Harley Benton Victory Active SBK


Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck profile: modern C
  • Fingerboard radius: 305 mm
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups 2 active High Gain HBZ humbuckers
  • 1 Volume control
  • 3-Way switch
  • 3-Ply black pickguard
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Black hardware
  • Factory strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Matte black
Available since November 2022
Item number 542136
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Shape V-Style
Colour Black
Soundboard Okoume
Top None
Neck Okoume
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Active Pickups Yes
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
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21 Customer ratings

3.6 / 5

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17 Reviews

Some Assembly Required
Spectre Sound Studios 30.11.2022
VERY rough fret ends! Need to be filed & polished.
The worst part is the black enamel paint on the hardware... it doesn't allow the ground to pass to the strings, resulting in a horrific noise. DO NOT buy this with the black hardware, it will be a nightmare!


Noise generator
MatthewN 01.12.2022
Oh boy is this a noise generator.
Whoever was clever enough to paint the tail piece with the black paint which effectively serves as insulator (so grounding is ineffective) should be fired all together with the whole QC team since NOBODY catched it.
Few minutes with sandpaper did the trick (I have removed the paint from the screw and tail piece on the not so visible place) and now the noise is tolerable.
Anyway, for the price it's really good instrument (if I ignore the noise issue).
The fret ends were finished quite good, no hand cutting so far.
Fretboard is quite dry so conditioning was needed.
To everyone who is considering this guitar:
Buy only if you are looking for project guitar to upgrade...This is not "open and play" instrument...not with the grounding issues.


Good starting platform with extreme qc issues
xkcd 18.12.2022
I have not experienced the grounding issue that has been discussed on this guitar.
The body and finish is without issues. Tuners are so-so.. Usable, but with very bad feel, gear ratio is not 18:1 like fancy groves, but more like 10:1.
Guitar needed set up, few twists for truss rod, and strings were high.
Biggest issue is fretwork. Fret ends are fine, but whole fretboard needs a lot of polishing of frets, as there is lots of oxidation. Stock strings are trash, and were corroded, but this is to be expected. However, this is all manageable and part of basic setup.
Nonetheless, there is fret buzz on few frets (with normal string height of 1.5mm for high e, and 2mm for low e string measured from 12th fret to the bottom of a string, so nothing crazy low) - with this setup, high strings are choking during bends on few of the higher frets - this means that guitar needs fret leveling badly. If you gonna do it yourself, consider half of the guitar price for basic tools.

Pickups are OK, but I did not find big difference between bridge and neck in terms of sound - I prefer more rounded and thicker sound for the neck pickup. But works for metal I guess.

Edit after few weeks of usage:
I have found out that the truss rod and neck are extremely unstable - after adjusting string height and neck for optimal relief, the next day it moves so much that the strings go out of tune and they are rattling on the first frets. I am not even reinstalling truss rod cover at this point. Everything can be fixed, but this issue not, or it would be economical nonsense. Extreme poor hit and miss QC from Thomann, do not recommend.


Great value for money
ChrisH360 03.12.2022
Great value for money this, arrived in about a week to the UK.

Fret ends were absolutely fine on mine, fret tops were a bit scratchy but nothing a quick polish didn't sort out. The fretboard itself was drier than the Sahara so needed a good bit of lemon oil. Neck is very comfy, almost no neck dive when standing too. Pickups aren't the greatest but not bad for the money. No issues with grounding or excess noise on mine, played through several different amps and didn't notice any buzzing so I must have got lucky.

Going to be upgrading the nut and tuners as they seem to be the weakest areas, but all around a really nice axe for the money! Looks totally killer too \m/