Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Review & Prices

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Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Review
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Tribute series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Purpleheart fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wsc Tune-O-Matic Bridge bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Slim Taper C Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Machine Heads tuners
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  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Tribute series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Purpleheart fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wsc Tune-O-Matic Bridge bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Slim Taper C Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Machine Heads tuners
  • Compare Specs >

Verdict: is The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic a Good Guitar?

Made in Indonesia with great craftsmanship while keeping the price as low as possible. It's a guitar with decent playability. It has good pickups but might be lacking in terms of versatility. It favors playing solos more than chords. In general, it's a guitar with great value that offers a lot for the cost. Overall, a good guitar for the price, especially if you like Hard Rock or similar genres.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 78
Sound 77
Build quality 66
Value for money 84
Overall Score 74
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton EX-76 Classic
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Prices

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Is the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $810, which means that the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic is around 56% cheaper than the competition. This takes into account all guitars in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Indonesia.

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Is The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Easy to Play?

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic meets 7 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Harley Benton EX-76 Classic
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's 24.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Scale Length Comparison
Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale length used in most Gibson guitars. If you like the playability of a Gibson, this guitar will feel pretty similar. It's a lot shorter than the typical Stratocaster (25.5'')

As you can see from the picture above, a shorter scale length also means shorter separation between frets. If you got really small hands, you probably will feel more comfortable playing this guitar than a Fender Stratocaster.

This scale length also allows for easier bends and vibratos because the strings will have lower tension due to the shorter scale.

Finally, another thing affected by scale length is tone. A shorter scale will give less room for the harmonics, thus resulting in a warmer, more 'bassy' tone.

Still, remember that you string gauge plays an important part in all of this. A lighter gauge will make it easier to perform bends, vibratos and will also give you a brighter tone.

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Neck Profile

Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Neck Profile
Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's neck thickness is approximately 0.886'' (22.5mm) at the first fret, and 0.984'' (25mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Harley Benton website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic has a fingerboard radius of 15". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This makes it more similar to Gibson guitars (12'') than Fender (9.5''). It's slightly flatter than most modern Gibson fretboards though, which makes it more comfortable for single notes, bendings and vibratos, but less comfortable for chords.. If you like the playability of a Gibson, which can be described as ''balanced for chords and solos'', and don't care about having slightly less curve for more comfortable solos, you'll like this radius.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
14'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Nut Width
Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Nut Width

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic has a nut width of 42mm (1.654''). This is narrower than the typical 43mm (1 11/16") found in electric guitars. This means that this guitar will have a narrower string separation at the nut, which will affect your fretting hand.

If you are a player with big hands, you might find it difficult to play chords without muting strings. However, this is good for players who have smaller hands, as it will allow them to reach each string much easier at the nut.

Frets

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

Finally, these are nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you'll need to replace the frets after a few years.

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Fret Size

Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Fret Size Comparison
Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 95
Chord Playability 60
Solo Playability 80
Playability 78

Does the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, we'll take a look at the hardware used—mainly the pickups—to determine what kind of tone you can expect.

Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Roswell. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

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22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Bridge Pickup
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Bridge Pickup
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Bridge Pickup
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Bridge Pickup
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Bridge Pickup
Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Neck Pickup

Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

Harley Benton EX-76 Classic pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Harley Benton EX-76 Classic's switch options

What music genre is the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 90
Sustain 85
Versatility 52
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 77

How well is the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Built?

Where is the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic is made in Indonesia. Many people prefer the quality of an Indonesian guitar over a Chinese. Respectable brands like Epiphone, Ibanez and Schecter are building in this country because of the great quality and lower price. Some people like to compare them to the ones built in Japan during the 80s, when Japanese guitar makers made a name for themselves.

Still, remember that we're taking about Harley Benton here, which is a brand with good renown. They know how to use cheap labor in this country without sacrificing too much quality. So you shouldn't end up receiving a useless or ugly instrument.

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Quality of Wood Used in the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic

As an electric guitar, type of wood won't affect the tone and sustain much. Instead, the hardware will be much more important. However, wood is still important for the look and feel of the guitar in general.

These are the types of wood used in the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic:

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Body
Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Neck
Purpleheart wood pattern used for guitar building
Purpleheart Fretboard

The body and neck are made of Mahogany. This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Finally, the fretboard material is Purpleheart. Also known as Amaranth, it's a hard, dense wood with a brilliant tone. As its name suggests, the purple color makes this wood look exotic.

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Bridge

The bridge is a Wsc Tune-O-Matic Bridge. The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

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Tuners

The Harley Benton EX-76 Classic comes with locking tuners, which helps with tuning stability and makes changing strings a lot faster and easier. As long as they're high quality, these are the best tuning machines you can have. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit heavier than normal tuners.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Harley Benton EX-76 Classic has a Ivory Tusq nut. This material is made to look, feel and sound like Ivory. It's made of organic polymers and doesn't contain oil or animal products. This is probably the highest quality nut you can get, so you can expect good tune stability and more clear tones when playing open strings. Most people seem to agree that it looks nicer than any plastic and even some bone nuts.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 74
Features 60
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 66

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Harley Benton EX-76 Classic Specs

General
Brand: Harley Benton
Year: 2020
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: Indonesia
Series: Tribute
Colors: Natural
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Mahogany
Bridge: Wsc Tune-O-Matic Bridge
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Grover Locking Machine Heads
Fretboard: Purpleheart
Neck Material: Mahogany
Decoration: White Dot Fretboard Inlays
Scale Size: 24.75"
Shape: Harley Benton Slim Taper C
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.886'' (22.5mm) - 12th Fret: 0.984'' (25mm)
Frets: 22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 15"
Nut: Ivory Tusq
Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Speed
Volume Controls: 2
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker / Passive)