Harley Benton HB-35Plus LH Cherry

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Electric Guitar

  • Left-handed model
  • Semi-hollow design with mahogany sustain block (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Vintage Series
  • Maple body
  • AAAA flamed maple archtop
  • Maple neck
  • Set-in neck attachment
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Blocks fretboard inlays
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • 2 Roswell LAF Alnico-5 vintage-style humbucker pickups
  • 2 Volume controls with push/pull function for split coil
  • 2 Tone controls
  • 3-Way pickup toggle switch
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Deluxe Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Cherry
Available since July 2018
Item number 422559
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Red
Body Maple
Top Maple
Fretboard Laurel
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
Shape, Design Hollowbody
Soundboard Maple
Neck Maple
number of strings 6
Pickup System HH
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In the most classic tradition

The Harley Benton HB-35 Plus LH, shown here in cherry red, is a semi-hollow electric guitar for left-handed players that instantly calls to mind classic guitars of the past - albeit without the hefty price tag. It features a maple body with an arched top that is adorned with elegant f-holes, and the combination of an attractive finish and chrome hardware completes its authentic vintage look. The guitar's construction incorporates a solid block of wood that runs through the centre of the body, which together with its set maple neck ensures plenty of sustain and helps to prevent unwanted feedback when playing at high volume. The latter in turn features a 22-fret pau ferro fingerboard with white pearloid block inlays that provide a visual contrast and easier orientation when playing, and both neck and body (front and back) are adorned with cream-coloured binding, a feature usually reserved for much pricier instruments.

Pure retro charm

To ensure that the Harley Benton HB-35 Plus LH delivers a retro feast for the ears as well as the eyes, the guitar features a pair of vintage-style Roswell LAF AlNiCo-5 humbucking pickups, and its combination of a deluxe Tune-o-Matic bridge and stop-bar tailpiece together with the internal centre block mentioned above provide a full, sustaining sound. At the opposite end, the headstock is adorned by a set of sealed diecast machine heads that promise many years of reliable service. The neck features a comfortable C profile and is equipped with a double-action trussrod for optimum adjustability, and both the 628mm (24.7") scale length and 42mm (1.65") nut width are also typical for this style of guitar. The same is true of the HB-35 Plus LH's electronics, which comprise a three-way toggle switch and dedicated volume and tone controls for each pickup, so players can easily dial in any tone they desire.

Back to the '60s

The Harley Benton HB-35 Plus LH is an excellent choice for left-handed fans of the classic guitars of the 1960s. Its authentic retro looks make it perfect for the stage, and its vintage-style pickups will deliver the sound that has long made semihollow guitars popular both live and in the studio. This guitar is thus ideal for beginners as well as for players looking to expand their sonic palette and of course as a backup instrument for gigging musicians. Players who can do without a tremolo will have everything they need here - and the superior tuning stability provided by a fixed bridge will doubtless be a bonus in many situations.

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 and Jazz through to Indie and even Rock, the Harley Benton HB-35 Plus LH will be a guaranteed eyecatcher on stage. It represents a great choice for live players with much more expensive guitars who are looking for a suitable backup instrument as well as for studio musicians looking to unleash their inner Chuck Berry with catchy double-stop riffs, power chords, and full-sounding melodies. To authentically replicate the sounds of the era, the HB-35 Plus LH should of course be combined with a suitable tube amplifier with sufficient headroom.

