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Old 11-24-2022, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by SpruceTop View Post
Thanks, Jack! Yes, a rounded-fret design for sure but I wonder if there is a thin tang on the bottom of the frets that locates in slots on the fingerboard?

These are ‘Demi Hemispherical End’ aka ‘Demi Hemi’ frets made from standard fret wire pre shaped before installation.

Feels delightful in the fret hand and looks lovely. Won’t feel jagged when a wood fretboard shrinks. Gives a titch more fret surface than regular tapered fret ends.

Labour intensive to: cut each fret to exact length, cut back the tang ends, round each fret end consistently, plunge cut fret slots. Labour costs can be reduced in high volume shops though process improvements and task specialization.

Recently re-introduced as a feature of high end ukuleles, followed by the very affordable Enya Tenor Pro composite ukuleles etc. Now a feature on the very affordable Enya Go guitars and the Donner guitars.

2018 RainSong H-DR1000N2/T copper burst - carbon fibre
2016 CA Cargo black - carbon fibre
2016 Fender Telecaster thinline
2014 Fender Concert Pro (New Hartford) - red spruce, mahogany
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Old 01-04-2023, 10:46 AM
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I just opened the Donner I bought on Amazon for $299.

First impression: What a piece of junk.

Action is a mile high and unplayable. Hit the open low E and there are weird resonances that obviously shouldn't be there. It's too bad because the overall tone is really pretty nice!

The neck has horrible bow. I'll try straightening it later and see what that does.

The saddle is very high, so lots of room to take the action down, but I'm not touching it. I may try to exchange this one or just return it. I feel sorry for any beginners buying one and receiving the unplayable guitar I bought.

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