Harley Benton R-458 BK Progressiv Series

8-String Electric Guitar

  • Progressive series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: Speed-D
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • 24 Medium jumbo frets
  • Offset dot inlays
  • Scale: 673 mm
  • Nut width: 54 mm
  • Pickup: 2 Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • 1 Volume control
  • 1 Tone control
  • 3-Way pickup selector switch
  • Black hardware
  • Deluxe die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: .009 / .011 / .016 / .024 / .032 / .042 / .054 / .065
  • Ex-factory tuning 1-8: F# / B / E / A / D / G / B / E
  • Colour: Black high gloss
  • Suitable gigbag available under article no. 142777; Suitable case under article no. 212516 (not included)

Further Information

Colour black
Body linden
Top -
Neck maple
fret board Amaranth
Frets 24
scale lenght 673 mm
Pickup HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Nice guitar
Francisco5274, 07.12.2015
I've been playing guitar for a long time, and I was curious to try those 8 string guitars that are rising up now in the market. My problem, as many other people, the budget. I was not in position to buy a 900$ guitar now, so I told myself that this budget 8 string could satisfy my curiosity, and if it failed as a guitar, the economical loss won't be as much. But it paid off:

Pros:

-Good construction and finish, it feels a bit light but not an issue.
-Good tuners.
-Good electronics. For the sound gourmets maybe these pickups are not of their taste, but they do a pretty good job IMHO. A little too hot I must say, but that's not an issue for me.
-It doesn't feel as alien when coming from a 6 string. This is because of its neck length and width. It feels very comfortable.
-Well intonated and decent string action (for my taste anyway)

Cons:

-The nut is made of cheap plastic, I strongly recommend to change it. Also it's set up sort of too high, when you voice a chord in the 0-3 frets and you apply a little bit more pressure, the chord detunes a lot.

- The strings are too light for what the instrument is (the F# one, so the 8th, felt like I was holding a bow instead of a guitar...). Change the set and get harder strings (like a .10 or plus).

-It depends on the unit, but for mine I will need to do a fret job. Some frets buzz where others don't (not a truss rod issue, that's tested already)

-Packaging. Just covered in carton board and air bags to secure the instrument, mine came with a hit in the head, half the size of a pinky's nail. Not something that is very bad but I could've been less lucky.

-The jack plug is not well grounded/connected, I get a familiar not-good-grounded noise (like when you touch the tip of a connected jack) when I move the jack in a particular position . I haven't opened the guitar but it seems like a quick fix.


So there you have it, as it is a budget instrument you'll need to adjust it, but for what it does and what it costs it is very good.
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Interesting Purchase !!
18.06.2015
Ok...received in 3 days. When unboxing it became obvious this guitar needed some tlc to get it set up correctly. I dont mind tinkering, especially with such a cheap experimental instrument such as this...the temptation to go 8 string experiment I specifically refer !! I daresay you get good ones and bad ones so I will rate mine as satisfactory as it WAS perfectly playable out of the box. However, I had to slacken the 5 neck bolts to pull the neck slightly as the strings were not parallel with the neck and aligned with the pickup poles properly...5 mins and it was was fixed...has not moved since. Neck joint very snug so take some comfort in that fact. Next...intonation was out but theres plenty of adjustment and another 10 minute job fixed that. Scale length is short for an 8...compared to other manufacturers but hey, it makes for an easier transition from 6 to 8 as it feels "normal" at 648mm...only the width to become familiar with. Finish on fingerboard and back of neck is perfect...fretwork is sublime and makes a very low action achievable if you so desire. Body is a beautiful sculpted shape and very well balanced on the strap without neck diving at all. Tuners are good and nut is cut well...bonus! Strings supplied aren't the best and sound a little dead but some Kerly's will sort that out when required. Sound is pretty good overall...bridge is lively and full sounding across the strings without excessive muddiness at all. Neck pickup is very warm and usable too. From clean to extreme distortion this thing really works well with a Zoom G3X processor with all of its many possibilities !! I opened the rear cover to look at the electronics and its a bit shabby looking but I finished it off to a better standard...its all cheap but functional stuff though. Whats has really made me fall in love with this guitar is the potential to increase it tonal capability...I'm talking about the pickups...they are 4 wire as standard...coil taps please...thank you. I fitted a mini toggle to achieve this + a 1meg tone pot (more treble) and...BOOM...now I have the most versatile instrument I have ever picked up...I mean WOW...its capabilites are endless and it all works beautifully to my ears. The heavy tones are there anyway but shrill, strat type highs are all there to be released for the sake of spending 10 quid on a pot and a toggle switch + half an hours work. You DO NOT need to swap out the pickups on this thing as they are workable. Simply one of my best purchases ever...although I have voided any warranty I don't care as my "experiment" has worked for me and at this price I ain't bothered anyway. This thing is built excessively and nothing can go wrong...Thanks Thomann for bringing this wonderful budget guitar...well pleased.
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Can't go wrong at this price
JDJW, 07.06.2018
If you're looking for an 8 string guitar without breaking the bank, this is the one to go for.

