HBS580 review by Harley Benton

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 7.7 (73 votes)
Harley Benton: HBS580
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Price paid: $ 167.58

Purchased from: Thomann

Sound — 7
This guitar is designed to handle anything you throw at it and is solidly built, because of this it has a real meaty tone perfect for punk, blues or metal. Not ideal for dropped tunings as strings rattle excessively but in standard tuning there is little problem.

Overall Impression — 8
This guitar is definitely a beginners/intermediate guitar but is extremely good for the money! If this was stolen I would buy a new one but if I broke it I would move up to a Squier. Wish it had a whammy bar though.

Reliability & Durability — 8
The hardware is solid and well designed to stand live and home use. This guitar has been dropped a couple of times and has survived every encounter with the floor. One slight criticism is the strap buttons can be dodgy and the strap has a tendency to fly off if the guitar is slung too low (not handy for punk). The finish is four layers thick and will never wear down.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar as I recieved it was given a fairly basic factory setup but this did a solid job and withstood my hectic playing style. Pickups as always are a personal thing to how high you want them and they were slightly too low for me but easily adjusted with a phillips. No flaws and believe it or not the guitar came better finished than many Gibsons I have seen.

Features — 8
Featuring two humbuckers, one three way selector Switch and 2 volume and tone knobs this is as close to a real Gibson SG as you'll get for the money. A Tune-O-Matic bridge and standard chrome tuners complete the classic look. The rosewood fingerboard and mother of pearl inlays provide instant coolness for little money.

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    Overdosed
    Beautiful guitar, good sound for the price but the pickup start do feedback when I put my hand close to play palm muting. I play it in drop-C, bands like devildriver, hatesphere and between the buried and me. I had a jackson with seymour duncan humbuckers and the only thing I dont like about this pickups is that they don't give you much "power" when palm muting, but overall they have a good sound. I'm very happy with my purchase.
    whencowsfart101
    An SG with a bolt on neck? For the same price you could buy a Vintage SG with mahogany body, mahogany set neck and plus it looks more like the original SG.
    rv_phoenix
    Not to mention the sound of the two Wilkinson PAFs that come with the Vintage: wonderful pickups, as good as the original Gibsons, and without the microphony of the original PAFs (because of better wax-potting). HB's pickups sound like pure, genuine crap.