Harley Benton MR-Modern review

The latest range from Harley Benton is based on the rare Mosrite brand. A viable cheapie or a clone too far?

Harley Benton MR Modern
(Image: © Phil Barker/Future)

Guitar World Verdict

This is quite a Fender-rooted instrument that’s very tidy for the money, even though that shape does seem a little bulky. An affordable offset with a difference and plenty of modding potential.


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    The build is pretty tidy for the price.

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    Good hardware.

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    Acceptable pickups and circuit.


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    Fairly weighty.

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    Might need a setup tweak.

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    Firmer foam under the bridge pickup would raise it.

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Fast becoming the place to find a bargain, Harley Benton – a house brand of online giant Thomann – seems to release new models on a monthly basis. The latest electric guitar is a dual-level MR (as in Mosrite) range with hardtail ‘Classic’ models at $231/£209 and this rather more pimped ‘Modern’ version at a lofty $324/£295. 

And when we say pimped, we get jumbo stainless-steel frets on a Macassar ebony fingerboard, a Wilkinson VS-50 II vibrato, Graph Tech nut, rear locking tuners, and a pair of coil-splittable Artec humbucking soapbars.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.