Harley Benton HB-35Plus Metallic Blue

Harley Benton HB-35Plus Metallic Blue Vintage Series, semi-hollow electric guitar, maple body with arched maple top, mahogany sustain-block (entandrophragma cylindricum), maple set-neck, pau ferro fretboard, fretboard radius 305mm, block inlays, 22 frets, 628mm scale, 42mm nut width, 2x Roswell LAF alnico-5 vintage-style humbucker pickups, controls: 2x volume (push/pull coil-split), 2x tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, deluxe gold hardware, deluxe TOM bridge, 010-046 strings, finish: Metallic Blue.

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  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Indie
  • Jazz
  • Rock

Further Information

Colour Metallic Blue
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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laCoca, 28.03.2021
I'm an acoustic player who wanted to try electric. (funk, blues, latin jazz kind of thing)
I already own a HB CST-24, but try as I might I could not love it. (i feel more towards the heavy distorsion, shred kind of thing)

Got the HB-35 Plus a couple of days ago.
My feelings:
Stunning.
A guitar meant to be played.
It's not perfect, it's got soul.
If you want to play blues and you also appreciate something resembling an acoustic guitar neck and are used to Les Paul weight... this is for you.

PROs:
- fretwork (smooth fret ends, polished)
- setup was great (a bit too high for my taste, but great)
- intonation: spot on, couple of cents here and there.
- looks better than in pictures.
- f-holes look nice and polished
- binding: some of the lines aren't 100% perfect (really, it's a plus, ads character)

Niggles:
- small lacquer cracks (underneath) , where the body joins the guitar.
- frets need to be polished (sometimes makes scratchy noises when bending)
- microscopic specks caught underneath the lacquer on the back side
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Worth the money
Sailerman, 02.04.2021
Bought this just to see what all the hype was about,and the hype is justified,its a lovely guitar for the price,not that gone on the pickups but thats just me but build wise its solid.
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Beautiful, but would benefit from some tweaks
mossler, 15.03.2021
Let's get the first thing out of the way: I purchased this guitar entirely because of the modern look and how the colours were used. It looked magnificent, and in person, I'd say more so. If you want something that stands out, this is it.

I own "a few" semi-hollow and hollow body guitars. I generally prefer the smaller "39" sized models in this shape, and the much larger acoustic style archtops. Right now, I have a single 35 type to compare to in terms of size and shape.

Shape, construction, colour and attention to detail is good to very good. Frets a much better then I expected, though will need minor touch up and polish. Fretboard colour is pleasing in this overall combination and post cleaning looks very good.

Room for improvement:
1) As shipped, the bridge is set higher then any semi-hollow I own. I will need to see if I can coax it lower. The neck's break angle is pretty large, reminding me of 175 hollowbody territory, so this might be necessary.
2) The tone pots are very heavy and hard to rotate
3) The tone/volume knobs are slick and offer little grip
4) The push-pull volume pots are smooth in rotation, but with the shape/grip of the knobs, it mean you require to "three finger claw" to pop them up
5) The pickup/control cables aren't tidy, would have been nice to have an anchor point in the cross beam between the upper volume and tone pots to drag it in

As for tone, I think this might be a place for your ears, needs and budget to decide. They'll do if this is meant to be a platform to mod with x35 wire kit and new pickups, but the jazzy folks might also be served as-is. I would have enjoyed a more Gretschy or Hot Rodded option personally, especially given the stand-out looks.

My sample size of one weighs : 3.45kg/7.60 lbs

I think this will remain in the collection, but I will likely replace the tuners (because 95% of the time I do) and replace the pickups. I like how the tone/volume knobs look (colour/shape), but I will need to replace them even before considering upgrading the pots, as they impede smooth control.
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This is an awesome guitar
DaveMcG, 24.03.2021
first thing is, the price. For €249 to get a guitar this good should be illegal! The fretwork was great out of the box, the finish was excellent, playability was really good and I love it.
I would absolutely recommend this guitar and I'm so impressed with Harley Benton's latest models.
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