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Updated on January 20, 2010

Douglas Guitars Are The Best Electric Guitars Available For Musicians on a Tight Budget.

Before you go off saying "Oh great, another cheap knock off electric guitar," let me tell you my story...

The first axe I ever owned was a cheap Steinburger copy electric guitar my parents got me for Christmas. It was cool looking but it soon had serious issues. The high E string would get stuck underneath the frets, the electronics crapped out, the action was terrible, and when I tried to adjust the bridge, I found out that it was made of plastic (painted silver) that snapped off when I adjusted the screws. I ended up gluing on the bridge pieces and gave it to a friend.

I moved on to a couple of really nice, high dollar guitars that I really loved. An American Deluxe Plus and a Joe Pass Emperor. I played them for years and then one day I got ripped off! I was in between jobs and very low on cash. It was almost worse than losing my best friend.

I looked around several weeks, and after looking at all sorts of used electric guitars for sale, stumbled across RondoMusic.com and with some hesitation ordered one of their Douglas guitars.

(The picture above is of the exact model I bought, a WT-445. I love this guitar. It has a set neck, 3 humbuckers, 5 way selector switch, inlays on the neck and headstock, creme binding on the neck, headstock, and body, and a beautiful finish. It plays and sounds like budda.

Did I mention it only cost $159.99?)

I fully expected to be much like my first guitar. I was pleasantly surprised when the guitar I received was just as described and looked just like the pictures online. It plays really well and I have no complaints at all.

Just have a look at these guitars. They are exactly as described and the prices are unbeatable!

-Rob

Douglas SI-13 3TS w/ Floyd - Licensed Floyd at a Great Price! ($99.95)

Douglas SI-13 3TS w/ Floyd Features and Specs:

Douglas SI-13 3TS w/ Floyd

Douglas SI-13 3TS

Licensed Floyd at a Great Price!

# Trus rod adjustable 22 fret bolt on maple neck and maple fretboard,

# Die-cast tuners

# Licensed Double Locking Floyd Rose tremolo

# Pearloid pickguard

# Two single coil and one humbucker pickup with a five way switch for great tonal variety.

# One volume and 2 tone controls

# Chrome hardware

# Fully adjustable bridge

# > Light weight (7.5 lbs) solid paulownia wood body (not laminated)

# Overall length is 39 1/2" including the strap button.

# Scale length is 25.5". Width at the widest point is 13". The neck is 1 11/16"

wide at the nut. Floyd mounting posts are 3" apart.

To see our HUGE selection of beautiful and wallet friendly electric guitars, visit our site RondoMusic.com

Douglas SI-13 Floyd Ultra Light Blue - Licensed Floyd at a Great Price! ($99.95)

Douglas SI-13 TBL Blue Features and Specs:

Douglas SI-13 TBL Blue

Licensed Floyd at a Great Price!

# Trus rod adjustable 22 fret bolt on maple neck and maple fretboard,

# Die-cast tuners

# Licensed Double Locking Floyd Rose Tremolo

# Pearloid pickguard

# Two single coil and one humbucker pickup with a five way switch for great tonal variety.

# One volume and 2 tone controls

# Chrome hardware

# Fully adjustable bridge

# > Light weight (7.5 lbs) solid paulownia wood body (not laminated)

# Overall length is 39 1/2" including the strap button. Scale length is 25.5".

# Width at the widest point is 13". The neck is 1 11/16" wide at the nut. Floyd mounting posts are 3" apart.

To see our HUGE selection of beautiful and wallet friendly electric guitars, visit our site RondoMusic.com

Douglas Shadow CSB - Great performance at a great price! ($119.95)

Douglas Shadow CSB Features and Specs

Douglas Shadow CSB

Great performance at a great price!

