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Harley Benton CST-24HB TOL BCF

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  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Mahogany, chambered
  • Top: Flamed maple
  • Set-in neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Mother of pearl inlays: Tree of Life
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 635 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Graphite nut
  • Pickup: 2 Wilkinson MWCHB Live humbuckers
  • 1 Volume- and 1 tone knob (push/pull: coil split)
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • DLX chrome hardware
  • DLX GTB wraparound bridge
  • DLX diecast machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL-110 .009 - .042
  • Colour: Black Cherry Flame High-gloss

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My new favorite guitar

23.01.2017
- Overall -

This is my new favorite guitar. Needed some setup work out of the box but once dialed in, very playable. Looks and sounds fantastic. Can't say enough good things about the pickups.


- Fit and Finish -

First of all, the guitar is a looker. The cherry flame top is beautiful and comes alive under stage lighting. The chrome hardware is a good match for the color. The tree of life inlay is a nice touch and adds interest to the fretboard.

Up close, there are some small flaws. A couple small spots where the color coat was sanded too far. Slight irregularity where the inside edges of the f-holes were painted. A couple of spots where filler was used on the fretboard inlay. But these are small flaws, unnoticeable from more then 3 feet away.

The neck is glued in with tight-fitting joints, no obvious shims or filler. This should mean that the neck will never have a chance to work loose. The TOL inlay was likewise done well, leaving no gaps or uneven spots on the fretboard.

- Setup -

Straight out of the box, the guitar did not have a playable setup, other than having strings. The action was far to high to be playable, intonation was nowhere close, and the pickups were nearly touching the strings although the neck (truss rod) was nicely set. I had to do a full setup on the guitar, which is probably to be expected in a guitar of this price range.

My biggest beef with the guitar has to do with the bridge. It uses a single-piece bridge/stop, which in itself isn't bad, but this one does not have adjustments for individual strings. There are set screws to adjust at the top and bottom, and an adjustment that affects both D and G strings.

I had to adjust the set screw for the top (low) strings to near-full engagement, pushing it about 5mm away from the post. This is not optimal for overall tuning stability as there is more play in the bridge the further it is pushed off the post.

All that aside, I was able to get the guitar to a reasonable state of intonation.

The bridge posts have plenty of height adjustment, certainly enough to satisfy anyone who likes a guitar with low action. I discovered that a couple of frets were slightly high and need to be dressed, which I will do when I next change strings.

Overall, be prepared to spend an hour or so setting up the guitar to your satisfaction.

- Pickups -

The guitar comes with Wilkinson MWCHB pickups, nominally somewhere in the range of 7.1K in the neck and 13.5K in the bridge. They are surprisingly well-matched to the guitar. Perhaps a bit hot for a semi-hollow body guitar - some of the guitar's natural resonance gets lost - but they have a wide dynamic range, full articulation and respond beautifully to pick dynamics and volume pot adjustments. Would also be great pickups for a vintage sound in a Les Paul single cut style guitar.

This guitar came equipped with a coil tap (push/pull on the tone pot affecting both pickups), which adds a lot of versatility to the guitar. I tend to leave it in single-coil mode, which picks up more of the guitar's natural sound.

The pickups have adjustable slugs, so it is possible to tune the response on each string.

This is the best stock pickup set I've ever heard in a budget guitar, nearly as good as some of the sets on high-end factory models. You could buy a better pickup set for the guitar (lower ouput, Alnico 2 or 4 magnets, unpotted), but it would probably cost as much as the guitar itself.

- Tuners -

Unbranded (I'm guessing Wilkinson), but good. No looseness and adjust easily.

- Playability -
Once set up, the guitar plays well and sounds good. The neck profile is comfortable and smooth. Hard to say much more than that.
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Hard, heavy and somewhat peculiar

SiggiK, 22.03.2016
Even while unpacking the guitar in the foam is dressed, the bright red shines forth. Then I pull them out of the foam and wonder wondered if I had accidentally been sent an electric guitar, so compact and heavy is the thing! Involuntarily I have to think of my Gibson Les Paul, which I seldom take out of the suitcase, partly because it is too noble for me, but partly too difficult for everyday use. But it is not so bad as it is, the Libra tells me what about 3.7 kg, with which she then again weighs 1 kg less than my Les Paul. Still, a hollowbody I imagined more than an interlude of acoustic and electric guitar; The Harley Benton CST-24HB TOL BCF goes however clearly in the direction of electric guitar.
Also the volume is unplugged more or less identical to a solidbody, it sounds only more present and one can hear that from the holes a little sound emerges, which however is no louder than the strings themselves. Semakustik is for me something else, however I honestly have no comparison for this claim.
As is usually the case with Harley Benton, the part looks much more valuable than the price suggests, the processing is neat. Here or there perhaps a bit too much varnish, for example at the transition of the glued neck to the corpus. Also the "Tree of life" grips, which were a major reason for the fact that I wanted to have this guitar, are pleasing, even if the fingerboard itself has several lighter shades (corrections?) So that the contrast does not come so nicely, As on the screen photo.
The pickups, well, you have to cut back. Even if I rehearse the treble on the amplifier, the sound still seems dull. As can be seen in the description and the pictures, there is only one tone control with which one can make the guitar sound even duller than it already does and a volume control. The balance between the front and rear pickups can be compensated for by the height adjustment of the TAs; At the delivery the bridge TA was much too quiet. The neck-TA tilts slightly with slightest touch slightly forward. Of course one can think about other TAs; But one can also make a virtue out of necessity and regard the muted sound as a deliberate special feature.
The guitar was already a bit pre-set and tuned, but the octave purity is not given to 100% and only the G- and the H-string can be readjusted. Otherwise, bridge and bridge are a common part, since can no longer make. The lateral position is good and could be improved even, which already indicates that the neck is optimally adjusted.
As a second guitar or as a piece of jewelery for the wall, I can recommend the guitar with a good conscience. However, if you are looking for a guitar and can not spend a lot of money, I think Harley Benton's Strat models are better advised.

Edit: Meanwhile, I've gotten used to the (amplified) sound better and find that I've seen him at the beginning too critically. Probably I had become too used to the single-coil sound of the Strat model. Therefore with sound and with a total asterisk more :-), whereby I consider the guitar now simply as an electric guitar and not as a semi-acoustics.
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Electric Guitar Deluxe Series, Body: Mahogany, chambered, Top: Flamed maple, Set-in neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood), Mother of pearl inlays: Tree of Life, 24...

  • Colour: Black
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 635 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 635 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 635 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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Electric Guitar Shape: Semi-hollow body with f-holes, Body: Mahogany, Top: AAA Flamed maple, Set-in 3-piece neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood), 24 Frets, Scale: 635...

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  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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Harley Benton CST-24HB Black Cherry Flame

Electric Guitar Deluxe Series, Design: Semi-hollow with F-holes, Body: Mahogany, Top: AAA Flamed maple, Set-in 3-piece mahogany neck, Fretboard: Rosewood, Mother of pearl Morning Star fretboard...

  • Colour: Black
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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