Harley Benton HB-35Plus Metallic Green

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Electric Guitar

  • Construction: Semi-Hollow with F-holes and mahogany sustain block
  • Body with arched top: Maple
  • Set-in neck: Canadian maple
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • 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: Daddario .010 - .046 (Art.104555)
  • Colour: Metallic Green
available since February 2021
Item number 491692
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Metallic Green
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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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 Green" 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.

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You get what you pay for: HB 35+
Bendude 20.12.2021
I have 3 Gibson/Epiphone Guitars to compare:
1. A Epiphone LP from 1998
2. A Gibson LP standard from 2007 or 2008 I'd say.
3. A Gibson SG-Special from 2014 (120Y Gibson anversary Edition)
With these as a reference I'm pleased with the HB. First the Stuff I like.
+ It looks nice. It's not a piece of art, but for the price, the Finish and Bindings and all this is fairly good.
+ It plays well. The neck is rather chunky. I bought my SG because it was the one (of 4) with the thinnest neck. The one on the HB is similar. SGs may have even thicker ones but it is more chunky than on my LPs. I like it.
+ The PickUps can both be coil split. which is nice. Also The Single-Coil sound of both is not to bad. I liked the split sound of the neck PU even more than the humbucker sound.
+ The Bridge PU's sound is ok. It almost has an soft out-of-phase like sound in lack of better description. It's labeled treble and that what it is.
- I didn't like the Neck PU. To dull, wooly and not really well defined. Like the tone pot was always full off (It's not broken, it get's even more "Jazz" if I turn it down). Also with distortion it tents to roar (in a bad way). This may be taste but I tried to fix this by screwing around with the screws. First I lowered the whole PU (And than also the Bridge-PU to match Volume again). Than I hoped to give it some clearance by messing around with the pole pieces. Ha! Two of them just slipped through the PU. They where just glued into the hole by the potting wax! Some minus on the quality rating here.Just don't do this. If you don't like the sound, expect to change the PU completely, before trying to adjust. Or expect to wait for replacement, with a broken guitar, like I do now.
- The strap pins are rather thick, on the part where the strap is gonna sit in the end. I swapped them out with some Fender ones, I had laying around. No big deal, but they may wear out the strap and help it slipping of the pin.
- I expect to change the tuners in the near future. But I'm not totally convinced. The may be good enough.
= If you find one which feels good to you and has nice wood and craftsmanship you can absolutely buy one of these. I'd plan some extra 100€-300€ for replacement parts. Then you got a nice guitar for the same money as you get it from e.g. Epiphone. And all the stuff you (maybe) need to change there too is already payed. A good bang for the buck.
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If you are looking for a 335-eque guitar with an amazing paint job, look no further!
Captain_Crunch 24.04.2021
I own multiple HB's of varying price ranges, and this is definitely the best one I have purchased yet. Top quality in my eyes, especially given the price. No sharp fret ends, paint job is absolutely fantastic (there's one tiny mark near the "binding" on the bottom horn. You won't see it unless you're absolutely looking for imperfections). I had been eying the Cherry Red HB-35 Plus for a long time, but when I saw the new colors and this amazing Green/Gold I had to get it!

Neck has a good feel. Not thick, not thin either. Electronics sound good for this price range. Some might change the pickups but with a good setup of them (changing height/pole piece height), you can get them to sound very good. Tuners are nice and the guitar stays in tune. They aren't locking but they do their job.

It was mentioned in another review that the pull-knob is difficult to grab: if you pull from the base of the knob and not the stem it is very fluid to activate the coil-taps. Which, by the way, sound excellent!

The versatility of this guitar is very wide (I'm sure you know if you're looking at 335's). From clean jazz/blues to classic rock to rockabilly and beyond. I've even gotten some good doom tones out of this.

There are really no cons that I can see here. The neck was a bit dirty, but at my first string change I just cleaned her up with some Dunlop Lemon oil and used a fret polishing rubber on the frets and all is well. For 250 euros you are getting an outstanding piece of gear here. Setup was great out of the box. I've had guitars 3x this price that required a longer setup. I didn't have to adjust the truss rod, nor the bridge height at all. Minor adjustments to the pickups as mentioned earlier and a bit of intonation changes at the saddles.

I sound like I'm shilling for HB here but in my 20 years of playing guitar I am quite pleasantly surprised with this, and more impressed by HB with each guitar I purchase from them. Highly recommended!
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Nice semi acoustic
Photo987 11.12.2021
This is my second HB-35. I had the original HB-35 in black with no-name pickups a few years back and regretted selling it.

Thomann kindly put this guitar through an extra inspection for me at no extra cost.

Looks- great (if you like green- I do). The pickguard is the only ugly point, but you can take it off and put the screws back in the holes, which I will do.

Tuners- ok, they are not the most accurate, or responsive. We're spoilt for choice with Harley Benton guitars and the better tuners on my higher end HB make these ones seems lower quality, but in absolute terms they're fine. They work. I will change them at some point.

Nut- plastic but well cut. No string sticking/pinging. Height is good.

Pickups- they're good to my amateur ears. There is a noticeable difference in harshness between neck and bridge. The coil split works but it's an acquired taste.

I thought long and hard between this guitar and the new Aeolus and watched too many youtube reviews. They're slightly different beasts, ultimately while I loved the look of the aeolus and the better hardware, I didn't have the 150 euro extra. I'm not a great player anyway, but made a deal with myself that if I notice an improvement over the next year or two, I'll splash a bit more on the Aeolus or a lower end Gretsch.

The fret ends are very slighty protruding, not sharp but present. They are also a little scratch on bends. Nothing major.

Very much recommended guitar, minor paint blobs etc, but for the money and the sounds I have no complaints.
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This is a almost perfect guitar! Make it perfect for 5 dlls
Louie R 28.03.2022
This is an incredible guitar, it is awesome craftmanship, color but most importantly those split coil capabilities. Truly awesome and incredible pricing.

The only small downside that I found was the frets, but is super fixable. It only needs a little polishing and its perfect.
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