Harley Benton ST-62 BK Vintage Series

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple, bolt-on
  • Neck profile: C shape
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Pickups: 3 x Roswell STA Alnico-5 Vintage ST-Style single coils
  • 1 x Volume control and 2 x tone controls
  • 5-Way toggle switch
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Chrome deluxe hardware
  • Synchronised tremolo system
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario .009 - .042
  • Colour: Black high-gloss
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Colour black
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Vintage
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A Lot For Not A Lot

15.10.2016
First I would like to thank Henning Pauly who did a great job of reviewing this guitar on youtube. If you are considering buying one of these check out his video as well as reading owner reviews.

By way of background, I have owned and played professionally a 70's hardtail Fender Strat, a 90's Strat Ultra and a Tom Anderson hollow drop top Classic. I have sold all of these as I was leaving the UK to work abroad permanently and for the last fourteen years I have been using modelling guitars exclusively for work. Coming up to retirement I decided to build up a collection of guitars for self amusement and have picked up some amazing instruments, many at smile - inducing low prices. The only Strat I had was a Vintage V6 with maple fingerboard which is a worthy instrument but as all my expensive Strats had rosewood or Ebony boards I decided after seeing Henning's video and the pricetag to Give the HB a try.
The bridge and Jack socket plate look cheapish and the scratch plate is sitting proud at the treble horn. The tremelo block looks very thin but I am keeping it hardtail so cannot comment on it's worth. Remember the price and read on. The rosewood board smells strange but I have this on another chinese guitar and once cleaned and oiled it should even out, however the board itself is one of the nicest pieces of rosewood I have seen on a guitar, It goes from dark brown to an almost Rickenbacker orange in a nice marbled style.

Out of the box the guitar plays beautifully and sounds like a Strat. The rosewood board is like an old friend to me already. The Wilkinson pickups look like they may be less expensive than the ones on the Vintage guitar but both sound great. The controls work well and I love the pickguard which is almost flame like and on arrival there was a double layer of protective plastic covering it! The neck is poly coated but still really smooth under your hand. I love the weight and at 3.3 Kg it is one of the lightest and most comfortable guitars I have played on a strap. It sounds and plays better than my 70's Strat, sounds more Strat like than my Ultra with Lace Sensors and while not as good or flexible as the Tom Anderson, it didn't cost two and a half Grand!!! I would be perfectly happy using this instrument live!

Summing up, anyone who plays guitar and is looking for a Strat-a-like has an incredible range af makes and prices to choose from but unless you are looking for a unit with a quality Tremolo Bridge for dive bombing you should give it a try and if you don't like it, at this price hang it on a wall as decoration.
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Nice Saturday morning waky waky eggs and bakey guitar

Mountainhop, 07.07.2018
Allthough I have several stratocasters which are pretending to be better in money value, e.g. an Fender Clapton signature and two early 90's Made In Japan Fender customised to my needful ears, every Saturday morning after running my 10 mile plus stretch, I again and again see myself reaching for this Thomann Strat.

Thomann, you did a great job here!
If one did not know the price and the Benton brand, you would swear you were playing a Ritchie Blackmore strat.....

The Roswell pu's have a nice ring to them, on my Fender ROCPro1000 amp the HB ST-62 starts screaming quite fast, as for my other strats the gain has to go up another 3 digits on the knob. As I said, nice for the Saturday morning with the windows open so my neigbours can also enjoy the finest hour of their weekend!

The only con I could find which can be improved was the neck and tuners. The neck is a bit chunky and the action has to be professionally put down, even so with the frets, they are a bit rough. Change for locking tuners. Put Ernie Balls on her. The Lady will become the tramp you wanted her to be.

Keep up the good work Thomann! Respect!

"Howh" from the Dutch Indian here!!
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Electric Guitar Body: Basswood, Neck: Maple, bolt-on, Neck profile: C shape, Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), Fretboard radius: 350 mm, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Dual...

  • Colour: black
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: SSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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Electric Guitar Body: Basswood, Neck: Maple, bolt-on, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Blackwood, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Double action truss rod, Pickups: 3...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickups: SSS
  • Tremolo: Vintage
  • incl. Bag: No
  • incl. Case: No
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