# Single cutaway arch top body made from solid Alder

# Bolt on Maple neck with an adjustable truss rod

# Bound Rosewood fretboard with 22 jumbo (2.7mm) frets and trapezoidal inlays

# High quality humbucker pickups help reduce hum and noise and offer superior performance by giving a thicker fuller sound than single coils

# Humbuckers also create a much larger magnetic field, which helps eliminate dead spots and increases overall power of the pickup

# Two volume and two tone controls plus a 3-way pickup selector switch tailor your sound

# Stop Bar Tailpiece help transfer string vibration to the body for great sound and sustain

# The angled headstock helps increase the tension of the string on the nut and therefore also helps transfer the vibrations of the string to the guitar

# All chrome hardware (including diecast sealed tuners and a stop-bar tailpiece)

# Actual Weight is only 8lbs. Bridge studs are 3" apart. Width of the neck at the nut: 1 5/8"; at the 22st fret: 2 3/16" Overall length, including the strap button: 40"; Scale length: 24.75"

# Width at the widest point: 13". Bridge studs are 3" apart

To see our HUGE selection of beautiful and wallet friendly electric guitars, visit our site RondoMusic.com

Check out this dude shredding on his Douglas 7 string electric guitar

Douglas Spad Metallic Red - Power and performance in an awesome guitar! ($149.95)

Douglas Spad Metallic Red Features and Specs:

Douglas Spad Metallic Red

Power and performance in an awesome guitar!

# Powerful Ceramic Pickups

# Reverse Headstock

# 24 Jumbo fret maple set neck lets you hit those elusive high notes solos

# Dual cutaway solid basswood body is contoured for comfortable play

# Offset string through body bridge for improved sustain and intonation

# bound Rosewood fretboard and adjustable truss rod with custom inlay on the 12th fret

# 5-way pickup selector switch with coil tapping and one volume and one tone control help tailor your individual sounds

# All black hardware including Diecast Black Tuners gives this guitar a distinctive look

# li> Width of the neck at the nut: 1 5/8"; at the 24th fret: 2 3/16". Neck Profile 20.5mm at the 1st fret, 22.5mm at the 12th fret Overall length, including the strap button: 39 1/2"; Scale length: 25.5"

# Width at the widest point: 12"

# Body thickness 1 5/8" at edge

# Actual Weight is only 7 lbs

To see our HUGE selection of beautiful and wallet friendly electric guitars, visit our site RondoMusic.com

Douglas WF-165 TA - Ash Burl Arch Top at an Unbelievable Price ! ($149.95)

Douglas WF-165 TA Features and Specs:

Douglas WF-165 TA

Ash Burl Arch Top at an Unbelievable Price !

# Stunning appearance with an Ash Burl Top, Gold Hardware and bound body

# Dual cutaways allow easy access to all 22 frets

# Bolt on Maple neck with adjustable truss rod

# Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays

# Two Humbucker pickups for powerful sound an low noise

# One volume and one tone controls plus 3-way pickup switch

# Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop bar tailpiece

# Solid basswood body.

# Width of the neck at the nut: 1 5/8"; at the 22st fret: 2 1/4". Bridge post spacing 2 7/8"

# Overall length 38 1/2"; Scale length: 25 1/2"

# Width at the widest point: 12 3/4", body thickness at the edge: 1 1/2"

# Approx. Weight is only 7 lbs

To see our HUGE selection of beautiful and wallet friendly electric guitars, visit our site RondoMusic.com

Douglas Spad Nat Pro - Upgraded Performance and Featuresat a Great Price! ($199.95)

Douglas Spad Nat Pro Features and Specs:

Douglas Spad Nat Pro

Upgraded Performance and Featuresat a Great Price!

The Pro Version of the Spad Offers These Upgrades

# Set-in Neck for improved stability and sustain

# Solid Mahogany Body for improved sound

# Grover Tuners with 18-1 Turn

# Emg Select Pickups

Standard Features Include:

# Reverse Headstock

# 24 Jumbo fret mahogany set neck lets you hit those elusive high notes solos

# Dual cutaway solid body is contoured for comfortable play

# Offset string through body bridge for improved sustain and intonation

# bound Rosewood fretboard and adjustable truss rod with custom inlay on the 12th fret

# 5-way pickup selector switch with coil tapping and one volume and one tone control help tailor your individual sounds

# li> Width of the neck at the nut: 1 5/8"; at the 24th fret: 2 3/16". Neck Profile 20.5mm at the 1st fret, 22.5mm at the 12th fret Overall length, including the strap button: 39 1/2"; Scale length: 25.5"

