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Harley Benton R-457MN WH Fanfret

7-String Electric Guitar

  • Progressive series
  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Offset dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Speed D
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Multi-scale scale: 686/648 mm
  • Nut width: 48 mm
  • Dual action trussrod
  • 24 Medium diversified jumbo frets
  • Pickups: 2 Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • 1 x Volume and 1 x tone control
  • 3-Way pickup selector
  • Nubone nut
  • Black hardware
  • String gauges: 009 / .011 / .016 / .024 / .032 / .042 / .054
  • Deluxe die-cast machine heads
  • Colour: White high gloss

Further Information

Colour White
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 24
Scale 686 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Awesome Guitar
Divan , 25.01.2021
I love this guitar! It looks and plays great and at that price you won't find much better than that. Best thing about it is that I could not decide between the 7 string and the 8 string - so I got both! As a South African, I am not used to having nice things, so I enjoy everyone sobbing in awe when I show off this beast and I ignore the comments from people saying that the fan frets looks like it melted in the African sun.

The quality build of the guitar is great and the fretboard is a joy to play! The guitar also has great action and was set up really nice right out of the box. The pickups are a bit muddy and lacking that "pure 7 string hate and destruction" sound, but the pickups can always be upgraded later.

The tuning stability is not bad - it won't just let you down while you are playing, but I keep a tuner around just in case.

Overall, I would vouch for this guitar. I have a lot of fun with it and I will definitely check out more stuff from Harley Benton.

Thanks Thomann!
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Expected bad but not that bad.
then0xStudios, 20.03.2020
Ok, So besides the 2 month wait for the guitar to finally come, as it was out of stock, I expected some things to be off, but boy was I surprised.

Let;s start with the Pros:
-Pickups sound decent
-Body is well built, guitar feels very solid

Now the Cons:
-Scratchy frets, but not one or two...all of them.
-Came badly set up, a bit too much front-bow
-White paint on the bridge pieces
-Pickups can not be height adjusted. The adjustment screws are seized.
-Nut was not slotted correctly
-Tuners are horrible. Can't hold tune at all
-Even though it is a 27" scale on the low string, the string itself still feels sloppy.

Two more things for your consideration:

- On the UK website when I bought it, it said it came with active pickups, they are actually passive pickups.

-Honestly even though I found a QC sticker from factory and a note of QC from Thomann, I suspect someone is not doing their job well.

All in all for the price and strictly as a "Mod platform" it is an amazing buy. Just make sure yours doesn't feel like a lower B-stock when buying new.
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"Ein Brett"
Kravvall, 17.03.2020
Was actually reluctant at first, another 7-string? 150€?

This thing is a beast, and as such you might have to deal with a thing here and there.

Sound is amazing, after changing the pickup (EMG-85 now). Really like the bright fretboard, the C shape is a monster, but works well for chords, as there is enough place for the fingers on the fretboard, without it feeling to "broad". With mine there was nearly no fretbuzz, although action is a bit high for my taste, and might get a little tweaking. There are a few "meh" things. There are black plastics covering the string holes on the back. But those covers are only on 3 strings? Side of the fretboard looks like it got dirty when glueing? No major issues in terms of feel, but if you look close it looks weird.

This thing rips with the EMG85, definition on B-string hammering, any amp, riffing is a charm, as well as playing chords. Can match my 600€ Ibanez, and I guess, I'll go down the fanfret road a lot more.
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Great product for the price
Omulis, 23.06.2021
I have been using this guitar now for over a year. Originally I bought because I didn't want to spend a whole bunch of money to try out a 7 string, or tryout a multiscale. At this price I could affordably try out both.

I have been using it mostly as a backup in case there is an issue with one of my 2 main instruments at a show or for practice (broken string, etc) and it has performed well. It is fairly easy to play, and doesn't take much time to transition between standard guitars and multiscale.

Some of the electronics are definitely entry level, and I am planning on upgrading the pickups soon. That said, from what I understand that is what this guitar is made for, getting your feet wet, and upgrading it as you grow as a musician.

Overall, if you are looking at this instrument as a way to dip your toe into the waters of extended scale and 7 strings, take the plunge. I have had nothing but good experience with the Thomann customer service team with any of the issues I have had, and for the price you simply cannot beat this guitar.
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