Harley Benton ST-59HM Fiesta Red

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Canadian maple
  • Neck attachment: Bolt-on
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Stained nyatoh skunk stripe
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Frets: 21 Medium jumbo
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Pickups: 3 x Roswell SK52 True Vintage Staggered Alnico-5 single coils
  • Controls: 1 Volume, 2 Tone
  • 5-Way switch
  • Pickguard: Single-ply
  • Hardware: Gold-plated deluxe
  • Synchronised tremolo system
  • Machine heads: Kluson-style
  • Strings: D'Addario .010 - .046
  • Colour: Fiesta Red High-gloss
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Further Information

Colour Red
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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Not exactly as shown
Babirusa, 03.03.2020
Pros: The guitar came in perfect working condition and was set up well. Fit and finish was good. Sounds like a ST style guitars. Pick up were good sounding, bright and twangy. Potentiometer are full size. Switch was a 5 position import type. Vibrato block was heavy and full sized. It appears to be steel. Neck was a very soft V. Pickup cavity was coated with conductive paint.
Cons: Guitar tuners are not the split Kluson style as is shown in the pictures but are the a non-split Kluson style. Bridge saddle are not bend steel as depicted but a solid cast zinc alloy and well finished.
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Harngungle Radishspew XI, 15.05.2020
This is a fantastic guitar, especially for the price!

The pickups seem to be late '50s inspired - low output and plenty of top end. The electronics seem solid and are installed quite well. The knobs turn pretty slowly, which you may like or dislike.

The trem is your standard 6-screw, which is set up very well out of the box. The only real issue I've had is the springs creaking loudly when pulling up on the bar, but that may have been a result of my questionable setup skills.

The neck has a pronounced V profile (very cool to see in this price range) and is finished in a smooth satin. The 13.7" fingerboard radius is an odd choice, but it doesn't subtract from the playability. The fingerboard and fret ends are nicely rounded, though the frets 'grind' a little bit with bends and vibrato.

The finish is actually more of a Hot Rod Red as opposed to Fiesta Red (or at least mine is). Not accurate, but probably cooler if we're being honest ;)

I absolutely recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a fun and authentic Strat experience.
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Excellent value and quality for the money
mikemj, 05.04.2019
Lovely guitar-as well finished as my Fiesta Red Stratocaster, low playing action, good Strat sound from pickups ( always an option to change if you want to later)-and very well packaged. Still in tune despite the trip from Germany! The only slight quibble I have is that having made a Hank Marvin tribute guitar, with the gold-plated fittings etc.,HB didn't quite get the Fiesta Red match right. Compared with my own Fiesta Red Stratocaster it is slightly too red rather than that slightly faded pinky-red of Fiesta Red. I could respray, but the finish is so good, it would be daft to do anything other than leave well alone. Highly recommended.
An update 9 months on. Guitar still excellent, and holding tune even when not used for a few weeks ( I have 14 others....).One thing I did do was change the very good supplied pickups for Fender 57/62 single coils, and the sound is now indistinquishable from my Fender Classic player Strat. the only difference I can feel is the the Harley has a v-shaped neck-something i had not really cottoned on to until recently. Takes a bit of adjusting to after the c neck of most of my Strats, but it cerainly aids chord-playing. Still highly recommended, and well-worth upgarding to better pickups.
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A wonderful guitar
Jojo le bassiste , 19.10.2019
I was not expecting that much quality from a guitar with that price, but yeah it is a great guitar, that i will probably use for a long time, as a beginner i think it's perfect, because it is still not expensive, and at the same time great build quality .
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