Got it in the mail took it out and tuned it. Then played it and it sounded great. I may change the strings but it sounds great and feels great. Wish you made an electric acoustic guitar. Probably gonna get a mandolin next
Playing guitar for 48 years and I love a Telecaster. The fit and finish is excellent. Didn't need to do much adjustment other than neck relief, intonation and string height for my playing style. I like a hot setup and the bridge pickup is at 8.24k ohms and for a stock ceramic single coil it pushes the front end with pedals very well. A great guitar at a fantastic price point. Well done Donner. I may have to get the black one!
Recently bought this Donner guitar for my friend who is learning guitar and quickly becoming a guitar enthusiast. Seeing as I do not know much about the guitar, I gave it to him and let him play with it. This is what he has to say about the Donner. "This guitars coloring is beautiful, the uses of the light and dark creates the perfect symmetry. The running pegs do not match the quality of the rest of the guitar, this making it hard to tune at times. The frets and neck are smooth. Strings are nice and light for beginners. Making it easier to play for a longer period of time. It comes with a light weight gig bag, that is an added bonus. The guitars shape fits the leg well, making it pretty comfy, but the lower bout is a bit blocky for my arm to rest on it. However, it does not take away from the ability to play this guitar in any way. The sound and tone is good with or without an amp. Overall for the price it is a great begining guitar." I am happy he was so pleased with the guitar. Being as picky as he can be, he gives his recommendation for purchasing this guitar without any hesitation.
I had my eye on the strat but thought, never had a Telecaster type guitar so bought it then my wife got me the strat type. I love them both but if I had to choose one it would be the Tele. She is awesome! I have become a Donner Dude! ���
The guitar plays very well, right out of the box. Very nice weight, great tones in all 3 positions. I purchased it to use in church in my job as worship leader. It will do that and more!
From the packaging to the fit and finish. I was totally amazed how good the guitar was
I'm going to be honest with you this is a perfect guitar for a beginner everything on the guitar was set up to play, but I bought it for a special reason I am a retired woodworker guitar enthusiast and amateur guitar Luther which means I work on guitars. The only difference between a $100 guitar and $1,000, I bought this guitar to modify it sharpen my ax they call it so I was prepared to have to do a lot of fret work and Neck work which to be honest with you is not needed, on this particular guitar the fret ends were great the neck came with just enough relief in it which is perfect, truss rod adjustment works really well. Was ready to change out pickups but might leave them in it for a while they sound really good the volume and trouble knob work efficiently good tone on neck pickup, three-way switch a little too flimsy I will definitely replace it and definitely I replace the strings with the strings I prefer to play I like this guitar so much that I actually when I received it ordered two more this time stratocasters super pleased with my purchase,
Thank you Donner
Donner never fails to provide high-quality instruments and accessories. This tele Is awesome! I also have the Donner Alpha-Cruncher pedal, and the delay is great! I've also bought the Moukey Audio Interface, (just perfect for what I need!), Donner monitor speakers, a Donner drum throne and the Moukey tongue drum. I'm recording them all!
Thank you Donner for your incredible sales! Today I purchased the acoustic amplifier for 25% off! Can't wait to get it!
I ordered the Donner Heavy Metal headphone amp and it got here in a couple of days. I had just got the Donner electric guitar and couldn't wait to try the little amp. It came fully changed and ready to go! I played for several hours and it still reads full charge. I'm very happy with it and my dogs are too. Now they can nap while I play Rockstar! Win-Win-Win!
I am the North Carolina Blues Man. I have many guitars in my collection such as an Epiphone Les Paul Custom, G&L Telecaster, and a Fender Stratocaster, this Donner Telecaster is a top notch guitar it is just as good an instrument as my other ones maybe even better.