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71 Reviews

Everyone says it….and it’s true!
Vicpnut 11.02.2022
I’ve had my HB-35Plus LH Cherry for about a month now….so , I’m not much of a player .I started later in life so I get dissuaded often but always come back for more …decided awhile back no more higher end guitars ,they don’t help anymore than a inexpensive one setup well.which I’ve learned how to do. Well with this guitar that learned skill was all but unneeded . Very small tweaks to get it where I like it and it was / is about perfect. I know every one says how great they are for the money and they are ,but I say just great forget what you paid.. literally the only negative I have is the frets needed polishing ,they were very rough .that being said the fret ends are the smoothest I’ve had ,or at least equal to guitars I’ve paid multiple thousands for …it baffles me they’re so well finished on the ends but fret tops are like untouched .but it’s how I’d prefer any inexpensive guitar to be skimped on if I had a choice .it takes very little to polish frets ,but a ton of labor to finish fret ends ,so no complaints here.. the front pickup volume knob was broken but still stayed on (barely) so I changed em all out for some old epiphone LP custom knobs I had laying around. Doing this broke basically all the original knobs , they’re very cheap but would’ve been fine and looked fine if none were broken during shipping …the only what I’d call a complaint( for lack of better wording only) I have is the mounting of the stop Tail Piece. Because of the archtop they don’t seat all the way down and made me nervous at first.. seeing the splines that are normally hidden showing above the top is discerning …I tried setting them further but notice there is one point on the inside corner area that is touching the top,with no spline showing .so they’re in as well as they can be when put in perfectly straight (@ a perfect 45* angle to top ) .so I’ve learned not to look a it . …enough of that negative searching … fret board and frets are level / even ,more so than my squire classic vibes (50’s tele &60’s strat) which I paid a lot more for …maybe that is just I got lucky but I mean they’re perfectly flat /even / level or however you would describe it . I don’t know what electronics are in it aside from the description on thomann website. I have no need to take em apart as all work well and tone is to die for …seriously great tone ! The top is very very nice. It’s not an AAAA top as it says in the description but there is no issue with it ,it looks very nice. I can’t really think of anything that “needs” fixing or replacement …guitars are subjective in many ways so maybe some would have a need to switch out pups ,pots etc etc which is fine . So if that’s something you’d normally do I think this is an awesome starting point . Or if you can forget it was so inexpensive and not be a headstock snob it is absolutely great as is …I may be a shitty player but I know enough to say this is a great guitar for beginners and way beyond . You would not be disappointed if you paid high end epiphone prices for this and very worthy of trying out . I highly recommend and only took a star off quality because of top not being what was described,and the need for fret polishing .


Excellent guitar for an excellent price
Leftystrings 16.12.2019
Being a left handed guitar player, it is almost impossible to find a decent guitar for decent price.
At first I was skeptical about the Harley Benton guitars from Thomann, but for that price I gave it a try.

The build quality is just excellent. Nice heavy wood, feels like a real guitar :-) The frets have no sharp edges and the binding is flawless.
The sound is top notch: full and with a lot air (what you expect from a semi-hollow). It looks like the neck has a C-profile, like they used in 50's. I like this kind of neck it provides a good grip , unlike those flat and fast necks of late. The split-coil option makes the sound options even more interesting.

Although for this price it is unjustified to have any complaints, but there a few opportunities for improvements:
- The tuner pegs feels loose. Although they do not result in any de-tuning of the strings
- Although you can see the maple stripes the lacquer could be more transparent to my taste
- The pots for tone and volume are reversed, i.e. 0 = open , 10 = closed. Looks like they installed it for a right handed guitar.

All in all great value for money, even if you are a more experienced player!


A steal...
Egoless 21.12.2021
The budget guitars surely improved over the past years. This thing is phenomenal for the price. Now I expected a flaw here and there, and the only things I could find were 2 block inlays mislplaced a bit from the center and a tiny, almost unnoticeable rough edge in one f hole that can easily be smoothened.

The setup is decent, action is good. I had to adjust the intonation a bit.

The sound is absolutely amazing, it is a 355 style fat but present tone especially on the neck pickup. The added coil split options are a big surprise too, getting a "strat" style tone easily. Prior to receiving the guitar I already failed a blind test so I knew it will sound good.

Pots are decent. Volume pots could have a bit more resiststance to them. The only con is, similar to HB bass I have, the tone knob sound changes very exponentially. From 1-9 sounds keep changing only at around 7. Considering the fact its the same problem as with their tele-bass clone I have, they are obviously choosing wrong pots, or have an enormous batch of wrong ones they need to lose... Its not personally a big issue to me.

All in all, considering the price point the guitar is a steal and most importantly worth investing more to make it even better.


Great value! Pick-up switch is in a rather odd place
Cyprus Andrew 04.11.2021
This is my second Harley Benton and it's really amazing value. I had to do a little adjustment; raising the pickups and lowering the high string action. There are a couple of minor "issues" - firstly, the pickups aren't horizontal; if they were, they could be raised a bit more. Secondly, the pickup selector switch is quite easy to hit accidentally when strumming. I'm not sure why it's there; on the Gibson/Epiphone 335, it's below the strings amongst the volume/tone knobs and much harder to hit by mistake.


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