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Musical Instruments


I purchased an acoustic guitar as a teenager for $40 while on holiday in Adelaide, South Australia and it played and sounded great after a bit of fettling.

I've always longed for a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, and a Martin/Maton Dreadnought style acoustic guitar. But that sort of money would simply be wasted given my playing abilities.

Fortunately, with advances in technology and production techniques, very good copies of major brands and models can be purchased quite inexpensively. Some are considered so good they're used by professional musicians. So more than 45+ years since I've last owned a guitar, in September 2021, I ordered a Fender Stratocaster copy, a Martin Dreadnought M-28 style acoustic guitar copy with cutaway, a small 20W amplifier, plus a heap of guitar accessories.

Hopefully I'll be able to get back to where I was, with plenty of practice. With the houses on either side being holiday homes, at least no-one will get to overhear the racket I'll make.

Electric Guitar

Harley Benton ST-62CC MN Dakota Red
S/N: (21) 74370ZCD7107
purchased from Thomann in September 2021.

This versatile guitar is inspired by a legendary Fender Stratocaster design that's shaped modern music since the 60s. The ST-62 has all the vintage vibe of the Fender Stratocaster design, with a vibrant custom Dakota Red finish. It has a maple neck and fretboard with three Roswell STA Alnico Single Coils bring out the ringing, articulate sound of this classic guitar. Quality chrome-finished hardware is used throughout, along with the 5-way switch wired via a volume and two tone pots.

Harley Benton ST-62CC MN Dakota Red
Harley Benton ST-62CC MN Dakota Red specifications:
Body Basswood
Bolt-on neck Maple
Fretboard Maple with Dot inlays
Neck profile C
Fretboard radius 350 mm (13.78 in)
Scale length 648 mm (25.50 in)
Nut width 42 mm (1.65 in)
Frets 22
Pickups 3 Roswell STA Alnico 5 single coils
Controls 1 x Volume and 2 x Tone
Switch 5-Way
Pickguard Single-ply white
Tremolo Synchronised
Machine heads Kluson style
Strings .009 - .042
Colour 60's Custom Dakota Red

Electric Guitar Accessories

  • Thomann E-Guitar Gigbag Eco Guitar Bag
  • Millenium GS-2001 E Electric Guitar Stand
    (S/N: 21 72830BCB05482)
  • Ernie Ball 2223 Super Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings - .009-.042
  • Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings - .010-.046
  • the sssnake IPP1030 3-metre Guitar Lead
  • the sssnake IPP1060 6-metre Guitar Lead

Acoustic Guitar

Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-28SCE Walnut
S/N: 21CCSBK1694, Date: 210514
purchased from Thomann in September 2021.

The advantages of the dreadnought shape a rich sound with deep lows and sparkling highs with refined details. The rich tints of the walnut body are complemented by refined white binding around the edge of the guitar. A cutaway provides free access to the upper frets while the Fishman Presys-II preamp feeds the detailed, dynamic sound of this dreadnought directly to the PA or amp. The built-in tuner helps me stay in tune.

Harley Benton CLD-28SCE Walnut

Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-28SCE Walnut Specifications

  • Dreadnought design with cutaway
  • Dovetail construction
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Walnut body
  • Gaboon mahagony neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Modified oval C neck profile
  • White body binding
  • Mother-of-pearl dot inlays
  • Scale: 643 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bone nut
  • Compensated bone saddle
  • Pau Ferro bridge
  • Chrome-plated diecast DLX machine heads
  • Fishman Presys-II preamp system with integrated chromatic tuner
  • Strings: D'Addario XTAPB1253 Light, .012 - .053
  • Colour: Natural matte

Acoustic Guitar Accessories

  • Thomann Acoustic-Steel Gigbag Eco Guitar Bag
  • Millenium GS-2001 A Acoustic Guitar Stand
    (S/N: 21 72830BBG00470)
  • Daddario XTAPB1253 Light 12-53 Acoustic Guitar Strings

Guitar Amplifiers

Harley Benton HB-20R Guitar Combo
S/N: (21) 72527BBI02009
purchased from Thomann in September 2021.

A full-blown guitar combo amplifier rated at 20 Watts, this amp features two switchable channels and an 8-inch speaker. Thanks to the effective 3-band EQ, the sounds of the HB-20R can be tweaked in any direction. There are separate volume controls for the clean and distortion channels. The gain control lets me dial in the distortion as needed. It also has an integrated reverb effect and connections for headphones and an MP3/CD player.

