Harley Benton ST-62MN VW Vintage Series

Electric Guitar

  • Vintage Series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple
  • Neck profile: "C"
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • "Double Action" truss rod
  • Pickup: 3 Roswell STA Alnico-5 Vintage ST-Style single coils
  • 5-Way pickup selector switch
  • 1 Volume control and 2 tone controls
  • White pickguard
  • Chrome-plated deluxe hardware
  • Synchronised tremolo system
  • Kluson-Style machine heads
  • Stringing: D'Addario .009 - .042
  • Colour: Vintage white high-gloss
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Colour White
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Vintage
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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20.01.2016
Firstly lets get the usual out of the way. Thomann delivery. The guitar arrived in the UK within 2 days of ordering, it then sat at DHL for 3 days (Weekend) before delivery. Six days total, who can fault that? Arrived in perfect condition.

Right. Stratocasters, I've always played Gibson copies, big fan of the Epiphone SG, my 2012 Junior was one of my favourites. Was.

Strat-wise I've had mainly superstrat types, Washburn, Jackson etc but kind of steered clear of the pure copies. In 2006 I bought a Fender Highway One, I hated it and sold it on after a week. It sounded flat and felt just wrong.

Feeling the urge to play again after a too long lay off I looked at reviews for ideas. Harley Benton kept coming up, I've played Squire's, so-so, and thought if I disliked the Highway how could a no mark be any good? How wrong was I. This is a honest comment, the HB is better than the Fender. I may have had a bad one but that's the cold hard truth. £85 Vs £675 (I think).

Finish wise, it's perfect. A thick coating but it resonates well. The colour is different to that shown, my monitor shows a beige tint, its a creamy vintage white.
Neck, fantastically playable and chunky. The maple looks aged slightly and the finish is fast and slippery like a hot buttered slug.
Tuners were on my change list. No need. They are smooth enough and hold tune all night.
Pickups were also down for binning if the body was worth keeping. No need. From Blues through Punk to Grunge. They are good. I played through a Peavey Transtube last night and it was in overdrive. I sat with a massive grin on my face. This is an £85 guitar!
Pots are smooth, do what they should, and the 5 way switch is solid & clicks into position well.

I cant comment on Tremolo durability as I keep it locked, never use them, and set up needed a quarter turn to bring it in but who can moan at that. The frets are level but could maybe do with a stone over the edges, I'm talking very very minor here.

The only downside for me is that now I have another 3 HBs in mind but worry that they cannot be as good as this.
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Way better than expected!
Naldo, 14.12.2019
So I spent a LOT of time researching HB on line and in videos and finally pulled the trigger on a ST62 MN VW. 14 days from order to delivery (in New Jersey just outside of Philadelphia). This was absolutely fine considering the trip across the ocean and a short stint in U.S. Customs. I have been over it very closely and there isn’t a flaw on it. The frets are smooth and even, the action was perfect. No buzz, no dead spots, just a smidge out of tune but once tuned not a dead or dull spot on the fret board. But the real delight was plugging it in. Holy cow. Absolute joy! The only con I can think of is that it took two weeks, but I live in the other hemisphere, so that’s not exactly fixable and no fault of Thomann.
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Excellent purchase
Macs 66, 18.12.2018
This isn't a great guitar for the money - it's a great guitar - period. I don't believe I'd have found a better guitar on the market at this money - even 4 or 5 times the money, having tried "official" non USA models previously. I've never tried USA models and frankly have no need or desire to, considering the cost involved.

Fit and finish are faultless, electronics are quiet and effective with full effect pots that feel just right. Great 'ST' tones from the alnico pickups, clearly discernable in all switch positions. Great cleans that dirty up nicely with the right amp settings.

Mine is just an excellent guitar at a superb price. It does seem to have been the latest model, newly in stock. Usual complaints about string condition seem to have been sorted out - strings wrapped in waxed paper with silica gel pack inside wrapping, so I was able to give it a good road test without having to concern myself with changing strings before I got started. Set up was superb out of the box. I got my gear out to double check and found I had nothing to do. The extra room at the nut (42mm) helps too. Under the plate, the routing is ultra clean and professional, wiring is clean and modern as is the soldering.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.
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Great, but problems with Micro Amp on AC power
B MacIntosh, 15.01.2020
I've played quite a few ST style guitars over the years, but the biggest drawback for me was that none of them actually sounded like the real thing.

I was therefore pleasantly surprised by the ST-62. In a blind test, I'd find it really difficult to tell the difference between this and a Mexican Strat (which costs over five times more!).

Build quality is great and it's really enjoyable to play. Set-up was pretty good 'out of the box'.

The only weak point in my opinion is the electronics. I normally play at home through a small micro-amp powered by an AC adaptor. I've several guitars and they all work fine with this, however the ST-62 produced quite a bit of "hissing" noise when idle. The noise only disappeared when I touched the strings or any metal part. When I removed the AC adaptor and used batteries instead, it worked fine. I suspect, therefore, that there might be some kind of grounding/shielding issue, or that the guitar is just overly sensitive to electrical interference.

I tested it with a larger, mains-only amplifier with good quality earthing, and it performed much better. That said, it is somewhat noisier when idle compared to my other guitars, especially my Harley Benton TE-20 which is super-quiet.

Overall, however, this is a great guitar and definitely a "keeper" in my collection.
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Harley Benton ST-62MN VW Vintage Series
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Harley Benton ST-62MN VW Vintage Series

Electric Guitar Vintage Series, Body: Basswood, Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple, Neck profile: "C", Fretboard: Maple, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm,...

  • Colour: White
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: SSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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Harley Benton ST-62DLX VW Vintage Series

Electric Guitar Vintage Series, Body: American basswood, Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple, Fretboard: Maple, Neck profile: Modern D, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, 21 Frets,...

  • Colour: White
  • Body: Basswood
  • 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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Harley Benton ST-62MN SB Vintage Series

Electric Guitar Body: Basswood, Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Maple, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, "Double Action" truss...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: SSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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