“Compact but mighty, designed for guitarists on the move”: Harley Benton launches a super-short-scale HSS Strat-a-like for $89

Harley Benton ST-Junior HSS SBK
(Image credit: Harley Benton)

Harley Benton has unveiled its new short-scale Strat which, going for just $89, offers a highly affordable route into guitar playing for young musicians-in-the-making.

The new electric guitar may be as tiny as its price, with its 492mm (19.37") scale length much more compact than a traditional 578mm (22.76") 3/4 build, but Harley Benton assures us its new ST-Junior HSS SBK is not just for kids.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.