Harley Benton HB-20R Guitar Combo

Harley Benton HB-20R Guitar Combo Specifications

  • Power: 20 Watt
  • Equipped with: 8-inch Custom voiced speaker
  • TEC tube emulating circuit
  • Switch for channel selection (overdrive / boost channel)
  • Gain control
  • Volume controls for overdrive and clean channel
  • 3-Band EQ with controls for bass, mids and treble
  • Reverb control (spring type)
  • Headphone output
  • AUX input
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 340 x 380 x 175 mm
  • Weight: 7 kg

Positive Grid Spark Pearl Amp purchased from Positive Grid in September 2021.

The Positive Grid Spark Pearl Amp is a modelling amplifier with access to 10,000+ Amp-and-FX presets on ToneCloud. This full guitar amp modeling and multi-effects engine is powered by Positive Grid's state-of BIAS with realist virtual tube amps and effects. It uses intelligent design to learn the guitarist's unique style, then generates authentic accompanying bass and drums. It can import music from Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube and auto display the guitar chords in real time. With custom-designed speakers, a tuned bass-reflex port and Bluetooth connectivity, the Spark Pearl easily doubles as a stylish option for music streaming.

Positive Grid Spark Pearl Amp

Positive Grid Spark Pearl Amp Specifications

  • Audio Specifications
    • Frequency Range: 20-20,000 Hz
    • Stereo/Mono: Stereo
    • Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 116 dB SPL @1m
    • Cabinet Principle: Bass-reflex
    • Power Amplifiers: 40 Watt Class D Amplifier
    • Speakers: Two - 4-inch Custom Designed Speakers
    • Total Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Power
    • Mains Input Voltage: 100 - 240 V
    • Mains Frequency: 50/60 Hz
  • Controls And Connectivity
    • Top Panel Controls
      • Amp Type
      • Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Master, Mod, Delay, Reverb
      • Output Volume
      • Music Volume
      • Four Programmable Preset Buttons
      • Tap/Tuner Button
    • Onboard Effects
      • 33 Amp Models
      • 43 Effects
      • (Noise Gate, Compressor, Distortion, Modulation/EQ, Delay, Reverb)
    • Wired Connectivity
      • 1/4-inch Guitar Input
      • 1/8-inch Aux Input
      • 1/8-inch Headphone
    • Wireless Connectivity
      • Bluetooth Audio
    • USB Audio
      • USB Interface for Recording
      • 1 In x 2 Out
  • Included In The Box
    • Spark Pearl Amplifier
    • Power Adaptor
    • USB Cable
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Free Studio One Prime
  • Physical Unit
    • Dimensions: 350 x 180 x 190 mm (13.78 x 7.08 x 7.48 in)
    • Weight: 5.2 kg (11.46 lb)
    • Covering: White Tolex with Gold Piping
    • Grille Cloth: Custom Black/Brown
    • Handle: Removable Contrast Stitched Custom Strap
  • Software
    • Spark App for iOS and Android


  • Positive Grid Spark Traveler Gig Bag
    • Custom-fitted for Spark
    • Water-resistant polyester exterior, with thick protective padded interior
    • Front zipper compartment for storing power adapter and cables
    • Carry handles with removable shoulder strap

Guitar Effects

  • Behringer CL9 Compressor Limiter Effect Pedal
  • Behringer CS400 Compressor / Sustainer Effect Pedal
  • Behringer DR600 Digital Reverb Effect Pedal
  • Behringer EQ700 Graphic Equalizer Effect Pedal
  • Behringer NR300 Noise Reducer Effect Pedal
  • Behringer SF300 Super Fuzz Effect Pedal
  • Behringer TM300 Tube Amp Modeler Effect Pedal
  • Behringer TO800 Vintage Tube Overdrive Effect Pedal
  • Behringer TU300 Chromatic Tuner
  • Behringer UC200 Ultra Chorus Effect Pedal
  • Behringer UO300 Ultra Octaver Effect Pedal
  • Behringer UT300 Ultra Tremolo Effect Pedal
  • Behringer UV300 Ultra Vibrato Effect Pedal
  • Behringer VD400 Vintage Delay Effect Pedal
  • Behringer HB01 Hell Babe Wah-Wah Pedal
  • Boss RC-1 Loop Station Looper Pedal
  • Holeyboard Pedalboards 123 Complete Pedalboard - Black
    purchased from Sweetwater in September 2021.
  • Harley Benton PowerPlant ISO-12 Pro Power Supply
  • 12 x Harley Benton Pro-10 Gold Flat Patch Cables
  • Harley Benton Pro-20 Gold Flat Patch Cable
  • Harley Benton Pro-45 Gold Flat Patch Cable
  • Harley Benton Pro-60 Gold Flat Patch Cable
  • Harley Benton Pro-80 Gold Flat Patch Cable
  • Harley Benton Pro-100 Gold Flat Patch Cable

