Harley Benton Fusion-II HH FR Roasted FBB

Electric Guitar

  • Ergonomically shaped body
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: "Ultra Flame" maple veneer with curly strips
  • Screwed neck: roasted Canadian maple (Hard Maple)
  • Fretboard: Roasted Canadian maple (Hard Maple)
  • Clay Dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • 24 Medium Jumbo stainless steel frets
  • Floyd Rose nut with string bar
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.654")
  • Scale: 648 mm (25.512")
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm (12.008")
  • Binding made of natural wood
  • Pickups: Roswell HAF-B AlNiCo-5 (bridge) and Roswell HAF-N AlNiCo-5 (neck) humbucker
  • 3-Way switch
  • Pickup switch: Single Coil / Humbucker
  • 1 Master volume and 1 master tone control
  • Floyd Rose 1000 tremolo
  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover GH305 6L machine heads
  • Original stringing: D'Addario EXL110 .010 - .046
  • Colour: Gloss Trans Flamed Bengal Burst

Further Information

Colour Sunburst
Body Sapele
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo FR-Style
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
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Outstanding value; couple of issues, but worth it.
Music Maven, 27.05.2019
This guitar is a marvel of value. There's a lot of features at an amazing price-point.

WOODS
Despite being labelled as Mahogany, it's Sapele, which is more sustainable than Mahogany. Sapele's brighter sounding & a little heavier than Mahogany. The neck & separate fingerboard are both beautiful Roasted/Torreficated flamed Canadian hard rock Maple (Acer Saccharum). This is exotic & usually found on much more expensive instruments; adding stability and tone to the neck by cooking out the sticky Lignin resins in the wood. Along with the body wood, 25.5" scale and bolt-on construction, this leads to quite a bright sounding guitar.

CONSTRUCTION, FIT & FINISH
The construction is good. The neck pocket is tight. The body is contoured and the Maple veneer is a 'drop-top' following the contour of the top beautifully, with natural binding accentuating the guitar's profile. There's well seated & dressed Stainless Steel frets, with no sharp corners, again a high-end feature. With a fret-rocker only three frets were found to be in any way higher, and all within acceptable tolerances. It's well put together, especially for Steel frets, which are harder to work with.

The Korean made Floyd Rose is well intonated. The lock-nut is a little high and needs lowering just a little. There's quality Grover tuners. The pretty tiger-stripe Maple veneer is so thin it doesn't add to the tone, but looks amazing. The Bengal Burst finish is spectacular. I'd have preferred a stained trans-finish to the back to show off the wood, but the black gloss on the back is well done. The face of the headstock is glossed and has metallic logos and looks very smart.

Neck profile is a very comfortable 'C', smoothly sanded with a satin feel. The fingerboard radius is 12" which is quite curved. The radius at the saddles is 16", so there's quite a bit of difference which wasn't taken into account at the design stage. Although comfortable, with big string bends, if set with a low action, can lead to choke-out of the note. A 14", or even better, a compound of 12-14", would be preferable.

The neck has a body-end barrel type truss-rod adjuster. This is useful, allowing truss-rod adjustments without unlocking the nut or de-tuning strings to get truss rod access.

PICKUPS, ELECTRICS & SOUND
The only let-down with this guitar are the thin sounding pickups. The Floyd Rose bridge is known to sap tone from a guitar, so you really need more powerful pickups with it. But, the "Roswell" pickups are very mild. The neck's 172 mV output & 8.22 KΩ DC resistance. The bridge is 174 mV/8.33 KΩ. When split together they sound so thin, at 46 mV/2.12 KΩ. If they'd have installed decent pickups to start with this guitar would be unstoppable!

I've replaced the stock pickups with "IronGear" brand Alnico-5 Humbuckers: Neck 306mV/14.98 KΩ, Bridge 337mV/16.61 KΩ, split 87 mV/4.08 KΩ in Chrome covers. The huge bump-up in power make this guitar sound so much better, bringing out the natural tone& sustain of the guitar much more. The Chrome covers really improve the look as well: If only they were in there to start with!

On mine the Volume & Tone pots were incorrectly wired. Fixable, but shouldn't have happened. The placement of the DPDT switch in-between the pots is finicky, especially if the Tremolo Bar is in the area as well. Placing the switch further back, or using a push/pull pot to do the same thing might be better?

CONCLUSION
An all-round beautiful guitar. There are issues; the weak, thin sounding stock pickups, a couple of issues with the electrics, ever so slightly high nut; but these can be remedied. The only non-changeable issue is the fingerboard radius. If you want a really super-low action and want to play huge bends, it may well affect how much you can string-bend prior to choke-out.

These negatives are minimised when consider its price & look. You'll likely want to upgrade the pickups, so figure that into the cost. Still, it falls into an lovely 'impulse-buy' guitar. If they'd address the pickups & fingerboard radius issues, it would be the World's best value e-guitar.
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