Harley Benton has a new range of high-performance Amarok range of guitars for metal guitarists. 12 Amarok models are released to launch the new series, including 6-string, 7-string and baritone versions in a bunch of finishes. If you’re on a budget and looking for a high-performance guitar, this could be a good buy.
The new Harley Benton Amarok series is aimed squarely at high gain, djent-like modern metal styles and remind me a lot of models by Solar Guitars or Chapman Guitars.
The bodies have mahogany neck-though construction with sculpted cutaways for better high-fret access and playing comfort. You get a nice 5-piece neck (maple/mahogany/maple/mahogany/maple) with a Macassar ebony fretboard loaded with 22 stainless steel frets and glow-in-the-dark side dot position markers, a black reverse headstock factory fitted with a set of Grover locking tuners and Graptech Tusq XL nut.
Each model comes with either a WSC hps-6 or hps-7 custom hardtail bridge depending on the number of strings. So I would expect the tuning on these instruments to be rock solid. Having a five-piece through neck should certainly help with sustain and make the tuning more stable too.
You then get a pair of active humbuckers, with an EMG Hot 70 ceramic at the bridge and an EMG retro active hot 70 alnico-5 at the neck. These should be perfectly suited for high-output metal tones but will probably work well with cleans, too. These are wired via a three-way switch to a single volume and tone control.
Quilt or Flame Maple
The Amarok core models are the 6-string, 7-string and a 27″ scale length baritone versions. Each is available in four finishes over either a quilt maple or flame maple veneer top. You can choose from Black Natural Flame Burst, Black Blue Flame Burst, Black Red Quilted Burst and Emerald Natural Quilted Burst.
Harley Benton’s new Amarok series certainly looks like it has the right stuff for players of modern metal styles. If you’re looking for a high-performance guitar with good value for money and some high-end specification to offer, the Amarok series now gives you more to choose from.