Harley Benton R-458MN WH MultiScale


8-String Electric Guitar

  • Progressive Series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck attachment: Bolt-on
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard inlays: Offset dots
  • Neck profile: Speed-D
  • Fingerboard radius: 350 mm
  • Scale (multi-scale): 692/650 mm
  • Nut width: 54 mm
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Frets: 24 Fanned medium jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone
  • 3-Way pickup selection switch
  • Nut: Nubone
  • Hardware: Black
  • Strings: 009-011-016-024-032-042-054-065
  • Tuning: F# / B / E / A / D / G / B / E
  • Machine heads: Deluxe die-cast
  • Colour: White high-gloss
  • Suitable gig bag available under article Nr 142777 (not included)
available since June 2018
Item number 427252
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Color White
Body linden
Top -
Neck maple
fret board maple
Frets 24
Scale Length 686 mm
Pickup HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Number of Strings 8
Style ST
Fretbboard Maple
Long Scale 686 mm
Short Scale 648 mm
Pickups HH
Vibrato No
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Six strings aren't always enough

Harley Benton has long enjoyed a reputation for making high-quality instruments available to musicians on a budget, and the range also includes more "exotic" instruments such as the R-458MN WH MultiScale, which is part of the Harley Benton Progressive Series and provides an affordable point of entry for players who want to explore the fascinating and powerful sound of the eight-string guitar without spending a fortune. The guitar features a basswood body and a maple neck that has a comfortable "Speed D" profile and a 650mm to 692mm (25.59" to 27.24") multi-scale maple fingerboard with 24 medium jumbo frets, while a pair of high-gain humbucking pickups ensure a punchy and powerful sound.

Fanned frets

Thanks to the extended string length provided by its multi-scale fingerboard, resonant basswood body, and five-screw neck joint, the Harley Benton R-458MN WH MultiScale delivers an immensely powerful sound. This design gives the player a higher string tension on the lower strings to provide greater control even when harder picking techniques are used, while the shorter scale length on the upper strings means that string bends can still be played without straining the player's fretting hand. The two pickups are governed by simple but effective circuitry comprising a three-way blade switch and a master control each for volume and tone. In terms of hardware, the R-458MN WH MultiScale features a fixed DLX bridge with eight individual saddles and a set of deluxe diecast machine heads to ensure reliable tuning stability.

A budget-friendly starting point

With its budget-friendly price, the Harley Benton R-458MN WH MultiScale is aimed at both beginners and more experienced guitarists who are new to the eight-string guitar and don't have a fortune to spend on a new instrument. Players get a lot for their money here, however, as evidenced by the guitar's looks, playability, and powerful sound. The combination of tried-and-trusted woods used for the neck and body together with the duo of high-gain pickups will ensure a truly thunderous low-end response that is perfect for modern Rock rhythm playing.

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.

For fat-sounding riffs and more

When paired with a suitable amplifier and cabinet(s), the Harley Benton R-458MN WH MultiScale is ready to unleash some serious riffs with plenty of low end - but that is not all: Its two humbucking pickups will also cut a very convincing figure for the guitar's price point when it comes to clean and crunch sounds. And the R-458MN WH MultiScale of course leaves nothing to be desired in the looks department, as its modern contours and eyecatching high-gloss white finish are sure to get the audience's attention during live performances and leave absolutely no doubt as to this guitar's Metal pedigree.

Very Solid Base for a Project Guitar
Oscar (Tired of Diet Pepsi) 24.12.2019
I'll get straight to it.

-The guitar is well built. Having fanned frets and it being an 8 stringer at this price range sounds all too good to be true, but it holds true to what it's advertised to be.
-The important parts, such as the neck is reliable.
-the tuners aren't top of the line but it does the job well enough to warrant as a positive thing for its price point.
-The bridge has great intonation range and its sturdy! wow! That's important! And you nailed it!
-There's conductive shielding paint on the humbucker cavities and the electronics cavities!!! something i didn't expect from a $150 guitar!!
-The fret ends actually had some sort of sanding/polishing done to it! My hands won't get cut going up and down on it!! wowow! Minimal work is required to get to the ideal specs. Big thumbs up.

