Harley Benton ST-57DG Black Tribute

Electric Guitar

  • Tribute Series
  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian Maple with Roseacer skunk stripe (roseacer: thermally treated maple wood)
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42.8 mm
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Pickups: 3 Roswell SK52 True Vintage Staggered alnico 5 single coils
  • 1 Volume- and 2 tone controls
  • 5-Way switch
  • Single-ply pickguard
  • Synchronised tremolo system
  • Kluson-style machine heads
  • Chrome hardware
  • Strings: D'Addario .010 - .046 (Article Nr 104555)
  • Colour: Black High-gloss
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Further Information

Colour Black
Body Alder
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Vintage
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
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Quite decent for the money

flare_kernel, 07.02.2019
After a few days of testing I might say that considering its price, the guitar fulfilled my expectations. Here are some pros and cons which might help you decide which cheap strat-like guitar you want to buy.

+ Overally good manufacturing
+ Very decent fretjob, not common in this price range
+ Knobs and pickup switch do what they are supposed to do
+ Exceptional tuning mechanism - holds the tone over days

- Whammy bar wouldn't fit in the hole. When I finally managed to screw it inside for at least a few turns, it was obviously stuck in the position and wouldn't move at all, making tremolo useless.

If it weren't for the whammy bar, the guitar would have received 5/5 for quality from me. As I only use the guitar for home practice, I can't really tell how good it is for gigs, but it certainly is a good choice for both beginners and advanced players. Moreover, "raw guitar" might be a good starting point for further upgrades.

Not to forget to mention, when I unpacked the guitar, it was actually tuned. However, one string was out of the nutbone. This was probably a mistake made by the setup team.
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Just what I wanted

RJ55, 30.01.2019
I always wanted a DG S type, but could not afford custom shop money. This is a nice alternative. It came setup decent, but I made some adjustments. The trussrod had too much relief, so I tightened it a bit. I was surprised at how good the frets were. No sharp edges and nicely polished. The pickups sound good, so no need to change them. The electronics work fine. The body is supposed to be ash and I guess it is, but a light ash. There is not much weight to the body. the pickguard had a couple of stripped screws and when I removed the screws to look underneath alot of wood particles fell out of the holes and a couple more were stripped. I will have to fix that. Tuners work good, but the trem arm is very loose, so I replaced it with a short DG arm which fit perfectly. It also adds to the look. The bridge came fixed to the body, so I had to put a lot of work into getting it to float properly. The pickguard was mounted a little off and has pits in the plastic, but I am glad to see they got rid of the white stripe. The trem cover on the back was installed crooked and blocks the holes in the bridge when changing strings. I put GFS boomers on it and really like it now. The next step for Thoman to do would be to give it a more vintage radius if possible, since it is the standard 13 like most Harley Bentons I have seen. I do love it and it turned out real nice! The closest I will get to a DG S type. I like the Harley Benton brand. Good value for the money.
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