Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW AN

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Electric Guitar

  • Tribute Series
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Set-in neck attachment
  • Amaranth fretboard
  • White dot fretboard inlays
  • Slim Taper C neck profile - Thickness at the 12th fret: 25 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 381 mm (15")
  • Scale: 628 mm (24.72")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • 2 Roswell LAF AlNiCo-5 humbucker pickups
  • 2 Volume- and 1 master tone control
  • 3-Way switch
  • 3-Ply black pickguard
  • WSC Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • HB by Jinho JN03 machine heads
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Antique Natural
Available since April 2020
Item number 480679
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Shape EX-Style
Colour Natural
Soundboard Mahogany
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Active Pickups No
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
£285
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A guitar for the heavy contingent

Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW AN electric guitar, front view

The EX-76 Classic GHW AN from Harley Benton immediately calls to mind one of the most distinctive electric guitars of all time and gives players on a budget a chance to get their hands on a piece of the legend. The Harley Benton brand has long enjoyed a reputation for delivering instruments with an outstanding price-performance ratio, and this guitar is no exception. The body and the set-in neck are both made from mahogany, a combination that together with the duo of Roswell LAF-AlNiCo-5 humbucking pickups will ensure a sound with plenty of warmth but enough "bite" to reliably cut through the mix and of course a solid helping of vintage character. Harley Benton has also not cut any corners in terms of hardware, and the EX-76 Classic thus features a WSC Tune-o-Matic bridge and a set of high-precision machine heads to ensure reliable tuning stability.

Roswell humbucking neck pickup on the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW AN

Punchy and powerful

The mahogany body of the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW AN with its clear Antique Natural finish is immediately eyecatching and also provides the warm, sustain-rich basic sound that players have long come to expect from EX-style guitars. The mahogany neck features an amaranth fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and has a slim-taper C profile for a comfortable playing feel. On the electronics side, the EX-76 Classic comes with a dedicated volume control for each pickup alongside a master tone control, and pickup selection takes place via a three-way toggle switch located conveniently on the guitar's lower cutaway. Alongside the high-quality bridge and machine heads mentioned above, tuning stability is enhanced still further by the guitar's Graph Tech nut, while its fixed-bridge design will help keep the guitar in tune even in the unlikely event of a string breakage.

Set neck joint on the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW AN, rear view

Stay heavy

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW AN is certain to find particular favour among afficionados of heavier musical styles, especially since, unlike some similar models, it comes with branded hardware from the likes of Jin Ho, WSC, Roswell, and Graph Tech - at a price that even those just starting out on the guitar can afford. These features, together with the guitar's excellent build quality, also make it a suitable choice for more experienced Hard Rock and Metal guitarists looking for a reliable backup instrument. As a nice extra, the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic features a modern "belly cut" on the back, which promises significantly greater playing comfort than the original's slab-style body. This guitar will of course also capably handle other musical styles, but what it is really built for is to rock.

Gold-plated machine heads on the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW AN

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.

Deceptively versatile

As mentioned above, the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW AN is completely at home in heavier musical styles and will deliver a full, biting sound from the bridge pickup, chunky rhythm sounds with both pickups activated, and singing lead sounds when the player flips to the neck pickup. However, clean and bluesy tones are also on tap, making this a guitar for numerous different genres. The two Roswell pickups are surprisingly transparent-sounding and provide plenty of headroom so that even high-gain sounds will not sound compressed and that the guitar will always cut through the mix properly in a band context, and their humbucking design eliminates almost all unwanted noise.

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Man, I'm so pleasantly surprised at how they can make a £250 guitar feel like a £600 guitar
AkuNoHana 09.01.2021
First up, the finish. It's so smooth and shiny. Looks beautiful all over.

The neck, whilst being pretty thick - this is quite the opposite of a Jackson style neck, so if you're looking for a very thin neck, this may not be the guitar for you - plays really fast and well. I am actually really happy with how the neck plays, because I'm used to much thinner necks usually, but it may be the finish ( same as the body, not a satin finish ) that is INCREDIBLY smooth.
So those with smaller hands may find it a bit more difficult perhaps as you'll need to stretch a little more, but it absolutely won't feel sluggish at all. The fretboard allows for easy fast fingerplay.

It does not feel heavy over your shoulder at all. I'm only 5'9 and hardly muscular or strong at all, but this does not weigh down on me during play. Make sure to just buy a good quality strap ( padded ) and some kind of strap locks/system, as the positioning of the strap hook might allow for the strap to come off at the front if you're moving around a lot as you play. But as i say, even a super cheap set of those plastic strap locks will help prevent this from happening.

