Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit ST-Style

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Electric Guitar Kit ST-Style

  • Complete DIY (do it yourself) kit
  • Bolt-on neck attachment
  • Rengas body (wood colour may vary)
  • Maple neck
  • Double action truss rod
  • Amaranth fretboard
  • Dots fretboard inlays
  • Radius: 350 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Truss rod
  • 3 Ceramic single coil pickups
  • Electronics: 1 Volume, 2 Tone, 5-Way switch
  • Chrome hardware
  • Diecast machine heads
  • Tremolo
  • .009 - .042 Strings
  • Colour: Natural

Note: The body and neck have been primed with pore filler, making it suitable for the direct application of lacquer finishes. For the application of stains or other surface treatments, the primer must be removed via sanding.

Note: A certain degree of skill in handiwork is required for successful assembly of the guitar.

Further Information

Colour Natural
Body Solid Wood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Vintage
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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very nice kit guitar
Plaankameo, 27.04.2020
i bought this kit as a present to myself. i was a bit nervous about how it would work out, but the result is a great looking, customized guitar that i customized even more with fender custom 69 pick ups and a quite complicated wiring and push pull pots to connect the pickups in almost any thinkable way. maybe a bridge to far for an amateur guitar player like myself. but definitely fascinating to build and to play. sounds wonderful with my vox ac4tv.

i always liked Stratocaster guitars, but never really played guitar that well to buy one or vice versa. and i really disliked the red and sunburst colored ‘standard’ strats with their white scratch plates. at some point i started to dream of a stratocaster in walnut brown with black details, but there was nog really budget nor the need to buy a guitar.

at some point i was drooling at the Squier classic vibe 60 for it’s sound and affordability, at the Harley Benton ST 70 Black Paisly for it’s looks and absurd low pricing, and the USA strats for their legacy. while still being confronted with my empty wallet, i noticed the HB kit guitars and started to consider to buy one and make it mine, the way i wanted it to be.

after a bit of research online, i took the risk and ordered a kit with additional tuners and whammy block as upgrade (thank you thomann for advising that), a bunch of extra strings and many black replacement parts to replace the original white details. in the meanwhile i had found out walnut fender strats already existed and the idea that i was going to make such an expensive guitar on a tiny budget was quite motivating.

i spent days figuring out how to color and finish the guitar, get a good deal for used custom 69’s pick ups, and figure out how to wire them up in the most versatile way with push pull pots etc. i lost myself in the theory of wiring electronics, ordered some more parts and a soldering kit and soldered a totally new scratch plate with none of the electronics that were in the original kit. (the kit comes with a presoldered scratch plate loaded with all pick ups, pot meters, switches etc wired up). the result of my experiment was a guitar with a lot of possibilities in sound, but was not as easy to understand in it’s operation (and the pot meters seemed to turn the wrong way too) but after a while i found my way in it soundwise, even though i sometimes still think about simplifying the wiring scheme and removing the push pull pots.

i sanded down the body and neck to make the body brown with water based stains in a mix of a few woody colors and black. the sanding took some time, but the staining went well. it quite easily turned out as i wished, which was a bit of a surprise as i expected a long road to find the perfect color with a lot of hard-to-repair mistakes. it was almost disappointing that it was so easy. i used gunstock oil as finish. the result was great.

after i finished the woodwork, i replaced all the white details (scratch plate, knobs, pot meters etc) by black ones and there it was. my strat style guitar in the looks that i dreamt of with the pickups that i wanted and a nice sound that was still a bit to complicated to navigate, because of the advanced options that i did not really oversee when i was designing the wiring. ;-) but i liked the result.

funny thing was that it took a while to get used to this guitar and that i preferred my epiphone dot for quite a while. only after i bought a second hand vox ac4tv amp and connected it to my ST style guitar i got really hooked by it’s beautiful tone.

all together i can say it was a great journey to ’build’ this guitar. i made it a bit more complicated by replacing all the electronics and using stain and oil instead of lacquer. but in it’s essence it is an easy to assemble kit that you can turn into quite a nice guitar while having a lot of fun. definitely a recommendation for anyone who wants to make a guitar to his/her own liking and anyone who would like to understand (better) how a guitar works. it is great!
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Wow!
Colin., 08.01.2021
Really please with this kit.