-mine came with a dead capacitor! WOO! Thankfully I'm a tinkering type of person, and I replaced 80% of the original electronics there cause..(segway to the next point)
-The electronics are kinda bad. But that's to be expected for a guitar at this price point. Though QC could've at least noticed the dead capacitor...or at least hear that something is wrong with the output of the guitar.
-lots of blemishes on the neck. A couple of raw unfinished spots, some scratches, uneven finish, and lots of coarseness when you run your hand at the back of the neck. Hopefully it will smooth itself out when it gets worn in.
-some of the frets are already worn?? I don't know what's going on but this isn't even B-Stock and i have crazy inconsistent frets on the one i got. Some frets looked untouched, some looked sanded and scratched but not polished to spec, some already dented by the string. whats going on haha...
-The nut doesn't have a curve to match the neck's radius curve. Nut is flat and requires lots of work to make the strings be at proper height on nut side. That i don't mind as much, just more tinkering for me.

Regardless of all of its issues, I still like this guitar, The cost of this guitar is equivalent to a months worth of Diet Pepsi for a family that drinks a lot of Diet Pepsi, and my family drinks a lot of Diet Pepsi. But this guitar is no sugar drink. It will make you work hard to make it like how you want it to be, but you'll like what you make out of it once you do.

It'd be neat if Thomann sent me a new, better capacitor, and maybe one of them weird German drinks too. I need a break form all this Diet Pepsi.


Much better than I expected!!!
PopGoesMetal 29.09.2022
Greetings, I'm a guitarist with more than 20 years of experience
I've always played 6 string guitars, but I got interested in extended range guitars and fanfrets...
This guitar arrived 1 week ago, and the truth is that it is incredible!!

I will start with the problems with which arrived

*The arm was a little warped, obviously after 1 month of traveling from Germany to Mexico, but it was easy to adjust
*The ground was not well connected, even though it had the cable, the black paint on the hardware does not let the cable make contact, also easy to fix
*The nut did not have the grooves of 4th and 5th completely straight, pinching the string a little and generating tension and tuning problems
*The 1st string is not very loud on the Bridge position, probably caused by the angle of the pick up... but on the neck position works fine, I have no problem 'cause I always lead on the neck pickup, but it could be a problem for some people... with high gain is not that noticeable, but in clean you can hear the diference


I think that due to the details described above, many confuse some problems with others, I read in many reviews that the tuners did not work and did not keep the tuning well, I think that this is caused by the nut slots, since they are not straight, the string gets stuck, and you need to turn it a little more to give more tension and release the string, then when you play, the extra tension distributes, causing it to go out of tune again

The pickups, they are not the best, but are quite functional, I think what causes problems is the ground connection
but with that fixed and a little of pre EQ you can get them working


Everything else!! I’m surprised with the quality of the instrument, excellent frets, the arm quite comfortable (for an 8 strings), no big neck dive, I liked the fan fret lml Really cool guitar lml

if you want to start in the world of 8 strings and fan frets, it's a great instrument
Recommended 100%


Localzen 19.03.2021
I couldn't pry myself off of this guitar long enough to write this review! I've been playing for 15 years and wanted to try an 8 string guitar without breaking the bank. I was intimidated by fanned-fret guitars and was trying to accept that I would need to spend $800 USD to buy a guitar I might end up hating. Saw a video by Glen Fricker of Spectre Media Group and ended up here!


