by Jef | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#3 new colours

Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#3 new colours  ·  Source: Harley Benton


The Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#3 is the latest batch of its popular Fusion series, adding even more colours along with some great specifications with modern guitar-styling and hardware. Let’s check ’em out.


Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#3

Following on from the Run #2 in August which introduced three new finishes, the latest Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#3 introduces some pretty hot colours. These include Dark Pink gloss, Ice Blue gloss, Shell Pink satin, and Daphne Blue satin for the Fusion-III HSS model. The HH HT models get two finishes, Ice Blue gloss and Sparkle Pink gloss.

All the models feature a Nyatoh body, with a Roasted Canadian hard maple neck and fingerboard with 24 medium jumbo stainless steel frets and a Graph Tech TUSQ nut. I think that at this price point, you are getting a lot of guitar for your money.

Fusion-III HSS

All four of the Fusion-III HSS models in Run#3 are fitted withs steel Wilkinson WVS 50IIK tremolo and staggered locking tuners. Pickups on these HSS models are a Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 humbucker in the bridge position, plus a Roswell S74-M Alnico-5 single coil for the middle position, and the Roswell S74-N Alnico-5 single coil in the neck.

They are wired with a master volume, plus a master tone with push/pull split for that bridge humbucker. That’s a lot of variability.

Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#3

Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#3

Fusion-III HH HT

The two hardtail Fusion-III HH HT dual-humbucker models come with a WSC hipshot-style bridge instead of the Wilkinson and use two Roswell LAF Alnico humbuckers. Again, these are wired with a master volume, plus a master tone with push/pull split for the humbuckers.

Value for money

We sometimes get a bit of flack for championing Harley Benton, because Harley Benton is the inhouse brand of Thomann (our publisher is a Thomann daughter company). But I honestly think you are getting a lot of guitar for the money with these Fusion-III models. Sure, the new colours are going to divide opinions, but I like them! They remind me of ’80s Charvels, with those hot pinks and baby blues.

I doubt I could build a guitar for this price point and so if you want a solid workhorse instrument but don’t have a lot to spend, these Fusion-III models should be on your radar.

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5 responses to “Harley Benton Fusion-III Run#3 adds hot new colours!”

  1. pfrf says:

    Those are nice looking guitars.
    What’s with the yellow dot position markers lately?

    I’ve noticed yellow dot inlays on Reverends and there were the infamous “snot green” dot inlays on Les Pauls a while back. They don’t look aged to me, they just look yellow and don’t match any finishes, except yellow.

    Whatever happened to white? Is there a good reason for these yellow dots, or is it cheapness (are they stickers?), or is it fashion?

  2. James says:

    Nice Charvels.

    • Jef says:

      It’s a shame that Charvel don’t have stainless steel frets as standard.

      • James says:

        Putting stainless steel frets on a Harley Benton is like putting magnesium forged racing wheels on a Dacia Sendero. I’ll keep my Audi A3 with the factory street alloys.

        • Jef says:

          I’ve never gigged with an Audi A3, but I do with my Charvel, and the frets are getting worn. Therefore, I’d be happier with stainless steel frets on my So Cal.

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