Harley Benton CST-24HB TOL Tobacco Flame

Electric Guitar

  • Chambered body: Mahogany
  • Top: Flamed maple
  • Set-in neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 24 Medium frets
  • Scale: 635 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Ivory body binding
  • "Tree of Life" mother of pearl inlays
  • Graphite nut
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell LAF AlNiCo-5 humbuckers
  • 3-Way switch
  • Controls: Master volume, master tone with push/pull function for coil split
  • Deluxe Chrome Hardware
  • Wrap Around bridge
  • Deluxe diecast machine heads
  • Ex factory strings: Daddario EXL-110 .010 - .046
  • Colour: Tobacco Sunburst high gloss
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Further information

Colour Sunburst
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 24
Scale 635 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
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My first electric guitar! An excellent bang for my buck

20.10.2016
Just to clarify, I am a bassist and I bought this guitar because I was looking for something cheap to learn chords on, in order to train my ear.

After a short discussion with my music teacher, I decided to go for the cheapest hollow/semihollow electric guitar I could find. This is not the cheapest guitar on Thomann, but it has tree of life pearl inlay and I'm a sucker for that. I want to emphasize - this guitar is as beautiful as it looks on the pictures.

Out of the box it came passably set up and tuned, with slight intonation problems. The biggest problem are the frets - The craftsmanship is shoddy+, some of them are uneven and others look like they're about to pop out. My teacher managed to fix it in a passable fashion. The bridge pegs lean inwards slightly, and my teacher said this cannot be fixed without swapping it out entirely. One of the tuners seems to be on the verge of breaking down. The knobs are plastic and come off with suspicious ease, the pots themselves are split-stem if that's important.

But the sound - oh boy. I am not a big guitar expert but my hearing is pretty good, and the chords coming out of this thing are rich and vibrant. They don't mention it in the features for some reason, but this guitar has a coil tap function (at least that's what it sounds like), allowing the player to get a whole lot of different sounds. The sustain is killer (which means yaall better learn to mute properly), and the pickups are pretty loud for a passive instrument.

Here's a sum-up:

CONS:
- Cheap tuners and bridge
- Shoddy fretwork
- Cheap-looking strap holders

NEUTRAL:
- Pearl Tree Of Life inlay: sort of crude close-up, looks wonderful from a distance! (of like 1 meter, don't worry, if you'll perform with this the audience will love it)
- Neck: I have no idea how comfortable it is as I am not a guitarist.

PROS:
- Coil tap!
- Pearl Tree Of Life Inlay(!!!) And an otherwise gorgeous look.
- This guitar is heavy. And I love heavy guitars. I give it around 3-4 kg.
- Rich sound, the pickups are probably great!
- Super bargain!
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Lovely guitar - fantastic value

04.02.2015
I purchased this Harley Benton CST-24TOL along with a number of other HB guitars, 5 in all.

For the record, I have been playing guitar for over 30 years as a semi-pro and have a number of expensive Fenders, Gibsons, Brian Moore etc .

I was really blown away by the quality of this guitar when I pulled it from the box, the finish is great, and although the flame top obviously can't be right up there with the likes of PRS it is still a respectable effort. The neck is quite comfortable, if feels ...grippy...but not too chunky..I have small hands so I prefer smaller necks but I've played this guitar for a few hours no problem. The frets are quite well finished, no sharp edges, and seem quite polished. The action was slightly higher than I prefer but I easily lowered the bridge a couple of turns to adjust that, no fret buzz , I can bend strings higher up with no choking. I changed the strings immediately to 9-42 set (came with 10-46) and oiled the fretboard at the same time.

I checked the truss rod and it seems to be at the end of its relief so If I wanted to straighten the neck I wouldn't be able to unfortunately, hopefully I won't need to.

The hardware is fine too, good tuners, reasonably good pickups (Wilkinson) not too hot but definately good for blues, rock, jazz and even a bit of twang in the middle position. All in all, well pleased with this guitar and I will probably buy one of the other Harley Bentons PRS alike..Harley Benton CST-24T Paradise Amber Flame to go with it.

I'll do some other reviews on the Harley Bentons I got too...there were some other crackers! Well pleased with this one.
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