I'll just list the pros since I HONESTLY have zero cons:
- I also ordered a bag (Thomann E-Guitar Gigbag Deluxe fits perfectly for $22 USD) and a strap so my guitar came in it's little box, INSIDE another box that contained the bag and strap. Well-protected with the two layers of cardboard as well as some nice fabric around the guitar itself and held in place by foam padding on top, bottom and under the neck. It arrived 48 hours after my payment went through (I'm on the east coast of the USA)
- This guitar was setup so perfectly that I could play it right out of the box after tuning the 2 or 3 strings that were a bit off. Someone obviously put their heart and soul into tending to this piece of art.
- It's very lightweight, lighter than some 6 strings I have. Feels so comfortable with an 80mm strap even after 2.5 hours of playing.
- Paint is flawless, glossy and smooth.
- Well constructed. Again, it's obvious someone put their heart into building this.
- Electrical is very tidy and cables were bundled and organized! I don't know if the paint inside the cavity is shielding paint or not, but the back of the cover was shielded and there was ZERO hum or buzz.
- Pickups sound clear and deep in clean tones and crisp, sharp and heavy when distorted. No mud in a well-dialed tone. Tested on a 15w and 75w solid-state amp as well as an amp sim (NeuralDSP Archetype Gojira). The tone knob cuts a dramatic amount of high end, which sounds spectacular on a clean setting. It's a gradual cut also, not just an on/off knob. Dial to taste.
- Knobs have a very satisfying resistance to them, they don't just spin and spin. 3-way switch is smooth and snappy. They're all placed out of the way too, so you won't smack them when you're playing. (Looking at you, Charvel!)
- The frets are polished to perfection and perfectly cut along the neck. No overhanging frets whatsoever. My hands thank you.
- The fanned frets are very easy to get accustomed to. They're well-placed and gorgeously symmetrical.
- The neck itself is sanded to perfection, nice and flat but comfortable whether you're playing bar chords, cowboy chords or full-on riffage. No glossy finish so your hand glides very smooth.
- The guitar stays in tune very well, and my Snark tuner is capable of tuning this beast, although sometimes it struggles with the 8th string. The on-board tuner in my 75w amp can handle the low notes though!
- They even sent a 1/4" cable and an awesome "In case of emergency, rescue my guitars" sticker! (4" at least)

This guitar is absolutely perfect for players of any skill level who want to get into playing an 8-string. PERIOD. Thomann and Harley-Benton are INCREDIBLY underrated!!


Fantastic intro 8-string for the price
Jackillin 17.06.2020
I wanted to try out an 8-string without investing too much cash. It took me all of about 20 minutes to fall completely in love with this guitar.

Pros :
Cost - it's incredibly cheap for what u get.
Setup - It turned up with the action low & all the strings were well intonated except the bottom 2 which needed tiny adjustment.
Ergonomics - I'm a lady with small hands & I feel like this was made for me!
Neck - Satin feeling neck at the back where u lay your thumb, a little less smooth on the neck edges but I only noticed when I ran my fingers down the neck sides to check the fret job.
Frets - The frets on mine are very well dressed, nothing sticking out or sharp.
Tuning stability - It had to be tuned everyday when it first arrived as I live in a very humid country & I stretched the strings a bit...after a week, it seems to have stabilised & it's holding tune pretty well the last couple of days - don't really needed to adjust much before playing.
Weight - The body is surprisingly light which is great for me but with the solid maple neck has a bit of neck dive.
Pickups - Mine sound great so far - the high end sounds clear to me, bottom end could maybe have some more separation but hey I'm tuning down to E - I'm happy for the price! U can upgrade!
Looks - It's really pretty.

Cons :
Neck dive - due to the weight of the beautiful maple neck.
Flaws - Mine had a black mark on the nut.
A tinyl crack in the body where the neck is set - prob just a surface paint/gloss crack, haven't noticed any probs with it.
Packaging/Delivery - Turned up with it bashed & slightly open at the headstock end of the box & so the headstock got a little bash at the top spike but the neck was unaffected so I'm not bothered & I can sand it out - I would prefer Thomann to put a little more padding around the headstock & perhaps mark the box with 'This Way Up' as my local delivery guys delivered it upside down prob due to the neck end being heavier than the body so I assume it was sitting on it's head for a couple of days.

I've only had this for about a week, I can't put it down! So much fun to play! It's comfortable, sounds great, is holding tune & a great entry level 8-string.


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