- Semi-hollow design with mahogany sustain block (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
- Vintage Series
- Maple body
- AAAA flamed maple archtop
- Maple neck
- Set-in neck attachment
- Laurel fretboard
- Blocks fretboard inlays
- Fretboard radius: 305 mm
- 22 Frets
- Scale: 628 mm
- Nut width: 42 mm
- 2 Roswell LAF Alnico-5 vintage-style humbucker pickups
- 2 Volume controls with push/pull function for split coil
- 2 Tone controls
- 3-Way pickup toggle switch
- Deluxe chrome hardware
- Deluxe Tune-O-Matic bridge
- Strings: .010 - .046
- Colour: Lemon Drop
In the most classic tradition
The Harley Benton HB-35 Plus, shown here in its Lemon Drop finish, is a semi-hollow electric guitar that instantly calls to mind classic guitars of the past - albeit without the hefty price tag. It features a maple body with an arched top that is adorned with elegant f-holes, and the combination of a high-gloss finish and chrome hardware completes its authentic vintage look. The guitar's construction incorporates a solid block of wood that runs through the centre of the body, which together with its set maple neck ensures plenty of sustain and helps to prevent unwanted feedback when playing at high volume. The latter in turn features a 22-fret laurel fingerboard with white pearloid block inlays that provide a visual contrast and easier orientation when playing, and both neck and body (front and back) are adorned with cream-coloured binding, a feature usually reserved for much pricier instruments.
Pure retro charm
To ensure that the Harley Benton HB-35 Plus delivers a retro feast for the ears as well as the eyes, the guitar features a pair of vintage-style Roswell LAF AlNiCo-5 humbucking pickups, and its combination of a deluxe Tune-o-Matic bridge and stop-bar tailpiece together with the internal centre block mentioned above provide a full, sustaining sound. At the opposite end, the headstock is adorned by a set of sealed diecast machine heads that promise many years of reliable service. The neck features a comfortable C profile and is equipped with a double-action trussrod for optimum adjustability, and both the 628mm (24.7") scale length and 42mm (1.65") nut width are also typical for this style of guitar. The same is true of the HB-35 Plus's electronics, which comprise a three-way toggle switch and dedicated volume and tone controls for each pickup, so players can easily dial in any tone they desire.
Back to the '60s
The Harley Benton HB-35 Plus is an excellent choice for fans of the classic guitars of the 1960s. Its authentic retro looks make it perfect for the stage, and its vintage-style pickups will deliver the sound that has long made semihollow guitars popular both live and in the studio. This guitar is thus ideal for beginners as well as for players looking to expand their sonic palette and of course as a backup instrument for gigging musicians. Players who can do without a tremolo will have everything they need here - and the superior tuning stability provided by a fixed bridge will doubtless be a bonus in many situations.
About Harley Benton
Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.
Chuck Berry sends his regards
From Blues and Jazz through to Indie and even Rock, the Harley Benton HB-35 Plus will be a guaranteed eyecatcher on stage. It represents a great choice for live players with much more expensive guitars who are looking for a suitable backup instrument as well as for studio musicians looking to unleash their inner Chuck Berry with catchy double-stop riffs, power chords, and full-sounding melodies. To authentically replicate the sounds of the era, the HB-35 Plus should of course be combined with a suitable tube amplifier with sufficient headroom.
In the spotlight
"AlNiCo" is short for an alloy of aluminium, nickel, and cobalt. Before strong magnets were made of so-called rare earth metals (e.g. neodymium) in the 1970s and 1980s, magnets made of AlNiCo alloys were considered to be both the strongest and the least corrosive material. For this reason, they were also used in guitar pickups. Due to their widespread use, their warm and smooth tone became firmly established as the hallmark sound of entire generations of music lovers. Additional numbers on the AlNiCo pickups indicate the strength of the magnets used. However, the order of the numbers is a little mixed up. The weakest version is the AlNiCo 3, followed by the AlNiCo 2. AlNiCo 5 magnets produce the strongest magnetic field.
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