Harley Benton CST-24 Black Cherry Flame DLX

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Arched top: Flamed maple
  • Set-in neck: Mahogany
  • Neck and body binding
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Neck profile: C-Shape
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 635 mm
  • Radius: 350 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell HAF AlNiCo-5 humbuckers
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone knob (push/pull: coil split)
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Chrome hardware
  • Wraparound bridge
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL110 .010 - .046 (article nr 104555)
  • Colour: Black cherry flame
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Colour Black
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 24
Scale 635 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
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Harley Benson CST-24 Black Cherry Flame DLX

Doos Blues, 07.01.2018
I have listened to and read many product reviews of this guitar before I decided to purchase one.
NO REGRETS - buy one !!!!
There are people who have written ridiculous reviews with the most unrealistic comments about tiny imperfection of the paint finish or glue spots and dry fingerboards - GET REAL you guys you are not buying a ¤3000 guitar - these guitars are real value for money - yes they are made to a price range - but the build quality and features exceed the price and represent a first class purchase - my only comments about the the guitar would relate to the pick ups - the hum buckers are a little wooly/bass and I prefer the coil tap position - but I would not be changing the pick ups - no need to with the numerous effects available
In conclusion - a lovely guitar played good out of the box - intonation OK - changed the strings to 9s - lemon oiled the finger board - NOTHING wrong with the guitar to want me to send it back - BUY ONE you will not regret it - enjoy
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Taking the train to valuetown- choo choo!

FluffyM, 12.03.2016
I was looking for an upgrade from my 2004 Harley Benton Les Paul (which is still decent to this day) and was checking out guitars in the low mid-range, pricing-wise. I compared Epiphone SGs, Squiers, cheap Fenders and such, the only requirement I had was 1 humbucker, so fatstrats and the like were taken into consideration. After much research I found EytschPi42's review of the CST-24T on Youtube and came to realise that this guitar is about as good as you can get below ~450EUR (i was looking to spend more than this, originally), and that it's so cheap you could still upgrade the pups and easily stay within budget.

The model I received has 5 minor cosmetic flaws, none of which were enough for me to even consider sending it back: the saddle isn't perfectly flush with the neck (~1-2mm too short), a couple of fret-ends could use smoothing off, the center-line in the paintjob running up the middle of the guitar isn't aligned with the bottom strap-pin, the wood on the back is showing some minor damage underneath the paint (looks like someone put it down too hard before the strap-pin was attached), and there are two minor indentations on the tip of the bottom horn, it looks like someone stabbed a toothpick into the clear coat twice.

The Wilkinson pups seem pretty decent for the price (no buzz except some at really high gain) but will be replaced anyway so I didn't test them too extensively. The guitar arrived playable, but I will need to re-do the setup, seeing fret-buzz at the low frets and high action at the high frets, nothing extreme, though. This leads to the next point:

I would go against EytschPi42's recommendation and actually get the version with the tremolo, simply so you have a bridge that's easily adjusted. The wraparound bridge provided with this model is adjustable to a degree, but I suspect it's a large part of the reason this guitar didn't come set up as well as it could have been. I will update once I've re-done the set up, but for now let's just say that you could block off the tremolo and have an adjustable bridge, or you could buy this version and spend another 120EUR on a more adjustable wraparound bridge if you can't get the guitar intonated properly, I guess the choice/risk is yours- if I had to do it again I'd spend 40EUR more for the trem to save 120.

Lastly, I can't confirm what I've read and seen about Ebonol fretboards, mine isn't pitch-black, doesn't look plastic-y, it simply looks like really dry rosewood, which is fine with me. Mine also doesn't have any glue or other residue on it, only some minor scratches along the bindings (can't feel them, only see them if you look very closely).

All in all I am frankly ecstatic to have such a nicely made body to work with, I don't see how it could get any better at this price point.
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  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
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  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 635 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: None
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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