I love the set in jack. Makes everything feel so much more solidly connected. Feels safe and secure when playing in a standing position.

I have already replaced the tone and volume knobs with a prettier set of gold ones, as they match the guitar well and add more to the (faux) expensive "look", but there is no need to other than aesthetics, as the standard ones look and work absolutely fine.

Sound is subjective of course. It all comes down to what amp / tone & pedals you use of course. It sounds great to me, but there are so many individual factors that make up a guitar tone we individually love. So i can't really comment too much on that, all i can comment on is HOW it plays. And I'm very happy.

You know what you're probably in for when spending only around 250/260 pounds on a guitar ( if you've been playing for years ) but this could not be better for a beginner on a budget.

It does not FEEL like you're playing a "cheap" guitar. The build quality is too good. Just remember that players/beginners with smaller hands, maybe try to go and test out a thick neck guitar in a shop before you think about buying this one, as it may not be perfect for you yet. Probably too bulky ( though it isn't big ), the shape maybe too unbalanced for very young players, so maybe go a different route for now if you're maybe 12 and under. But old people like myself should have no problem with the weight/shape.

Best "cheap" guitar I've ever bought and there have been so, so many over the years.
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Expected greatness, still blown away.
Chad T. 11.06.2020
Let me start by saying I do not review products. I honestly can't remember a single product I have ever left a review for.

I've always been in love with the Explorer shape (and more specifically the Korina explorers) and have always wanted one but refuse to drop the cash on a Gibson. When I saw this was coming out I ordered it within the hour it went up.

Just got it today, which was a little over a month for shipping. This was to be expected with what's going on in the world right now, and it was 100% worth the wait.

I'm a die hard Ibanez player and typically prefer wizard necks and slim profile guitars so the only thing I was scared of was getting a baseball neck like my Gibson LP. The neck is definitely thicker than a wizard but no where near a baseball Gibson. Maybe somewhere around a PRS.

The locking tuners are fantastic. The stock pickups are also honestly not hateful. I play generally heavy music (modern metal & hardcore) and they get the job done but will probably swap them eventually.

The bridge, saddle & nut are solid, the pickup selector is a little wobbly but that's about the only con I have currently.

Oh, and the biggest pro is this guitar looks about 50x better in person than the pictures/videos show.

If you're on the fence about this guitar, just do yourself a favor and splurge on it. You absolutely will be satisfied.
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Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW AN
Dr DaveB 20.01.2021
This was my second recent Harley Benton purchase and a more expensive guitar than my first, an HB35-plus Cherry, so my expectations of quality were higher and happily I was not disappointed. The guitar did not quite survive its shipping intact from Germany to UK despite being double boxed, but the damage will be easily remedied by a replacement pickup surround (which is on its way to me as I write this, thanks to customer services). I have a few constructive comments so I will get those out of the way first. So, the guitar arrived with a decent set-up and action but annoyingly HB do not seem to clean the frets/fretboard at all before shipping, so I would advise anyone purchasing one to also get some lemon oil cleaner to remedy this. I would also recommend replacing the cheap strings provided, as the high E doesn't take long to unwind at the tailpiece if you do a bit of bending. With this particular model being purchased unseen and having a natural wood grain finish, you are always at the mercy of the manufacturer on how good the wood grain matching is at the glued seams as the offset body consists of at least 2 pieces of wood glued together. The picture provided on the Thomann web site gives a good impression of how the wood grain was matched, however, rather annoyingly the matching is excellent on the back but not as good on the front and the grain is less pronounced than in the photos and not like the Mahogany I recognise. The fretboard on my model is also completely black (as shown on the cheaper EX-76 AN model) but not as shown for the GHW-AN model on the photos. One last comment is really specific to explorer shaped guitars in general. Do not expect to either wall hang it or easily find a guitar stand into which it fits due to the body shape and angled headstock! So that's the cons, there are many pro's though and it is still a very nice guitar for £350 (don't forget to add VAT and shipping/import costs to the price shown on the site if you are in the UK post-Brexit), with much better quality hardware than the cheaper HB models. Overall I am satisfied with it but to me it seems to be getting harder for HB to be seen as under-priced they move more up-market. Personally I think thinner neck profiles would improve the HB models playability greatly, but I guess that one is down to personal taste.
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That’s way too Good.
Jupiter Velour 28.09.2022
This guitar punches way above its price range and is possibly the most accurate representation of the ‘76 Explorer. The quality control is outstanding. All the rumors are true, but this ASAP and in a hurry if your interested.
Oh yeah, the damn frets are perfect. Harley Benton has the other companies SWEATING…
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