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Review: Harley Benton HB-10G – Crazy Cheap Small Amp!

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Let’s imagine that you’re an amateur guitarist and you’re looking for a functional and affordable combo – if that’s the case, the Harley Benton HB-10G may be the ultimate solution. I own that amp, so I feel that I’m in a good spot to share some of my thoughts with you.

In my opinion, the HB-10G has everything you need if you just want to play at home. It’s not ideal, but for a beginner who doesn’t know much about guitars and amps, this will be an excellent purchase.

I think that this model can definitely compete with other similar 10-Watt amplifiers made by other brands such as Marshall, Fender or VOX. Let’s take a closer look on that amp to see what exactly makes it cool.

About HB-10G

Believe it or not, but Harley Benton started selling this amp back in 2001! This is actually one of their most popular and most affordable combos of all time.

It seems pretty clear why it became successful – it’s compact and inexpensive, it sounds pretty good and it has a lot of cool features that are not available in similar amps available at this price range.

I mean, come on – it literally costs less than 60 EUR. It won’t be easy to find a better small combo than this one.

Features

harley benton hb-10g features

Here’s a list of the coolest features of this amp:

  • a great sounding 6″ speaker
  • two individual channels – clean and overdrive
  • a 3-band EQ that gives you a lot of control over your tone
  • a headphone output – which allows you to practice without annoying your family and neighbors
  • AUX input that allows you to use backing tracks
  • compact size that makes it easy to fit even in a small bedroom

As you can see, that’s a lot of great features! All of that stuff proves that this amp is not overrated at all. And the hype is worth it.

Dimensions & Weight

The combo weighs around 4kg (maybe a little bit more than that). But it’s still a fairly lightweight amp.

When it comes to dimensions, it’s 29cm x 31cm x 17.5cm.

So you can imagine that it’s a small combo, but it’s definitely not tiny.

hb-10g dimensions

Sound Demo

Here’s a quick sound demo of this combo – feel free to check it out below.

Build Quality

Some people tend to think that budget amps aren’t worth it mainly because of their poor build quality. But to be honest, it’s not entirely true.

Obviously, you can’t expect the HB-10G to be made with the same attention to detail as some Fender or Marshall that costs a few thousands of dollars.

But the overall quality of this combo is surprisingly good. It doesn’t feel cheap, if you know what I mean. So if you take a good care of it, it should last you for years to come.

The controls feel good and the grip handle is also nicely done so you shouldn’t have any problems with carrying it around.

Overall – great job, Harley Benton!

Specifications

Here’s a table with detailed specs for all the guitar nerds out there. If you’re like me, you probably want to know everything before your purchase. And I don’t blame you for that.

Channels2 (Clean & Overdrive)
Power10 Watts
Speaker6″
EQ3-Band
Headphone OutputYes
AUX InputYes
Dimensions29cm x 31cm x 17.5cm
WeightAround 4kg
Gain Control?Yes
Includes Footswitch?No

Disadvantages

Okay, so far I haven’t mentioned any major issues, so you’re probably wondering where is the catch. And you know what? It depends on how you look at it.

In my opinion, the biggest cons of the Harley Benton HB-10G are:

  • limited power – if you’re looking for crazy power and loudness, you need to find something bigger
  • no built-in effects – it would be nice to at least have a some sort of reverb in here
  • it comes without a footswitch – but at the same time it’s normal, because other cheap amps don’t include that accessory either

While some guitarists may complain about these disadvantages, I actually think that you shouldn’t worry too much about that stuff. In the end, it’s a budget amp. And since it’s a compact combo, it’s obvious that the power will be limited, right?

So honestly, considering how affordable this amp is, complaining about it is just not worth it.

Who Should Get It?

Since HB-10G is both cheap and small, it’s mainly designed for:

  • guitarists who are looking for their first combo
  • players of all levels who need a reliable and good sounding amp for home use
  • anyone who wants to find out if budget amps can actually be good

Let’s be honest – if you have years of experience as a guitar nerd, you should probably look for something better. But you probably know that already.

Alternative Options

As you’re probably already aware, the market is full of various guitar amplifiers. Some are very bad and some are very good – and that’s okay. But the point I’m trying to make is that the market is really saturated.

The most common budget amps are:

  • Marshall MG10
  • Orange Crush 12
  • Fender Frontman 10G
  • VOX Pathfinder 10
  • Harley Benton HB-20R
  • and more!

Have a look at the list below and compare these prices.

One quick look at the prices above and it’s already pretty clear that Harley Benton HB-10G is way cheaper than all of these combos.

But don’t get me wrong – these amps are popular for a reason. And since I tried all of them, some of my thoughts may actually be surprising to you.

In my opinion, the HB-10G offers the best value for the money, while Marshall MG10 has the best overdrive and VOX Pathfinder 10 has the best clean tone. I like the aesthetic of Orange Crush 12 and I have to say that the Harley Benton HB-20R is the loudest one out of all of them.

You can also check out my comparison of Fender Frontman 10G vs Marshall MG10. Great two little amps!

fender frontman 10g vs marshall mg10

But no matter which one you decide to choose, I’m pretty positive that you won’t be able to find a cooler cheap amp than the HB-10G. It just beats everything else at this price level.

My Experience With Harley Benton

For those who are not aware, I’m running a YouTube channel and I record reviews of various guitars and amps. Because of that, I tested A LOT of gear by Harley Benton.

What do I think about this brand? Well, the answer is pretty simple.

I’m a really big fan of Harley Benton. Their guitars and amps are often cheap and they offer an amazing value for the money. What’s there not to like?

Maybe this brand is not as legendary as Fender, VOX, Marshall or Orange, but it shouldn’t really concern you. At the end of the day, you probably want to find a functional piece of gear that most importantly works fine and sounds good. The logo shouldn’t really matter.

So out of my experience, I can definitely recommend gear by Harley Benton. Obviously, not all of their products are perfect, but most of them are great. And if you’re getting their products from Thomann, you also get a 3-year warranty. So in case something goes wrong, you are protected.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, Harley Benton HB-10G is a really nice small combo suitable mostly for amateur players. I’m sure that more advanced guitarists will also enjoy it, but let’s be real – if you’re experienced, you probably prefer some better sounding tube amps.

However, if you’re looking for your first amp – this is the way to go. It’s probably one of the best small combos available at this price level.

What do you guys think of that model? Let me know in the comments down below, it would be awesome to hear your thoughts about it. I wonder if you’re a fan of Harley Benton like me or maybe you have your reasons to hate their gear. Anyway – leave a comment under this post!