Harley Benton releases the EX-76, a vintage take on the EX shape

Classic 50s vibes on a budget.

Harley Benton EX-76

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Harley Benton has launched the new EX-76, its take on the more vintage approach to the Explorer shape – as opposed to its EX-84, which takes design cues from the more modern-metal-oriented guitars.

The guitar features a mahogany neck and body, with a set neck join at the heel. The neck itself has a slim taper C shape, as well as an amaranth fretboard, 22 frets and dot inlays. In terms of hardware, there’s a WSC Tune-o-matic bridge and a set of Grover locking tuners and a Graphtech Tusq XL nut, all of which add up to what should be rock-solid tuning stability.

Electronics-wise, the EX-76 is loaded with two Alnico-5 humbuckers, governed by a master tone and two independent volume controls. Like most EX-shaped guitars, there’s a three-way toggle switch on the lower horn. The output jack is also recessed into the body, as in Stratocaster-style guitars, meaning your cable comes out at an angle conducive to wrapping over your strap for extra security.

The guitar comes in two colour variations – both have the body and neck finished in a natural stain, with one sporting chrome hardware and a white pickguard, while the other has gold hardware and a black pickguard.

The EX-76 lists for £285. For more information, head over to harleybenton.com.

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