Harley Benton CST-24 Paradise Flame

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia Meliaceae)
  • Arched top: Flamed maple
  • Neck: Mahogany (Swietenia Meliaceae)
  • Neck attachment: Set-in
  • Fretboard: Jatoba
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 24 Frets
  • Fretboard inlays: Pearloid dot
  • Binding on the neck and body
  • Scale: 635 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Nut: Graphite
  • Pickups: 2 x Roswell HAF AlNiCo-5 open coil humbuckers
  • 3-Way switch
  • Controls: 1 x Volume & 1 x Tone control with push/pull function for coil split
  • Hardware: DLX chrome
  • Bridge: DLX GTB wrapover
  • Machine heads: DLX
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL-110 .010 - .046
  • Colour: Paradise Amber Flame
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Colour Bernstein
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Jatoba
Frets 24
Scale 635 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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Overall a well built instrument with some flaws.
Silkaz, 30.07.2019
The tuners are bad, while they hold tune reasonably well, they are very inaccurate and they have some wiggle room before they start turning the gears, fine tuning is quite difficult. The strong part of the guitar is the build quality (body and wood), I bought this knowing that I was going to use it as a build platform so that was quite important, the finish is beautiful, the finish was not perfect though (there was some fine scratches when it arrived) I was able to forgive those flaws given the price, and the beautiful veneer made up for those tiny imperfections.
The weakest part of the guitar is easily the fretwork, I had to spend quite a lot of time leveling, and crowning the frets, there where some high frets, quite a lot of buzzing, the action was high and the intonation was very off. Not a big deal if you have experience fixing these issues. If not, be aware that you are going to have to pay a guitar tech to fix these for you, or bite the bullet and do it yourself like I did. The pickups are not great, again I knew I was going to switch them, I put an Air Norton on Neck and The Tone Zone on bridge and it made a Huge Difference. It is definitely one of the best sounding guitars I have after this modification (I have a USA PRS, a USA Gibson Standard, a USA CS Fender Strat and some other low to mid range guitars).
-Comparing directly this to my PRS: I equally enjoy both guitars, The PRS came set up and in perfect condition, no flaws at all and there is no thinkering needed, you can litteraly take it out of the box and it feels and sound awesome. The sound is surprisingly very similar (after HB pickup change obviously), a little warmer on the HB CST-24, the big advantage of the PRS is the coil split is much superior, losing little to no volume at all; I'm not sure if this can be solved by putting a better Split Coil Pot on the HB, my guess is not, USA PRS guitars are famous for their awesome Split Coil sounds. If I was going to do it all over again I would have added thomann's Plek service at checkout, since it was quite hard to fix the frets for a novice on fretwork like me. After all the modifications, fretwork and setup it became one of my favorite guitars. So overall out of the box the guitar needs some work, I wouldn't mind if it was a little more expensive and there was better fretwork and setup when i took it out of the box. Keep this in mind before you buy, don't believe the countless youtube hype videos, don't get me wrong this guitar has huge potential after some work (It's easily my second favorite guitar, up against guitars costing 10+ times).
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Great versatile guitar
Suggo, 11.08.2018
I have had this CST 24 for a couple of months before doing this review, been playing 23 years but I?m not a pro and have had a lot of guitars over that time. When I started out I wish guitars of this quality at this price point existed as for this money you used to get an unplayable plank!
Firstly a little about Thommans service, I am in the UK and ordered this guitar on a Friday morning at about 10 am by 11 am I had an e-mail to say my guitar had been shipped and it arrived on the Tuesday which is incredible.
Straight out of the box this guitar required very little tweaking. The nut was cut absolutely perfectly which you don?t often see. The action was spot on and the intonation was only slightly out. Don?t let anyone tell you that you cant intonate a wrap around bridge, there are 2 screws on the bridge to adjust along with independent adjusters for the G and B string, 10 minutes fiddling and its spot on. The stock tuners are the closed type and do their job well. I have got the paradise flame and the finish is absolutely beautiful, far better than the photos suggest. The fingerboard is roseacre I think which just feels like rosewood to me although it was a little dry and had a couple of glue spots on it, no problem really as it took another 10 minutes to remove and oil up. This guitar is comfortable and plays really well. The stock Roswell pickups are good and the coil split is a nice feature giving a huge variety of tones, at this price it?s a great modding platform if you are looking for something different. Plugged in to my amp this guitar can really sing and I can get some great tones out of it. People keep asking is it a PRS? I don?t really think its fair to compare this guitar against a £2000 one when I paid about £160 delivered to my door. I can tell you that it is a very versatile guitar which feels more like a £500 model and I struggle to see how Harley Benton can even make a profit on a guitar of this cost and quality. Thomman have done a first class job with this guitar and at these prices it means we can all afford to have great guitars in lots of different models. All in all this is a very very good guitar and I will most definitely be buying more HB models.
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  • incl. Bag: No
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  • number of strings: 6
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