Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit CST-24T

Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit CST-24T, ST Electric Guitar Kit; Body: Rengas (wood color may vary) with Binding; Neck: Maple with Binding; Fingerboard: Amaranth; Neck Mount: Bolt On; Inlays: Dots; 24 Frets; Nut Width: 42 mm (1,65"); Scale: 635 mm (25"); Pickups: Covered Humbucker (Bridge), Covered Humbucker (Neck); Controls: Volume, Tone; Switch: 3-Way; Tremolo; Hardware Finish: Chrome ; Tuners: DieCast; Colour: Natural; Stock Strings: .009-.042; Requires some craftsmanship and tools to assemble, body and neck are finished with a wood-sealer (which allows the surface to be sprayed with lacquer but when a wood-stain is used the surface may require to be re-sanded)

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Colour Natural
Body Solid Wood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 24
Scale 635 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo Standard
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
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Fun project, and nice end result
røde2nowhere, 04.07.2020
First off, the end result is a guitar that sounds good and looks good. It is quite nice to play too, and will be better when after a little work on the frets, which are good, but could do with a polish and removal of a few sharp ends.

The kit arrived very well packaged, with the neck, body and hardware in three individual boxes, with bubblewrap providing further protection.

There were two instruction books supplied (one in German and on in English). It said "Singlecut" on the front, but the photos were correct for this model, and it provided a very easy step-by-step guide for us beginners. The only issues we faced with the build were with trying to work out the correct screws to use in each case, as it wasn't always clear from the photos and written instructions. But it's not rocket science either, and can be figured out.

Pros:
- Everything went together as expected with no drama
- Wiring is very easy
- Korean pots and switches actually feel great, unexpected in this price range
- Frets are good and level
- The pickups sound good, nothing to complain about for this price

Cons:
- The nut is very low already, but the notches are very shallow, so not much can be done about it, but it does seem to work okay
- The bridge isn't all that easy to set up, particularly adjusting the heights of the saddles is somewhat awkward.
- Instructions could be a little clearer about the screws to be used in each case.

Overall, this is a good kit, and I would recommend it. And the guitar is nice.
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Better than expected
SG75, 08.07.2020
In many ways it is better than I expected (of course, as a cheap kit, it has some flaws)

Positiv:
- first of all, it is quite cheap
- the neck is surprisingly good, nice wood, very smooth surface (very tempted not to change there anything)
- the fretwork needs only minimal adjustment (minimal levelling and polishing), the fret ends are really smooth (no need to work on that)
- the wood of the body has quite nice grain, and even it is made of 3 (or 4?) parts it is not so easy to spot the changes
- the electronic parts are easy to install
- the sound is acceptable

Weak spots:
- the sealer doesn't seem to cover the body fully and it is not very smooth on the curved surfaces, so a lot of sandig work is needed for every kind of finish.
- the fretboard wood is very dry and with open pores, takes a lot of oil
- the provided term feells very cheap, with thin, light block (changed is to a 2 point Harley Benton (Wilkinson) trem
- the routing is not bad, but could be more precise, had to make some minor routing for the neck pickup (levelling screw reached the bottom of the cavity). The holes for the neck pickup frame is a little bit too close to the neck (the neck was "bendig" the pickup frame), had to drill new ones app. 2 mm closer to the bridge
- the provided strings are not great, but I only used them for the first assembling (test assembling before I do the finishing).

Overall, it was fun to work with so far, looking forward for the finishing work and a little bit of modding (already done the term, maybe better tuners, would also try other pickups .
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A great DIY project
nidgeB, 05.07.2020
Love these, this is my second following a CST24 non tremolo version. I recommend using Patina gel instead of varnish, wood grain comes up beautifully. One note of caution, as with the first one the predrilled neck body holes align but are misplaced so as to make 12th fret intonation impossible, can be rectified with a careful redrilling, but I recommend measurement of the nut to tremolo mount hole mid-point left side facing the guitar, should be ~62cm, before screwing neck in, might need to fill and redrill holes on the neck (they don't show once finished). Good sound once finished for home use, but at this price you can spec up some new tuners, new trem, new pots from Thomann and have a fantastic and unique gigging axe.
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ivargas, 06.07.2020
Es lo que se espera. Una guitarra de kit bien terminada (lo que está terminado).
El cuerpo tiene buena fabricación, el binding perfecto. En algunos agujeros interiores ha saltado madera, pero no es visible una vez montada.
El mástil es bastante grueso, no sé si se espera modificar. Bien terminado, de todas formas, y no me molesta.
El sonido para mí fue lo peor, las pastillas tienen un sonido muy pobre. Las he cambiado por otras que tenía y suena mejor.
En general es una buena opción para practicar a montar una guitarra, pintarla y demás. Para que sea "tocable" hay que cambiar o añadir.
Curiosamente tenía muchas cosas (tornillos y demás) que no he utilizado. Cuenta con instrucciones, pero nada detalladas, no se identifican los tornillos, por ejemplo.
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