Harley Benton HB-35Plus Lemon


Electric Guitar

  • 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
available since June 2016
Item number 374850
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Color Yellow
Body Maple
Top Maple
Neck Canadian Maple
Fretboard Laurel
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
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In the most classic tradition

Harley Benton HB-35Plus Lemon semihollow guitar, front view

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.

Flamed maple top of the Harley Benton HB-35Plus Lemon Drop, with f-holes and humbucking pickups

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.

Set neck joint and strap button on the back of the Harley Benton HB-35Plus Lemon Drop guitar

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.

Harley Benton headstock and fingerboard with block inlays

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

Unconditionally a great guitar!
Peerlesstrat 23.03.2019
I had wanted a semi hollow for some time. A Starfire lV or a D'Angelico DC deluxe were defiantly on my radar but the price was a real barrier. Enter the Harley Benton HB-35 plus. With favorable reviews, sounding good on YouTube and coming in at only £175 - I took a chance and ordered one in a Lemon Drop finish.?I was resigned to the inevitable flaws that would come with such a low priced instrument so I waited anxiously in the UK for 48 hours while it came from Germany by road (yes, pre Brexit)?
On unboxing I was in for a shock. I could find NOTHING wrong. Nothing!?The finish was immaculate, no glue lines under the stain, no loose nuts or screws, no stickers under the pots (just paper rings) and the well documented pick guard issue had been addressed. These newer models also have block inlays instead of dots and a pau ferro fingerboard with a bone nut. (It says ?Pau Furro? on the box)?Mine has a lovely (almost) book-matched flame maple top and the scarf joint in the neck is barley visible. The neck is a sort of chunky round back (not for you if you are a wizard fan) This neck is very reminiscent of a '65 Starfire that I had recently tried.
Plugging in, the trend continued with all the hardware working. The Roswell pickups are adequate, maybe a bit hot, with the back pickup sounding harsh when the coil tap is engaged. However, the tone and volume controls work well, which can tame the pickups for a more relaxed jazz tone. I am not a fan of top hat knobs and want to replace them. Because of this I found that the knobs are VERY securely attached (not all bad if you have to pull on them for coil tapping)?I lowered the bridge and still have no buzzing.
Pros: Unbeatable value for money. Good playability out of the box (after tuning). A range of very useable tones.?Awesome sustain. Good QC on mine. Beautiful finish all round with no orange peel or glue lines
Cons: You may need to upgrade the pickups and tuners to match the big leagues like Gibson, Guild and D'Angelico but already the HB-35 is there alongside, no, dare I say AHEAD of an Epiphone with non USA pups.?The fingerboard was a bit dry but nothing a dash of lemon oil couldn't fix. You may want to polish the frets.
Overall: I'm not a beginner. I have owned / still own Gibsons, Fenders, Ibanez, Peerless, custom built guitars - the works! The HB-35 plus may be inexpensive but it is not a "cheap" guitar. It's a great instrument. I would not be at all embarrassed to show up at a gathering of Gibsons with it.?Five stars. Don't hesitate?*****


My first Harley Benton, and I couldn't be happier!
Lazy Joe 26.07.2021
I had been hearing so much about Harley Benton instruments from friends in Europe, as well as going down the You Tube rabbit hole, that I felt it was time to give one a try. I chose the HB-35 Plus because I wanted a semi-hollow with a great color, as well as some versatility.
This Guitar did not disappoint in any way. The fit and finish is great, no blemishes or defects. The binding is done very well and the inlays are impeccable. This is the first guitar that I've owned with a pao ferro fingerboard, and I must say that I really like it. The feel is just like rosewood, but with a lighter, more woodsy color that really matches well with the Lemon color of the guitar. This guitar also came to me set up with perfect action, intonation, and was packed very well. The pickups are very decent, better than I was expecting. They are a little hot for my taste in this type of guitar (when maxed out), but backing off the volume and/or tone takes care of that and puts it in the jazzy/warm zone. This would be a great semi-hollow for rock/blues players looking for something unique.
The only complaints that I have about this particular guitar is
1: 3 way toggle is slightly loose and feels cheap.
2: Fretboard was dry.
3: Very small finish cracks at the neck joint, but very superficial and only in the clear coat.
Aside from these small issues the guitar is absolutely wonderful, and I truly feel the HB-35Plus is on par with similar offerings from Epiphone, but at a fraction of the price of those instruments. This guitar easily outperforms all of the semi-hollow guitars from most other manufacturers in the 300 - 600 range.
I would highly recommend this guitar to literally any player due to it's price, quality, and versatility.
Great job and a sincere thank you to Harley Benton and especially to Thomann for the great set up on this instrument!


