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Thinline Steel-String Guitar

  • Spruce top
  • ABS Thinline body
  • Modern D maple neck
  • Roseacer fretboard (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Fretboard radius: 350mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Multiply ABS Corpus Binding
  • Scale length: 648mm
  • Nut width 43mm
  • Blackwood Bridge
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Dual Action Truss Rod
  • HB 010-047 Bronze strings
  • Integrated pickup with 4-band EQ
  • Colour: Black (high gloss)
Design Thinline Semi-Acoustic
Top Spruce
Back And Sides Plastic
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 21
Pickups Yes
Colour Black
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Item number 410340
£125
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A perfect cross-breed

No, your eyes did not deceive you: it’s a black acoustic Harley Benton in ST style! This design possesses all the inherent advantages of the ST design, such as the double-cutaway and a slim maple neck for comfortable handling - and its sound is also unique. Amplification is provided by an integrated pickup and the output can be modelled as you wish thanks to a 4-band EQ. Though the ST’s spruce top and bridge are reminiscent of a traditional acoustic guitar, its slim body consists mostly of plastic (ABS), making it very light. So, all in all, it's an interesting hybrid and a definite eye-catcher.

ST-Style all the way

The Harley Benton ST-Acoustic Black is visually the perfect cross between an ST-style electric guitar and a traditional acoustic guitar - not only in terms of looks, but also in terms of feel. The modern D-shape of the neck makes for easy gliding over the strings. The double-cutaway, an inherent feature of the ST-style, will allow your fingers to effortlessly reach the highest of its 22 frets. Its surprisingly light and slim form hugs the body perfectly and allows hours of playing. Thanks to the smaller volume of the ABS body, there are also fewer feedback issues with amplifiers than with larger acoustic guitars. Although this guitar can be played acoustically, it really feels at home with an amp. The built-in pickup and the 4-band EQ provide the ST-Acoustic with all the necessary power and versatile sound adjustment you will need.

As for me, I only play electric...

One could argue that the Harley Benton ST-Acoustic is a perfect compromise for electric guitarists who normally have little enthusiasm for conventional acoustic guitar designs, such as the dreadnought. The ST-Acoustic is a lot slimmer and thus far less cumbersome than most acoustics. It feels much more like an electric guitar, if only because of the neck. This design also makes it possible to play on stage for a long time. The Harley Benton ST-Acoustic is really inexpensive and could be the perfect introduction to the world of acoustic guitars for purely electric-oriented guitarists. At any rate, this guitar will make you stand out - so if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, satisfaction is guaranteed.

About Harley Benton

Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.

Light stage companion

As mentioned already, the ST-Acoustic is the perfect stage companion - largely due to its lightness, ergonomic shape and its built-in pickup and 4-band EQ. This inexpensive guitar is also ideal for practising. Not only does it convey the feeling of an electric guitar, it's also far more quiet than a large dreadnought, for example, when it isn’t amplified - which is perfect for practising at room volumes, especially late at night.

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graymac 16.09.2020
I bought this thinking it would do nicely as a "general purpose dogsbody" guitar which I wouldn't need to worry about getting a knock or two - unlike my more expensive guitars. It's better than I expected.
The good stuff:
Very prettily finished, there are a couple of minor imperfections at the binding edges, but only noticeable if you look very hard and critically at it. Lovely neck and fingerboard, nice frets, no rough edges there. Action was fine for me, straight out the box. Unplugged, it is louder than I expected, compares well with my Ibanez Talman. Obviously not so much projection as a dreadnought - you couldn't expect it - but very useable all the same. Amped up, good tone (typical piezo undersaddle sound) and the 4 band EQ works well.
The bad stuff:
Nothing REALLY bad, but the tuning machines feel clunky, heavy and not nice to use. It seems to be stable enough once it is tuned but I'd consider fitting a better set at some point, Which, for a set of Klusons, would add about €40 on top. Still a lot cheaper than buying the Fender product, which is also not without its critics.
Overall, highly recommended as a good all-round top value guitar.

Update 3/10/2020: The clunky tuners were really getting to me, so I obtained a set of gold-plate finish ones (from Amazon - about €12, free postage) as well as some goldie roller string trees. Now I cannot fault the instrument, I took a bit of a gamble buying cheap tuners, yet even at that price they were much better than the factory ones. HB please note!

Update 18/10/2021: I'd like to add that I've now had this guitar just over a year and it has become my most used instrument of the seven guitars I currently have available. I don't think anyone could regret buying one and at this price they are amazing value as well.
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Full fretboard access with ease on an Acoustic Guitar!!!
Highlands Coconutboy 27.10.2019
Fantastic guitar. It's a Fender Stratacoustic at a third of the price. I wanted an acoustic that gave full easy access to all the frets without the huge neck heel that most electric acoustic have. With this guitar, i can play it just like an electric for some acoustic Hendrix tunes. Also, this sounds amazing through my Yamaha THR5A Acoustic Amp. As far as quality goes, the binding isn't perfect with some overspray which wasnt polished out before it was lacquered; but that's just cosmetic. Frets are good with no sharp edges or flat spots. Action was a bit high, but after filing down the underside of the bridge a little bit; it's fine and plays great. Tuners of course aren't as good as expensive ones but they work and stay in tune. Strap button is on the upper horn rather than the neck heel as shown in photos, but that's better to avoid the strap getting in your hand's way when at the top end of the neck. No bad points in my opinion. Over all, very happy; but wish they did some different models with pretty flamed tops rather than only plain glossy black.
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Good value guitar but may need a little set up adjustment.
nonoyes 06.10.2021
Just had to try one of these for this amount of money, Delivery was quick via DHL, No damage or imperfections on inspection, tuned it up and played it unamplified and was pleasantly surprised at the loudness and tonal qualities. Popped the battery in and plugged into amp and again very pleasantly surprised at the sound and tone variations available. The action was far too high for me being about 5mm where neck meets body, and there was also no relief to the neck, so I modified the set up (generally in accordance with Fender recommended measurements)
firstly setting the neck relief, but when I checked the 'Action' I would have needed to lower the bridge by approx. 3mm, and as I did not want to do this (piezo pickup underneath), I decided to modify the neck angle - thank goodness for Leo Fender! It did not need much in the way of shimming and a small folded piece of emery paper at the bottom end of the neck pocket did the job perfectly so overall I am quite happy with the guitar especially at that price. It would be interesting to hear if others experience similar set up issues. Almost forgot to mention on the second day of playing via amp, the sound kept varying in volume and cutting in and out, I bought a new battery and when fitting it spotted what the problem was - battery too loose in plastic holder so fitted a folded piece of card to press the battery down onto the contacts and this seems to have solved the problem.
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Needs a setup but otherwise superb
DeepAlentejo 09.10.2021
I'm playing mostly electric so I wanted an acoustic that plays like an electric. I also didn't want to spend a lot so I was at first looking for a stratacoustic. I have heard a lot of good stuff about Harley Benton for years so when it showed up in my searches at 1/3 the price of a Fender, I decided why not.

First impressions was not great. 3.25mm action on high E, 12 fret is a lot and this guitar did not play like an electric. Truss rod was loose and neck had too much backbow. After adjusting neck and adding a neck shim, the guitar plays beatifully. I got the action down to about 1mm which feels comfortable. The neck is straight and the fretwork is better than I've seen on some brand new Gibsons.

The tuners are low quality but the guitar stays in tune. The pickup system sounds a lot better than the price should allow for and I'm blown away by the overall quality. It should not be possible at this price point.
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