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Harley Benton HB-20R

Guitar Combo Amp

The Harley Benton HB-20R is a small 20 Watt combo that offers everything required for a successful start in practising at home or for rehearsal sessions. A 3-Band tone control and a switchable overdrive are included in case you really want to make some noise, while the headphone output enables you to play in the smallest of rooms without disturbing the neighbours.

  • Compact electric guitar combo
  • Power: 20 Watt
  • Equipped with: 8" Custom voiced speaker
  • TEC tube emulating circuit
  • Switch for channel selection (overdrive / boost channel)
  • Gain control
  • Volume controls for overdrive and clean channel
  • 3-Band EQ with controls for bass, mids and treble
  • Reverb control (spring type)
  • Headphone output
  • AUX input
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 340 x 380 x 175 mm
  • Weight: 7 kg
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Further Information

Power 20 W
Speaker 1x 8"
Channels 2
Reverb Yes
Effects Processor No
External FX Loop No
Line Input Yes
Recording Output No
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker No
Headphone Output Yes
Footswitch connection No
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight 7,0 kg

Compact two-channel guitar combo with reverb

Harley Benton's guitar amps, which come in many sizes, have long been known for their quality and bargain prices. The compact HB-20R guitar combo is no exception. Its two switchable channels, integrated reverb, high-performance 20-watt power stage, and 8-inch speaker as well as a host of useful connection options make it an ideal and cost-effective option not only for home use but also for rehearsal studios and small club gigs. The power cable is hardwired flush to the rear of the chassis and can be securely stowed inside the amp’s open back during transport.

Robust and easy to operate

A sturdy enclosure with reinforced corners fully protects the HB-20R and its four rubber feet ensure it remains stable at all times. The controls for the HB-20R’s two channels are clearly laid out on the front panel. Both have a common three-band EQ and separate volume controls. The integrated reverb provides a pleasant ambiance to the sound. A headphone output, a Line Out, and an AUX input for integrating external signals complete this neatly designed compact guitar combo – which is easily loud enough to be used in many different settings.

Universal guitar combo

Thanks to its tube-emulating circuit, the sound spectrum of the HB-20R ranges from crystal-clear and punchy on the clean channel to distorted crunch and high-gain thunder on the overdrive channel. Together, the 20-watt power stage and 8-inch speaker provide a surprisingly high output volume. Don’t let looks fool you: This compact amp can be used without hesitation on stage for smaller gigs. Practice comes before gigging however – and for that the AUX input allows you to play along to your favourite tracks. And you can do so discreetly, if you so wish, using the integrated headphone output. Finally, the dedicated Line Out mini-jack provides a practical way of recording your HB-20R without the need for a microphone.

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.

A compact amplifier with many applications

Its compact yet robust design, 20 watts of power, and 8-inch speaker certainly make the Harley Benton HB 20R guitar combo a very flexible and portable companion for every situation from home use through to smaller gigs. Its two switchable channels allow you to easily separate clean and lead tones, and its useful inputs and outputs are perfect for both practising and jamming to your heart’s content. In short, the Harley Benton HB-20R is a well-equipped and versatile amp that comes at an unbeatable price!

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Great for the price
Danycaster, 03.05.2019
I can't believe how bloody loud this thing is, wholly overkill for me on so many levels. Highly recommend as a beginner amp 11/10

I've been told to always set volume on max for tuning purposes, I accidentally hit the G string and my heart almost jumped out of my rib-cage. I've been told this is normal and that 20W isn't even that much

I've also been told I *need* to buy a combo for practice and I have to say I agree (even though initially I agreed only reluctantly), but I can see this thing could work at a small club concert, you can probably juice out that much out of this. I can even see this being a good backup solution in case your main amp is MIA

Aside from the loudness the What-Brand Chinesium speaker this ships with isn't exactly an audophile's dream. I should clarify, the sound is great, for 60 euros it's, I mean, I couldn't imagine this level of quality 10, 20 years ago at this price level. Still you should know, anything through the aux input is going to sound dulled? ie. not bad, but not great either

Guitar sounds great of course, I mean great as in unexpectedly good for transistor. I actually greatly prefer the *actual sound* through headphones/an external speaker over aux cable. The difference is noticeable even for an amateur like me

I keep the volume knob at 1-2-4 at most, and strangely I prefer the clean sound. I intuitively believed that if you're gonna have a cheap speaker then distorted sound would sound better since you know... it's distorted and the nuances of the sound are lost. But this didn't turn out to be true in the real world and clean sound has much more "body", it feels more plentiful and vibrant. Remember kids, keep your gain low. Signed: someone who is not an expert

EQ works differently than I expected, but I've been told this is exactly how these things ought to work so yeah

