Harley Benton ST-20 BK Standard Series

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Solid guitar as a base for upgrades
Martymac, 30.06.2020
This guitar is a very solid guitar for the money. The next and body are good and it is a really good platform to build a solid partscaster. Great value for money. Good entry level / beginner guitar if you are prepared to put some work in (intonation, action and fret ends) and upgrade into it (factor in an additional €40-65 for tuning machines and possibly an input jack, although it's still playable/ enjoyable without them). My ratings are taking the price into context.

Positives include:
- the neck and body is good and has a reassuring weight to them;
- the bridge / tremolo seems solid and stays in tune well once the tuners are changed;
- the pickup selector feels solid;
- the strings were much better than I expected but I still replaced mine to clean the fretboard;
- and the paint job was fine.

Negatives include:
- The tuners are really bad and keep slipping, with poor tuning stability (I replaced them straight away with the harley benton locking tuners, which are really good for the money);
- The input jack seems very weak and cuts in and out, so will need to be replaced. Short term solution was to unscrew the plate and bend it back into position but still not solid enough;
- Pick-ups are fine but a little thin sounding.
- Fret ends are a little sharp but easily fixed with a light sanding (first time I've done this and it went fine).

Update: I replaced the input jack with an Allparts gold one and that fixed the cutting out issue and somehow made the pick-ups sound much fuller and remove the thin sounding issue I mentioned above. I was thinking of changing the pick-ups later but I don't think I will bother now. Be careful changing the input jack though, as the new one was too big for the stock plate, so I replaced that with a Fender one (although a decent drill and bit would probably do the job on the stock plate). Guitar sounds good now.
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Better value than most budget strats
EliFer, 21.05.2021
I was pleasantly surprised by this guitar. For the cost, the guitar is a great option for an inexpensive strat copy. The neck and fretboard were great. The frets had major fret sprout. Frets had to be polished and filed. The nut material is soft plastic and will need to be replaced within a few years. They should have used a harder plastic.
The body was great except for the routing of the back. They went too far and cut through the body, exposing the front pickup cavity to the rear trem cavity. I had to use epoxy to seal the cavity.
The trem block was very cheap. I tried replacing the trem block with a big brass block however the routing of the bridge cavity was not compatible. I didn't feel like routing it myself so I put in a smaller fender mexican standard block without issue. I also replaced the saddles with stainless steel saddles without issue.
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It’s a good beginners guitar
Nemseitocar, 28.02.2021
I got this when working abroad and wanted something I could throw around with no guilt.
I was surprised with what I got though....with a nice setup (DIY) and some love it played very well...this was 10 years ago..(Yeah...I’m writing a review 10 years after purchase)...Instill have it with me, gradually changed ever Everything on it over the years, but the soul of it it’s still there.
For the price is a nice piece of equipment.
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The best guitar for beginers
Maxim_S, 17.12.2020
This is my second guitar and i really like it. I buy this guitar to try out singlecoil pickups. This guitar is perrfect for clean, crunch and overdrive. If you want to play with high gain distortion, then i would suggest to buy guitar with humbacker pickup.
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Harley Benton St-20 bk
Kaos13, 10.06.2013
This is a stratocaster style guitar with a maple neck and basswood body.. This is the best guitar you can get in this price range and the sound is amazing! It has a volume knob, two tone knobs, 3 single coil pickups. It has a 5 way switch which allows you to select single pickups or blend the sound of two pickups for example. This guitar gives you so many possibilities in terms of tone shaping, but it already sounds great out of the box.With a little bit of reverb, this guitar sounds as good as my fender strat. The harley benton st20bk guitar has 22 frets and also comes with a tremolo system. Other colours are also available but the black one looks better with the glossy finish.
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Fast neck
Arthur6472, 15.11.2014
The neck on this guitar is satin finished. Very smooth - no rough frets. I prefer floating tremolo so adjustments were made to neck action, tremolo springs, intonation and bridge height. Very fast and playable was the result.
Pickups seemed a little mushy at first, but with set up came classic single coil sound, bright and punchy.
My humble opinion has it that the string tree on the D - G strings at headstock is superfluous, and would simply add friction to the tremolo action.
I popped a spare tremolo arm spring in the arm well, and now the arm is stable, and does not flop around. I expect with settling in, and a fresh set of strings, that tuning stability can be achieved.
I wanted an inexpensive guitar for busking, and this is perfect - cheap and very, very cheerful! (Works well with the Vox AC15 sound on the Vox battery amp).
All in all excellent value!
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Great for the price
Pepedanza, 24.07.2020
I’m very happy with the instrument. Very playable right out of the package. Can’t think of a better deal for the price. I needed an affordable decent guitar while I wait for my instruments to be shipped to my new home... This has been perfect, and the service people are awesome.
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Budget electric guitar
kerk, 25.04.2018
I chose it as an entry level guitar and I'm not disappointed. For a low price I have an instrument that works quite well. The pick-ups might not be the best but they have good sound and clarity, also you can understand the difference when changing positions. Built quality looks fine and the neck is fine for my small fingers. From a beginners point of view it'w an excellent guitar
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Recommended for starters
Mese, 11.01.2019
Pretty "OK" solid guitar, sounds decent, looks decent, feels decent and price is more than decent.

Not the best guitar, but you'd hardly find a better guitar for this price and it's not even bad. Pretty good for starters, however probably falls off once you get good at playing it.

Would recommend for starter
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Great guitar for the price
Signalchef, 05.02.2019
Pros: -Feels good
-Sounds good
-Frets are well finished, no meatgrinder
-Straight neck
-Good quality finish
-Since it is not a very expensive guitar, u can do lots of mods
without depreciating the value of the guitar, in fact u can
make it more valuable.

Cons: -Tremelo bar a bit loose but easily fixed with some tape
around the base of the tremelo
-Tuners not the best
-Volume knob is too close to strings
(fixed with some foam under knob)
-Needs slight adjustment on the bridge tuning (no biggie)
-Needs noise shielding (no biggie)

All in all a very nice guitar for a very low price.
With some work u can perfect it easily.
I probably will buy more cheap guitars.
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St-20 BK Strat style guitar for £69 ... !!!! Amazing!! And that includes delivery! How do they do it?
Oldscroat, 10.06.2020
I have basically turned it into an ST-62 Hotrod clone by changing the bridge p'up to a hotrail and adding Harley Benton Chrome Roller String Trees, Harley Benton Locking Tuners, strap locks and a switchcraft jack socket.
The build quality is very good indeed. It feels solid as a rock in the hands when playing and I'm impressed. I like this guitar very much.
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Worth Money - great for begginer
30.06.2014
The build of the guitar is the classic Fender style . Bought as gift for my wife and totally worth money till the last cent ! You wont see any big difference on sound from the big ones unless you are a pro guitar player ... Strong bulid very nice colour and all buttons are stable till now !
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Very good classic stratocaster for beginners and hobby players
JIMMYMARKET, 29.05.2018
Hi, we use this guitar in our guitar school. Every peace of this instrumet is perfect quallity, sound, look. Very affordable and unbeatable price. No problem. My best recommendation.
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Ok strat for beginners
Lekalyd, 26.08.2016
The first ST-20 BK received had cracks in the lacquer. Thomann sent me another one as soon as they were in stock again, and the second one is quite alright.
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Harley Benton ST-20
Djahn, 10.06.2020
For its price , this is a great option for a beginner. Good build, normal sound. Overall, it makes a good impression. Solid four stars.
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Harley Benton ST-20 BK Standard Series

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