Harley Benton HBO-600BK

Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

  • Design: Roundback with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: ABS with super shallow bowl
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Fretboard inlays: Snowflakes
  • Scale: 650 mm (25.59")
  • Nut width: 43 mm (1.69")
  • 24 Frets
  • Body and neck binding: Cream-coloured
  • Built-in pickup with 3-band EQ
  • Machine heads: Diecast
  • Strings: .011 - .052
  • Colour: Black high-gloss
  • Matching case available under Article Nr 122212 (not included)
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Further Information

Top Spruce
Back and Sides Plastic
Cutaway Yes
Body Depth Super Shallow
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 21
Pickup System Yes
Colour Black
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

High-tech meets old masters

Looking from the front it looks like a conventional guitar, from the back it’s all high-tech: the Harley Benton HBO-600BK combines the most modern materials with the knowledge of the lute makers of the past. They knew back then that a rounded body sounds different from a conventional box. Not louder, but softer, more resonant... A wooden rounded body is a very costly affair but luckily, nowadays, it can be shaped from modern ABS. Add the pickups - and you get a stage guitar of a special kind.

Crisp highs, compressed tone

With its black lacquered spruce sound board and glossed body shell, the Harley Benton HBO-600BK has its own unique personality. When played acoustically, the shallow bowl gives a slender tone, which is focused through the central sound hole. The X-braced spruce sound board adds slightly compressed and crisp highs. The pickup inserted under the bridge works wonders and the output can then be finely tuned in the bass, mids and trebles. The neck is made of mahogany and the fingerboard of dark roseacer. With its width of 43 millimetres and a comfortable C-profile, it adjusts perfectly to one’s hand.

For fans and those who want to become so

The characteristics of the Harley Benton HBO-600BK naturally suit it for the stage. This type of roundback guitar has a dedicated fan community - and no matter what the style, they will always use these instruments. The HBO-600BK provides roundback fans on a limited budget with access to the instrument of their dreams. However, its potential is fully realised on stage, where the guitar can easily be amplified to ear-splitting levels and played for hours (using a strap) thanks to its thin rounded body.

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, the house brand of the music store Thomann also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals and other accessories. All in all 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. Their constant expansion of their range ensures that Harley Benton unfailingly provides new, exciting and innovative products, keeping musicians up to date with ongoing musical life.

Refreshingly different

A real workhorse: the Harley Benton HBO-600BK is designed for unforgiving, everyday use - preferably on stage or in the rehearsal room, at the youth club or on a pedestrian street. Despite its thin body, the HBO-600BK is astonishingly assertive acoustically. Guitarists will definitely shine with this instrument that looks like no other.

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Very nice for starters!
MartineM, 03.06.2014
I am an electric guitar player who has studiously avoided acoustics all my life, but decided I needed a bit of a technique 'baptism of fire' (you can get away with quite a bit on an electric with the gain and volume up!) so decided to go for an inexpensive acoustic to see how I got on.

I had my eye on an Ovation super shallow guitar, basically because they are nice and thin, like and electric and the neck is very similar to an electric guitar. I have always found that trying to play some acoustics is a bit like hugging a box... not really comfortable. Ovations are quite pricey though, and I was left wondering what new electric I could add to my collection for the price of one of those. Then I saw this, which is practically identical to an Ovation Applause.

I really like this guitar. It had a few finish issues - black paint smudges on the binding etc, and the action was a bit too high for me but it sounds lovely. And for the price, I can't really complain about the odd tiny flaw. The neck is great too.... matte finished and easy to play. Fingerboard looks really good quality too. I have heard people say roundbacks are not brilliant plugged in but I have other guitars to plug in, and will be just using this acoustically for practice, so it doesn't bother me at all if that is the case. I think it looks very smart too. Roundback guitars also tend to be a bit more robust than all-wood ones, which is good for me because I have already dropped this a few times....! Not a mark or ding anywhere!

So, in short, if you want a nice guitar, which isn't going to fall apart on you, will look and sound lovely and have people wanting to have a try out of it, then this is for you. Excellent guitar for the price.
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Best acoustic guitar I've ever owned and played
11.01.2017
My first guitar was a single-cut classical body with steel strings made by a local luthier. When I moved I bought a Fender Dreadnought.When I moved again I bought this one. Having owned two guitars and played many others I kne what I wanted before buying this one. The roundback makes it very comfortable to hold (the other two where square and larger) and the shallow body makes it ideal to practice either picking or struming without being too loud. It has 24 frets which is great if you want to hit high notes when playing a solo and the thin neck gives it a playability almost equal to an electric guitar.

It has a very nice sound throughout the whole range and the fact that it has an active piezo electric pickup with a 3-band equalizer makes it very versatile. It came perfectly setup and sounded great, but now it slightly buzzes on the 5th-6th strings and 1st-3rd frets, but it could be my playing as my brother tried it and it barely buzzed. It could also be that the weather is colder and it may need an slight adjuytmend on the thrus-rod.

It has an excellent finish with many details that only high end guitars have. The ring around the sound hole and the fret markers give it a beautiful look.The ring aroung the hole is not fully flat against the body, althout this is not a problem in the sound, nor playability and it doens't get stuck on anything; it just could be better. I would have preferred that the fret markers went all the way to fret 24 and not stop on fret 19.

Having said all that, if you want a guitar that will sound great and costs as little as you can find this is the one for you. You will not be disappointed.
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Great Cost-Benefit
VitBrd, 06.03.2020
Great design and clean sound. Overall good combination of features, however very sensible strings, lost two on the first 15 days
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Excellent Value for money
Anthony259, 29.06.2015
This is a great little Session Guitar. I have a few guitars and have found this one to be very good to take out to do sessions with other musicians. The overall performance is only let down slightly by the action which seems a small bit high. Very easy to adapt to. Has a real nice sound and is very easy to tune. I'm not the lightest player but have found that even with my style of playing the guitar still stayed in tune mostly. For what you pay for this guitar there is not a chance you could ever get even a second hand guitar for this price that would sound anywhere near as good. Well done, another quality product at a recession busting price.

Keep up the good work.
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