Let's quickly address points made by other reviewers:
- build quality is... I just can't give it all of the stars without feeling like lying. It's amazing for the price. The logo is very well machined. It will probably last I don't know, let's say 10 years. But just... 5% more effort would make this combo look and feel so much better, dare I say premium even. There was one bolt that wasn't fully tightened. This might've happened during travel, but then I'm afraid what kind of travel conditions this was in. Also on the back there's a strange black paint applied? I don't know if this is normal, you'll see if you buy it, I'm neutral towards it
- the two buttons and all knobs are good quality, the lines below are slightly misaligned though and it's triggering the perfectionist nerves in me. Just very *slightly* so, just barely [screaming inside]. I think these are the same knobs from the higher-end models
- the jack seems to be good enough to last a lot of connecting in/out
- handle feels goood, I approve
- reverb sounds amazing except for positions 5 through 9.5-ish. Still you probably should stick to 1-3-4 anyway. 9.5-10 sounds good
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Overall very good for money
Bogdan Guitarist, 14.07.2020
pros:
-very low price: it costs like going once to local restaurant with your girlfriend
-pretty good quality
-very loud: I usually play at 30% loudness. I guess you can take it to local pub concert, etc.
-The eq is nice

cons:
-Mine came a little bit scratched
-The spring reverb is very strange. If you play at a big volume, and turn the reverb bigger than 60% percent, it starts to make a very loud noise which go louder and louder, until you turn off the effect at all. First time it happened I thought I destroyed the combo. You don't imagine how loud that was
-Strange sound quality when playing in headphones. That is because the combo doesn't have a cabinet simulator. So playing in headphones doesn't make any sense.
-Also the aux cable quality is very very bad. The sound is very bad, it doesn't have any bass and middle freqs. Also when nothing is playing it makes a very loud noise. So connecting an aux cable for practicing or just listening to music also doesn't make any sense.

In conclusion I can say that if you are a beginner totally buy it! But if you want something serious, buy a combo like Fender, that has digital effects. They are called Modelling combos. Buy something like Fender Mustang LT50.
But from my opinion, the best option is buying a sound card. I bought Behringer Umc204HD. But if you want a sound card, you will have to know at least the basics of a DAW (reaper, cubase, reaper), or you can download different soft(Bias fx2, Guitar Rig 5). Also you need to have a good pc, and some speakers or studio monitors
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It's allright
Someone who likes it old-fashioned, 31.03.2020
Let's start with the most important thing: For the money, it's great. It is a powerful amplifier that can be used at living-room volumes, it has a headphone jack and even built-in spring reverb, a looked-after feature. It's a good option for a first amplifier as I've found it to take pedals in front quite nicely (mind it doesn't have an effects loop so any pedals will need to be put in front) and its own overdrive is all right for a beginner to get you in the ballpark of rock.
However, there are a few less likeable features about it.
First off, The on-board overdrive is not by a long shot as good as I would like it to be, it lacks dynamics, sounds very harsh and artificial and when the knob goes above halfway it doesn't get dirtier, instead it only ads noise without distorting the guitar. My recommendation is to get an overdrive pedal to go along with it, a cheap one will undoubtedly be better than what's on board.
Secondly, the MP3 input lacks a serious function: Remaining quiet. Whenever it doesn't have a signal from another device, it hums like crazy. Also, it doesn't like to be quiet: It wants to be loud.
And thirdly, although this is just me nit-picking, the reverb gets noisy rather quickly. The amplifier doesn't have the best shock-resistance ever so me walking around creates a little noise from the springs wobbling. Do keep in mind that I have quite a heavy step and this might not be an issue for you, but it is a downside in my opinion.
To conclude: If you want to sit in a chair and plug pedals into it, go for it. If you want a cheap solid-state amplifier that will last you, go for it. If you expect it to get crunchy metal tones, it won't, though it does do cleans quite nicely.
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Review from total beginner: So far so good
Flourman, 03.06.2021
Just to be clear - I am a total novice and I with that device I am setting my first steps with playing electric guitar.
I ordered that amp as part of a bundle ("Fender SQ Affinity Tele MN BB Bundle1"). The amp itself makes a good impression (seems solid / well built). After 1,5 months of usage the device seems to work correctly. I cannot say much about the quality of sound from the speaker, as for the sake of my partner and neighbours I solely use the headphones output.
Advice for total beginners (and maybe manaul writer), as I am/was: During first attempt to use the amp I had no idea how to activate it. Like: once you plug it in to the socket and turn on, the LED light turns green. I have IT background, hence that was an indication for me that all is good/done, however the amp did not play anything (even after plugging in guitar), so I thought that it was broken. Only after review of few youtube videos I noted that amp' LED of ppl playing it is red, not green. Then I noted that you just have to be less gentel with pulling guitar strings to activate the amp.
With all that written, I guess this is a nice device to start with - especially that it comes as a bundle, which make it easier/more secure for total beginner.
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