I ordered this on a whim after listening to an Animals as Leaders album and deciding that I wanted to have a go at the whole extended range experience. It's absolutely not what I play live, so there was no point in spending a fortune on any of the (really very nice) 8 strings that are available from the 'premium' brands, so I thought that this would do the job.

Some other reviewers have noted that some setup was needed when the guitar arrived, but this wasn't my experience at all. It arrived promptly, and straight out of the box I was able to break into some seriously heavy riffing. The finish was remarkable for a guitar at this price point, and would rival instruments at several times its price. I find the neck to be very pleasing to play on, and the guitar is well weighted.

In terms of shortcomings, the guitar does show its price in some ways. The pickups have a tendency to sound a bit muddy, particularly when shown to any sort of gain. They lack the clarity of some of the big-name pickups, but this is to be expected when a single pickup can be more expensive than this whole guitar. If I were to be using this live I would consider swapping them out for something from Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio, but the fact that I would do that instead of just buying a new guitar should speak highly of the basic quality of the instrument.

Other shortcomings include the tuners, which have been prone to slippage in my experience. Nothing too major, but frequent retuning is necessary.

Overall, if you're interested in trying out the extended-range world, this Harley Benton is a great place to start!
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Bought for a Hobby, Kept for the Quality
Schengis, 23.06.2019
I originally bought this guitar in the white color, and the quality impressed me so much that I decided to order this one so that I could have one to adjust and tweak to my liking and get some more practice doing mods. That was the plan, but when I got this beast there was so little work to do.

I'll preface this by saying that this is most likely NOT the guitar that I would take up on stage with me, but it is a perfectly capable and well-made instrument. I was anticipating having hours of work ahead of me to get this thing sounding like I wanted it to, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it sounded right out of the box.

As for the downsides:
The tone knob seems to have no gradual control over the sound and changes sharply at around 5pm. The tuning heads are also a bit touchy and you'll find yourself hovering around notes on a tuner instead of hitting it dead on in the lower register of the instrument.

Like I said, I probably wouldn't be jamming with this bad boy on stage, but it's a great toy to have.
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Harley Benton R-458 BK Progressiv Series
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Harley Benton R-458 BK Progressiv Series

8-String Electric Guitar Progressive series, Body: Basswood, Bolt-on neck: Maple, Neck profile: Speed-D, Fretboard: Amaranth, 24 Medium jumbo frets, Offset dot inlays, Scale: 673 mm, Nut width: 54...

  • Colour: black
  • Body: linden
  • Top: -
  • Neck: maple
  • fret board: Amaranth
  • Frets: 24
  • scale lenght: 673 mm
  • Pickup: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton R-458MN WH Fanfret
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Harley Benton R-458MN WH Fanfret

8-String Electric Guitar Progressive Series, Body: Basswood, Neck: Maple, Neck attachment: Bolt-on, Fretboard: Amaranth, Fretboard inlays: Offset dot, Neck profile: Speed ​​D, Fretboard radius:...

  • Number of Strings: 8
  • Colour: Black
  • Style: ST
  • Body: Basswood
  • Color: White
  • Top: No
  • Neck: Maple
  • fret board: Amaranth
  • Frets: 24
  • Fretbboard: Amaranth
  • scale lenght: 686 mm
  • Pickup: HH
  • Long Scale: 686 mm
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Short Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
  • Pickups: HH
  • Active Pickups: No
  • Vibrato: No
  • incl. Case: No
Harley Benton R-458BK Fanfret
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Harley Benton R-458BK Fanfret

8-String Electric Guitar Progressive Series, Body: Basswood, Bolt-on neck: Maple, Neck profile: Speed-D, Fretboard: Amaranth, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, 24 Fanned medium jumbo frets, Offset dot...

  • Colour: Black
  • Number of Strings: 8
  • Body: Basswood
  • Style: ST
  • Color: Black
  • Top: No
  • Neck: Maple
  • fret board: Amaranth
  • Frets: 24
  • scale lenght: 686 mm
  • Fretbboard: Amaranth
  • Pickup: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Long Scale: 686 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Short Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
  • Active Pickups: No
  • Vibrato: No
  • incl. Case: No
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