Design Principles

Doner Designs - Warming Hearts with Cool Guitars
We sometimes use the phrase: "Classic Shapes, Bold Styling & Custom Shop Tone" to describe a few of our guiding design principles...

  • Classic Shapes refers to the body styles first used by Leo Fender's Stratocaster & Telecaster guitars as well as Jazz bass & Precision bass. These shapes are comfortable, are great looking and licensed copies are readily available from numerous suppliers at a wide range of price points. 
  • Bold Styling refers to custom themes as well as innovative electronics setups.  Designs which could can be purchased as an art piece by a non-player tend to do well at fundraiser auctions. 
  • Custom Shop Tone refers to quality electronics. The tone of an electric guitar is determined principally by the pickups and the control setup, therefore, when managing to a budget, electronics is the last thing we cut corners on.
Until now, our focus has been on building elaborate military-style themed guitars.  A few examples of our work are pictured below and on the pages shown in the index at left.  Once we have covered all four branches of the military we will likely branch out into other genres like "steampunk" for example.

We have not deviated from "Classic Shapes" but we may consider it as we consider how to be more creative with future projects

The First Two Fight Back Series Guitars and Several Prototypes which Influenced the Designs
Serial Numbers 1 and 2 dedicated to Jenna Richards
Serial Numbers 2 and 3 - Army Guitar and Air Force Bass Ready for Auction
 Two Early Prototypes We Continuously Modify to Test New Ideas.
Additional pictures are available on the subpages referred to in the site index at left.
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