Harley Benton HBO-850 Classic Black


Roundback Guitar

  • With nylon strings
  • Design: Roundback with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: ABS Super shallow bowl
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Fretboard radius: 400 mm
  • 23 Frets
  • Body binding: Multi-ply ABS
  • Neck binding: ABS
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 48 mm
  • Bridge: Roseacer
  • Machine heads: Open gear classic
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Strings: HB medium tension nylon
  • Pickup system with 3-band EQ
  • Colour: High-Gloss Black
Cutaway Yes
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Plastic
Pickups Yes
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 48,00 mm
Scale 648 mm
Colour Black
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since September 2017
Item number 410261
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Body Depth Super Shallow
Frets 23
Pickup System 1
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133 €
Including VAT; Excluding 19,90 € shipping
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Delivery approx. between Wednesday, 2.02. and Thursday, 3.02.

Best of both worlds: Rock and Classical

Rock and Classical are no longer in opposition thanks to the Harley Benton HBO-850 Classic Black. Its genes certainly come from traditional steel-string stage acoustics – however, its nylon strings have their roots in the Classical scene and its round-backed design dates back to the time of medieval lutes. A more flexible sound is hard to imagine, as its built-in pickup system ensures the desired level of sonic brilliance. Its shallow, rounded body not only provides unrivalled comfort when playing, it also greatly helps prevent feedback issues with amplifiers.

The stage is its true calling

The Harley Benton HBO-850 Classic Black is first and foremost an electro-acoustic guitar for the stage. Its spruce top is specially designed to help suppress unwanted feedback. Modern X-bracing helps confer its clear, open sound. The body’s shallow bowl is made of ABS and produces different sound reflections from those created inside a traditional guitar. This has a decisive influence on the guitar’s tone – which can then be optimally amplified via the active pickup system. Its off-centre sound holes and elegant black gloss finish give the HBO-850 Classic Black an unmistakable appearance which immediately identifies it as a modern guitar for the stage.

Nylon strings for modern settings

The Harley Benton HBO-850 Classic Black is clearly designed with nylon-string enthusiasts in mind, especially those working in modern musical environments. Its shallow body is not only extremely ergonomic, it also allows problem-free amplification even at extremely high volume in conjunction with the layered top. At 48 millimetres wide, the neck is considerably slimmer than on most classical guitars. Finally, its appearance is anything but traditional. This instrument will equally suit Bossa Nova guitarists, Jazz virtuosos, Folk poets, Rock balladeers, and of course bold Classical players.

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.

As loud as you can handle

Steel strings by no means have a monopoly in the repertoire of Folk and Rock acoustic guitar. Willie Nelson, Paco de Lucia, and Sting are all names associated with the regular or even exclusive use of nylon strings in a non-Classical environment. This is the ideal context for the HBO-850 Classic Black: When the music is not Classical but the nylon-string sound is a must. Its shallow body means it should be amplified as a general rule. A strap should also be used, and not just for great comfort – it also looks the best.

In the spotlight: Roseacer

Rosewood is a particularly hard wood that has long been popular as a material for making guitar and bass fretboards. This wood is now considered endangered, however, and resources are scarce and expensive – which is why guitar makers have already spent several years searching for alternatives. The wood that Harley Benton has chosen as a fretboard material for its HBO series and many other guitars is a type of thermally treated maple known as “roseacer” (a word coined from “acer”, the name of the genus to which maple belongs). The heat treatment to which the wood is subjected reduces its water content to around three percent, which prevents subsequent shifting or warping and increases the wood’s stability while also giving it a visual appearance similar to that of rosewood.

Beyond expectation
Paganini 10.04.2018
I would have no problem to gig with it straight out of the box.
-Sound is in my opinion great acoustically.
-Neck feels more like an electric guitar than a typical classical, which for me works much better.
-Built quality, in terms of looks and playability is excellent.
Cons: (there aren't any really, but just some heads up)
Plugged in, the sound is not really that great, kind of shallow sounding to my ears at least, but the electronics are easily replaced, and considering the price of the instrument, it's great!
Body ornaments were not glued properly, so they need a bit of work. Also the holes could be a tiny bit better looking, but that's nitpicking.
Overall, it would be a great instrument for three times the price, so I'm very satisfied with it.


andrey lebyodkin 15.07.2021
the guitar came with a broken neck, all in dirty streaks, a worn deck and dried mold on the fretboard pad. the issue of money back is being resolved. I couldn't replace it with another store. promised a completely free replacement, but I for delivery and taxes required more than half the cost of the tool. of course I refused. now the parcel will be returned to the store, and I am promised to return the money.. I was left without a guitar.


Good guitar in low price
moiguitarrock 16.01.2020
This guitar's quite good for the price you are paying for, the relation between quality, sound, and cost is really good. I haven't tried in an amp but the acoustic sound is nice and loud. Recommended if you need an acoustic guitar to practice at home, you want some decent sound but you don't want to spend a lot of money.


Very good classical substitute
great nylon string guitar 08.05.2021
Great for those who like nylon string guitars without the super wide classical guitar width.