Harley Benton Aeolus Bengal Flame

Harley Benton Aeolus Bengal Flame; Pro Series; Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar; Body: Mahogany; Top: Flame AAA Maple Veneer; Neck: Roasted Flame Maple with Satin Finish; Gloss/Satin Transition at Neck Joint; Truss Rod with Spoke Wheel Access; Fingerboard: Roasted Maple; Neck Mount: Set; Neck Shape: C; Inlays: Pearloid White Dots; 2mm Glow in the Dark Side Dots; 22 Blacksmith Stainless Steel Medium Jumbo frets; Nut: Graphtech TUSQ Black; Nut Width: 43 mm (1,69"); Scale: 635 mm (25"); Fingerboard Radius: 350 mm (13,78"); Thickness at 1st Fret: 22 mm (0,87"); Thickness at 12th Fret: 24 mm (0,94"); Binding: 1 ply wooden; Pickups: Tesla VR-2 Alnico 5 (Bridge), Tesla VR-2 Alnico 5 (Neck); Controls: 1-Volume & 1-Tone, push/pull coil split; Switch: 3-Way Toggle; Bridge: WSC Tune-O-Matic Style; Hardware Finish: Chrome; Tuners: Grover Locking; Color: Gloss Flame Bengal Burst; Stock Strings: 010 - 046

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Colour Flame Bengal Burst
Body Alder
Fretboard Granadillo
Frets 22
Scale 635 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
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Unfortunately disappointed
Viktor1972, 22.06.2021
I have 6 Harley Bentons at present. I did order more and had to send back a couple because of guitars due to several issues. I was really excited when i saw this Aeolus, but was disappointed when i received the guitar. The colors do not match the picture at all. The binding is not light as in the picture, but dark so that it does not stand out against the wood. The color of the guitar itself was pure brown, no flame what so ever. When you look into the f-holes you see a pure massacre (the wood is not cut out with any care and not symmetrical) and the f-holes had damaged parts in it where the paintwork was completely gone. I personally also don't feel that the Tesla pick-ups are an improvement over the Roswell pick-ups, but that of course is a matter of taste. This guitar should not have passed quality control. The locking tuners are a great plus, i do love those and the idea of the guitar is brilliant. A better quality control would have prevented that this guitar was sent out however.
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The best so far
Aaron D, 12.07.2021
I can't say enough good things about this one. It has every feature you could cram into a much more expensive guitar. The nut is the best so far of any Harley Benton I've played. The frets feel great. The neck profile is a bit chunkier and the satin finish makes it feel really fast.

Pros:
This thing is punching WAY above its weight class. A guitar this inexpensive has no right to be among all time favorites but it absolutely is.

Cons:
If I have to give it a con (and trust me, I'm really nitpicking here) It's the cosmetics of the neck. It is not as flamed as in the photos. The transition point of the gloss black to the satin flame is also pretty abrupt. That's it.

Seriously, buy one.
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Zonde ! Erg slechte kwaliteitscontrole voor een erg mooi gitaar.
vmama, 05.07.2021
Het is een mooi gitaar maar heeft wel een aantal grote minpunten. Dat ligt aan Thomann om directer bij de fabriek in Indonesië de kwaliteitscontrole al daar te laten plaatsen vinden. Hier onder een toelichting wat minder is bij deze gitaar.
Minpunten:
- Het binnen werk is heel slordig afgewerkt, dat wil zeggen het houtwerk in de buurt bij de elektronica rafelig en met duidelijke sporen van het zwarte spuitwerk, en zelfs zijn er met schroeven gewerkt die het houtwerk doorboren, dit is te zien door f-gaten;
- Ook door f-gaten zijn op plekken te zien dat het hout aan de binnen kant is beschadigd, je ziet geen strak afgewerkt binnenhoutwerk;
- Bij mij ontbrak zelfs het moertje en ringetje die de schakelaar van de gitaar op zijn plaats moet houden. Thomann heeft dit opgelost door mij een goedkoop moertje en ringetje op te sturen en niet de originele moertje (want deze was wel mooier voor het aanzicht). Thomann had dit kunnen voorkomen als zij een goede kwaliteitscontrole hadden toegepast. Want in de staat hadden ze de gitaar nooit mogen opsturen. Ik vond het zonde om de gitaar bij ontvangst terug te sturen. Jammer ze hadden de kans gehad om deze grove fout te herstellen door de identieke moertje en ringetje naar mij op te sturen. Een gemiste kans voor Thomann. Jammer dat ze bij deze gitaar minpunten krijgen op de kwaliteitscontrole. Als dit vaker gaat gebeuren gaat Thomann klanten verliezen;
- De hals zoals op de foto gepresenteerd bij de website is niet de zelfde, de mijne is stuk minder mooi, dat wil zeggen donker bruin met nauwelijks de mooie gestreepte vlammen patroon zoals op de foto van hun website;
Pluspunten:
- Erg mooie gitaar;
- Een mooie volle heldere klank met voldoende bass in de sound en tocht treble zonder scherp schellig te klinken;
- Dus de Tesla humbuckers klinken prima (alinico 5);
- De hals was erg goed afgesteld, lekker laag en de snaren hebben fijne spanning (dat wil zeggen geen strakke kabels, maar soepel spelen)
- Dus een erg soepel spelen gitaarhals;
- De gitaar is voor mij precies goed, niet een te dikke hals maar ook weer niet een smalle hals;
- Frets goed afgewerkt en geen scherpe randje over de hele gitaar hals.

Conclusie:
Een mooie gitaar, maar de kwaliteitscontrole is beneden alle peil ! En de gitaar van fabriek af laat eveneens te wensen over. Dus ik zou zeggen Thomann doe de kwaliteitscontrole zowel intern in huis als de fabriek zelf een stuk beter. Daar voorkom je dat een mooi product door slechte kwaliteitscontrole door klanten slecht gewaardeerd worden. Dat zou echt zonde zij
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Decepción inicial, tristeza y esperanza.
Old-1984 , 02.07.2021
Tras esperar muchos años para conseguir un instrumento con las características de la Harley Benton Aeolus, sin un precio absurdamente desproporcionado de varios miles de euros de otras marcas, por fin la veo en Thomann, ilusionado inmediatamente la pido.
Tras unos pocos días llega aparentemente todo correcto, pero al empezar a probarla me doy cuenta de que los trastes están super ásperos, rascan como un demonio y dos de ellos un poco desnivelados, imposible tocar con ella, con la ilusión inicial que tenía me lleve un planchazo, decepción total, pensé en ese momento en devolverla, pero después de hablar con Tomann decidí quedármela y repararla yo mismo.
Tras invertir muchas horas en ajustar y pulir como pude en mi pequeño taller casero los trastes, me quedó un instrumento genial, pero todavía tengo que hacer alguna pequeña corrección sobre la marcha.
Positivo: Muy buen diseño, buenos componentes, buen sonido, versátil apto para todos los estilos.
Negativo: Falta de control de calidad. Todos los trastes absolutamente ásperos, sin pulir en absoluto, rascaban mucho todos.
Nota final: Este modelo es genial, es el que más me ha gustado de Harley Benton, a pesar de todo lo negativo expuesto, ¿La volvería a comprar?, si viene con los trastes bien pulidos y nivelados, absolutamente Sí!
Como gusto personal preferiría un diapasón de ébano.
No me importaría pagar más, suban el precio si es necesario, pero ofrezcan la calidad que se merece la Aeolus.

Reciban un cordial saludo.
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