Harley Benton R-456FR BK Progressive Series

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: D
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Neck radius: 350 mm
  • 24 Medium jumbo frets
  • Offset dot inlays
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Pickups: 2 x Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • 1 x Volume control
  • 1 x Tone control
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Floyd Rose special locking tremolo system (black matte)
  • Black Deluxe hardware
  • Colour: High gloss black
  • Strings: 009-042
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Colour Black
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo FR-Style
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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Better than a Squire
Nebul, 16.06.2021
Stands up to comparison with my Aria Pro II (450€ retail) and Yamaha RGX721DG (750€ retail) from the 90's. Feels and sounds better than a Squire that I had. Intonation is set well throughout the neck, although I could probably get the action slightly lower. Holds tuning well. Sustain is good. It's light. It squeals easily when you want it to, and has good harmonics. It is well-shielded from electro magnetic interference. Pots don't scratch and feel good to turn.

Now the small criticisms, which are unwarranted considering the cost of this guitar. The volume knob cuts off quite abruptly near the zero mark. The tone is a little bit darker than I'm used to (but that's why we have EQ on our pedalboards). To get a completely clean tone I need to roll off the volume a little, but I tend to do that anyway. Otherwise there is a hint of saturation, and it's a bit fizzy (no I'm not clipping the signal). The trem is placed right above the volume pot - my other guitars have more separation.

Quality in the long term? Who knows how long the tremolo will last if you're heavy handed with it. I will be using it for subtle expression, not divebombs. If the wood warps within the next few years, it would still probably be worth it for the price anyway.

It would be perfect if Thomann could sell these trems as spare parts. I'd buy one right now for 80€ - 90€, as a future replacement.

Thanks as always to the purchase and delivery team, and to Correos, who are consistently awesome at delivering to small islands.
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Perfect Guitar for the price!!
Akashr, 18.01.2021
A Floyd Rose special bridge alone cost about €80!! So having an €80 trem system on a guitar that cost only €150 is the first thing that attracted my attention! Besides having heard good reviews of HB guitars, I decided to give it a try although in the past I've always been very apprehensive about buying low cost guitars with a Floyd Rose!!
It only took 6 days to ship to my doorstep!! I'm in Mauritius!! So having it shipped from Europe that fast was surprisingly satisfying considering the fact that most items I order online from anywhere else take way longer than that!!...
The guitar out of the box was perfectly set up!! Plugged it and was amazed that it was in tune!! Tuning stability is excellent!! No matter how hard and extreme I used the whammy bar, the guitar stayed in tune!! So it was a great relief as well as a great sense of joy!!
The pickups are high gain Humbuckers!! So it's not really a guitar for clean sounds!! With distortion however, the sound you get is absolutely perfect and it made me realise that the natural sustain of the guitar very very good!!!
If you are more into Rock and Metal stuffs and love the heavy distorted sounds, this guitar is a must have!! Not only for the price, but also for it's look, build quality and playability!!...
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Quality German Equipment
onyx.g13, 03.03.2020
I give this guitar a 5 star rating because this thing is just bad-ass.! Its got a fast neck, plays good and looks sexy as hell.! It took me a min to get it in tune because the strings was so new but once i got it in tune and locked it down thats all i had to do... It needed no neck adjustments, no fret leveling, no intonation adjustments.! Ive been playing for many years and have had big name brand guitars and i'm impressed with Harley Benton Guitars.! I've got my eye on a few more Harley Benton's already... Love this guitar man.! Buy it.! This is a must to have in your collection... I dont think you'll be disappointed
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Good copy of the real thing
axewound, 06.05.2016
So after a nice toy to play with wanting a little bit of a chred machine i decided to go with this as i wouldnt be using it that much compared to the other guitars i have.

I am very impressed the pickups are very good indeed, i wouldnt say they are high output but they do scream (what i mean is volume isnt overly loud but the sound is such) and give the high output sound. They also clean up very well with a little roll off of the volume, and if you want a bit of grit leave the volume up and a bit of clean tone and they break up well.

The finish is immaculate as i have come to expect with the Harley bentons i have now had.

The part i was most worried about was the trem, it does seem to do its job and do its job well, im not into huge dive bombs etc but using it for "mild trem use" it returns to tune each time and i've had no problems at all as yet

The only con i have found is that one of the pots is a little scratchy
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