Harley Benton ST-59HM Fiesta Red

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Canadian maple
  • Neck attachment: Bolt-on
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Stained nyatoh skunk stripe
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Frets: 21 Medium jumbo
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Pickups: 3 x Roswell SK52 True Vintage Staggered Alnico-5 single coils
  • Controls: 1 Volume, 2 Tone
  • 5-Way switch
  • Pickguard: Single-ply
  • Hardware: Gold-plated deluxe
  • Synchronised tremolo system
  • Machine heads: Kluson-style
  • Strings: D'Addario .010 - .046
  • Colour: Fiesta Red High-gloss
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Further Information

Colour Red
Body Alder
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Vintage
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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Great value
roy625, 25.05.2020
With the ST-59HM, you get a quality instrument at a great price! It plays and sounds great. Expected some minor, inconsequential flaws at that price and was pleasantly surprised when I found none! I use it for playing at home with headphones, as well as amps. With the great prices, it is good way to acquire a number of guitar types for variety and not break the bank. I am extremely pleased with this purchase.

Everything works as expected. The gold tuners work well and look terrific. The nut is much better than some of the other Harley Bentons I own, with no sharp edges. The frets are smooth in all aspects and didn't need to have them worn in when bending strings at any of the frets. I like the pickups. They sound good enough and give you the basic tone one would expect with this style guitar. It's fun to play and I pick it up to play all the time. All the knobs and switches are good and work as expected.

pros - I literally loved every aspect of the guitar. Looks great, comfortable to play with nice sound. A shout out to their customer service too. I changed my orders a number of times for various reasons and they handled every change I wanted perfectly. I really appreciated their flexibility. If you are in the US it will take a day or so for them to get back to you these days.

cons - None really. Only concern is that if you are having it shipped to the US during the pandemic, it is going to take a while, figure 2-3 weeks. This falls on the shipping companies, not Thomann. From tracking it, it sits at the airport for a week or two
and then when it gets to the US, it gets shipped to Chicago more often than not in my case, and the USPS has taken as long as 2 weeks to get to NY. The one order that got sent to NY (by luck), 25 minutes from my house, sat there for days and ended up taking a week once it got moving. All of this is expected in these times, but it is frustrating to not see it making any progress, staying in the same place so long. I've had an order prior to the pandemic and it was a little more than a week, basically what they promised. Other shipping concerns are the outside box can take a beating. When it arrives, panic might start to set in, but the packaging inside is great with no concerns. Even when the outside box look damaged, rest easy, the inside boxes that actually hold the guitar are impeccable and strong.
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Not exactly as shown
Babirusa, 03.03.2020
Pros: The guitar came in perfect working condition and was set up well. Fit and finish was good. Sounds like a ST style guitars. Pick up were good sounding, bright and twangy. Potentiometer are full size. Switch was a 5 position import type. Vibrato block was heavy and full sized. It appears to be steel. Neck was a very soft V. Pickup cavity was coated with conductive paint.
Cons: Guitar tuners are not the split Kluson style as is shown in the pictures but are the a non-split Kluson style. Bridge saddle are not bend steel as depicted but a solid cast zinc alloy and well finished.
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A wonderful guitar
Jojo le bassiste , 19.10.2019
I was not expecting that much quality from a guitar with that price, but yeah it is a great guitar, that i will probably use for a long time, as a beginner i think it's perfect, because it is still not expensive, and at the same time great build quality .
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Harngungle Radishspew XI, 15.05.2020
This is a fantastic guitar, especially for the price!

The pickups seem to be late '50s inspired - low output and plenty of top end. The electronics seem solid and are installed quite well. The knobs turn pretty slowly, which you may like or dislike.

The trem is your standard 6-screw, which is set up very well out of the box. The only real issue I've had is the springs creaking loudly when pulling up on the bar, but that may have been a result of my questionable setup skills.

The neck has a pronounced V profile (very cool to see in this price range) and is finished in a smooth satin. The 13.7" fingerboard radius is an odd choice, but it doesn't subtract from the playability. The fingerboard and fret ends are nicely rounded, though the frets 'grind' a little bit with bends and vibrato.

The finish is actually more of a Hot Rod Red as opposed to Fiesta Red (or at least mine is). Not accurate, but probably cooler if we're being honest ;)

I absolutely recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a fun and authentic Strat experience.
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