Harley Benton HB-35Plus Black


Electric Guitar

  • Style: 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 push/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: Black
Colour Black
Body Maple
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
available since February 2021
Item number 482274
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This is just stunning..
Bladezo 23.04.2021
This is my second HB guitar having recently bought and *heavily* modified a little TE20 which I've had a great experience with to date. Owing to that previous experience I felt I had a pretty good idea of what I could expect from this guitar.

Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first: One of the tuners feels a bit wonky. The binding is a little messy in places, particularly around the "F" holes. The frets needed a bit of a polish. All of this was expected. That's it?

I'm just blown away by this guitar. I haven't even set it up or put a decent set of strings on it yet. I just took it out of the box, started playing and didn't really want to put it down.

I've owned in the region of 100 different guitars over the years including Fender and Gibson custom shop models, high end Ibanez, ESPs, a PRS and a bunch of Standard Gibson models. Focusing entirely on playability and tone, this honestly more than holds it's own with virtually any of them.

As a bit of a play test I got a nice clean tone with a little reverb and chorus (Boss CS-2, Boss CE-5, Walrus Audio Slo through the effects loop on an Orange Dark Terror) and decided to compare this playing the same piece against the three guitars that were closest to me at the time (Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Stratocaster, Fender MIM Player Series Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul Studio): The verdict was unanimous in support of the HB-35Plus.

Alright, I did go for a tone that *suits* the HB35 more than the others, but it still had no business being the clear winner in my view.

I can't vouch for the other variants, but this guitar is just ridiculously, mind-blowingly good. It's just insane to me that it's available at this price point.

I've got a set of Grover "tulip" tuners which I'll be putting on it. I've also get a new Tusq nut and full set of electrics which I'd planned to upgrade it with, but honestly? I'm not going to bother.

If you can overlook the finishing issues (which are only really visible if you've got it in your hands and are actively looking at them) and are willing to stick on a nice set of tuners, you'll have an absolutely insane guitar for virtually no money.

Don't think, just buy it.


Good but with flaws
Yorkshire Lad 08.11.2021
Update - had a bit of a buzz on some strings. Thinking it might be one of two high frets. To my amazement there were 11 of them. In fact a couple of them were so high I could have done with borrowing an angle grinder. Took a couple of hours to get them decent. I think the guy who did the fretwork in the factory needs retraining, or even training full stop. The thing that disappoints most of all, is that I put a note on the order asking Thomann to make sure the fit and finish was very good. They obviously ignored my request.

I have 3 HB guitars finished in black. There seems to be a common theme developing with the black guitars. I bought a CST24 in black, which was covered in scratches on the back of the neck. A David Gilmour tribute strat, that looked like it had been attacked by the sand paper monster from hell. And now the HB 35 plus, with quite a few scratches In different places. Maybe I've been unlucky 3 times with the black ones. I have quite a few other HB guitars tho, that have all been perfect, btw. The only other gripe I have, is this.... If you are going to put gold hardware on a guitar, then why not use the same colour gold throughout. The tail price and bridge look a very deep yellow shade, almost brass like, and the pu covers and tuners are about 10 shades lighter. It just spoils the look.

So in conclusion, if you don't mind hours of mindless polishing with automotive swirl remover, you're in luck, because, this guitar looks (above aside) great and sounds just as good. So if HB could just get the gold to match and provide a better finish, this guitar would be great in every aspect.


BB style Blues.
Strat64 08.08.2021
Wow! This has to be the best value guitar for the money I have ever player. The finish on the body and binding is spot on. The neck is quite fast but doesn’t get sticky. The tuners seem fine so far, bridge and saddles seem solid as well. The pickups are great, you can get the classic blues jazz tone, distorted classic rock and even single coil tones with the coil split.

I did have to give the frets a bit of a sanding and polish and the neck some lemon oil, but other than that, this guitar is super playable and well worth the money.


HB-35 Plus
bat man 06.01.2022
Very disappointed. Guitar will not stay in tune. Very poorly set up.
Knobs difficult to pull for split coils. Gold plating looks "very fake, and cheap." Frets were to high. Over all very disappointed!


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