Harley Benton HB-35Plus Lemon

Electric Guitar

  • Semi-hollow design with mahogany sustain block
  • Vintage Series
  • Maple body
  • AAAA Flamed maple archtop
  • Maple neck
  • Set-in neck attachment
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • "Blocks" fretboard inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 2 Roswell LAF 5 vintage-style humbucker pickups
  • 2 Volume controls with push/pull function for coil split
  • 2 Tone controls
  • 3-Way pickup switch
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Deluxe Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • D'Addario EXL strings, .010 - .046 (Article Nr 104555)
  • Colour: Lemon Drop
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  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Indie
  • Jazz
  • Rock

Further Information

Colour Yellow
Body Maple
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
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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?*****
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Harley Benton HB-35Plus Lemon
micoli, 19.10.2019
After selling my Hofner Very-Thin guitar there was a hole in my collection. So, despite my intentions of reducing my guitar collection, I immediately replaced it for the Harley Benton HB-35Plus Lemon. I really wanted a vintage burst but it wasn't in stock at the time. However the Lemon burst looks better in real life than on the Thomann web site, so I am very happy with it. I've owned it for 9 months now and these are my comments.

Apart from lowering the strings and oiling the fret-board, I have not had to do anything with it. It plays well, sounds good and is well made. Unusually, the frets were well finished and polished - which is a very common issue with most guitar manufacturers at this price point.

In my opinion, the Roswell pick-ups really suit this guitar. In other HB guitars, where I have had the same Roswell LAF Alnico-5 Vintage-Style humbuckers, I normally swap them as I've not been that impressed, but on this occasion they are fine and I have no intention of changing them.

Compared with the standard HB-35, I think the HB-Plus is better value for money, and has better hardware and finish. It is nicely finished without any imperfections in the appearance. The flamed maple top isn't that obvious until you get up close, but on my guitar it's very nicely matched. The tuners are good and hold the strings in tune, and the coil splitting is a bonus.

I am just a home guitarist but I do appreciate a quality guitar. From all my Harley Benton guitars, (and I now have 10), this guitar was the best for having to do nothing to it to get it up to a good playing standard. I think it is great value for money
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Fantastic buy
SilviuP, 10.03.2020
I only gave this guitar 4 stars out of 5 on quality because of how it came out of the box, but after oiling the completely dry fretboard twice and polishing the frets once by myself, and then taking it to the guitar tech to lower the action (which I tried myself by lowering the bridge but got fret buzz), leveling, crowning and another fret polish, as well as putting some quality strings on it (the old ones were rusty and lifeless), the guitar feels and sounds fantastic.

Note that all of the things I've mentioned previously will add around another 100 dollars / euros to the price of the guitar (give or take depending on where you're from), but the guitar is still totally worth it, in my opinion.

Considering the price of this guitar, I completely recommend it especially if you're a beginner or on a budget, or just want a workhorse guitar to take on the road and keep your expensive ones safe.

I'm not a good guitarist by any means, but my tech (who is a great guitar player) was impressed with it and said that it's good enough to play live gigs with it.
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MInd officially blown!
Mikey Terrien , 21.06.2020
After a lengthy back order, my guitar finally arrived, in almost perfect tune! I did a slight intonation adjustment, and adjusted the action to suit my playing style. The look and feel is 99.9% perfect. The only "flaw" I noticed was one of the tuners was ever so slightly off centre, but even me having slight OCD about my guitars did bother me...it's that slight!

I own many guitars, high end ones at that (gibsons, fenders, mosrites), and this one matches the quality as those others. I am quite honestly blown away with the look, feel and sound...even through my Marshall JCM2000, it kills it!

For the money, it is a great guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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