Oh, so there are "vintage" Harley Benton with original characteristics and watered down later models! Of course we know that, since they keep changing things. That one piece neck will make it worth a fortune in 250 years, believe me. What do you mean, it was a cheap guitar? Fender were cheap guitars in the 1950s too.
I know that probably to buy both would be the best , but need to decide only for one. ST57DG has alder body, one piece maple neck, SK52 Roswell pickups. ST62MN has basswood body, maple neck with maple fretboard laminated, STA Roswell pickups. Wonder if someone compared both? Does ST57DG has more resonance/sustain because of alder body and one piece neck? Does SK52 pickups sound thin with not enough mids (hard to cut through mix) comparing to STA (SK52 are vintage and have lower output)?
All opinions are welcome. Thank you.
The wood is a non issue. The tone in eletric guitars are mainly in the pickups, amp and your fingers, so that should be your focus.
For the skeptics, it is true that the type of wood is not decisive, but from personal experience I did an experiment or rather two. I transferred all the hardware from a vintage fender stratocaster american (82) to a fender std mexico (01), I repeated the same thing from a gibson les paul (76) to an epiphone (96). Well in both cases the difference was noticeable for any listener, even the less experienced. In the case of the aforementioned hb, instead I don't think there are such marked differences given the class they belong to so I would choose the 62 that apart from the shape of the neck I don't mind at all, but if I have to be honest I also tried a l sx 57 and it's me liked more (price even lower than hb 62) Finally pickups/hardware are determinants, but even if in the smallest part wood type also counts and above all the seasoning. Of course, with same amplifier and guitarist !
An other example hb Cst24, cs Custom, cs 450 plus, all have same pickups and wood type but sound is different of course all always humbuckers sound but can ear easy difference even if minimal The rest are all three cheap guitars produced by the same manufacturer but in different countries.
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