Nice Brand new guitar. Played great. Nice color and I like the holes on back to put new strings on the guitar
I bought the Donner Telecaster in white and I'm really impressed with it. The white color body that I ordered is difficult to find in a reasonably priced guitar so I was really pleased that Donner had this color available. When I unboxed the guitar the finish and build really were very good for a budget guitar. There were no flaws and the guitar itself has a nice neck and body weight. The fret edges were really well dressed with no fret sprout which is common in a lot of other budget guitars but not with this Donner model. I changed the strings and polished the frets and oiled the fretboard and then it was ready to play. The string action is really excellent and I did not have to change the bridge saddles to compensate for the height of the strings nor did I have to adjust the truss rod. This guitar is really ready to play right out of the box! The pickups sound good with a good tonal range between the neck and the bridge. The tuners are better than average. If I would compare this guitar to a Glarry or a Squier Bullet I would say that the Donner is a better guitar in fit, finish, general quality and playability. Overall, I am very impressed with this guitar and may buy the Stratocaster version. Thank you Donner!
Beware of Donner! They lie about the stock they have. After you buy, your order will not be filled and they will tell you they are out of stock! My experience has been a nightmare. First guitar had a cracked neck pocket and the tone knob was broken. They will not make it right. Save yourself some grief, buy a Squier from a reputable source. You will be better off!
I purchased this guitar a I was needing a “T” style guitar but didn’t have a lot of $$$. I figured I’d roll the dice on this as I am a fan of donner effects pedals and know they pack a lot of punch i to a small inexpensive package. I had a question about my order initially, and the customer service reps handled my request quickly and answered promptly. The guitar arrived well-packed and after unpacking and after making a few adjustments to suit my playing style it was ready to go. The neck is smooth and very comfortable in my hand. The sound of the guitar is classic “T” style. The bridge is very hot with a lot of “twang” while the neck gives a bassy, jazzy feel. The middle position gives a nice mix of the 2 that is good for rhythm with a little bite. For less than 130 dollars, including shipping, this guitar would be a good choice for experienced players who need a backup and are short on cash or beginning/hobbyist players who need a good guitar for not a lot of cash. (Please note that I replaced the original pickguard with a black one. Just personal preference!)
Great guitar! Well done Donner!
I have recently discovered that there are some awesome low-cost guitars out there. After being very pleased with purchases from IYV and Indio, I decided to pull the trigger on a Donner Tele style that kept popping up in my social media pages. Upon receiving the guitar a week later, my first disappointment was that the guitar was black, and not the burst style depicted in the ad. This was probably my fault for not checking my purchase options carefully. Out of the box, this guitar was not nearly as well set up as my other recent low cost purchases. The guitar is currently at my favorite music shop to see if their setup expertise can solve the intonation problems I am having. I'm hoping for good results. On a positive note, I like the looks of the fret board. It is somewhat darker than it appears in my pic. I doubt is it really rosewood or ebony, but it looks like it. I wish Donner would say what it is. It's a bit dry, but I'll fix that when I get the guitar back from the shop. Bottom line, I'm not currently wowed like I was with my prior low cost purchases, but I don't regret taking a 110 buck chance on this thing.
Guitar is exacly as expected.
The tone quality that comes out of this guitar is amazing! I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the craftsmanship I found on it when I opened the box. But imagine my surprise when I plugged it into my amp. The pick-ups are solid. The size, the weight and the shape of this guitar makes it really comfortable to play. The set-up was not that bad either, I have not made any adjustments other than tuning and I can't put the thing down. I brought it to work to show-off to my buddy who also plays guitar and he was as impressed with it as I am. Good job Donner, keep it up!
I had purchased another brand budget tele style guitar and found it to truly be a piece of junk. I decided to give it another try with Donner. Boy was I surprised at the difference! Donner is selling a great quality instrument for very few dollars more than the other brands. The finish is great, the neck only required a touchup to get it right and the sound is right on. I will certainly recommend Donner to my friends!
Got a great deal , and equipment more than I expected, thanks guy's
It arrived early and it is a gem! It has a beautiful look, and the finish is not amateurish at all. The tuners hold up great, and it stays in tune between practice sessions. The satin neck is perfect for moving up and down, and the tone is just what I was hoping for. I have already recommend this incredibly affordable guitar to friends.