Perfecte oefengitaar
Philliewillie 07.01.2022
Voor de prijs, 1 woord.. wow! Ik sta er toch echt wel versteld van, je krijgt heel veel gitaar voor weinig geld. Heb deze gitaar gekocht als oefengitaar en om bekend te geraken in de semi-akoustische wereld. Ten eerste, als ik geen zin heb alles in te pluggen en mijn versterker op zetten met de kans de buren te ergeren kan ik perfect akoustisch oefenen op dit instrument. Zal nooit zo luid klinken als een gewone akoustische klankkast maar er komt deftig geluid uit, mooi geluid ook.
Qua gewicht iets meer aan de zwaardere kant maar niet storend. De nek voelt goed aan en gewoon algemene looks vind ik echt wauw. Fretboard misschien net iets te licht naar mijn smaak maar nog steeds ok, kwam wel in erg droge toestand aan. In online filmpjes hoor ik veel mensen klagen over kleine foutjes in de afwerking maar zelf niets opgemerkt, enigste storende in de afwerking zijn de frets die krassen bij het buigen maar dit is iets dat vanzelf verdwjint hopelijk.
Ingeplugd vind ik de sound iets minder : de pickups klinken donker, modderig misschien zelfs een beetje? Vind de klank gewoon niet zo mooi dat er uit komt. Ben zelf iemand dat normaal single's speelt dus dit zal ook wel invloed hebben dat ik deze humbuckers niet zo goed aanvoel. natuurlijk voor deze prijs is dat ook te verwachten dat de pickups minder zijn. De gitaar heeft er in ieder geval veel baat bij de pickups te upgraden. Ik zou zelfs durven menen met een upgrade van pickups dat je echt een heel goed instrument hebt waar je live met kan spelen als het HB logo je niet te hard stoord. De push-pull functie om coils te splitten is leuk als extra maar eigenlijk door de ondermaatse picpups (in mijn opinie) merk ik eigenlijk erg weinig verschil in sound, de pickups blijven gewoon hol klinken.. Buiten dat de volume gewoon daalt veranderd er weinig. Daarvoor gebruik ik deze functie dan ook vooral, om snel van volume te kunnen veranderen. Tuners zijn huismerk maar ik kan goed doorspelen zonder te moeten tunen, heb de gitaar nu enkele maanden en de brug blijft mooi op zijn plaats. Al bij al een heel goed instrument, zeker als eerste gitaar of oefeninstrument. Heb al enkele HB gitaren gekocht maar telkens weg gedaan, dit is er toch eentje dat ik nog lang niet ga weg doen en evt. upgraden, waar dit instrument ideaal voor is.


Perfect fit in my Guitar Family
Minnesota Tim 25.10.2020
I purchased this guitar after watching many reviews on You Tube, and was convinced it would be a nice addition to my collection. The consistent message I heard was the frets not being finished well, so while I waited the 5 weeks for my backorder to be filled, I purchased a set of fret tools to address. This is my 3rd HB guitar, and continues my belief that these are great instruments for the money invested.
When the guitar finally arrived, I was very pleased with the overall construction and appearence. Fret inlays and binding very nice and tight, with no fill gaps anywhere. The finish had no imperfections. There was a slight mar on the neck, which appears to be an adhesive stain around 5th fret of the B string, but is only noticeable upon close inspection. The nut fits well and is well slotted, the strings don't bind and are proper heights. I don't see an immediate need to replace with GraphTech. Intonation is correct, and action is very playable. The frets were a bit rough, but not nearly as bad as my YouTube reviews had led me to expect. Fret ends had no sprout, and only needed minor filing to shine up. I did tape off the neck and go through 3 grades of wet-sanding to polish to mirror finish. Took about 2 hours, but well worth it.
The wood looks beautiful. The maple top veneer is matched well and centered. It is a thin veneer, so the flaming is not super deep, but for the money I'll take it! The Pau Ferro fretboard needed a couple coats of oil, but looks and plays very well.
The neck shape is nice. Reminds me of playing an acoustic, or fat tele neck. Not a shredder guitar, but string spacing is nice for my "fat" fingers. The tuners have a nice feel, smooth and stay in tune.
The electronics all work well. My one complaint is the pots are stiff to turn. Combined with the top-hat style knobs, this makes rapid volume and tone changes on-stage more difficult as it should be. I will either replace the pots, or change out the knobs to get a better grip. The pickups sound nice, although not high output. The coil-tapping provides a nice range of tone options. I particularly like 1 split, 1 humbucker combos.
The body resonates nicely, and has terrific sustain. The guitar is a bit on the heavy side, but not overly so. Kinda like a Les Paul in weight.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this guitar. I offers good looks, a variety of tonal combos, and great affordability all in one package. Keep it up, Thomann and Harley Benton!


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