Harley Benton R-458MN WH Progressive Series

8-String Electric Guitar

  • Progressive series
  • Body: Lime tree
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: D
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Offset DOT inlays
  • ABS nut
  • 24 Medium jumbo frets
  • Fretbaord radius: 510 mm (20.079")
  • Saddle width: 54 mm (2.126")
  • Length: 673 mm (26.496")
  • Pickup: 2 Hi-Gain Humbucker (neck and bridge)
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • DLX bridge
  • Black hardware
  • DLX DieCast machine heads
  • Factory setting: F # / B / E / A / D / G / B / E
  • Ex-factory stringing: HB .010 - .074
  • Colour: White, high-gloss

Further Information

Colour White
Body linden
Top -
Neck maple
fret board maple
Frets 24
scale lenght 673 mm
Pickup HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Perfect construction and setup
ScRev, 21.08.2018
This is the first 8-string guitar I play, so cannot compare to other 8string guitars.
Here's my experience with this Harley Benton:

PROS
Playability: fretboard is perfectly rectified. Neck is thin and comfortable, you reach the last frets super easily.
Set-up was unexpectedly already PERFECT! Nut slots perfectly dug, amazing low action and still no buzz at all, exact intonation.
Acoustic (unplugged) sound is good.
Solid and steady bridge-saddles and PU selector.
Mechanics are ok.
Light and balanced weight.
Right size/position/angle of screws, bridge, neck, body, pick-ups, truss rod and everything.
Volume and tone pots work well.
No electrical noise at all!
Beauty: compared to Thomann photos, I do like the real one more (seems smaller...).
I tune the 8th string down to E and it plays definite.
Amazing low price for a 8string guitar!

CONS
I have to say pick-ups sound is not wonderful (CLEAN)... BUT: these humbucker pickups come with the two coils connected in PARALLEL (rather than in series), causing a "Duckish" timbre. Since each pick up ends with 4 wires, you can easily rewiring them to coil-split (single coil) or series configuration. I tried and in my opinion timbre is better.

Nut is in ABS plastic, but it works fine.

CONCLUSION
Considering the price (usually two 8string pickups cost more than this guitar), I give 5 stars.
Still you can change pickups, or adjust the tone with multiband or parametric eq.

Last impressions: the average intergap between adiacent string at the nut is less than in normal necks (6.5mm vs 7.2mm). So it's easier to reach 1st and 8th string at the same time, but you have to get used to smaller distances, especially between thinner strings. Maybe a new nut with constant distance between the center of the strings and not between the borders, could be a solution.
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Completely Exceeded Expectations
Schengis, 23.06.2019
I originally bought this guitar to noodle around on because a few musicians I've listened to for years play on 8-strings and I wasn't expecting much, but the second I got it out of the box I knew it was special.

I should preface this by saying that I ordered this once and the first guitar came with some faulty wiring inside, but the Thomann team handled the return VERY promptly and I had a fantastic, working guitar within the week! Now, that being said, you simply cannot find a better extended- range guitar for this price. The neck feels wonderful, the weight is perfect, and I think my only complaint may be the tuning heads. The pickup selector works well, and the tone knob does a satisfactory job.

Honestly, with a quick intonation adjustment, a little bit of setup, and perhaps a change of pickups to fit your style, you would have a stage-ready instrument here. To be clear, it's no Abasi signature series, but if you want a decent, playable 8-string that you're not afraid of playing in front of people, this is your guitar right here.
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