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I've bought several "cheap" guitars in the past...Some swings were a miss, but this one is a homerun. Everything about it exceeded my expectations. Compared to the FireFly (which I adore) I picked up a few years back, this is a whole different league of inexpensive guitar. I've seen Donner all over the place on YT and guitar sites...figured it was time I got one for myself. Very glad I did.
This is almost identical in looks to my first guitar, a mid-70's Japanese No-Name I picked up in the early 90's. The finish is absolutely flawless. Metal is shiny and the pick guard is layered perfection. Neck and fret board are perfect right out of the packaging, too. I didn't have to go over the edges of the frets with my sanding board, or anything. That's something I DID have to do with my FireFly. Didn't have to adjust the truss either. Aside from tuning I literally didn't have to do anything.
I love the WEIGHT to this guitar. This is solid basswood body. That's just how it is with inexpensive guitars, so I am not surprised. However the neck appears to be real maple. Very smooth. Fret board is also a solid wood, but it is stained darker. Along the edges there is some slight stain imperfections, but nothing distracting.
Playability-wise, this has very low action. There isn't any noticeable buzzing on the strings. Super easy and smooth for someone with smaller hands. The pickups and electronics seem to do exactly what you would expect. Volume knob works, tone knob works. No issues. The pickup switch has three settings (the description says 5??), neck pickup, body pickup, or both pickups. Sound isn't overly unique but I prefer just the pickup under the pickguard. Sounds like the 60's to me. Haha
Things I wish were better: Case. This comes with a cheap nylon gig bag. I wish it had a soft shell case instead. I'd gladly pay a bit more for something better. Strap is also pretty meh. It's just a thin brown nylon strap. I have a nice padded leather strap already on my dreadnought so I'll just swap them out. Not a big deal.
In this kit, you're really just paying for the guitar. The accessories that come with it are mediocre at best. Luckily the guitar is completely worth the ticket price. Beats out any Fender or Gibson I've tried in the same price range, for sure. Overall quality really reminds me of an Ibanez I used for several years. This just feels right in my hands. Old-school cool, old-school sound. Paired with my Fender Champion 20 amp....Excellent all around. Very pleased!
I like it. Very solid. Great tone. Have already jammed a few times with it. Compares to Squire closely.
This is well built, the fret ends are really well done, they do need some crown polishing though. They seem level enough to not have a ton of buzz even with a relatively low action.
The finish is really nice, actually better than the Squire Strat I have that's also a burst. I only found one flaw in the finish where the clear coat bubbled a little bit.
The pick-ups with some gain don't sound half bad but I am also using a noise gate. I plan to swap them out later.
The tuners weren't great at all. I'd recommend swapping those out first thing. This pickups could be swapped out as well. This guitar would certainly be worth spending the money on the upgrade.
Depending on preference this could be good or bad but this guitar has some weight to it! Its not neck heavy though. Its about as heavy as the Harley Benton LP that I have.
Not double boxed for shipping.
Based on the photo here you can see I've already done some modifications. That said, this is a perfect guitar for a mod platform! It's certainly not a premium guitar but it is worth the purchase as a first guitar, mod platform, second guitar and with the right setup I can see this being a gigging guitar.
Such a great guitar for what amounts to about $100 guitar. (if you include the 10' cord and padded gig bag) and it was about 3 days from order to delivery.
Inotation is spot on nothing needed to be adjusted.
The frets while rough (as in non polished) are already starting to smooth out, this doesn't bode well for longevity of the frets mind you but it is about $100. The fret ends are well cut and smoothed. They could use a little rounding but not a necessity.
The 'classic hardware' is a nice touch as is the branded name plate. The cuts are precise as is the neck pocket.
The neck pickup is routed and will fit a humbucker style (not sure of bridge as I haven't taken that apart yet).
I would like to change out the hardware for gold but it's not really needed.
Overall this is a great guitar for the price. And this is coming from someone that has played the instrument for going on 35 years.
Donner is a great company as well. The communication and their involvement with their customers is second to none.