Harley Benton HBMA-50E Mandoline VS


Electric Mandolin

  • Spruce top
  • Basswood body
  • Nato neck (Palaquium spp.)
  • Blackwood fretboard (Pinus Radiata)
  • 20 Frets
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Scale: 350 mm
  • Nut width: 30 mm
  • Blackwood bridge
  • Cream-coloured binding
  • Chrome hardware
  • Magnetic single coil pickup system
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst High-gloss
  • Corresponding case available under Article Nr 356752 (not included)
available since November 2000
Item number 144773
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Shape A-Style
Colour Sunburst
Body Basswood
Top Spruce
Neck Teak
Pickup System Yes
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Scale 350
88 €
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Great little instrument!
Singer-Songwriter 11.07.2019
I'm mostly a guitarist/vocalist and having a mandolin in my songwriting arsenal seemed like a good idea. However, since this would be my first mandolin I just didn't want to pay too much money for it.

Couple of weeks before I ordered this I played one in the local music store. It sounded nice and played well. When I asked for the price (there was no price tag) I was unpleasantly surprised: over $600 :-(.

Time to head over to the Thomann website and check out the Harley Benton models. Much to my surprise there was a model that was below $80 (there's another one without pickup for about $55!).

Although I'm acquainted with the excellent quality of the Harley Benton Western guitars I did not know what to expect of such a cheap mandolin.

What can I say, it's a sweet little instrument, finishing is perfect and the sound is good. I'm absolutely clueless how they can manage to come up with so much quality for the price but I'm not complaining.

A couple of tips to those who are new to playing mandolin:
Replace the default strings for thinner ones like the Pyramid 529 Mandolin String Set.
Adjust the neck with the truss rod. There's a lot of tension on mandolin necks so you really want to get the action as low as possible.


A Wonderful Mandolin for Beginners/Learners
Schengis 23.06.2019
I bought this mandolin to replace an older one that had been broken and I didn't want to break the bank. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality that comes with a pricetag under 100 bucks.

Right out of the box this thing proved to fill its role as a beginner/learner mandolin. The stock strings should be replaced ASAP and the bridge should be adjusted for intonation, but you can strum around on this for quite a while without any complaints.

The tone for single-string picking is quite good, but I noticed that the intonation is much, much better when capo'd on the second fret. I'd recommend getting it set up if you ever intend to bring it on stage, but it's got some great sound for the price.

- Neck feels good and easily maneuverable
- Great tone quality for the price
- Build quality is satisfactory

- Tuning pegs are a bit rough to deal with and "hang" a bit
- Some intonation issues requiring adjustment out of box (not awful)
- String/Fret buzz out of box (personal experience)

All in all a great little instrument to add to any string-player's arsenal. Highly recommend for learners.


At this price - a very good arrow !
trrrrrrrrrrg 22.11.2021
I have been looking for travel and/or harsh party instrument low price (not to fear to damage or loss); tuned and should be played 4-5hours without finger-cramp. This is it - Simple, zen-builted, easy, no flimsy parade, but real workhorse! Test!
1. Tone & sound - high, clear, almost cut-through-stone (high freq.) with some middle range taste, as "A" mandolins have. Fine.
2. Tunning machines and tunning at high possitions: so-so to well. No miracle, no tragedy.
3. Electronics - eeeh... single pickup. High, little silent, with some noise - minihumbucker would be a better choice; think evryone pay cheerly some euros more for clear, non-affected sound..
4. Touch and neck - from acceptable to - good. Great possitive surprise!
5. Look and processing - fine. No considerable reservations. Back is black!
6. MINUS: dot frets - tiny and flimsy. I dont wait long durability.
CONCLUSION: for its price a VERY FINE INSTRUMENT for beginners and also experisenced players as a less-care paddle-board, where the beers-flies-through-the-air-with -glasses-and-dent-prosthesises... :-)


What an excellent electric mandolin!
Bimal 29.07.2022
I'm part of a folk group and had always fancied extending my skills to include playing mandolin. I'm mainly a guitarist so I didn't want to buy an expensive mandolin because it will always be a secondary skill for me (and nothing can top my Gibson Les Paul Custom which is nearly 40 years old now!). I checked out the reviews and this electric mandolin seemed a great choice. When it arrived and I tuned it up, I was delighted - it sounded great, and I soon got into learning some chords. I put a new set of strings on it and optimised the action, lowering it a little, and it is now brilliant. It plays easily and it stays in tune really well. For the money, it beats all of the competition and also beats more expensive instruments. The single coil pickup is a useful addition and adds vertsatility to the instrument and the Thomann gig bag is a recommended additional purchase to protect your investment. This is the best value mandolin I have found and sounds as good as an instrument costing 3 or 4 times as much! Thoroughly recommended!