Harley Benton HB-35Plus Metallic Blue


Electric Guitar

  • Construction: Semi-Hollow with F-holes and mahogany sustain block
  • Body with arched top: Maple
  • Set-in neck: Canadian maple
  • Fretboard: Laurel
  • Block fretboard inlays
  • Double action truss rod
  • Scale length: 628 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell LAF AlNiCo 5 humbuckers with caps
  • 2 x Volume controls with puch/pull function for coil split
  • 2 x Tone controls
  • 3-Way switch for pickup selection
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Sealed DieCast machine heads
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Strings: 010 - .046
  • Colour: Metallic Blue
available since February 2021
Item number 491694
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Metallic Blue
Body Maple
Top Maple
Fretboard Laurel
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
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Looking like the classics

The Harley Benton HB-35 Plus is a semi-hollow electric guitar with 22 frets that is reminiscent of well-known guitar classics, but costs far less. Its body is made of maple, and the arched top with elegant F-holes emphasises the classic look. The gold-plated hardware and the high-gloss "Metallic Blue" finish also add a retro flair. The set neck made of Canadian maple ensures good Sustain. It features a laurel fretboard with light-coloured block inlays. This provides a visual contrast and thus a neat layout. Both the body and the neck are adorned with a cream-coloured binding, which is not a given considering this guitar's price category.

Retro charm

Two Roswell LAF AlNiCo-5 humbuckers in vintage style add retro charm to the sound of the Harley Benton HB-35 Plus. Not only is a deluxe Tune-o-matic bridge installed to prolong the vibration of the strings and reduce possible feedback, the body of the HB-35 Plus is also equipped with a solid mahogany sustain block. The neck is solidly shaped in a C-profile and can easily be adjusted thanks to its double-action truss rod. The 628mm scale and the 42mm nut width are typical for this design. Closed die-cast machine heads promise zero-maintenance playing, and a three-way switch is provided for the two pickups. Two tone controls as well as the separate volume controls provide a harmonic, fine-tuned sound.

Revival of the 1960s

The Harley Benton HB-35 Plus is a great instrument for fans of the great guitar classics of the 1960s. It has a stunning retro look on stage and can deliver a typical semi-acoustic sound both live and in the home studio. The vintage-style pickups also do their part. This guitar is therefore suitable for beginners, for guitarists looking to expand their sonic portfolio, and also as a backup instrument for stage guitarists. Those who can do without a tremolo will therefore feel comfortable with this model - and a fixed bridge provides better tuning stability anyway.

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 to Jazz to Indie and even Rock: On stage, the Harley Benton HB-35 Plus is an absolute eye-catcher, and is also suitable as a backup guitar for players who also own the original. In the home recording studio, it can be used to record songs that evoke good old Chuck Berry. Repeated double stop motifs, power chord riffs, and rich-sounding melodies are no problem with this guitar. If you want to achieve the signature sound of this era, tube amps with sufficient headroom are a particularly good choice.

Looks even better in real life
Adrian708 31.07.2021
I bought this guitar as I always wanted a strat, a Les Paul and a 335 in my collection. Mostly to recreate the sounds of the music I like to play. My wife and I played as a two piece pop and classic rock. I got my strat 15 years ago and gigged with it extensively. Shortly after that I got my LP but it was too heavy to play for an entire gig. I got the Harley Benton recently and if It had been available to me 15 years ago I am sure it would have been my main gigging guitar. Some of my favourite guitarists are Johnny Marr, Billy Duffy, Scotty Moore and George Harrison .The HB35 gives me some great tones. It looks and sounds amazing. I have only ever had standard pick ups in my guitars but these Roswell’s are really impressive.
The guitar has a sweet musical jangle to it, which is what I expected from a hollow body.
I have only been playing it out of the box and the intonation is pretty good. The action is a little high but that’s an easy fix. The fretboard is unusual as it is that pao ferro. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just different from my rosewood fretboards. The coil tap is an interesting feature that actually does give a strat like tone, although I don’t know if I would use it that often. Overall even my wife and daughter could not believe what I paid for this guitar, my wife even said it looks great as decoration in the house. They also loved the sound of it through my little Fender practice amp.
I am so impressed with the build quality that I am going to indulge in Harley Benton’s paisley telecaster


