Harley Benton HWY-25BKS Progressive Series

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: Modern D
  • 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
  • Ex-factory stringing: .009 - .042
  • Colour: Black, matte
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  • Blues
  • Metal
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Further Information

Colour Black
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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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.

Conclusion:
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
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still in SHOCK....
LuminousFleshGiant, 08.04.2020
There is no doubt the standards of skill and craftmanship demanded by thomann far exceed any other maker of guitars in their price range and even rivals that of many "BIG NAME" guitars. I recently purchased 3 Harley Benton guitars...Harley Benton HWY-25BKS Progressive Series...Harley Benton SC-450 CB Classic Series, and the...Harley Benton R-456FR BK Progressive Series. Each of these guitars were impressive for their price point and I could have paid twice as much and would have been just as impressed. To spare you from the boring technical atributes and specifications outlining just how far above and beyond Harley Benton guitars are from what someone would expect from a guitar in this price range....I will end this review with a simple statement. Harley Benton guitars are without a doubt the best playing best sounding best set up - quality crafted..out of the box guitars you can purchase today at this price point...period!
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15.12.2016
I own two HB guitars and a bass and I have to say the quality at the pricepoint is beyond belief. This cost me £83 and I wouldn't be disappointed if I'd paid £250. Honestly, the knurled metal pots are probably worth more than £83...

The finish on my guitar is flawless, an anti-radar matte-black which suggests quiet menace. The reversed headstock adds an angular, sharp look and the predator fret marker is beautifully executed.

Out of the box, set-up was fine, though I've lowered the action a touch and tweaked the intonation to compensate. It's very playable - I'm no virtuoso, but my fingers zip around the neck and nothing seems like hard work.

The two humbuckers have plenty of throat, lending this guitar a rock/blues/metal character; I can't see it being the best for folk, jazz or funk. This is industrial when you want it to be, but not without finesse on lighter amp settings.

My one gripe is the whammy bar, but this may be partly my fault: I've slackened it off to enable extravagant dive-bombs, but when it returns the tuning is hopelessly destabilised. I'll try re-tightening and I might swap out the machine heads...

All-in-all, you simply cannot go wrong with this guitar: you're getting pro aesthetics and playability for beginner's money.

Why the terrible name, though? Harley Benton? Sounds like a steak-and-kidney pie and it's NOT cool on the headstock
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Niels Gochet, 11.06.2020
Great guitar for the price of it!
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