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Harley Benton HBO-850 Blue

Steel String Guitar with Pickup

  • Build: Roundback with cutaway
  • Spruce top
  • Body: ABS Super Shallow Bowl
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Fretboard inlays: Snowflake
  • 24 Frets
  • Cream-coloured body binding
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Bridge: Roseacer
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: .011 - .052
  • Pickup with 3-band EQ
  • Colour: Blue high gloss
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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 24
Pickup System Yes
Colour Blue
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

All the world’s a stage...

Roundback guitars are the epitome of the electro-acoustic guitar. They traditionally come from the USA and are usually handsomely priced - a perfect reason for Harley Benton to develop their own interpretation of this classic design: the HBO-850 Blue. Of course all the essential features and adornments are to be found, such as the off-centre and richly decorated sound holes and the rounded bowl. Pickups are integrated, making the HBO-850 Blue an ideal choice even for the most devoted electric guitarists.

Round sounds different

For once, the focus is not on the front of the guitar but rather on its ABS shell. Beyond its inherent technical advantages (i.e. excellent feedback rejection), this design also has a strong influence on the acoustics since the sound waves behave differently from inside flat-backed guitars, and create its characteristic tone. The front of the guitar is very flat however, and includes a cutaway for optimal playing comfort. The soundboard is lacquered in deep blue, made of spruce and is X-braced. The sapele neck offers a 65 centimetres long scale length and has up to a full 24 frets on the higher strings.

Rock stars love it

Yes, the Harley Benton HBO-850 Blue is the right instrument for acoustic-savvy electric guitarists. The slim neck, flat finger and sound boards, cutaway and, last but not least, factory-wound .011 strings will make every electric guitarist feel at home in an instant. In addition, the piezo pickup with its three-band EQ will deliver the exact desired sound in any circumstances – i.e. the one you have heard in countless performances by trendy stadium rockers. And needless to say, this complete package comes at a sensational price.

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.

Can be quiet, but doesn't have to be

Of course, one can play the Harley Benton HBO-850 Blue purely acoustically. The thin body delivers rather thin yet concise basses and the sound feels well-rounded and ‘grown-up’. However, this guitar really thrives on stage – and the louder, the better. This guitar is pretty much feedback-proof thanks to its rounded ABS shell and the insulated top. Incidentally, it is recommended to play this guitar strapped while standing up. Not only does it look good, but the guitar naturally leans into the player which allows an excellent view of the fingerboard.

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davedoes, 21.12.2020
Arrived today, this is not my first Harley Benton guitar but is my first electro acoustic from the range. First impressions were really good the guitar looked great. Started tuning to find that i had muted strings and fret buzz, not an issue as you get provided an allen key to adjust the rod and adjust the neck. Two minutes later nad the buzz and muted string issue is dealt with. This is the first time ive had to deal with that on a harley benton guitar sono probs. Once all tuned i was suprised to find a 9vlot battery provided, nice suprise. Plugged it in and happy with the tone. So why not 5 stars, well on the body where the neck meets the body i have small cracked finish due to neck movement, possibly from tension in the next but either way the finish is now not great. As this is for use in my home recording and not for show im ok with it, if it was for display on a wall etc i would have returned it as its not great to have the finish cracked on the first day of the guitar.
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I can't believe how much I enjoy playing this guitar
Bonner, 04.09.2020
I added this guitar to my order as an afterthought. I needed an acoustic guitar with a pickup for those occasional "acoustic" gigs with amplification. Our band had recently played a gig where miscommunication resulted in our having to mic our guitars, and I thought this might be an economical way to deal with this. I had ordered a blue guitar for my son, and I added this during the wait for his to be delivered. I am really happy. The guitar looks amazing and plays beautifully. The only criticisms I have are that the tuning mechanisms could be a little better; and it is so new, that I can smell the glue from the body. That being said, a good set of locking tuners costs as much as this guitar! The neck is easy to play, and the action is amenable to leads in the higher neck positions. The frets were in need of a rub down with my polishing cloth, but that's all that was required. I really enjoy playing this guitar, and it has become my "go to" acoustic guitar. If you need a guitar like this, just order it and use the savings to buy it a hard shell case like I did.
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sounds great, plays great, but frets were a mess
Asad , 21.09.2018
-well slotted nut
-perfect intonation
-comfortable and easy to get used to
-flat fingerboard (personal taste)
-sounds great
-no finish flaws except a ding on the back of the headstock

-frets unpolished and scratchy
-last 3 frets weren't even round. they were sanded to the point they are flat
-leaves feel cheap
-whole guitar was a bit dirty with dust, fibre glass and glue resin. nothing that can't be fixed tho
the tuning machines are terrible and you might wanna change them if you use anything that isn't standard tuning. high E tuner makes cracking sounds when turning and the rest take a lot of turns to even catch on to the strings. I tried D standard and by the time I tuned the the E to a D, the rest of the strings were already out of tune
after figuring the tuners out, it's actually fine. just gotta retune a few times for it to stay there. Only issue is that frets are still scratchy, but not sharp and intonation is off and can't be adjusted without changing the bridge saddle
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Anti-Krash, 12.03.2021
Это отличная гитара и для новичков и для профессионалов!!! Я очень доволен качеством продукта и сервисом магазина! Вы можете посмотреть обзор на моём канале:
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