MS15 review by Harley Benton

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.5 (55 votes)
Harley Benton: MS15

Price paid: € 98

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Sound — 8
I've played many style through the 2 years learning guitar. It was my first guitar, I've bought a new one but it's still alive and it's an amazing guitar for a beginner. You can play Rock, Punk, also classic, and a little of blues. I've played it with the amp sold with it, sound kinda good but with a DigiTech RP155 it sound a lot of better. Clear sounds are bright, pure, rock is good also, the problem is the pickup which doesn't suit for metal it sound noisy but it's very good for a very low priced guitar. It sound good with all tuning Standard to Drop Bb maybe a little slack in the lowest Drop.

Overall Impression — 10
I play a lot of metal, a little of rock and sometimes clear sounds. The guitar fit all the styles more or less easily. It sound bright in clear sound, a little noisy with rock, and a lot in metal but its great for a guitar like that. It never disappointed me in 2 years of playing, and I doesn't regret this guitar or brand which is very good for the price. This guitar has defaults certainly due to it's hardware and other stuff but who cares about that, for the price if your a beginner or looking for a guitar to train with and play in Drop etc, it's a very good choice.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've never played a gig with, but the guitar is very, very, very resistant it will last for at least 4years. It's a very good investment for a beginner but I think it will doesn't handle a gig, at high volume I think it will sound really too noisy. Overall the guitar is great nothing to say, it's ok to play with sitting or standing, maybe the guitar is a little too heavy.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The guitar is great to learn the guitar at your rhythm, the guitar fit any style. The jack input has a nut which doesn't stand in place, and the connection has broke up, 2 or 3 weld to fix the problem and all works perfectly, not hard to do at all. The bridge doesn't support .11 strings in Standard you need to add additional springs.

Features — 9
I don't know which year it was made, it's certainly from Japan. Stratocaster with maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, 3 passive single coil pickups, Vintage type tremolo, 1 volume & 2 tone controls, 5-way pickup selector switch, chrome hardware and it's black. I've bought it in a set with the amp Harley Benton 10G, a gigbag, strap, plectrums, and a cable.

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    to the reviewer who wrote the first one. a tune-o-matic would never be found on a strat. It is only used on gibsons, epis, n copies of these. learn bout guitars next time
    "There are two tone-controls. However, one of them don't seem to make any sound differences., says the first review, which actually grants this firewood an 8 for the sound (!?) and an 8,4 overall!!! If you go to Fender page, you'll notice there are about the same marks as the original Stratocaster, which makes me wonder why David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and countless other great artists keep on playing their expensive Fender instruments, instead of switching to this perfect replica, both in terms of sound and finish... especially if we take into consideration that an HB is so loose that it can be conveniently and spectaculously broken into pieces at the end of every gig. In fact, this HB is on of the poorest copies of a Strat, only beaten by Behringers, plywood Dimaverys and Staggs. I suspect not even the advertised wood isn't for real, since the suposed Maple neck bends like plastic, while the suposed Alder body has no resonance at all. Measuring the output of every pickup in several axes, you can notice that NONE of them has the right output (and that's 6,1 K Ohms, 5,1 K Ohms and 5,6 K Ohms respectively), and, even more than that, the output of the middle pickup is NEVER 1k less than the output of the neck pickup, the basic precondition for an average sound. The Chinese don't want to waste their precious time with such useless details, and Thomann is eating this bitter cake, at least as long as the naive are still buying crap instead of real instruments. Even the Encore E6 sounds 10 times better than this wonderful piece of firewood. While a slightly more expensive Vintage V6 is pure heaven! (For 100 euros more than the HB, you get a real semi-pro instrument: you can use the Vintage in every kind of gigs and studio work.)
    i don't know why people complain that it's heavy... mine is really light, I mean my epiphone lp is a lot more heavier... and for this price it really does sound good.