Harley Benton ST-20HSS SBK Standard Series

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Electric Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 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
  • Ex-factory stringing: .009" - .042"
  • Colour: Black, matte

Further Information

Colour Black
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSS
Tremolo Vintage
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
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Great Guitar
JTSK, 22.09.2020
This is an excellent sounding guitar for the price. The pickups are no name pickups however they sound really good. I was surprised when playing the guitar how well it played. It came perfectly set up and the intonation was spot on. The matte finish is super cool looking. The guitar is well made, not a flaw at all on anything. The only complaint I have is purely from aesthetic and that's the plastic protective film on the pickguard. When removing the film parts of a 2nd layer of film underneath started to peel off as well and looked horrible. I have never seen 2 layers of film on a pickguard. The top came off very easy and with it some pieces of the 2nd layer however the 2nd layer is nearly impossible to get off all the way. I am still working at it and may have to remove the pickguard to get it off with heat or something that will soften the glue. So right now it looks a bit spotty. Other than that, I really have nothing to complain about. This is a great guitar for all levels. Advanced players will likely want to mod this. I actually love it the way it is however I can see adding some seymour duncan pickups, a tusq nut, an upgraded bridge and locking tuners. The tuners are ok but could be better. The tremelo bar is a little loose however I was able to fix that with plumbers tape which fixed the extra play in the bar and the looseness of it. All oi all, yes, this is a really good guitar for under $100 and has a ton of potential to be a really great guitar with a few mods. Absolutely incredible. Great work Harley Benton!
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Worth its money.
omssky, 20.09.2020
This is my first electric guitar, so do not judge strictly. As the first Harley Benton ST-20HSS electric guitar fits perfectly, let me now tell you why:
pros:
+ Attractive appearance (in this price range you will not find the guitar more beautiful)
+ Guitar comes with good strings and is fully tuned
+ Good assembly
+ Good tuners
+ Price
cons:
- Small assembly jambs (pickguard has irregularities after milling)
- Sound pickups are the cheapest (for this price, forgive me, but I advise to change).
- Weak springs in tremolo machine (it was difficult to adjust the beaker)
- the body is easily marred (it is enough to hit the mediator once on the matt surface, and there is an permanent scratch).


In the end I can say that for its money this instrument is wonderful, it allowed me to get acquainted with the electric guitar device, today it is an instrument on which I practice every day.

I apologize for the bad English I used to use translator somewhere.
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Very nice guitar for the money
Plectrum, 02.04.2020
Ordered in early Jan, and was told to wait 7-8 weeks.
It arrived couple weeks ago, and here are my initial observations...

PROS
1. Looks even better than in the pictures. The red tortoise pick-guard really nice against the matte black body- which had no finish flaws.
2. Neck is fairly straight, and the fretwork is good - level with no sharp edges although I did polish them.
3. Stays in tune well, but I imediately replaced the basic tuners with Harley Benton brand locking tuners (black). Nut and bridge seem fine.
4. The pickups are pretty good, and all 5 positions are usable from clean to dirty tones & various points in between.
Note: Bridge pickup is quite hot, so some amp/pedal tweaking might be necessary to get the sound you're after (especially since it's not wired to the tone control - per usual Strat-style configuration).
5. Electronics are fine for what they are, and do the job without fuss. This can be considered another upgrade point in the future.

CONS
1. The strings are a bit heavy and flat feeling- personal taste thing.
2. Rough edges on the pickguard around the selector switch cutout. A quick 2-3 mins with a small file should do the trick if it bugs you.
3. Screw-in vibrato arm is either too loose or too tight, which is typical of this type of application. You'll need either a small spring or some tape to make it stay in your personal sweet-spot.

CONCLUSION
If you're a beginner or intermediate player looking for a good-quality HSS Strat that won't break the bank, this is a definite contender. Great deal and upgrade platform: as you get better and want to get to know a guitar by working on it, or someone who needs a backup guitar, or just to get a strat type w/ HSS layout?
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Not to seem to be over the top, but............
TB TB TB, 19.11.2019
....this guitar is absolutely awesome; I'm not kidding; It is quite extraordinary, how a guitar that cost €79 can be so good. Its' finish is smooth and sexy; the sound is as good as any Squire Stratocaster that I have ever had. Clean, crunch and ripping distortion, its fab. The pick ups (to me) are surprisingly articulate. The only down aspect is the common problem with low cost guitars is the tremolo (or whammy bar as I like to call it); tuning goes down hill with whammying with gusto (for £70, I can deal with that). I also had a Chord Telecaster covered in the same material which is bliss to play, which made the delivery of this Strat style, even more anticipated. I think Harley Benton have created a Strat styled guitar that is so much more worthy than its price reflects (not an excuse to up the price mind LoL). This is a beauty of a guitar. I also have a Harley Benton ST-62MN, and I thought that was really good. Some may say this is a starter guitar, no, its a guitar. Well done HB, keep up the good work. TB
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  • incl. Case: No
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  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
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  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: SSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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