Harley Benton Fusion-II HSH Roasted FBB

Electric Guitar

  • Ergonomically shaped sapele body
  • Matching headstock
  • Top: "Ultra Flame" flamed maple veneer
  • Bolt-on neck: Roasted Canadian maple
  • Fretboard: Roasted Canadian maple
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut
  • 24 Medium jumbo stainless steel frets
  • Binding made of natural wood
  • Pickups: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 (bridge) and Roswell HAF-N Alnico-5 (neck) humbuckers and 1 S74-C BK Alnico-5 single coil (middle)
  • 5-Way switch
  • Pickup Switch: Single coil / Humbucker
  • 1 Master volume control and 1 master tone control
  • Wilkinson 50IIK 2-Point tremolo
  • Chrome hardware
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Gloss Trans Flamed Bengal Burst

Further Information

Colour Sunburst
Body Sapele
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSH
Tremolo Wilkinson
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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This very quickly became My Go To Guitar
Steve Cass, 20.11.2020
I am 58, have been playing Guitar since I was about 10, and have been a full time professional Guitar Tutor since 2003.

I have a lovely collection of guitars from most of the better known brands including some that retail at £2,000.00 and more.

One of my Students has become a bit of a Harley Benton collector having purchased several different models. The first thing that a lot of students do when buying a new guitar is immediately hand it to me as they arrive for a lesson and ask me what I think? - I was so impressed with the quality, finish, sound, playability and value for money, that I had to try a Harley Benton Guitar for myself and spend more time with it than the few minutes with a student's guitar.

With no wish to sound arrogant in any way, I thought I'd go for the highest price Harley Benton of the type that I wanted to try. - At the end of the day, compared with the price of some of my other guitars, if I was disappointed, it wouldn't be the end of the day. - I'd have a spare that I could lend to first timers that haven't bough a guitar yet.
I'd always fancied an HSH guitar but never had one, so it made sense to go for the Fusion-II HSH.

I have now had this guitar for 4 months and waited until now to post a review, although I don't know why, I've waited. - Wow, what can I say, it has lived up to what I hoped having tried my Student's Harley Bentons. - This has become my 'go to' guitar. - Right out of the box, it needed no adjusting. - The set up was great.

As you can imagine, as a teacher, I cover all styles and this guitar does a very good job for every style. - No more swapping guitars. -

I have to admit to being a bit lazy. - In the past, if I've broken a string, I've just taken another guitar off the stand, and the broken string may have gone weeks without being replaced. - I love this guitar so much, that on the one occasion that I've broken a string since owning it, the string was replaced immediately.

I haven't gone into neck profile etc. as this is personal thing. - Suffice to say, I love it. It's very comfortable. - The 'Strat' body style is also very comfortable. -

I've seen reviews of these where some people haven't liked the pick ups and some people have changed the pick ups. - I like the pick ups and can see no reason to change them. - Again, I am comparing with better name brands. - This is a very versatile guitar. Someone did some research to find the best combination of pick ups that work best on this guitar within the build budget. - I think they've done an excellent job.

A quick check before ending this review and I see that Thomann ask that reviewers mention the cons as well as the pros. - I honestly cannot think of a con! - There is nothing that I do not like about this guitar, other than that there wasn't a buy one, get one free offer when I bought it!

What more can I say?
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The Fusion-II HSH one year later...
Monmu Tibbs, 10.01.2021
I didn't know much about the Harley Benton line of gear prior to picking this up. On paper, the guitar's specs were quite impressive, which made me somewhat skeptical in relation to it's price-point. But, the price-to-value budget shopper in me just had to see if it was as impressive in practice as it was on paper... and it was!
One year later, and I can say this is one of the most versatile, and overall well built guitars I've played. For someone to get the options offered in this guitar in other "Big Brands," they'd have to spend at least twice what this was offered at. The Roswell pickups are the house brand, but they are by no means particularly "cheap-sounding." The coil-splitting is very nice, and effectively makes this guitar capable of switching from strat-like tones, to full humbucker modern tones. It is not a one-genre type of guitar, and is worth using as a go-to for typical use.
The only thing that disappointed me, was it's looks. This is the only place where the pictures "lied" - my Fusion II didn't have as clear and pronounced stripes/roasting as the listed picture. But this isn't really a practical drawback. I just wanted to have the striking Tigerstripe-esque flaming on the neck! (It's seriously super cool).

Overall - Super Satisified!
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Love This Guitar - with a few mods
Scott - NJ, 07.09.2020
I usually play a Charvel Guthrie. The HB Fusion-II feels very similar in shape, size, weight and how the neck plays. Also both come with an HSH configuration that I prefer. This guitar is a replica of the Suhr Modern which costs nearly 10 times as much. HB's fit and finish on this one was impeccable. Really beautiful looking guitar that plays well. It plays much better for me that other more expensive guitars I have owned such as a Gibson Les Paul, Jackson Soloist, Ibanez RG, and PRS 24CE. The only things I changed on the HB were the pickups and strings. The Roswell p/u's seemed a bit harsh to me but of course you can always adjust tone with the EQ. I run it through my Helix Floor. I had a Luthier install the actual Suhr pickups that come with the Suhr Modern, since this is so obviously a clone, and I'm very happy with the results. (Suhr SSH+ 53mm Bridge; Middle RWRP V60 LP; and SSV NEck 50mm, all in black). Nice warm tones on the neck pickup and strong crunch on my bridge for the classic rock I play. I also changed the strings from 10's to 9's and had the guitar set up for that. The result is really nice. It is now one of my all time favorite guitars to play. So easy to play. Very happy with this. Also I was shocked that Thomann somehow managed to ship it to me by UPS in one day from Europe to New Jersey. Also recommend you check out Jonathan Koh's youtube videos where he did the same thing but used Seymour Duncans. He gave me the idea to try this and it worked very well.
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Money Very Well Spent
Grandpa Dan, 10.08.2020
I wanted to try a guitar with a roasted maple neck and stainless steel frets. Being that money is tight right now, I looked for the best value I could afford. The Fusion II is just such a guitar. Having a collection of guitars over the years, I know what features I really like. I would do a pro's & con's, but I have to say, I have found NO con's on the guitar I received. Keeping in mind this is not a high end guitar. The finish looks way better in person, love it. The neck is very comfortable. I am 73 and usually play about an hour or two each day. I found myself playing about 5 hours straight... The weight is great, just over 7 lb. Set-up was very good. Straight neck, with only the 5th fret a hair high. Intonation was right on. I adjusted some relief into the neck and lowered the stings a bit, to suit my playing preference. Neither adjustment was really needed and I did play for hours after only just tuning the guitar. I read a lot of reviewers saying they would change the pick-ups. While you certainly could do that, I find the stock ones sound great to me. The split coil option does a nice job and allows a fairly good Strat like sound in positions 2&4. I put several coats of Meguiar's Carnauba Wax on the back side of the neck. I wanted to seal it, without spaying paint like things on it. Worked great and actually helped bring out more of that flamed maple look.(Smooth as glass) The fret are nicely polished with no sharp ends. Shipping took 3 days to arrive here in Wisconsin. This is the 3rd Harley Benton guitar I got from Thomann with one more I have on back order. I am amazed at the products & service I have been getting and I do recommend them to anyone looking for a inexpensive, but quality/value guitar. I will be buying more & you should too. They made me quite happy...
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