Customer center login
Country and Language

Harley Benton HBO-850BK

No JavaScript? No Audio Samples! :-(
  • Country
  • Country Pickup
  • Picking
  • Picking Pickup
  • Strumming
  • Strumming Pickup
  • Show less

Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

  • Roundback with cutaway design
  • ABS super shallow bowl body
  • Spruce top
  • Sapele neck
  • Roseacer fretboard (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Cream-coloured body and neck binding
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 24 Frets
  • Built-in pickup with 3-band EQ
  • Diecast machine heads
  • Colour: Black high-gloss
  • String gauges: .011 - .052
  • Matching case available under Article Nr


    (not included)
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Plastic
Cutaway Yes
Body Depth Super Shallow
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 22
Pickup System Yes
Colour Black
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Item number 196798
115 €
Including VAT; Excluding 20 € shipping
Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
Delivery approx. between Monday, 1.11. and Tuesday, 2.11.
3 Sales Rank

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-850BK. 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-850BK 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 black, 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-850BK 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-850BK 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.

550 Customer Reviews

5 289 Customers
4 189 Customers
3 55 Customers
2 12 Customers
1 5 Customers
4.4 / 5




Great roundback
kazhinsky 16.10.2019
Used it for home playing, so I have to admit, I never plugged it into an amp, so can't really judge the quality of the pickup sound, but as a purely acoustic instrument it had a great, bright sound.

Had some slight cosmetic flaws, like the leaf detail on the top of it was a bit rough and not completely glued in one part, but otherwise the build quality was excellent. And I think the guitar overall looks beautiful.

Feels great to play, even with the roundback design, which is known to be a bit unstable when placed in your lap. So I would recommend just putting a strap on, even when playing sitting down, so it's kind of held in place.

Did not have any issues with how it was set up out of the box.
Great, inexpensive alternative to the Ovation roundbacks.


Awesome guitar for the price
Happily Jamming Jon 07.07.2021
Awesome guitar for the price point.
I wasn't sure what to expect for a guitar at this price, but i was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box .
The finish overall was very good , there were a few spots around the neck / body joint where the finish is not perfectly straight but you have to be really looking and be a nit picker like me .
The action was ok but all I had to do was switch from the .011's to 10's and the action is nice and low.
A real pleasure to play .
I had an issue with the bridge piece where the high E string had cut into it and was sounding flat.
Thomann was quick to send out a replacement free of charge I was very pleased with their customer service !
so to summarize this guitar sounds great and the finish is on par with the comparable but much more expensive alternative .
Trust me when I say you cant go wrong with this guitar !


Why did I wait so long?
Curreeney old boy 28.11.2019
I've had my eye on these guitars for years and was hesitant to buy ,being put off by some poor reviews ,but I finally succumbed,
So what did I get?
A guitar that punches way above its price,I've owned a solid top guild dreadnought that didn't sound as sweet!
The set up was perfect sub2mm string height,super level fretwork,
Immaculate Finnish,
Slick machine head's,plus a nice sounding preamp.
I've only dropped 1star off this guitar for the sharp unfinished fret ends ,which was an easy fix,.
The only thing I would advise anyone buying this guitar to do is don't judge it's quality until you get rid of the weird strings it come fitted with! 10s my ear! I fitted Harley Benton coated 10s ,and gave the nut a quick dress with one of those small welding nozzle cleaning file kits you can pick up for 5 euros!.
Was I just fortunate to get a good one ,seems not because I bought my wife the blue one and it's just as good,if only I'd tried one before I'd have saved myself a fortune .


Harley Benton HBO-850BK
KimH 13.05.2015
every thing is there from this iconic copy, all thats missing is the long haired wig, bandana, rip kneed jeans or spandex pants if you really must and a arm held aloft with the lighter burning.

after a string change the sound is very impressive for the price if a little shrill (only a little though). the volume is all there it projects its sound acousticlly wonderfully loud and proud. plugged in its not quite so good the volume is noticlbly unballanced with the middle strings alot louder than the outer strings. the sound is still good and clear just makes you play a little differntly to compensate for thr unballenced sound.

paint job is good the 'Leaves' around the sound holes need a very good oiling as they are very dry and brittle. the tuners are adequit for the job. the neck feels lovely with the frets dressed superbly. the back shows a few ripples in places where its been moulded noticebly around the cutaway and neck, no big deal just with the fit and finish of this guitar and other harley bentons ive had its a shock to find a blemish at all.

overall a good guitar that will be played alot.. no wheres me bandana and spandex :D


Need help?