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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A cheap wee gem of a guitar

02.03.2015
I will admit - I bought this ST-20HSS for my young daughter on a whim, with low expectations given the cost. At this price point, it's usually a bonus if a guitar is tuneable, let alone playable...

My daughter was very specific, her first full-size guitar had to be red :). And on that front, this one delivers - the metallic Candy Apple Red finish is loud, sparkly and very well finished.

The neck is nicely made, with a satin finish that is easy for beginners to play. No flaws in the rosewood fretboard, no sharp ends on the frets. The truss rod also operates correctly. (That might seem an odd thing to mention, but I've seen cheap guitars in the past whose neck simply could not be made straight enough to be playable). To be honest, this neck is every bit as good as that on the "Deluxe Series" TE-70 I bought for myself.

In general, the hardware is OK quality - the tuners & bridge are nothing special, but work just fine, and the generic pickups actually sound pretty nice. The humbucker has more power and character than I expected, and the single coil & out-of-phase positions deliver the classic tones you'd expect.

The real surprise, however, is the playability. Following a full setup, this affordable little thing is buzz-free with nice low action (1.5mm/1.0mm @ 12th fret) and perfect intonation. It plays really nicely, holds its tuning, and sounds good. All in all, an excellent beginners instrument, and highly recommended - as long as you invest time or money in a proper setup when you receive it.
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Harley Benton ST-20HSS CA Standard Series
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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...

  • 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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Harley Benton ST-20 BK Standard Series

Electric Guitar Body: Basswood, Neck: Maple, Neck shape: Modern C, Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood), Fretboard radius: 350 mm, DOT fretboard inlays, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut...

  • Colour: black
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: SSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • 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-20 WH Standard Series

Electric Guitar Standard series, Body: basswood, Maple neck, Modern C neck profile, Roseacer (thermally treated rosewood) fretboard, DOT Fretboard inlays, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm,...

  • Colour: White
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: SSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
Harley Benton ST-20HSS SB Standard Series
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Harley Benton ST-20HSS SB 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...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • 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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