Harley Benton Fanfret-8NT QEB 2018 DLX

Harley Benton Fanfret-8NT QEB 2018 DLX, 8-string fanned fret electric guitar, arched ST shape w/matched headstock, basswood body, quilt maple veneer top,5-Ply maple/nato/maple/nato/maple neck through body, modern c profile, roseacer fretboard, offset dot inlays, 24 fanned medium jumbo frets, black graphite nut, nut width 54 mm, scale length, 648/686 mm, 410 mm radius, 2x HBZ custom wound slanted open Elektrisola-B pickups, controls 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way toggle switch, rising mono rail bridge, hardware finish black, WSC locking diecast tuners, colour quilted emerald burst, original strings Daddario EXL140-8 010-074 (Art. 270002)

Further information

Colour Black
Body linden
Top -
Neck Mahogny
fret board Roseacer
Frets 24
scale lenght 648 mm
Pickup HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Excellent Value for the Money

Jamie C, 15.12.2017
In simple terms the Harley Benton Far Fret 8 is great value for money, but that's not to say this guitar isn?t without its issues. First off the guitar feels and plays extremely well. The finish is matte but with a very slight gloss to it. It feels smooth and well done. Having spent time really inspecting the guitar, there is very little to complain about. two niggling points with these guitars that Thomann should really look to address in the future, the nut is very cheap plastic, and the slot in which it sits isn?t the greatest cut. Moreover, the fretwork on this could do with a little extra time put in to it. Rough fret edges can really change the playability on a guitar, and while the fret edges on this aren?t sharp, they also aren?t properly rounded off. Then again, this isn?t anything that can't be fixed in a hour with a fret file, so don't let that put you off.

A huge plus side to this instrument is that it now seems to come with upgraded bridge saddles, which are much nicer than the ones shown in this listing. They feel string and actually look nice. Big thumbs up to the bridge saddles. Another fantastic feature is the inclusion of locking tuners. They make the instrument a breeze to restring and also give the guitar that extra bit of a premium feel. Thomann - Keep your imaginary up to date! I understand differences in wood grain and top figuring, but what you see should be exactly what you get.

The neck feels similar to my RG8, but not quite as thin as my Jackson 8. It's a good compromise between the two. It feels stable, and the matte finish on the back of the neck makes for fairly frictionless movement up and down the neck. The fret wire used on this looks to be fairly small, although, jumbo frets really are a personal preference and not something that a guitar should be judged on as an aspect of quality.

The pickups on this were a big shock for me - they sound clear, but not shrill, and they are a huge improvement over the pickups that were present in the 2017 model. The 2017 model almost certainly had the same 5 string Cort pickups that you can find in the Ibanez RG8, but with custom HB etching, whereas this has perfectly normal passive sized pickups in a normal pickup route, which will make for easy replacement, should someone want to swap them out. The volume and tone pot feel rugged and I see no reason that they would need to be replaced. The only thing letting down the electronics on this guitar is the pickup selector. Three way switches are almost always inferior to five way selectors as they just give you less tonal options, and the three-way selector on this particular model is quite cheap and does have some slight wobble to the actual switch. This is a very small point, but one worth being aware of.

Having played 8 strings for about 7 years now, I find scale length has always been an issue. At 27 inches (like Ibanez's 8 string models), tension is almost adequate on the low end, the but additional tensions gives the higher strings a twangy quality that makes then sound quite shrill. At 26.5 inches (like Jackson's 8 string models), the issue with twangy high strings is alleviated, but the tension just isn?t quite adequate on the low end, especially if you tune the low F down to E. I've found the fan frets to be an excellent compromise between low end tuning stability and a balanced sound across the fret board. Just beware that there is an adjustment period in getting used to playing on fan frets. Not so much a muscle memory adjustment, but the visual aspect of it can sometimes leaving you feeling as though you?re an extra fret along. However, after a couple of hours it pretty much becomes as natural as straight frets

Pro's

- Excellent playability
- Attractive finish and body shape
- Fan frets on a budget
- Nice bridge saddles
- Locking tuners
- Pickups sound great
- Pickups come is a bog standard passive mount

Con's

- Blemishes in the finish
- Nut slot not perfectly cut
- Slightly rough fret edges. Not sharp, but also not quite finished
- Very dry fretboard material (easily fixed with some linseed oil)
- cheap 3 way selector

Do buy if

- You're on a budget of less than £600
- You don't mind putting a few hours in to setting up and refining the guitar
- You've had an interest in trying fan frets

Don't buy if

- You're expecting top end quality. This is definitely a budget instrument, and while it's incredible value for the money, it is what it is.
- You're the sort of person who needs the finish to be perfect. The guitar looks great, but there are spots on it where the finish isnt the best and that is definitely something that could annoy some people.
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Beauty bugs, they are.

JanneT, 19.12.2017
Very often, Harley Benton's name divides opinions and this is certainly the same situation.

Homman's name is multichannel (25.5 "-27") 8-string guitar; specs are what they like. Unlike the pictures, the guitar is not glossy but matte, this is the props - the better this way. Really nice.

Then the matter itself, that is, playability;

The neck is really nice, not the place of scolding and sustainia is found. The guitar sounds natural until the band's guitar from the low E-language. * nips * falls and the saddle pad is really badly slit, even at this price level unclassified badly. The tongue moves up to 1 mm. The stock languages ??did not last so long, but the upper B language broke off after 2 hours, this is not surprising, so I switched the new languages. Oil at the same time also take the board, it was really dry, Dunlop Lemon Oil treatment 2 times and then the oil absorption ended. The ends of the tapes are neat, but the strip itself is partially rough and one high. Stinging machine ok. Intonation was well regulated.

The microphones receive a grade of 7 on the school screening scale. Really a lot of surprise and dribbling. The pots do not rush or shake, tons of bitterness, but it certainly wakes up in use.

The body is pleasingly comfortable in both the lap and the strap.

In brief; this time the price does not match the quality. At 399 € it would be assumed (especially when the Deluxe was mentioned) that saddles etc. would have been made clean. Microphones are noisy at what's cheaper HB players.

I'm not going to return, the exchange, the new saddle and a little bit of fun, so that's a good player.
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