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Harley Benton expands its boutique-for-a-bargain Fusion-III electric guitar lineup with 3 new models

Harley Benton's new Fusion-III guitars
(Image credit: Harley Benton)

Just last month, budget gear specialist Harley Benton unveiled the Fusion-III, a high-spec electric guitar line that aimed to build on the company's successful Fusion-II models.

At the time, the company said that the announcement marked Run #1 of the Fusion-III rollout, with further batches of Fusion-IIIs – with different finishes and feature sets – to come later in 2021.

Now, Run #2 of the Fusion-III series has arrived, with three impressively-finished new guitars accompanying the news – the Fusion-III HH FR EB FCB, Fusion-III HH FR EB FCH and Fusion-III HSH EB FBB.

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Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#2

Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH EB FBB (Image credit: Harley Benton)
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Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#2

Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB FCH (Image credit: Harley Benton)
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Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#2

Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB FCB (Image credit: Harley Benton)

For starters, all three of the new Fusion-III models feature sapele bodies, maple flame veneer tops, bolt-on, Modern C-shaped Canadian maple necks, and Macassar ebony fretboards with 24 medium jumbo stainless steel frets. The guitars' sonic punch, meanwhile, comes from Roswell pickups.

The HH models boast a pair of humbuckers controlled by a master volume knob, three-way switch and a master tone knob outfitted with push/pull coil-splitting capabilities, and a Floyd Rose 1000 tremolo.

The HSH features – as one would expect – two humbuckers and a single-coil, with controls coming in the form a master volume knob, five-way switch and a master tone knob outfitted with push/pull coil-splitting capabilities, and a Wilkinson 50IIK 2-point tremolo.

All three models are outfitted with chrome hardware, with the HH models boasting Grover GH305 6L tuners, and the HSH featuring a set of WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners.

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH EB FBB

Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH EB FBB (Image credit: Harley Benton)
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Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB FCH

Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB FCH (Image credit: Harley Benton)
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Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB FCB

Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB FCB (Image credit: Harley Benton)

The Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB FCB ($343) comes in a Trans Flamed Charcoal Burst finish, the Fusion-III HH FR EB FCH ($343) comes in a Trans Flamed Cherry finish, and the Fusion-III HSH EB FBB ($293) comes in a Flamed Bengal Burst finish.

For more info on the guitars, head on over to Harley Benton.

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at guitarworld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.