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    Disclaimer: I have not played this guitar, just saw it today and thought it might be interesting for the jgo-crowd. It certainly looks nice at least!
    Harley Benton Aeolus-harley-benton-aeolus-bengal-flame-e1623760383610-jpg

    I have had some good experiences with the harley benton stuff, and I think this one might be really nice. They describe as a sort of Single-cut Es-335.

    Here are the specs
    Body: Mahogany
    Top: Flame AAA Maple Veneer
    Neck: Roasted Flame Maple with Satin Finish
    Gloss/Satin Transition at Neck Joint
    Truss Rod with Spoke Wheel Access
    Fingerboard: Roasted Maple
    Neck Mount: Set
    Neck Shape: C
    Inlays: Pearloid White Dots
    2mm Glow in the Dark Side Dots
    22 Stainless Steel Medium Jumbo frets
    Nut: Graphtech TUSQ Black
    Nut Width: 43 mm (1,69")
    Scale: 635 mm (25")
    Fingerboard Radius: 350 mm (13,78")
    Thickness at 1st Fret: 22 mm (0,87")
    Thickness at 12th Fret: 24 mm (0,94")
    Binding: 1 ply wooden
    Pickups: Tesla VR-2 Alnico 5 (Bridge), Tesla VR-2 Alnico 5 (Neck)
    Controls: 1-Volume & 1-Tone, push/pull coil split
    Switch: 3-Way Toggle
    Bridge: WSC Tune-O-Matic Style
    Hardware Finish: Chrome
    Tuners: Grover Locking

    Might actually be cool!

    https://harleybenton.com/product/aeolus-bengal-flame/


    Paul

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    Forgot to add: it costs 399€ at Thomann

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    I like the specs, and the over-all look is very nice!

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    It looks pretty tempting but we all know we only get what we‘re paying…
    Harley Benton Aeolus-fa0a3688-ec96-49dc-89ef-c9c4bafce0b7-jpeg
    Roasted Flame Mapleneck, a wooden binding (!), hell even Gotoh locking tuners. At least for sure an interesting basic for good pickups/electronics and I‘d bet those guitars need a fretjob besides other things:
    Harley Benton Aeolus-3ee3549b-685c-443f-8265-f412c427c7d0-jpeg
    But nevertheless- interesting and I always wonder how to build a guitar like this for such a low price
    Last edited by Stefan Eff; 06-16-2021 at 01:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan Eff
    It looks pretty tempting but we all know we only get what we‘re paying…
    Harley Benton Aeolus-fa0a3688-ec96-49dc-89ef-c9c4bafce0b7-jpeg
    Roasted Flame Mapleneck, a wooden binding (!), hell even Gotoh locking tuners. At least for sure an interesting basic for good pickups/electronics and I‘d bet those guitars need a fretjob besides other things:
    Harley Benton Aeolus-3ee3549b-685c-443f-8265-f412c427c7d0-jpeg
    But nevertheless- interesting and I always wonder how to build a guitar like this for such a low price
    There was this article by someone from the industry who explained how guitar prices are made. In this case, they cut out the middleman. Harley Benton is Thomann‘s house brand. No distribution, no retailers, it’s straight from the factory to the online shop. If it was an Ibanez, it would retail for twice the price.


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    +1 on the good experience with Harley Benton stuff
    My TE90QM (kind of thinline Tele with 2 P90s) cost me only 203 €, no fret work needed, just a tweak on the truss rod after some weeks of use.
    Nice sound
    Nice playability
    Maybe I'm lucky with mine but you find more and more positive feedbacks on these instruments
    So why do we have to pay more ?
    I'm seriously thinking about their 335 copy in the future ....!

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    Also stainless steel frets…wow. Dunno which color is nicer?
    Harley Benton Aeolus-bdc5068e-cee6-4163-b2e1-747398f94a93-jpeg
    „Frost Flame“ (all matte)

    Or

    Harley Benton Aeolus-63406443-a4b4-495d-bd0b-557d196253ac-jpeg
    „Bengal Flame“ (gloss)

    Indeed interesting.