exciting news about a new "pro" line for harley benton

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  1. zarg

    zarg guitar nerd

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    Zhysick Sick of all

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    Those prices... the Aqua, Charcoal and Emerald finishes look really really good. Actually thinking if I can justify buying another guitar... wilkinson aqua maple maybe...
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Prices are nuts. That said, the tech data doesn't explicitly say SS frets.
    Tempted by one of the Wilkinson models tbh. That amber one looks pretty good
     
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    jarnozz Let´s Get Wasted!

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    Those are really good looking instruments! The aqua blue with a wilkinson and maple board is very tempting
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    I'm thinking of picking one of those up as my first "not garbage" guitar. I wonder tho if they're gonna hold the tuning decently, a friend of mine had an Ibanez with a floyd-type tremolo and it wasn't very playable, it would lose tuning very fast. Kinda scared me off from that type of bridge especially on cheaper guitars.
     
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    Almost like a Charvel Guthrie Govan for 1/10 of the price :lol:
    Hope it's true that they have stainless steel frets :agreed:
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Best way to know: I shot them an email. We'll see what answer I get (If I get one)
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    dat double post T_T
     
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    possumkiller Goose stepping in front of a mirror

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    ToM on a multiscale 7 is pretty cool.
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Didn't get an email answer, but Thomann pages in German show stainless steel frets, so Im going to order this one:
    https://www.thomann.de/fr/harley_benton_dynamic_hsh_fmt_amber.htm

    Pickguard will make for easier mods down the line, that will be my poor man's Tom Anderson lookalike. If these make great mod platforms they'll make a killing, I mean, 250€.

    Edit: they translated the EN pages, "24 medium jumbo Stainless Steel frets" we're good.
     
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    I'm kind of interested in FR model. Main differences to Swing Modern these are based on are:

    mahogany body instead of alder;
    ebony instead of rosewood fretboards on some models (CITES, duh);
    SS frets;
    12" FB radius instead of 16";
    different pickups (maybe just renamed);
    FR 1000 series instead of Original;
    5-way selector instead of 3-way (not sure if it makes sense with separate humb/single coil switch);
    WSC locking tuners instead of Grover

    Some of these changes are downgrades, some are upgrades & others are preference thing... still, looks quite interesting. I fancy this model.
     
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    Where are those Swing guitars sold? I've never seen them before.
    The model you fancy is also my favourite I think, or maybe the Wilkinson version, don't know since I have never tried that Whammy ;-)
     
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    Nlelith Motion Designer

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    This particular model? No idea. I saw one or two other models on ebay, though. But that's what Thomann seems to do with Harley Benton brand: they find manufacturers almost nobody knows about, but who can provide pretty decent bang-for-the-buck gear, and then sell it under their own brand.
     
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    https://www.ebay.de/itm/Swing-Moder...Top-HSH-Electric-Guitar-Charcoal/272686016487
    Ok, so apparently they cost way more with the Swing name with in my opinion worse spec. Like the Swing with the features and price is not very interesting for me, whereas the Thomann one is.
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Thomann likely has the financial backbone to order huger numbers that very few brands can afford save the Squiers and Ibanez. They can also likely afford to make less money per guitar as a consequence. Wouldn't be surprised if the run numbered in the thousands.
     
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    Yeah and with Harley Benton only Thomann and the producing factory have to earn money. With Ibanez it's the factory, Ibanez, Ibanez distributor and store so double the amount of parties wanting to earn something. Probably similar with Squier.
     
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    Please make a tele with that headstock and specs...
     
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    Including the Wilkinson trem and 24 frets...
     
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    They're available as of now on Thomann's website. Who wants to be an early adopter?:mk:
     

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