Harley Benton ST-62CC RW Inca Silver

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm (13.78")
  • Scale: 648 mm (25.50")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickup: 3 Roswell STA Alnico 5 single coils
  • 1 Volume control and 2 tone controls
  • 5-Way switch
  • Single-ply white pickguard
  • Synchronised tremolo
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Chrome hardware
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario .009 - .042 (Article no. 104554)
  • Colour: 60's Custom Inca Silver

Further Information

Colour Silver
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Standard
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
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Second ST-62 this year
Emlyn K Helicopter, 13.02.2021
I bought an ST-62CC Charcoal Frost last month (see my review of that for most of what applies here). Obviously I liked it so much I bought another one :)

I intended to fit a Hotrails to the Charcoal ST-62 as I play mainly metal, but liked the stock Roswell single coils so much that it seemed a shame to sacrifice such great clean and crunch tones to whats basically the one-trick-pony of a Hotrails guitar. So, the only thing to do was buy another ST-62 to have one of each. And, while we're at it, one in maple and one in pau ferro. All other aspects (bar the hardware colour) are identical.

The only area in which the Charcoal ST-62 fell down was the sharp fret edges, whereas in the Inca the fretwork is all good. That's probably luck of the draw with such mass-produced, minimally QC'd guitars like these. The fret tops are still scratchy (like the other one and, judging by the reviews on here, most ST-62s), but this goes away after a few hours of play.

Those vintage split tuning pegs look great but I'd get some locking pegs if I was going to take this out live. The trem, despite it being on a budget guitar and sporting the thinnest zinc block I've yet seen on any guitar, sounds excellent and works as well as any non-locking trem I've used. Comparing it to the Wilkinson unit in an older ST-70 I've had, this sounds better and has way more downward travel.

Fit and finish all as good as I've come to expect from Harley Benton. The 'Inca Silver' isn't the bright sterling silver you'd find on a Fender etc, but an almost 'old gold' greenish hue'd metallic grey. My first impression when opening the box was 'oh...' in the way you might react to an 'unexpected but not what you really wanted' Christmas present. It's grown on me, though, and looks really good on the wall-hanger next to its Charcoal Frost brother.

Chrome hardware looks great, as does the plastic stuff. I should mention how good the scratchplate and electronics are, by the way, if only because Harley Benton have really stepped up in this area lately.

So - upgrades: as the other ST-62 has me covered for basic Strat tones, I'm going to use this as my primary metal rhythm guitar for recording. It'll get a set of three rail-type humbuckers, locking tuners and roller string trees, plus some 500k pots. The chunky neck is fast with great note separation and sustain. Its not as solid sounding as the maple 'board, but probably more suitable as an 'upgrade platform'.

As before - I'd recommend these current ST-62s to anyone as they far surpass the price tag. My two have replaced guitars costing 3-5 times as much, they're that good. But.... you'll need to set it up yourself and its a roll of the dice as to whether you get one with frets that don't need additional work.
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Complete rookie review
Geordie1, 15.05.2021
This is the first guitar I have bought or owned. It is also the first time I have ever played an electric guitar. Please read my comments with this in mind.

A quick warning to those ordering from here to the UK. I paid £168.08 for the guitar, amp, strap and some other items. I expected to pay 20% VAT, about £34. I received an invoice for £65.96 from UPS. £41.80 import VAT, £2.36 duties and a £21.80 brokerage charge. If you’re buying in the UK I would add about 40% to the final price and judge the value from that. I understand this is not the fault of Thomann but thought it was worth mentioning.

The guitar itself, in this rookies opinion, is fantastic quality. The finish is perfect. It feels like a really high quality instrument. I was not expecting the guitar to look and feel this good.

I would love to be able to comment on the sound with some authority but, I haven’t got a clue. I’ve played the guitar a few times and it sounds great to me.

Overall the guitar cost me about £20 more than I thought it would, but to me it still seems good value for the money.
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Great guitar on a budget
Dutchy-, 04.06.2021
It was always quite daunting for me to try to pick up the guitar, I have played keyboard in the past but always preferred the sound of an electric guitar. After doing a bit of research, I stumbled upon Harley Benton guitars. I love an ST style guitar, sort of the classic look most of us think of when we think electric guitar. So I picked one up, quite happily too, especially for the price.

I am so happy I did. I don't think I could tell it was considered a "budget" guitar. I went to the local music shop and played a couple other budget "ST" style guitars, namely a squier affinity. The fret work wasn't nearly as good as my Harley Benton, and it was 50 euro more. Of course, don't expect everything to be perfect, you're ordering online so you can't physically inspect the guitar before ordering. I'm sure Thomman's team will deal with any issues you have though, they seem to have great customer service.

I'm genuinely thrilled to have the ST style for such a budget, without it feeling horrible. Nice weight to it, pickups are fine for me, but I don't have much experience. Hard not to recommend something like this, it's worth a shot.

I would imagine that they would make decent modding platforms too, you don't lose much if you mess up horribly, since it's so cheap. Perhaps the even cheaper ST-20 would be a better option, but either way it's a great deal.

The only cons I really had were that the tuners don't seem super good, feels like I'm going out of tune rather quickly, even without using the whammy bar. Also the strings seemed a little old and the frets needed a quick little polish. All of those things can be done cheaply and you still feel like you got a bargain!

Great stuff, very happy.
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Excellent for the price
DanFromAmerica, 31.03.2020
Pros
- Price
- Finish is excellent. I couldn't find any flaws in the paint on the body or neck.
- Neck finish is actually more of a satin so it's fast and smooth. When I looked at the pictures it looked more like a gloss.
- Sounds great (opinion of a beginner).
- Stays in tune better than my LTD H-51.

Cons
- Frets are rough so I'm going to have to polish them.
- A couple of the pickups were wonky but easy enough to straighten. Probably something that happened during shipping.
- Color isn't exactly as it appeared in the pictures when I ordered it. The current primary picture is a much more accurate representation of the true color.

Totally satisfied with it and would recommend it to anyone starting out.
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