A pleasant surprise
Head of Vecna 14.04.2021
This is my first HB guitar, and my first budget guitar, too. I've bought it to try a 335 shape out and see for myself what's the hype is about. I've been playing for more than ten years now (though I'm a bassist first and foremost), over the years I've had many expensive instruments - Gibsons, Fenders, what have you, so my expectations were set high. And so far, I'm very impressed with this axe, I like it a lot. There's some room for improvement, more on this below.

It's a very attractive, visually striking instrument. The contrast between the blue metallic top and the yellow of the back and sides looks wonderful. It looks much better in person, the photos don't really do it justice. Here also lies its most obvious flaw for me - the painted binding is made sloppily, with paint bleed and blemish here and there, and that's about the only disappointing factor about this guitar for me. Still, you can't see it at arms length, and the models with cream plastic binding should be better in this regard.

The guitar feels nice in my hands. The neck is comfortably thick yet not so thick as a vintage spec Les Paul, the fretwork is pretty impressive for the price - all the edges are leveled properly, and while the frets could use some polishing, it's nowhere as bad as the reviews led me to believe. Fixing that is a simple quick job with a dremel tool, masking tape and some polishing paste anyway. The nut is made of Nubone and made well. The volume knobs are fine, but a bit tricky to pull out. The tone knobs are very stiff, but workable. The pickup selector switch could be better, it's not a Switchcraft one I'm used to but come on, give it a break - for the price it's fine. There's no scratchiness or anything about it, it's just a bit too clunky for my taste. Changing it won't be too hard either.
It balances well both sitting and standing, and it's weighs 3,7 kg.
The unbranded 16:1 ratio tuners are pretty good, too - they're firm and tight, feel good and the guitar stays in tune well. The bridge has rolled off edges and doesn't hurt your hand, it's easy to adjust - I had to tweak the intonation a bit.

The sound is perfectly good. It's warm and round, with a lot of low end, and you can change it quite a lot with all the combinations of pickups and coil splits. My favourite is the middle position with split bridge pickup, it brings more top end to the sound. Add some dirt, and it still holds its own.

So, the pros:

- beautiful, vibrant looks
- nice sound with a lot of flexibility
- feels good overall
- quality hardware
- set up well out of the box

The cons:

- nitpicking about paint blemishes
- tone knobs are too stiff
- pickup switch is a bit clunky
- control cavity needs some tidying up
- frets could use some polishing

Overall, I'm impressed with Harley Benton. It's a damn good guitar for the price! I can hardly believe the bang for the buck ratio you can get these days, wish I've had something like that when I was a kid. Whether or not this guitar stays with me, I'm not sure yet, but so far it's been good.


Incredible Value, stunning aesthetics
I have just ordered another HP and highly recommend them to all 03.08.2021
I bought the HB 35+ metallic blue a few months ago. In my collection I have a Rickenbacker 360, a Gibson songwriter deluxe and an American Strat as well as a few miscellaneous great guitars . I have never been so impressed with a guitar that cost less than 10% of many in my collection. Which brings to mind the expression “the best guitar is the one you pick up and play” . Believe it or not this Harley Benton is my new go to guitar. It’s super comfortable to play came well set up right out of the box after a couple of minor adjustments is every bit as enjoyable as my much more expensive guitars.I have just ordered another HP and highly recommend them to all my musician friends. I think it’s true that the days of paying outrageous amounts of money for brand-name instrument are over and Harley Benton is leading the charge. Congratulations guys keep up the good work. A loyal customer in Canada


All in all, a very good deal.
RS27 31.03.2022
The guitar is beautiful and actually very nicely built. The knobs aren't nice though, cheap plastic and bad feel while adjusting sound levels. The pickups aren't very exciting either, same for the tuners (mediocre). A great guitar to upgrade or to have exposed on the wall and play once in a while (it does it job) but in case you want something "nicer" it will definitely require some more investment.


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