The neck is worth the money alone. Really good quality maple. The fretboard is fine. Spent a lot of time (my choice) on fret polishing and filing the ends to make them really smooth. My wife's emery board was perfect for polishing the fret ends and I used metal polish on a rag wrapped around a pencil eraser (a rubber for you Brits). One fret was a bit high but this knocked back into place easily enough.

I shaped the headstock to a Strat shape using a belt sander clamped to my bench and then finished with sanding pads. This came out perfect. Just rubbed in a bit of oil to finish the newly shaped part which blended in nicely.

Ther are so many ways to paint the body. I wanted Surf Green so had some colour mixed locally. Used oil based paint which was just too slow in drying to be practical, however, after 3 coats I flatted using 2500 grit and then waxed it. It looks great and can have the odd re-wax to keep it looking sharp.

I spent alot of time setting up and it plays very nice. Not keen on the feel of the strings, a bit coarse, so will change when all has bedded in. The pickups sound god, quite hot, however, there is no tone control on the bridge pickup (maybe a wiring issue) but not a big deal, more of a neck pickup man myself.

ALl the screw holes lined up. The bridge could have been half a mm or so over to the bass side but that is me being really picky.

Neck pocket really nice fit. I thought the screws a bit close to the edge but seem ok, they have nipped up ok.

To stain the neck or body you will need to sand off the sealer.

The nut needed no adjustment and the strings don't get caught.

This guitar is to keep in our motorhome so I don't have to risk damaging my Fender Strat when travelling. I am now ready for my next build and will use stains and oil this time.

For the price I can't criticise this kit. However, the white plastics are just a bit 'too white' for my taste. Perhaps they will yellow a bit with time.

So, for £65 inc paint, what's not to like?
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Surprisingly good
pizza-cola, 07.01.2021
I was really surprised by the quality of this guitar considering how cheap it was. Especially the neck, it's very well made, so much better than some "brand" guitars of lower price range.
Assembling the kit was really straightforward. I didn't even look at the instructions booklet. It needed very little setup, just some truss rod adjustment and intonation. In less than 2 hours I was playing the guitar :) And let me tell you, it plays really nice.

The harder parts are cutting the headstock and painting the body. I didn't had any prior experience so it was quite some work.
If you don't have painting experience I would recommend to practice on some other piece of wood first. That way you won't have to go by trial and error on a real guitar as I did :) Also take your time and let it dry completely before moving forward.

All in all this was a great project which resulted in a great guitar which I definitely would play a lot. I highly recommend this kit!
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Good value for money
Machineboy, 29.11.2020
Bought this kit to use the body and neck for some better parts I had lying around. Overall this kit is good value for money, but probably not better than buying a guitar for just a little more money.

The best part of the kit was the neck. While it had a little ding in the fretboard and a couple of hairline cracks inside the neck pocket, the neck looks and plays great. The maple is very hard, and the satin/unfinished back makes it wonderful to play. Fretboard looks very attractive, though the frets were a bit scratchy. Tip: Polish them up before you mount the neck.
The body is quite attractive, but the routing was a bit rough on the inside. Also, the wood is very brittle. Take care if you need to route out for humbuckers or some other custom setup.

I mounted the pickups and the rest of the guitar to an old body, and it sounded okay. Pots and switches were ok, but the knobs looked pretty cheap. Easy to mount with no soldering.

PROs:
- Good neck (polish those frets first!)
- Decent, attractive body
- Pretty easy to put together

CONs:
- Brittle body wood
- Cheap looking knobs
- Tuners and pickups ok at best

Overall a fun kit, good for the money and a great starter for a custom build.
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