Harley Benton BigTone Trem White


Electric Guitar

  • Hollow body design
  • Maple body
  • Canadian maple neck
  • Amaranth fretboard
  • "Blocks" fretboard inlays
  • Body, neck and headstock binding
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 2 Alnico deluxe double coil humbucker pickups
  • 3-Way switch
  • 3 Volume- and 1 tone control
  • Gold-coloured deluxe hardware
  • Tune-O-Matic roller bridge with a "floating" ovangkol base
  • 50s B-Style deluxe tremolo system
  • Transparent acrylic pickguard
  • Deluxe diecast Imperial-style machine heads
  • D'Addario EXL-116 strings, .011 - .052
  • Dimensions: 107.5 x 41.5 x 8.5 cm
  • Colour: Vintage white high-gloss
  • Matching case available under Article Nr 129726 (not included)
available since February 2015
Item number 349014
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour White
Soundboard Maple
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 20
Scale 648 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo Bigsby Style
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Bowman 26.02.2021
I've had this guitar for one full year now and decided it was time to review.

Originally there was no bundle offer with the white version and the corresponding case but a quick message to Thomann and they got back to me straight away saying they would amend the order to include it. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE AS ALWAYS!

Out of the case very impressed. Solidly built with quite a bit of weight to it. Finish was very very good, one or two minor blemishes but nothing unusual. The tail piece (bigsby) also very solid. I was anticipating this would be flimsy given the very good price but again it was solid.

Some people have commented on the tuners. I personally like the aesthetic. They are a little bit jumpy on some strings but again nothing I haven't encountered on more expensive guitars.

Frets needed work both on the edges and on the frets themselves to make them smooth. This is probably the biggest single flaw I could point out about the guitar, but this is very easily fixed even by an amateur like me.

Playability & Tone: This is why I wanted a jazz guitar, I was after the sweet round tone. I've been learning and listening to a lot of fingerstyle jazz guitar this past year and this guitar gets very close to some of the sounds I hear coming from my favourite players who would be using much more expensive and classic guitars. For the price I have to say I am 100% happy with the lovely tone coming from this guitar. Apart from some work on the frets I changed action to be a little bit closer to the strings. Again no problem for an amateur and the truss rod moved nice and easily.

Without using the bigsby It stays in tune really well.

After one year of playing the pickup switch is a little loose but that's completely normal as far as I can say.

With the bigsby set back into the neutral position the fit in the case was a bit snug. The case top is definitely pressed against the bigsby when it's closed but after a year there has been no issues with that.

This was my first Harley Benton. I was very impressed. I have since bought another HB and again was very impressed.

If you're thinking about learning or playing some jazz style guitar I can highly recommend this guitar. If it got smashed to pieces tomorrow (hopefully it won't) I would have zero hesitation in buying another.


Nice guitar for a price
andrejgr 08.06.2016
I was tempted for some time, to get archtop guitar. I'm playing for 40 years now, I own several acoustic and electric guitars and also one hollow body LP shape. But I never really had archtop and the jazzy sound of it. I wasn't prepare to spend a lot, since I'm no pro and music is my hobby, not living. So I decided, after reading several reviews, to go and get this guitar. For me at that price, THE most important thing is quality of body and neck, all the rest can be easily replaced if needed. 200? is a gamble, I was willing to take blind.
When I received this guitar, i was pleasantly surprised. Just what I wanted (well, stil can not compare to Ibanez George Benson that I had oportunity to play) and expected. I have read in advance of all the bigsby problems, bridge problems, so I immediately unscrew top part of bigsby, put some wood under it and flattened the angle to bridge - the design is kind of silly, but managable. The only thing really annoying is the pickups, that buzz in their seats, so I guess I'll have to take the out, see the spring coil and adapt.
Neck is great, straight, in tune - if not, brige is adjustable, bigsby does it's job, not the greatest, but I have never used it before and have no technique so it's all right for me.
Without amp this guitar sounds nice and jazzy, just like I expected. It's very solid built and quite heavy.
With amp, (I use Fender Mustang) and with proper amp sound set, i prefer to use clean Fender Twin that sound great with this guitar, from jazz to rockabilly.
Pickups are nice sounding low output. tuners are ok., doing their job and keeping intonation.

All in all, I'm a happy camper.

After owning it half a year, I still like this guitar a lot. Adjusted some height of pickups to my liking, the rest is good.


BigTone, Big Value
Grandpa Dan 24.07.2020
I am 73 (playing since I was 10) & work on guitars for others. I also have quite a few guitars. Point being I know a great value, when I see one. The Big-tone is just that.

Cons: It is a bit heavy & I had to long gate the bridge holes, because my bridge would not go down to adjust the action. This is not the first time I have run into this & consider it all as part of a good set-up.

The Greats: This thing sounds great both plugged in and by it's self. The finish on mine is near perfect. The playability is very good. I am surprised at how well it stays in tune. This & a B-stock guitar came as advertised, in just 4 days! I live in the USA (Wisconsin) and am blown away by this very fast time. It is my first in stock order from Thomann. So, the two guitars I received are better then expected and one more still coming, with Thamann following up on that order as coming too. I will be ordering more from them and do recommend them. Thanks Thoman & my contact person: Melanie...


Super guitar
Askhatman 16.03.2022
This review will be very short because all I can say is that this guitar is very very cool!
It looks like very expensive Gretch! All white with gold! Really impressive!
You may think it sounds not bad but... it actually sounds super cool! I don't know how they made this low price guitar sound SO good but it does! I played it in the bar the day I received it. It was all fixed well with D'addario strings onboard. With my Hughes&Kettner pedal it sounded just fantastic! Overdrive and distortion made it sound even better!
Now my dream about buying Gretch is fulfilled with this guitar!
I'm happy with it and I recommend everyone who loves this Gretch sound to buy this very guitar!