Harley Benton R-458MN WH Progressive Series

8-String Electric Guitar

  • Progressive series
  • Body: Lime tree
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: D
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Offset DOT inlays
  • ABS nut
  • 24 Medium jumbo frets
  • Fretbaord radius: 510 mm (20.079")
  • Saddle width: 54 mm (2.126")
  • Length: 673 mm (26.496")
  • Pickup: 2 Hi-Gain Humbucker (neck and bridge)
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • DLX bridge
  • Black hardware
  • DLX DieCast machine heads
  • Factory setting: F # / B / E / A / D / G / B / E
  • Ex-factory stringing: HB .010 - .074
  • Colour: White, high-gloss

Further Information

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

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Glad I bought this guitar.
GuitarPassion, 11.10.2018
So, after a week playing the guitar, I can tell you the short version, I'm glad I bought the guitar, plays well.

Now let's get detailed shall we:

Thomann crew setup: the guitar had the saddles adjusted for string radius, action and intonation, a cent or two off in a couple of strings but the guitar was handled with care and no damaged screws or scratches on the bridge or saddles, the neck was adjusted for proper "business card" relief and has stayed that way so far, good job and thanks 1651.

The guitar was assembled correctly, the neck sits tight and with no gaps on the body, the tuners have a proper angle on the headstock and are well tightened, the strings run from bridge to nut at a matching angle with the sides of the neck and between themselves, the pickups sit at a good aligned place and the bridge is aligned with the neck's centre line correctly, there is enough up and down travel left for the saddles in case needed, overall is a well put together guitar.

Tuners have smooth travel no matter the string and they don't jump out of tune, is a simple tuner set with no locking or multi gear mechanism, but is a well made classic set, the bridge is alright as well.

Neck, is nice, no visible damage, frets seem levelled and clean but they are not polished so when you bend the strings you notice, but doesn't affect the sound coming out of the amplifier, there are no sharp endings on any of the frets at the sides of the neck.

Pickups, are OK, nothing fancy here, do the adjustments to the pickups height and maybe use a multi band EQ and there is enough balanced tone to work with, pots travel nicely and have no spikes or skips that ruin the sound, the switch has a long no sound travel between positions.

Body has a very good shape, sits comfortably on your lap when sitting down, and since the guitar is not neck heavy so sits nice and still when playing standing up, 24th fret access is fine, the paint is uniform.

when played on a quiet place without an amplifier the wood used to build this guitar has a nice rich sound to it with decent sustain.

This guitar is a great place to start experimenting with an extended range guitar, most things on it are standard so you can swap components if you want to.
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ScRev, 21.08.2018
This is the first 8-string guitar I play, so cannot compare to other 8string guitars.
Here's my experience with this Harley Benton:

PROS
Playability: fretboard is perfectly rectified, right, confortable you reach the last frets super easily.
Set-up was unexpectedly... already PERFECT! Nut slots perfectly dug, amazing low action and still no buzz at all, exact intonation.
Acoustic (unplugged) sound is very good and balanced.
Solid and steady bridge-saddles and PU selector.
Mechanics are ok.
Light and balanced weight.
Right size/position/angle of screws, bridge, neck, body, pick-ups, truss rod and everything.
Volume and tone pots work well.
No electrical noise at all!
Beauty: I don't like the guitar in Thomann photos, but actually I do like the real one (seems smaller...).
I tune the 8th string down to E and it plays definite.
Amazing low price for a 8string guitar!

CONS
I have to say pick-ups sound is not good wonderful (CLEAN)... BUT: these humbucker pickups come with the two coils connected in PARALLEL (rather than in series like classic Humbucker), causing a "Duffy Duckish" timbre. Since each pick up ends with 4 wires, you can easily rewiring them to coil-split (single coil) or series configuration. I tried and in my opinion timbre is better (series config is sounding boomy, that's why they use parallel I think, but you can cut the bass in the eq). Still do not expect a totally pleasant sound! It's useable.
Nut is in ABS plastic, but it works.

CONCLUSION
Considering the price (usually two 8string pickups cost more than this guitar), I give 5 stars.
Still you can substitute pickups, or adjust the tone with multiband or parametric eq.

Last impressions: the average intergap between adiacent string at the nut is less than in normal necks (6.5mm vs 7.2mm). So it's easier to reach 1st and 8th string at the same time, but you have to get used to smaller distances, especially between thinner strings. Maybe a new nut with constant distance between the center of the strings and not between the borders, could be a solution.
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