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Harley Benton R-457 BK Progressiv Series

Harley Benton R-457 BK Progressiv Series
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item number 288162
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Harley Benton R-457BK Progressive Series, 7-string electric guitar, basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, speed-D-shape, rosewood fretboard, 24 medium jumbo frets, offset DOT inlays, 648mm scale, 48mm nut-width, 2 x Hi-Gain humbucker pickups, 1-volume control, 1-tone control, 3-way toggle switch, deluxe die-cast tuners, finish hi-gloss black

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Excellent value-for-money

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I bought this guitar to get a feel for seven-string guitars and my first impression has been very positive. Considering the price I didn't expect too much but I don't like to waste my money on garbage either so I did have certain expectations on assembly and tuning stability. Now that the guitar has arrived I am happy to discover that it exceeds my expectations. Intonation and tuning stability is good. The neck-joint is flawless and string height is very good. The neck was comfortable and overall it feels like an easy-to-play instrument. There were som minor cosmetic imperfections on the paint job. The pickups aren't excellent but work well. I consider this guitar excellent value-for-money.

Best £100 I have ever spent on a guitar.

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You cannot find a better quality guitar for £100, let alone a 7 string. The pickups are very good. The knobs have a nice resistance so they cant accidentally turn down while your playing. There is barely any static coming off the guitar when the volumes up and it isn't being played. The fret board is very nice. The best feature I would say is how easy it is to pinch harmonic practically every note. The only thing I think would of made this guitar better is to of put in a bridge with a whammy bar in. But saying this I literally could not care any less. THIS AXE IS FROM ZEUS HIMSELF. YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED LIKE ME :) ! ( I play metal genre... )

Cheap, yet surprisingly good sound.

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I bought this guitar thinking that I would use it mainly to try out 7 string and also to have a cheap guitar always available in our rehearsal studio (that I did not really care if it got broken due to temperature changes).

I picked up the guitar and brought it home to my home studio before bringing it to the rehearsal studio, and of course I felt the need to unpack it and to at least try it out!

Instantly I fell in love with the feel of the guitar acoustics and felt that I had to try it out with an amp.
So I connected it to my computer and just listened to the clean sound from the microphones, and I thought that for the price of the guitar it actually delivered a fairly good and acceptable sound.

I then started up Guitar Rig 5 and tried out some different amp's, distortions and other effects and once again I was surprised at what I heard.

For the price of the guitar and how it delivers, it is absolutely something that I would recommend for beginners and also for professionals looking for a guitar to use in a studio or equal.

How it handles on the road I cannot express myself about, but I can imagine that it will do pretty much alright.

So, as a conclusion.
Definitely a price worthy guitar that delivers a fairly good sound for the money spent.

Good work!

Astonishing quality for the price

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I've bought a fair few Harley Benton products now and regret buying none of them. They've all been of very high quality and in this case you couldn't even build this for the price they're asking. Crazy !

I had to lower the action a TINY bit, about 1mm, but that's personal preference. It arrived totally playable and with no fret buzz or setup problems. Intonation is perfect, all the hardware functions well with no crackles or glitches and the knobs and toggle switch are smooth yet precise.

Finish on the guitar is really nice, it's simplistic but for a "black" guitar there's nothing wrong with it. Nice shine to it and easy to keep clean. Tuning heads keep their tune and don't slip out.

Pickups sound good both distorted and clean, with a nice deep tone for rhythm and a more biting sound for the treble. No crackles when switching and the delineation between the sound is clear.

If you're looking to get into playing a 7 string guitar then I would recommend this wholeheartedly. The neck may not quite be as "fast" as an Ibanez (it's a little deeper) BUT that's a really, really minor quibble considering that getting a playable 7 String Gem would cost you about £600 at LEAST. I was playing this for a long time "out the box" before I changed the action a little and it was fine, it's just a matter of preference as to your playing style but the tool is provided to change the action should you desire and the bridge being how it is means it's easy to setup.

Also, worthy of note, this guitar has a fixed bridge which makes it really helpful for beginners as the traditional tuning/intonation problems that can befall people unfamiliar with floating/tremelo setups are not part of the equation here. I purposefully bought this mainly because of this. Even though I've played guitar for 20+ years I haven't had a Floyd Rose or equivalent for a long time as I just find them irksome.

I'm now considering buying the 6 string version also, just as another "fun" guitar as, for the price, these are just crazy good value.

For a beginner to 7 string, as I've said before, I would fully recommend this there's no need to spend more and for people familiar with 7 strings I would also say that it's a great guitar. I did mention earlier that the neck is a little deeper than an Ibanez but that doesn't mean this is a "slow" guitar, I've been playing loads of crazy death metal riffs on it and it really suits that sort of play. The slight increase in neck depth almost makes playing it feel more weighty and, well, "heavy" ;-)

No quibbles here, this is a steal and represents yet more high quality/low price value from Harley Benton.

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