- Body: Poplar
- Bolt-on neck: Maple
- Fretboard: Roseacer
- Fretboard inlays: Dots
- Neck profile: Modern C
- Fretboard radius: 305 mm (12")
- Scale: 648 mm
- Nut width: 42 mm
- Double action truss rod
- 22 Frets
- Pickup: 1 Humbucker (bridge) and 2 single coils (middle and neck)
- 1 Volume control and 2 tone controls
- 5-Way pickup switch
- Synchronised tremolo
- Die-cast machine heads
- Black hardware
- Strings: .009" - .042"
- Colour: Black, matte
An ST model for the modern age
The Harley Benton ST-20HSS SBK features a poplar body in the classic ST shape and a bolt-on maple neck, both of which are finished in a modern and eye-catching matt black. The fingerboard is made from dark-coloured amaranth with contrasting white dot inlays to give the player optimum orientation anywhere on the neck. This guitar can cover a wide range of styles, from Blues and Jazz through to Rock, Alternative, and Metal thanks to its combination of a humbucking bridge pickup and single coil pickups in the middle and neck positions, which means it can sound like a typical ST-type guitar or deliver full-sounding humbucker tones. And as a bonus for players who want to experiment with different string gauges and tunings, the ST-20HSS SBK also features a double-action truss rod that allows optimised adjustment of the neck curve.
Sonic options in abundance
The Harley Benton ST-20HSS SBK's three pickups are governed by a master volume control and a five-way blade switch, which allows the player to select each pickup individually or to combine each pair of adjacent pickups (bridge and middle or middle and neck). The guitar's two tone controls are assigned to the neck and middle pickup respectively, allowing the player to dial in a brighter or darker tone according to taste, and the vibrato system is synchronised, i.e. bridge and tailpiece are combined in a single, pivoting assembly. To top it all off, the ST-20HSS SBK's stunning looks are enhanced by a three-ply (white-black-white) tortoiseshell-look scratchplate.
For those first guitar solos
The Harley Benton ST-20HSS SBK features the 648mm scale length and 42mm nut width that are commonly found on ST models, so it is perfect for beginners who plan on upgrading to a more high-end model later on - and its modern C-shape neck profile means that budding six-string wizards can learn to play on an instrument that has the same basic measurements as countless other guitars. The 22-fret fingerboard provides ample room for maneovre when playing your first solos and is relatively flat thanks to its 12" radius, so beginners will also have no problem with string bends - a feat made all the easier by the light-gauge .009 to .042 strings with which the guitar comes as standard.
About Harley Benton
Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.
Pop, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Rock, and more
The Harley Benton ST-20HSS SBK packs an impressive level of musical versatility into an affordable beginners' instrument. The guitar is equally suited to crisp-sounding Pop melodies and snappy Funk licks, and the single coil middle pickup provides a smoother tone for Bluesy double-stops and clean Jazz chords, while the neck pickup is ideal for singing lead sounds - and of course the bridge humbucker is the go-to when you want to play overdriven Rock riffs. This versatility combined with the ST-20HSS SBK's affordable price makes it a no-brainer for both beginners and advanced players who are looking for a second instrument that won't break the bank. What is more, this guitar provides a great basis for experimenting with different modifications.
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