Harley Benton R-458MN WH Progressive Series

8-String Electric Guitar

  • Progressive Series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck attachment: Bolt-on
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard inlays: Offset dots
  • Neck profile: Speed-D
  • Nut: ABS
  • Frets: 24 Medium jumbo
  • Fretboard radius: 510 mm (20.079")
  • Nut width: 54 mm (2.126")
  • Scale: 673 mm (26.496")
  • Pickups: 2 Hi-Gain humbuckers (neck & bridge)
  • Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Bridge: DLX
  • Hardware: Black
  • Machine heads: DLX diecast
  • Tuning: F# / B / E / A / D / G / B / E
  • String: HB .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.054/.065
  • Colour: White high-gloss
  • Suitable gig bag available under Article Nr 142777 (not included)
  • Suitable case available under Article Nr 212516 (not included)

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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This is actually very good
ynq1, 28.05.2020
14th fret onwards were kinda rough for my guitar so you either break it in with the factory strings or polish them just before you install a new set of strings.

Tuning the 8th string F# down to E loses its clarity and definition so you might want to get a thicker gauge than the factory .74 gauge like an .80.
Maybe changing the pickups can also fix this problem but keep in mind it's a 26.5". It remains very snappy if you leave it at F#.

Fastest mod you can do out of the box is to wire the pickups into series.
Here's the color coding:
Red- Hot output
White- coil tap
Black- coil tap
Green+bare- ground

The red wire is soldered together with the white wire on the selector so what you want to do is to remove the white wire. The black wire is also soldered to the back of the pot. Remove it.
Solder white and black together and tape them or use heatshrink tubing. Something better would be buying a metric size(8mm) push-pull potentiometer and solder it there.
US size potentiometers require reaming of the holes to 9.5mm.
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Good guitar but...
Vyacheslav Bukharov, 28.09.2020
I bought it to try 8 string guitars before i'm buing something expensive. Got my package in two weeks with no damages on finish.
First impression is well made intrument, but you need to tune it and invest some money and time.
Neck is awesome, its very comfortable to play. But heel of the neck was not flat so i placed 0.7mm pick under heel to compensate angle. After this i can adsut height of strings.
Pickups are ok. Out of box bridge pickup was vey noisy, i thought it was bad quality, but as turned out ground cable unsoldered. Don't know its delivery porblem or so it was in the store.
Tuners are cheap and i planned to replace them. Not very responsive and not hold tune well.
Other furniture good don't need to be replaced.
Overall it's good intrument to try 8 strings.
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BogdanU, 16.10.2020
This is a very fun guitar. After seeing its price I said to myself that I must be getting one of these beasts. It's not a perfect guitar from any point of view. What I appreciate is that it came with leveled frets, but I guess that the workers forgot also to polish the frets after (not that a big deal, it is an easy fix). Also mine came with a broken pickup frame. This also was not a big deal as well, and after reporting this issue, I was immediately sent another frame (thanks!).
For anyone who likes the more growling genres of music, I can say that it's quite fun to hit that trembling F# and shake the walls of your house a bit. The price of this instrument is more than appropriate. Do not be afraid of the number of strings, I still get lost on the neck, but it's good to experiment and have fun with it.
Pros:
-it djents (if anyone was wondering)
Cons:
-small build issues (easy to fix mostly)
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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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