Harley Benton ST-70 Black Paisley

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 21 Medium jumbo frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell STA Alnico-5 vintage ST-Style single coils and 1 Roswell HAF Alnico-5 humbucker
  • 2 Tone controls and 1 volume control with volume push/pull function coil split
  • 5-Way toggle switch
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Wilkinson tremolo
  • Stringing: D'Addario EXL110 .010 - .046 (article nr 104555)
  • Colour: Black Paisley
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Colour Graphic
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Ovangkol
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSS
Tremolo Wilkinson
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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My new favourite guitar!

Baribou, 12.04.2018
I was very undecided for a long time before pulling the trigger on this one. There weren't many reviews or soundclips or much of anything to read about this particular guitar, so i mostly read about the ST-62, and the good things buyers had to say about that one. I did want a HSS model, (humb-sing-sing) and the coil-split function for the humbucker was a big bonus, as well as the colour. I just couldn't forget that Paisley-pattern...

So, I finally bought it.

It came well-packaged (like always from Thomann: Thank You!), well set up, and in tune. A little string buzz at first, but that's to be expected after a guitar's been in transit and on the road for a week. It sorted itself out after a few days. Strings are nice (D'addarios), will be changing them when they break, not before that.

The finish is VERY nice, almost mirror-like gloss. The neck is laquered, but smooth. The bridge and vibrato is GOOD (Wilkinson). Tuners are ok, they do the job just as good as on some of my 5-600 euro guitars.

IF I am to complain about something, it would be the fretboard and the pots. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, since the overall quality is more than satisfying, but IF: The fretboard looks a little bland, with some inconcistensies and discolorations in a few places, and overall a little grey-ish. It is, however, stained Ovankol (if I remember it right), and staining CAN leave wood looking like that. The overall feel and playability of the fretboard is good, though!

The pots could also be a little better, but again, the overall quality and the PRICE makes up for this! It IS a great instrument! The pots work, and they can always be changed if the suddenly don't!

All guitars, regardless of price, can have small details that are not perfect. The overall quality and feel of the instrument is what matters. An instrument makes, or doesn't make, an impression, an imprint, on it's player. This one made one on me. It's my new favourite!

Plugged in, this guitar has something. It really does. I can't compare it to a "real" ST-guitar, since I don't own one, but it's a REALLY nice sounding guitar. It really holds something of it's own. The PU's are smooth, clear, and bright. I play mostly country on it, but throw in a little classic - and hard rock, and it works really well for it all. I would actually expect this kind of quality and sound for an instrument 3, maybe 4 times the price of this one!

I HIGHLY recommend this instrument! Don't hesitate if you're thinking about buying one!
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Love it!!

11.05.2016
After watching Nick in the States (YouTube channel [LINK] I decided to see what an inexpensive guitar was like. This one is more than twice the price of the most inexpensive HB ST but you get the Wilkinson pickups and trem plus a very beautiful Paisley finish. It's a fun guitar and it has that ST sound with some extra punch from the humbucker. The frets are nicely finished and the tuning pegs feel good as well.

So what's the difference between this and a guitar that costs five times more? Well I only have two other guitars, but both were pretty expensive when I bought them 35 years ago ('79 Takamine Acoustic and '82 Ibanez AR 105). First thing I noticed is that when looking carefully at the finish it has some texture, unlike my Ibanez which looks like glass. At this price point I doubt there is enough clear coat to buff. The next thing I noticed is that the nut can catch your finger. It needs to be shaped a bit near the high E string. As others have mentioned, it looks like they don't condition the fret board so a little "Wax and Feed" will be applied. The volume and tone knobs seem stiff compared to my old Ibanez, but they are functional. The pick guard and pickups are protected by a plastic sheet and it seems that you have to remove the mounting screws to get it all off. Lastly the action is a bit high.

I've only spent a few hours playing it and I can't speak to how well the trem system keeps tune, but like I said at the beginning, it's fun to play. I didn't have a thousand bucks laying around but I wanted that Strat sound and I'm not disappointed. I don't know if they let us amend these comments, but I'm confident that after a proper setup this thing will be pure joy. And it really is pretty in person. They changed that cover shown in white here on the site to black which is much nicer. It's early to tell but I'm sure there will be more HB guitars in my future. If you can do without the Paisley and want to mod something, you may want to buy an even more inexpensive HB, but I had to have the Paisley and luckily I really like the sound so I won't even bother swapping out the pickups.
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Harley Benton ST-70 Black Paisley
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Harley Benton ST-70 Black Paisley

Electric Guitar Deluxe Series, Body: Basswood, Bolt-on neck: Maple, Fretboard: Ovangkol, Neck profile: C, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Dot fretboard inlays, 21 Medium jumbo frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut...

  • Colour: Graphic
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: HSS
  • Tremolo: Wilkinson
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
Harley Benton ST-70RW Deluxe Series
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Harley Benton ST-70RW Deluxe Series

Electric Guitar Body: Basswood, Laminated rosewood top, Bolt-on maple neck, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Ovangkol, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Dot inlays, 21 Medium jumbo frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut...

  • Colour: Natural
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: Ovangkol
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: SSS
  • Tremolo: Wilkinson
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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