Harley Benton ST-20 CA Standard Series

Harley Benton ST-20 CA Standard Series electric guitar. Bolt-on neck construction, basswood body, maple neck with modern C-shape, roseacer fretboard with DOT inlays, fretboard radius: 350mm, 22 frets, 648mm scale, 42mm nut-widt, double-action trussrod, 3 x ST-style singlecoil pickups, electronic 1-volume, 2-tone & 5-way switch, chrome hardware, synchronized tremolo system, diecast tuners, 09-042 strings, colour: candy apple red

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Colour Red
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Vintage
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
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Good guitar for it's price
Otso Humppa, 19.03.2021
Been lucky to play original USA Fender Strat, several Gibson SG, and numerous Epiphones before this guitar. So will try to describe my perception of new to me brand name on example of this guitar.
Pluses of this Harley Benton ST-20 CA Standard Series guitar:
- it looks very bright and beautiful - much more attractive to my taste, than most of begginers level guitars by other manufacturers.
- head, neck, fretboard, deck - are good.

Minuses I've found:
- out of the box completely untuned and no chance any single of 6 strings will give you an octave at 12 fret;
- electronics with tone pot at maximum working like radio receiver - you can hear local radiostation weather report trough your guitar cabinet (funny fact - Harley Benton SC-450 P90 GT Classic Series tuned at the same station. So may be it's just patented, but undocumented, feature from manufacturer?).
- frets ends will bite your hand serious after few minutes of playing. Needed to be shortened for about 1-1,5 mm from both sides of the fretboard and polished after that.

Sound is good.

So my sincere recomendations to manufacturer - keep your instruments looking that good, but improove electronics and finishing of your products a bit. If you'll made this, I'll change rating to 5 stars for sure.
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Great bang for buck!
MusicFanatic, 18.02.2021
It's my first electric guitar, so I really don't have anything to compare it with. That being said, given it's price, it's pretty damn good! The quality of the materials is great and it sounds good too. Only downsides for me are the jack output ( I have to use some force removing the cables I plug in) and the tuning heads that have some wiggle room (it doesn't go out of tune while playing, but compared to my acoustic guitars where the heads are always tight, I can feel the difference)
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Price equals quality
ProKoffee, 19.03.2021
It works. The main thing you need to know.

Advantages:
1) You can estimate the form factor of the stratocaster;
2) Suitable for beginners;
3) Acceptable sound and ergonomics for ridiculous money;
4) Decent build, excellent finish;
5) Looks good;
6) Price, of course!
Disadvantages:
1) Terrible tremolo. Unuseful.
2) Bad tuners and nut; for a stable tuning, you need to replace it (and also lock the tremolo);
3) No shielding and grounding (the guitar makes a lot of noise, you will have to fix it);
4) The frets are not perfectly polished;
5) Unreliable sawing of wood (defects are possible over time).

There are problems. But this is the best option for the money.
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Amazing guitar
Smat, 05.08.2020
So this is my first electric guitar.
I have played a bit of 3/4 classical and an acoustic for my first 8 months, and decided to venture into the world of electric guitar.
This guitar looked liked a pretty decent bang for the buck guitar.
I was afraid if I buy something cheap its playability might keep me off the guitar.

Youtube and General reviews were positive so I was optimistic it would be a good one.
However I was still prepared and even being a novice, I looked up videos for guitar adjustment, sanding frets, adjusting trustrod etc.

When I got the guitar, it was as good as the reviews described it.
Playable out of the box.
There was a slight buzing on the low E string if plucked in some ways, but that was it.

I did not know, but a cable was included for amp. (its not written in the description)

I dont find much changing when I change tone knobs but that might be just me.

For a beginner like me this guitar is very perfect.
I would recommend getting this.
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