Harley Benton Fusion-II HSH Roasted FNT

Electric Guitar

  • Ergonomically shaped body: Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Top: Flamed maple featuring an 'Ultra Flame' veneer
  • Matching headstock
  • Neck: Roasted Canadian flamed maple
  • Neck attachment: Bolt-on
  • Fretboard: Roasted maple
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard inlays: Clay dot
  • Frets: 24 Medium jumbo stainless steel
  • Nut: Grap Tech TUSQ XL
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Binding: Wood
  • Pickups: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 (bridge) and Roswell HAF-N Alnico-5 (neck) humbuckers, and 1 x S74-C BK Alnico-5 single coil (middle)
  • Controls: Volume & Tone
  • Pickup switch: Single Coil / Humbucker
  • 5-Way switch
  • Tremolo: Wilkinson 50IIK 2-point
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine heads: WSC staggered locking diecast
  • Original strings: D'Addario EXL110 .010 - .046
  • Colour: Gloss Flamed Natural

Further Information

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

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Super Strat?
Christopher6076, 21.03.2019
I wanted something with roasted maple and I wanted a guitar with HSH pickup configuration. I chose this one. Pros (and there are many). The top on this model looks truly beautiful. The flamed Maple neck is beautiful, both in looks and in feel. It is fairly thin and the unfinished back of the neck is super slippery, no sticking there! The stainless steel frets are of medium thickness and fairly tall, perfectly finished, nothing sticking out or sharp. The locking tuners function perfectly both in string locking and tuning the instrument, smooth and accurate. The tremolo arm and bridge unit are classy, the pop in arm is a blessing. The trem action has no fault that I have found (more about that in the cons!). The guitar is very light.
Cons. There are only two. The misery of the horrible string retainer bar above the nut. With it fitted the tuning is lost every time the trem is used. This bar has been scrapped on newer models of this guitar, mine was in the first batch produced. I took it off within five minutes of playing and straight away the tuning was perfect. I used it in this way for a while with no problem of strings jumping out of the nut but I was not confident so I bought a pair of the Graphtec trees and fitted both (I think one for the B and E strings would be sufficient) and the problem was solved. I bought some short stainless screws and put them in the retainer bar holes to tidy the headstock as I did not want to use filler and make a mess. My second con may just be personal due to my playing style, but I find the five way selector switch a little too far forward and I regularly brush it and change pickup settings when I am strumming. If all the controls could be moved 20mm towards the back of the guitar I think that would be an advantage. I find the same problem on my Strat and my Stirling Silhouette as well so perhaps it is just me. Whether it is a con or not, I find the pickups very bright and I am considering replacing the neck pickup with a more rounded one although I have no idea which. Jonathan Koe of YouTube has put a Seymour Duncan set in his, see his revue, and they sound magical.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase.
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Looks great but the guitar is blighted with serious tuning problems
StevieMR, 31.07.2018
First things first, I am a big Harley Benton fan and I wanted to love this guitar. I pre-ordered this Fusion Pro on the basis of Corey Mura's excellent you tube review of the prototype and his interview with HB's CEO, who I admired for his business ethos, openness and honesty. Out of the box the guitar looked great, beautiful flamed maple top and roasted maple neck with laminate maple fretboard. However, one minor niggle at this point was a small area of swirls / scratches on the rear of the body.

The major problems immediately arose when playing the guitar, it just does not stay in tune. This is regardless of whether the tremolo arm is used or not. Without tremolo use the guitar consistently detunes within a minute of playing, using the trem (even lightly) instantly detunes the guitar and it will not return to pitch. These serious tuning problems appear to be due to a number of design issues on the guitar. The main one being the use of a string retainer bar behind the nut the same as those used on locking nut / Floyd Rose type trem systems. Unfortunately, on a floating Wilkinson tremolo system like this, it is a tuning disaster! The friction imparted on the strings by the retainer bar is always going to cause tuning issues unless a locking nut is used. Furthermore the two screws used to hold the retainer bar down directly contact the two adjacent strings that the screws are positioned next to, adding even more friction to these strings in what is supposed to be a 'free floating' tremolo system. The nut slots are also poorly cut adding more friction to the strings, had the nut slots been the only issue I would have filed the slots but the other significant fault on the guitar was discovered when trying to rectify these tuning issues and that was that 5 of the 12 grub screws used to adjust the bridge saddle heights have had their hex slots stripped and are not adjustable using the hex key provided!. Sadly, the tuning problems cannot be rectified by simply removing the retainer bar, as this results in severe string 'pinging' when playing.

I can only postulate that the reason the string retainer bars have been added (they weren't on the prototype) is to minimise production costs by producing the same neck for the Wilkinson trem version as the Floyd Rose version. In my humble opinion, this could have been easily avoided by using the same neck but with staggered locking tuners and NO string retainer bar. As such the cost of the hardware upgrades and modifications that would be needed to effectively correct the problems encountered on this guitar are too prohibitive for me to carry out this work. I have therefore requested a return / refund from Thomann customer services who have kindly agreed and sent me a shipping returns label.

I really hoped the Fusion Pro models would be a game changer for Harley Benton, I sincerely hope they get the issues on this model rectified. Although the guitar looks stunning and has a lot of great features it fails to achieve its fundamental requirement and that is to play and stay in tune. For this reason I can't give it more than 1 star!
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