Harley Benton ST-20HSS CA Standard Series

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 1x Humbucker and 2x single coils
  • 1x Volume control and 2x tone controls
  • 5-Way switch
  • Chrome hardware
  • Synchronised tremolo
  • Closed gear machine heads
  • Strings: .009 - .042
  • Colour: Candy Apple Red
  • Case: Article Nr: 122213 and Article Nr 136377 (both not included)
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Colour Red
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSS
Tremolo Vintage
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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Amazing value, perfect starter guitar. Great set up by Thomann team!

levvy, 13.11.2017
I bought this as a gift for someone who wanted to learn guitar, at this price I really wasn't expecting as good of a guitar as I got.

Out of the box it is set up very well, no intonation adjustments required. No buzzing at all which is amazing and I like how they set up the bridge. Thomann did a very good job setting this up.

Pickups sound nice, I especially like the bridge humbucker. The tuners seem to be very reliable as far as I can tell so far which is huge on a guitar at this price point. The roseacre imitation rosewood is actually very nice too and they did a very good job with the fret edges on this (better than mexican fenders).

But there are a couple of issues with the guitar:

One of the frets has a spot of corrosion and the upper frets look like they have some kind of grime on them so I will polish these off myself.

The finish is very nice overall but there are a couple of black spots and smears but luckily they are all on the back of the body.

Bridge is crap but that was expected and it is a good thing to upgrade in the future. The switches are quite stiff too so that would also be a good upgrade for the future.

In conclusion I would recommend this to anyone as a first guitar, even to experienced players who want a really cheap strat as it would be a perfect canvas for customising. All of the negatives I have with this guitar don't affect the playability of this guitar which is what makes it so special amongst the millions of crappy budget guitars out there.
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maslascher, 23.06.2018
For that kind of money I will take that guitar any day.

Everything nicely packed with no chance to get damaged with normal shipping. Guitar comes with 2 wrenches, cable and trem arm. Finish looks better than on photos with zero imperfections.
Neck feels a little sticky(semi satin) so I will propably sand it down just because I like the feel of barre wood but for many people it will not be an issue. Neck is skinny so playing is very fast and comfortable with no frets sticking out. Tunning keys are much better than on my TE-52, they have no sluck and they tune pretty good, but changing to some brand stuff will not hurt. Frets ale leveled, even with pretty low action i get fret buzz only on low strings just because the strings are 9 gauge and they vibrate to much, 10 gauge eliminate that issue.
Potentiometers and swith works pretty good. No need to change. Same with pickups, for that kind of money they are more than good. Neck body connection is pretty good but my recomedation is to remove this plastic plate underneath metal plate just because guitar wil have more sustain. Jack is pretty tight but it is still better than too loose.
Strings are ok but my suggest is changing to at least 10 gauge cause 9 feels loose and they cut fingers pretty badly. And tone sounds just too thin.
Setup is mediocre at best, action is really high(you can propably play with slide) and intonation requires adjustment. Neck relief is fine.These things shouldn't take more than 10-20 minutes so it shouldn't be an issue since action is much more about personal preference. I suggest to other people to check if tunning machines screws are not too loose cause it is an issue with alot of guitars and it is like 2 minutes work.

Overall I am very satisfied. Components look cheap but they work great and craftsmanship is like on guitars 2-3 times the price. Strings sound weird and it's 9 gauge so they require replacement but that should be the first thing when you get new guitar.
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  • Colour: Red
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: HSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
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  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
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  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: SSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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Harley Benton ST-20HSS SB Standard Series

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  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: HSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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