Harley Benton ST-59HM Fiesta Red Tribute

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple
  • Neck profile: "Soft V"
  • Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood) skunk strip
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42.80 mm
  • Pickup: 3 Roswell SK52 true vintage staggered alnico 5 single coils
  • 1 Volume knobs and 2 tone knob
  • 5-Way toggle switch
  • Single ply pickguard
  • Golden deluxe hardware
  • Synchronized tremolo system
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Ex-Factory stringing: D'Addario .010 - .046
  • Colour: Fiesta red glossy
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Colour Red
Body Alder
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Vintage
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Rjesocaster, 19.07.2018
I suddenly got a severe case of GAS for a fiesta red ST-style guitar, and decided to buy this one based on the reviews, youtube videos, pictures and specs.

First the not so nice aspects:
-Not a one piece neck any more (as mentioned in reviews and shown in the pics)
-Two string trees instead of one, as shown in the pics (only an aesthetic aspect)
-Streaks tinted lacquer buildup and spots of sand throughs along the edge of the fretboard, the neck looks a bit reliced (considered normal for price class by CS*)
-Nut fell out while changing strings, channel had been routed too wide so the nut had play in its slot (considered normal by CS**)
-Pickguard screws are not very nicely goldened
-Thin trem block
- Pickguard cut so the pickups are not centered under strings and hole for middle pickup bigger than remaining holes
-Pickups have heavily staggered pickups while the neck is almost flat, pickups thus have to be placed low in order to avoid strat warble on D and G strings.
-Frets uneven, have not been leveled
-Saddle adjustment screws stick out once the action has been brought below 2mm
-The pickguard is really white, a parchment pickguard would have been awesome.

Good things:
-The body is light and resonant with the guitar itself being 3.4 kg
-The body is very nicely finished and the color is awesome
-It sounds quite good indeed with a nice bell tone
-frets were smooth (since they hadnt been leveled)
-No fret sprout / sharp fret ends
-I quite like the neck profile
-The tuners work well.

I have already sent one guitar back because it had even more issues than mentioned here, this review is therefore based on a second guitar received. While it is better, I would expect it to be a bit better still, given all the positive reviews and it being the most expensive HB ST model. Then again, Thomann have been relocating production from China to Vietnam and the ones currently are made in Vietnam, whereas the guitars earning most of the reviews may have been Chinese built from the previous factory. But once I had spent a couple of hours on it, I am pretty happy and Thomann did indeed offer to take it back.

*"Small bumps and blemishes are in this price rang normal and tolerated"
**"some guitars have a saddle which is not glued on the guitar"
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nouska, 30.05.2018
This is my 4th guitar from Thomann,2nd HB,bought the 450 GT P90,superb.

Out of the box it was in tune,and,Intonation perfect,and setup very good.
The controls all feel good and work well,all the sounds you expect from a st style guitar are there,and sound great.

I was nearly put off buying it,because of the very yellow neck,but thought I could change it or,refinish it.

Taking the guitar from the bag I could see the fret board,was not yellow,it is a really deep amber,and the neck,beautiful Flamed Maple!!,its a stunning guitar,can`t believe my luck,maybe there is more like it out there,thanks Thomman.
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