Harley Benton Dynamic-HSH FMT Charcoal

Electric Guitar

  • Ergonomically shaped body
  • Body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Top: Flamed maple featuring an 'Ultra Flame' veneer
  • Neck: Canadian hard maple
  • Neck attachment: Bolt-on
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard inlays: Clay dot
  • Frets: 24 Medium jumbo stainless steel
  • Nut: Nu-Bone
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Binding: Wood
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Pickups: 2 x Roswell HAF-B-Alnico-5 humbuckers (bridge and neck) and 1 x S74-C BK Alnico-5 single coil (middle)
  • Controls: Volume & Tone
  • 5-Way switch
  • WSC 2-Point synchronized tremolo with roller nut
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine heads: WSC locking diecast
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL110 .010 - .046
  • Colour: Charcoal high-gloss
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Further Information

Colour Grey
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSH
Tremolo Standard
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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US Customers...Give Harley Benton a closer look
Craig1965, 22.04.2019
Since taking the plunge about a month ago I decided to write down my thoughts regarding my purchase of the Harley Benton Dynamic HSH FMT charcoal. My comments are perhaps geared more for those from the US market that may be considering a purchase from Thomann, and my particular experience with the purchase and the product.
My personal observations and opinions are just that, my experience from purchase through approximately 1 month of use with the guitar. With that out of the way, let's get to it. Understand that the shipping will be approximately $30 US dollars. This is clearly stated on the website and should be considered as part of the price of the items purchased. Unlike most online US retailers, Thomann does not provide free shipping. One additional cost I did not anticipate was the foreign transaction fee that I was charged. I was under the impression that the purchase was under the umbrella of Thomann USA and purchased from a dedicated US website. I would have used a different card that does not charge these fees if I had known ahead of time. Also, the shipping time to Florida from Germany exceeded the time window stated on the website. For some reason the package, although quickly shipped by Thomann, remained at the Frankfurt airport for over a week before I received tracking information that it had finally entered the US. Finally, when the mail carrier arrived at my door I was told I needed to provide an additional $22 dollars in duty fees in order to collect the guitar. This was another charge I did not anticipate that also needs to be considered. Overall the cost of the purchase was $189 for the guitar plus another $58 in additional fees. In other words your comparisons to other makes and models should be made in the $250 dollar range rather than the sub $200 dollar range.
My impressions when I removed the instrument from the box were very favorable. The maple top was appealing and although it did not have much depth, I liked the look. The mahogany body with the belly cut was nicely done and I could not find any problems with the workmanship anywhere on the guitar. The maple neck with the smooth satin finish felt great in my hand. No worries about sticky lacquered finishes when the palm of your hand gets a little damp. The frets did not have any sharp edges, and although the medium jumbo specs for these frets are new to me, they felt fine under my fingers. Like other reviewers, the ebony fret board was very dry and needed some lemon oil. The locking tuners are a nice feature, something I wish every guitar would have. Volume and tone knobs worked as expected as did the pick-up selector.
Two things that needed attention were the string tree and unfortunately the strings. Like others have stated the string tree either needs to be removed or redesigned as it did not provide any function other than constantly causing tuning issues. I did make every effort to adjust the string tree, stretch the strings, exercise the tremolo bar etc but each time the tremolo bar was used the guitar went out of tune. As soon as the tree was removed the tuning issues subsided.
The strings were removed as they appeared to be, for lack of a better description, dull and lifeless. The G string did not sound right no matter how it was tuned nor did the high E. I tried standard and half step down but to no avail. I put on a new set of D”Addario strings and that solved the problem.
Also, I did not like the set up so I did make several adjustments to the neck relief and action. This is all personal preference as I think an attempt was made to accomplish this at the factory. The difference in temperature and humidity likely made the adjustment necessary. With the spoke wheel truss rod and individual saddle adjustments this was a simple process.
Now on to the most important issue with any guitar, sound and tone. For comparison, I have played one electric guitar since 1982. That being a 1982 Gibson Les Paul Standard. Although I consider the Les Paul to be the best of the best in terms of craftsmanship and tone, I wanted to try something different after 30 plus years playing the same guitar. To that end, the Harley Benton satisfied this desire. I have read comments from others criticizing the tone and pick-ups, but for me, I wanted something different and that’s what I got. It definitely has what I would consider to be a brighter tone and does not have as tight of a low end as the Les Paul, but to me it is pleasing nonetheless. I did need to adjust my amp settings from what I use with the Les Paul to better accommodate the Harley Benton, but that should be expected. I am an amateur player and play strictly for pleasure so it is from that perspective that I make these remarks. I think I can get pretty good 80s and 90s rock and metal tones from the Harley Benton and use my Les Paul for drop C# for a meatier more aggressive tone. Spec wise I think it would be hard to beat the locking tuners, good trem system, stainless steel frets, and ebony fret board offered on the Harley Benton. I do not think any other brand offers all these features at this price point.
For me I think this is a quality instrument and most importantly, a great value. The Ibanez and Jackson models I tried did not have the upgraded hardware nor the playability that the Harley Benton has at this price point. Other than the unforeseen fees related above, I have no complaints whatsoever. I will continue to look at the Harley Benton Line for future purchases and encourage US buyers to give them consideration. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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199 €

Electric Guitar Ergonomically shaped body, Body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum), Top: Flamed maple featuring an 'Ultra Flame' veneer, Neck: Canadian hard maple, Neck attachment: Bolt-on,...

  • Colour: Grey
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: HSH
  • Tremolo: Standard
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
Harley Benton Dynamic-HSH FMT Amber
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Electric Guitar Ergonomically shaped mahogany body, "Ultra Flame" flamed maple veneer top, Bolt-on Canadian Hard Maple neck, Ebony fretboard, Neck profile: Modern C, Clay Dot fretboard inlays, 24...

  • Colour: Amber
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: HSH
  • Tremolo: Standard
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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Electric Guitar Ergonomically shaped body, Body: Mahogany, Top: Maple, "Ultra Spalted" veneer on the top, Neck: Canadian hard maple, Neck attachment: Bolt-on, Fretboard: Ebony, Neck profile: Modern...

  • Colour: Natural
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: HSH
  • Tremolo: Standard
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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