Harley Benton R-457BK Fanfret

7-String Electric Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Neck profile: Speed-D
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 24 Fanned medium jumbo frets
  • Fretboard inlays: Offset dots
  • Scale: 686/648 mm
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Nut width: 48 mm
  • Pickups: 2 active Hi-Gain humbuckers
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • 3-Way pickup toggle switch
  • Nut: Nubone
  • Black hardware
  • Deluxe diecast machine heads
  • Ex-factory string gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042, .054
  • Colour: Black high gloss
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Colour Black
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 24
Scale 686 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Solid and reliable guitar.

Zak Rahman, 20.04.2018
I have waited for several months before writing this review. Several months of use. These are not my 'first impressions'.

Limitations/Cons:

The nut is cut a little strangely, and sharp at one edge. Can be easily fixed.

The back of the neck isn't the smoothest. I am comparing it to a Jackson Soloist and an American Stratocaster. This is to be expected.

The pickups are a little too muddy for my tastes. Pickups are easily replaceable.

PROS:

- Fun to play.
- Came with perfect intonation out of the box. Zero fret buzz. Every fret articulated well. I didn't need to adjust anything.
- The pickups aren't to my tastes, however they still sound good if you understand basic amplification and audio production. Clients *loved* what I could do with this guitar.
- Fanned frets are super comfortable.
- Light weight.

REVIEW:

I got way more than I bargained for with this guitar. It should not exist for this price.

If I were to upgrade the pickups and change the nut, it would be a solid and reliable guitar to gig with, or certainly a good back up guitar.

Congratulations to Thomann and Harley Benton on a superb product.
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Seven extravagant strings

leonm222, 14.06.2018
I bought the Harley Benton R-457BK Fanfret because I wanted to try a 7-string guitar after years of 6-string use, which should not cost too much. In the process, I was particularly attracted by the unusual bundled fan in this model.

Wherever we are at the same time with the features: the main feature of the guitar is fanfret frets, which are fan-shaped frets that are supposed to improve playability and intonation. In fact, this mainly affects the playability. The low strings have good tension even when down tuned, even if they are not too thick. A habituation phase was not necessary, you just start playing and it feels good. Every note in each fret sounds clean, as long as the strings fit. The profile feels equally comfortable, fast runs are definitely possible. Furthermore, the frets are well cut. The tuning mechanics keep the mood good and volume and tone controls do their job well - you have to use the right amount of power to use them. The 3-way switch, on the other hand, feels a bit cheap but remains in positivity. The cutaway is deep and you can reach the high altitudes very relaxed. This is also ensured by the rounded body on the neck mount. Finally, it should be mentioned that the guitar is slightly top heavy due to its weight.

Overall, the workmanship is good and the part feels valuable. Only the saddle is not perfectly framed, which I can overlook, however, at this price. The guitar looks great, no noses, scratches, etc. in the paint, the collar of the neck is good, the jack socket is tight and the use of belt pins and bridge are stable.

The pickups are probably the biggest weakness of the guitar. They sound quite dull or queasy and you have to turn up the tone knob, except for solos, almost always full pipe. Of course, with an equalizer you can do something. Who buys this guitar must be aware that it is designed for the Metal genre and neat distortion needs, not for nothing high-gain humbuckers are processed. In other genres, she is less at home and does not feel so comfortable.

In summary, I am absolutely satisfied with the guitar. At the price you can not expect a super guitar, but somehow it's one - it's fun, motivates immensely and has been just the right choice, which affects my desire to try a seven-string! I like it!

Finally, Props to Thomann: safe and fast delivery and well-adjusted instrument! As easy as ever :)
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