Harley Benton ST-Travel Candy Apple Red


Electric Travel Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard inlays: Black dots
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale: 648 mm (25.51")
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm (12")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickup: 3 ST-Style single coils
  • 1 Volume control and 2 tone controls
  • 5-Way switch
  • White ST-Style pickguard
  • Synchronised tremolo
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Chrome hardware
  • Ex-factory stringing: .009" - .042"
  • Colour: Candy Apple Red
  • Suitable gigbag: Article no. 471364 (not included)
  • Total length: 865 mm
  • Weight: 2.20 kg
available since June 2020
Item number 464638
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Red
Soundboard Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickup System SSS
Tremolo Yes
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Design Traveler
Top None
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PanosLondon 18.08.2022
I purchased this guitar on a whim while shopping and added it to my basked as the cost of £66 was affordable and I also wanted something light weight and without the standard guitar top horns which I find uncomfortable when playing for prolonged periods. (I probably squeeze the guitar too close to my chest and should relax more).

One thing I LOVE is the placement of the output jack. There are other similar travel guitars out there from other brands, but those feature the jack on the tail towards the bottom horn of the guitar.. meaning you can't really play those between your legs in a more upright position. However the Jack on there allows you to do that, which is a big bonus!!!

I was and am not a fan of red guitars so would be great if Harley Benton did this in any other colour... HOWEVER, the colour has grown on me.

The one negative here is that one of my bridge saddles is a bit broken, and when adjusting the height/ action, it slips to the lowest option as the threat on the screw seems worn. I am still giving this a 4-5 star due to value and comfort.

There was a slight rattle inside the guitar cavity.. so I unscrewed the scratchplate and shakes around and some chips or plastic came out.. which was likely the router cut of the pickguard.

Pickups.. I would not change these, they are excellent. They may be in expensive, but the tone and clarity is fantastic. If you gave me additional pickups I wouldn't use them as these are great.

I removed the strings and replaced them, and during that process cleaned the fretboard as there was a dark substance coming onto my fingers. There is now none of this, and it plays smoothly. Lowered the action as mentioned, and again great (apart from that 1 saddle issue). I was contemplating requesting a new saddle here, but felt bad as the guitar is guitar cheap and didn't want Harley Benton or Thomann to have to deal with that.

The neck.. I was originally wondering what's going on as it seemed a bit dry and perhaps not very glossy at the back so was concerned with not feeling as though I can easily slide up or down.. however I added some fast fret to the back of the neck which seems to have made it more comfortable. I don't know if that's good for the guitar or not, but I did it and I think it feels better then previously.

I've also spent around £5 from Thomann on string rollers.. which greatly improved this in my opinion. If you buy the rollers then go for the Thomann ones, (I reviewed them also) they seem better to me then the Goldo ones.

I did record and unboxing and video, which I will be posting to YouTube over the next month or so.



Great portable guitar
Drnpaca 24.07.2022
Let me say this . Its a great portable guitar and perfect guitar for beginners.

I'm not a beginner though and I bought this guitar for travel and practice but I have to say this.

Out of the box
1. Tuners are the most chinese tuners ever made and you cannot get the guitar to stay in tune not even for 5min

2. Pickups are very cheap and noisy

3. String action is rather high and you need to fight with the guitar

So i did the following.

Replace the tuners with Fenders.
Change the electronics
Neck DiMarzio Cruiser
Middle Seymour Duncan SSL 1
Bridge Seymour Duncan JB Hotrail

Change the location of the strap pins because their factory placement is on the back side and its quite uncomfortable

Now the guitar is ready for serious playing and even touring.

Keep in mind I had all this hardware from other older guiatrs already. So if don't have spare parts and you want to do this mod it will be quite an unnecessary investment!


Treveleyan 25.08.2022
Sounds good. The tuners were cheap and loose when tuning.


A good one for the price
KEL. 18.11.2022
Mine came with a problem with neck's angle, it's screwed wrong I guess, turning to a side so the bottom string is not where it should be on the fretboard. So I can say that quality checking is not working well there.

But other than that it's better than I expected. Nice neck, really clean sounding pickups. Not that much sustain but still sounding good.

Tuners are bad and it has some neck diving problem but it's such a good guitar for that price. So small, so light, interesting looking.