Guitar Accessories

  • Snark Snark One Sweetwater Clip-on Tuner
  • Thomann CTC-50 Red Guitar Tuner
  • Harley Benton InTune Tension Capo
  • Dunlop Pick Variety Pack Light/Medium
  • Dunlop Pick Variety Pack Medium/Heavy
  • Harley Benton Nylon Player Pick Set Mixed
  • StewMax Trem-Arm Tension Spring

Guitar Tools and Maintenance

  • StewMax Self-adhesive Shielding Kit, Large kit
  • DiMarzio EP1000 Copper Shielding Tape 3-1/2-inch X 24-inch
  • ToneGear The String Cleaner for Guitar
  • MusicNomad Keep It Simple Setup Starter Kit
  • MusicNomad Premium Guitar Care System
  • MusicNomad GRIP String Cutter
  • MusicNomad Total Guitar Spa Kit - 15-piece kit
  • MusicNomad TUNE-IT Lubricant for Nut, Saddle, Bridge, String Guides
  • MusicNomad Premium Instrument Work Mat and Cradle Cube Bundle
  • Ernie Ball Power Peg Pro String Winder
  • D'Addario Ergonomic Peg Winder
  • D'Addario Hygrometer - Humidity and Temperature Sensor
  • Harley Benton Parts String Action Gauge
  • StewMax Action Adjustment Set for Electric Guitar, Metric
  • Gurian Three-in-one Fret File
  • StewMax Rough Fret Smooth + Shine Set
  • StewMax Fret Leveling File, 6-inch
  • StewMax Luthier's Featherweight Digital Caliper
  • StewMax Guitar Player Repair Guide (Book)
  • StewMax Trade Secrets (Book), set of two
  • StewMax Fret Work Step-By-Step (Book)
  • Dialux Rouge (Extra Fine Polish) Polishing Compound

Guitar Music Books

  • The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival - Greatest Hits Piano, Vocal and Guitar Chords
  • Peter Green - Signature Licks: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of His Playing Techniques (Guitar Signature Licks)
  • Mark Knopfler Guitar Styles - Volume 1 (Guitar Recorded Versions)
  • Eric Clapton - Unplugged - Deluxe Edition (Recorded Versions Guitar)
  • James Taylor - Greatest Hits (PIANO, VOIX, GU)
  • The Best of Eagles for Guitar - Updated Edition (Easy Guitar With Notes & Tab)
  • The Best of Jim Croce (Easy Guitar with Notes & Tab)
  • The Best of John Denver: Easy Guitar

Notes to Self:

  • Graph Tech Model 5000-00 TUSQ XL Slotted Nut 6 String (PQL-5000-00)
  • Graph Tech White TUSQ XL Sleek String Trees (PQL-7004-00)
  • Graph Tech TUSQ Standard Pick mixed 6 Pack (PQP-0010-ST)
  • Graph Tech TUSQ Thumb Picks - 3 Pack Warm 0.88 (PQP-0288-V3)
  • Micro Mesh Finishing Pack with a 2-inch by 3-inch Foam Sanding Block
  • 3M Flexible Polishing Papers - set of 6
  • Harley Benton TE-80 NT Deluxe Series (Fender Telecaster)
  • Harley Benton ST-59HM Fiesta Red (Hank Marvin Stratocaster)
  • Harley Benton HB-35Plus Black (Gibson ES-335)
  • Harley Benton SC-550 II DFB (Gibson Les Paul)
  • Harley Benton Santos Series C-40SCE NT (Classical Nylon)
  • Dean Markley Ball End Nylon Guitar Strings


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