Harley Benton ST-62CC MN Dakota Red


Electric Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Vintage caramelised canadian maple
  • Fretboard: Vintage caramelised canadian maple
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm (12")
  • Scale length: 648 mm (25.50")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: 3 Roswell STA Alnico 5 single coils
  • 1 x Volume and 2 x tone controls
  • 5-Way switch
  • Single ply white pickguard
  • Synchronized tremolo
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Chrome hardware
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: 60's Custom Dakota Red
available since February 2020
Item number 464708
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Red
Body Basswood
Top None
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Standard
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Good out of the box. Brilliant with a little work!
MrAdam 02.11.2021
I play a lot of guitar, and play the occasional pub gig. I have a handful of guitars but inexcusably no strat. I really fancied that classic shape but didn’t want to spend too much then heard good things about these.

It arrived after a week (very reasonable considering how far it’s come!) and was well packaged in 2 boxes.
Out of the box after a quick tune up it played pretty well for a guitar of this price range. The neck was good and all the frets level and indeed crowned, no sharp fret edges either with a slightly rolled fingerboard.
The biggest downsides were tuning issues from the bridge (easy fix detailed below) and the nut slots not being quite deep enough.

So for the setup I used my nut files to lower the height to the first fret which made the open chords easier ring out a bit better.

The other was getting the trek to sit better, I slacked the springs off a bit as they were VERY tight and tightened down the two outer screws on the trem.

Last things I have done are lubricate the nut with a pencil and adjust action at the saddles and set intonation.

After this pretty standard setup the guitar is now beautiful to play. It’s my go-to and I can even do repeated dive bombs and the tuning barely budges.
The pickups have a bit of power in them for single coils so it’s a really versatile guitar that can even do hard rock tones.

Another point is the quality of the woodwork, the neck pocket is better than any strat I’ve seen! Everything is so neat and precise with this guitar, I would definitely recommend.

Bad point: trem atm is screw in and can be a bit wobbly, but it’s a minor point.

There were a few adjust


Bobbyp 04.01.2021
I did some research across a wide range of affordable stratacaster style guitars and came across the Harley Benton range, being 65 years old and on a limited budget i purchased the Harley Benton ST 62CC MN in Dakota red.

On unboxing and inspecting the guitar i was quite suprised at the fit and finish of this model. Tuning keys work very smoothly, nut fitted SPOT ON! neck of guitar finished very well with no frett sprout at all. All i had to do was tune it up and start STRUMMING!

Overall i am highly satisfied with my purchase.

Would recommend this stunning guitar .


Nice, Playable, Solid
This v. That 11.02.2022
I had just purchased a true Fender Strat (stamped 'made in Coronado California" paid around 1300.00 I got it home and saw this HB ST-62CC and thought 'what the heck' will give it a try so I ordered it. Well I got it unpacked it, tuned it up (not by much) and played, it was really sweet!


Surprisingly good.
NickL917 26.06.2022
I've been playing guitar for 50 years and have owned too many guitars to count. I took a chance on one of these and I have to say I'm blown away. The fit and finish are excellent, the nut was cut well and no sharp fret edges or sprout at all. I put Wilkinson tuners and better bridge saddles on mine but really, this guitar is pretty good stock. I like this ST-62 better than the Squier Classic Vibe I used to own; the Squier CV felt "cheap" to me, but this guitar with upgraded tuners and saddles is GREAT. My only "complaint" is that the trem arm is a little tight and I wish it would screw down a little further. Overall, great value. I also own one in the Vintage White and it's also flawless.