NGD...Harley Benton PRS clone...a quick review:

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by billyb, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. billyb

    billyb Squier-Nut

    Jun 13, 2018
    Central Michigan
    HB calls this model the "CST 24 Deluxe".
    Basically a spin on the PRS SE Custom 24 but with some Santana P-90 features :)
    Mine is a Dark Silver Flame top.
    It was considered "B stock"...They never tell you why or post pix so just cross your fingers I guess :)
    (NOTE: I have ordered B stock from Thomman before and had zero issues...but I still wish they would tell you why it is being sold as B stock !)
    This particular axe is in near perfect shape but it's just kinda dirty...the nut and binding on the neck has some factory residue along most of the's cleanable but I may just leave it.
    Also the pickups didn't have the factory plastic skin over them like a new guitar would biggy !
    No pick marks or impact damage anywhere.
    The truss rod cover has a couple of blems in the gloss...again no biggy.
    Back plate did have the plastic skin intact :)
    I had seen a few YT vids that claimed this guitar "Weighs Nothing"...THAT is not true...I'd say it's in the 7.5 lb range...def not a lightweight IMO.
    (My Grote S Type is still my standard for a well built lightweight guitar @ 6 lbs even :) )
    It took 3 weeks from Germany to Cancun,Mx and was double boxed.
    I had also ordered a Roland Micro Cube GX and that was in the big box as well...$351 total for both to my door...
    Other than the misinformation re: the weight, I'm really happy with this axe...good tuners,nut is well cut and is actual bone, really nice big block for the trem system, the trem bar is a push in style with a tension screw so it doesn't just flop around, neck and action are really,really nice and those P-90's are sweet :)
    Any cons???
    Well...the P-90's don't allow for much up and down travel in relation to the strings...I guess I can just adjust the individual pole pieces if I want to tweak the dynamics.
    And the factory strings were dirty and tarnished...
    Final thoughts:
    Any questions just ask away !!!
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  2. dtsreiuqs

    dtsreiuqs Squier-Nut

    Oct 18, 2015
    not here anymore
    Interestingly, these are issued in LH version, in several color options... :cool:

    How works the tremolo, @billyb ? o_O

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  3. billyb

    billyb Squier-Nut

    Jun 13, 2018
    Central Michigan
    It's very nice...I floated it just a little bit and it has a nice light action for trem effects...I don't do dive bombs...
    I really like the fact that the trem arm is user tensionable (?)
    I think it's a better system than the Affinity series by far...
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  4. miket1117

    miket1117 Squier-Nut Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Kansas City
    looks pretty sweet! over the years, i've never been tempted by PRS stuff - mainly because of the price and the lower end guitars just didn't do much for me. but this one from HB i could take a chance on. one of the main reasons i like cheaper guitars - you're not out too much if it sucks.
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  5. marklk

    marklk Squier-Meister

    May 10, 2018
    Thanks for the review. I really, really want one of the humbucker versions. If they made one in silver I'd probably already have bought one
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  6. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Dr. Squier

    Dec 18, 2009
    Fort Morgan, CO
    Nice! I have one of these in blue and it’s a great guitar.
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  7. Lonn

    Lonn Squier-holic Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2009
    Carmel IN
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    Here’s mine with the bridge P90 replaced with a Duncan Designed HB102. I’ve gone through probably 20 guitars since I picked this one up and it’s not going anywhere.

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  8. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Dr. Squier

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
  9. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer John Silver Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2018
    In the shop building RCs.
    Beautiful guitar and great review @billyb
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  10. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    Nice . Hngd !
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  11. Kinnon09

    Kinnon09 Squier-holic

    Mar 8, 2021
    That's nice HNGD!!
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  12. Exhead

    Exhead Squier-Nut

    Jul 15, 2015
    HNGD! Very nice!
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  13. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

  14. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Squier-Nut

    Jul 13, 2018
    Great review! And, thank you for the GAS.
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  15. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier ‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Gorgeous guitar. I'm surprised to see the "Made in Vietnam" label, because I haven't seen that on any HB photos. From what I've read, origin labels are not legally required in Germany. Nevertheless, that factory is Vietnam is producing very good guitars.
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  16. techowiz

    techowiz Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2014
    new york
    Very nice guitar . Enjoy! Label on back of headstock and fact it's manufactured in Vietnam, lead me to believe that HB and IYV share the same manufacturing factory. I just picked up the IYV IP-350. Same exact body and trans black "flamed" finish as your guitar Only difference is it has (2) "Destiny" humbuckers vs P90's. Also is a "hardtail". Have fun with your new axe!
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  17. billyb

    billyb Squier-Nut

    Jun 13, 2018
    Central Michigan
    I think HB started working with the Vietnam factory about a year ago...this model
    is/was being built in both the Chinese location AND Vietnam evidently...I don't mind the Chinese stuff HB 335 Plus is a fabulous's Chinese :)