24 frets and correspondingly deep cutaway give budding metal virtuosos everything they need to start breaking their first speed records, and the characteristic 648 mm (25.5”) scale length ensures that even those with long fingers will feel comfortable playing this guitar. The neck also features a double-action truss rod for optimum adjustability.

For heavy beginners

The humbuckers with which this model is equipped have a comparatively high output and are therefore ideal for Rock and Metal guitarists. The standard tremolo can be used to create classic whammy bar effects, making it easy for budding and advanced players alike to try out their first dive bombs. The factory-fitted strings have gauges of .009-.042 and are thus perfect for standard tuning and allow effortless bending – which should also benefit less experienced players.

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.

Convincing arguments

The Harley Benton HWY-25BKS’s looks alone provide a point of entry into the metal guitar world, and of course it doesn’t end there: Its great playability also makes lead guitar a joy to practise, while the high-output pickups make for some serious riffing. This guitar is more than just a fine first instrument for beginners, however. If you are looking for a classy second guitar or an eminently playable and above all affordable one to bring on the road, you should definitely take a closer look. Given its extremely low purchase price, this model is also perfect for extensive modding – such as upgrading the existing pickups and machine heads. If you play in a metal band and don't yet own a back-up guitar for budgetary reasons, this instrument will soon have you running out of arguments not to pick one up.

In the spotlight: Double-action truss rod

The double-action truss rod consists of two firmly-joined metal rods with opposing threads. It is inserted into the neck and covered by the fingerboard, which is glued to the front of the neck. A clockwise turn of the nut at the end of the truss rod (also called the T-rod) straightens the neck, bringing the strings closer to the fingerboard, and in extreme cases causes a convex neck bow so that the strings rest on top of the middle frets. An anti-clockwise turn, on the other hand, causes a concave neck bow, which significantly raises the strings above the middle frets. Double-action truss rods are mainly used in thin necks because they fit into a narrow groove and therefore take up only a small amount of space.

It could have been a 5 out of 5 but....
Stbn_ry_V 15.08.2020
I have several Harley Benton guitars and this is the one that I have scored the lower, however is not fault of the guitar itself.

Let me start with the pros:
The fret work is excellent no edges that would harm your hand or anything
The look and feel is great, the painting job looks very nice and I have no complains about it, however be prepared cause matte finish will easily get dirty, keep a microfiber cloth handy

Predator inlay and the freatboard looks amazing for this price point, the 3-way switch and the knobs works great and do not seem to be of bad quality

I like the weight on this guitar, it is not that heavy but still feels solid, will be good for your back.

Overall the construction on this instrument is great! would recommend to anyone who wants to start playing or more experienced players that could even modify a few things here and there and make this guitar totally standout.

For this price the guitar is fine, well done!

The cons:
There are 3 things on this guitar, that I would complaint a little about.

1. The humbuckers could be better, they are just not my style, I think even when it says " High output humbuckers " doesn't mean they have to be so noisy, they have that hum noise that bother anyone when using distortion, but my amp does't help to much, ...adjusting your amp settings will help.

2. This one is more a cosmetic issue than anything else, the nut was properly cut in terms of functionality, but it was very scratched, as if the person or the machine that cuts it had a fight with it, still makes the job.

3. Besides the 2 points mentioned above, this is the one that for me would be the most important to describe.

As you can see the reversed headstock on this guitar is very pointy, this is what happened...
Normally the guitar box will have a few paddings for protection, at the bottom, on the sides and on top.
Well... the top padding was not put on this box! that caused the neck literally tear apart the box, when I saw this I thought it was damaged, fortunately the guitar had bubble wrap and the other cardbox on which the guitar box is put on avoided a bigger damage.
However a small section of the reversed headstock less than 1mm has a scratch, I will have to buy some black matte nail paint and make the trick!!! 99.99% is well painted.

But please next time do not omit this padding or any other, they are important, the lack of this padding was a small human error in my opinion, but could have ended worse!! fortunately it was not the case.


A good choice for beginner musicians
Anton Shvetkoy 15.02.2022
This guitar is my first musical instrument and an order of goods from another country. Because of this, I was extremely worried about the delivery of the goods and its safety. Fortunately, the guitar came in one piece, although some dents and cuts were visible on the box.

The guitar looks pretty good. I didn't notice any signs of bad painting, cracks or scratches. For the price of the guitar, I expected a poor quality finish, but I was wrong.
The hardware does not look very high quality. There are traces of corrosion on the bridge tremolo, although the guitar is brand new.
A couple of frets on the neck have come out a little and cause inconvenience when playing.

I can't compare the sound of the guitar with another instance, so I won't be able to determine its quality. (The pickups are working and that's enough for me))

I have concerns that the neck may bend. Looking at it, I saw a small angle, as if it was going by a screw. I think this is due to the conditions of storage or transportation.

In general, despite some disadvantages, I think this guitar is a really good choice for such money. This is just a salvation for a metalhead who wants his guitar to look in accordance with the genre of his music)


Not a bad guitar, but some issues
vortaenius 04.07.2021
Overall, I was satisfied with this guitar as a fixer-upper, but abandoned the project after a year.

- I love the string tension with the tuners on the bottom of the headstock; it makes for good playability and looks cool.
- The neck is super playable! I personally love how chunky and flat it feels. If you're used to a more rounded neck, then this guitar might not be for you.
- The sound is good, but not great. It sounds a bit hollow or bland.
- The matte finish is nice.

- It's a very heavy guitar. The first time I picked it up I was a bit disappointed. I once owned a PRS guitar which was really hefty, too, but here it seems unnecessary.
- The nut was awful, reducing playability and tuning stability. I ended up replacing it, but had a difficult time finding the correct nut. After some failed attempts I decided to abandon this project. It was more hassle than it was worth as a beginner modder. Maybe I'll pick it up again someday.
- The tone pot is flimsy and 'came loose' after half a year. It's now barely usable.


Amazing Value
StevieSandstone 22.12.2017
Tuners, nut, bridge and electrics are cheap garbage. The frets are very rough. However the body and neck are perfect for an inexpensive project guitar.
I got this guitar to do a fret level and polish and upgrade all the hardware, it's perfect for this purpose. I'm extremely happy with the result.
Got a wilkinson trem, axetec locking tuners and a tusc nut, tuning stability, action and intonation are now perfect and it stays in tune even after extreme trem use.
The pickups were a surprise, I was planning to upgrade them but after trying them out, I haven't changed them yet. A real bonus that I wasn't expecting.

What I love about the guitar:
Neck is a nice shape, not super thin like an Ibanez, it's just a bit chunkier like a Schecter
Frets were pretty level, didn't have much work there, but they needed a lot of polishing
Reverse headstock is a great feature, it looks great but even better it gives more tension on the low strings for chugging and less tension on the high strings for bending

My only gripe:
I wish the heal joint was a bit more modern, it doesn't bother me much, but ferrules instead of a back plate and a slight taper would have made this guitar absolutely perfect.

I paid very little money for this guitar and with a bit of work and a few choice upgrades was able to make it into a very, very good guitar. I have a few £1000 + Schecters and Ibanez guitars and this guitar after the work I did, is easily as good as them. Thankyou Harley Benton and Thomann for providing a great quality guitar for a joke price