Harley Benton R-458 and Pickups

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  1. Di_Pasch

    Di_Pasch SS.org Regular

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    Hey all,


    I'm expecting a Harley Benton R-458 as a gift from my GF.
    She knew I wanted to try an eighty and the price of that guitar is definitely appealing, i'll have it within next week *hype*


    I would like to know general opinions on this if anyone has tried it
    (I've heard quite a lot already, most US guys refer to Harley Benton as the Agile of EU, hit or miss)


    If the guitar is comfy, i'll most likely swap the pups as the stock ones should be very lacking (or at least that's what I expect)

    i'll probably go with a Pegasus in the bridge and a Sentient in the neck, but as i'm not particularly looking for a specific tone i would love to hear some inputs.

    I play a lot of acoustic stuff and would love to get into prog metal, so I guess if I have any leads, that's it!

    The only thing which I would hate would be to have a muddy low end.


    Suggestions on a OD pedal (without breaking the bank) would be welcome too :bowdown: :bowdown:


    Hit me up!
     
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    MoonJelly brainless and deadly Contributor

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    Haven't tried one as they don't reach the US with any regularity.

    :2c:

    Pegasus is prob a better choice than a Nazgul if you're concerned about too much bass muddying the low end.

    The TCE Mojomojo is an awesome OD for ~$50 US. Or perhaps a Tone City Golden Plexi, if mini pedals appeal to you.
     
  3. Di_Pasch

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    Thanks for the tips.


    I'm not into extreme metal (black, death and such) so i need the clarity of a good pickup. Pegasus seems to be the way to go for me.


    Thanks for the OD i'll check it out!
     
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    kingpinMS3 dumb, but harmless

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    Fishman fluences.

    seriously. they are the most versitile, clear pickup i've ever owned.
     
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    Yep, and a set costs double of what the guitar does :lol:
     
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    kingpinMS3 dumb, but harmless

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    so does the sentient/pegasus set?
     
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    Ok, because of availability problems i have not 100% pricing on the 8 string sets. But for normal Humbuckers (6 string) where i live, a set of Fluence Modern is 319€ a set of SD (Nazgul/sentient) is 199€.
     
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    kingpinMS3 dumb, but harmless

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    interesting.

    I mean, cool... I get it. it's all availablity, etc.
     
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    Hi all,

    Thanks for the replies. I plan on buying the Pegasus first (140 euros on Thomann) and maybe next year the Sentient,


    Will check for Fishman fluence tho, If they're worth it why not ?
     
  10. Di_Pasch

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    Oh and btw, I would really love learning some easy song on my soon-to-be 8 string guitar, genre doesn't really matter as long as there just a tad bit of melody in it!

    I'm switching from a 6 to an 8 string, so i'll need a bit of practice!
     
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    I think you should expect some minor flaws, like rough fret edges etc. But for the price it seems to be extremely good, i wonder how it compares to an RG8.
     
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    I'll definitely leave a reply with first impression on the build quality and the overall feel
     
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    Hello!

    In what shop has been the guitar bought?

    Tho' I have heard that they have generally much thicker neck than an Agile or any stock 8 string out there. But I'm still interested because it's affordable price...
     
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    Buying from Thomann! I can't find any other store that ships to Greece where I live.
     
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    No other store has them because Harley Benton is thomann's own brand :yesway:
     
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    Ι did find some other retailers that sell Harley Benton guitars but not that specific guitar.

    But yes Thomann is the "Official" retailer as far as HB goes
     
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    Hey all, finally got my guitar.
    It arrived with a small piece of the head broken most likely during shipping, i'll let Thomann know about it but i'm keeping the guitar since this is not something that glue cannot fix (It's a very small piece).


    The neck is really comfy and thin, after a couple of hours playing it it felt almost natural.

    The tuners kinda gave me a hard time at first as the string were constantly getting out of tune, it seems it needed a bit of time to properly set, which is to be expected on brand new guitars.

    The string that came with it are nice, the low F# string seems to be a .85 gauge which is pretty thick(and not .65 as stated on Thomann).


    After setting it up, there is a small trail of fret buzz on the lower string which is kinda to be expected I guess ?

    I'll most likely change the bridge pickup soon to a Pegasus but I can't say that i'm completely unsatisfied with the stock pickups.
    The pickups are high gain, I needed a bit of time to get used to them because they have a very fast response.

    I also tried to make a small tone test, here's a sample : https://soundcloud.com/badon_gale/mini-djent-tone-test

    Very satisfied with this purchase, feel free to ask me anything else you may want to know!

    Cheers!
     

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