# Width at the widest point: 12"

# Body thickness 1 5/8" at edge

# Actual Weight is only 8 lbs

To see our HUGE selection of beautiful and wallet friendly electric guitars, visit our site RondoMusic.com

Douglas WNO 650 NA - Great jazz sound at an affordable price ! ($299.95)

Douglas WNO 650 NA Features and Specs:

Douglas WNO 650 NA

Great jazz sound at an affordable price !

# Hollow body with fine Maple Top creates that warm, musical, jazz tone

# Two F-holes adorn the top of the guitar

# The front and back of the body feature cream binding

# Set in Maple neck for added stability and an adjustable truss rod

# Rosewood fretboard with 22 jumbo frets and block inlays

# Toaster Pickups for that vintage sound.

# Two volume controls, two tone controls and a 3-way pickup selector switch tailor your sound

# Vintage Licensed Bigsby Tremolo

# All gold hardware and die-cast tuners

# Width of the neck at the nut: 1 11/16"; at the 22st fret: 1 3/16"

# Overall length 42.25"; Scale length: 24.75"

# Width at the widest point: 16", body thickness at the edge: 1.75"

# Actual Weight is only 8.5 lbs

To see our HUGE selection of beautiful and wallet friendly electric guitars, visit our site RondoMusic.com

Do you own a Douglas Guitar? Tell me what you think of it. I love Mine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I traded an EV speaker for a Douglas that looks like a Les Paul Special. It doesn't play so well and the tuners are so-so but the pickups sound great. I replaced the old style set bridge with an $30 All Parts unit so I can get the intonation right and set it up for open G. Thing screams as a slide guitar.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have about 10 guitars from Rondo which include SX, Agile and Douglas.

      I am a professional drummer (I played money making gigs for about 10 years in the San Diego area) who has turned into a guitar collector/player and I also mess around with a keyboad and bass guitar once in a while and have been doing so since 1966 (Yep, that's right; probably older than most of you out there) One of the best looking guitars I have is a Douglas Spad Nat Pro that at this date I can't find anymore at Rondo. I have over 70 guitars in my collection which include a couple of $3K+ Gibson Custom shops, and for the money, there is no way you can beat both Douglas or Agile guitars.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Douglas Halo (explorer copy) I really like it was playable out of the box.I plan to replace the pickups as they are muddy.the neck is fat and wide still getting used to it.I paid 150.00 for it with shipping sounds almost as good as a Gibson and looks like one too.I was worried when I ordered my first guitar from Rondo Music that was a SX SST57 3/4 scale strat that was great right out of the box,so I ordered the Halo as I've always wanted an Explorer but never could save the cash for one including a 500.00 Epiphone Explorer.Rondo has good quality affordable guitars at good prices.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey Rob, I have a similar story. my first guitar is an early 80s model Harmony H-802. don't get me wrong, i love the guitar, but the tuners stick, pickups buzz and the jack is screwed up...and on top of all of that, im a lefty. now i have a total of 5 guitars and my newest one is, you know it, a Douglas. At the time i was looking for a CHEAP left handed V guitar and them i found it, even in a unique color. I now have a Douglas Fulcrum. I love it and its probably the best guitar ill ever own

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Douglas 7, my first guitar with more than 6 strings. It plays as sweet as my Ibanez RG. I want some better-defined pickups, but the clean tones are more than adequate. Rather than taking a chance on an expensive 7-string that I might not have liked, I got this and am now considering the Agile 828.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have the black spad black one, its badass. built better than my ibanez rg and my previously owned jacksons. I paid 120 total for it and am still amazed. If it had a fr floating on it I would say game over and buy 4 more, loading each with diff pickups. I took a chance and Douglas came thru with a well built guitar for 1/4 what the greedy bastard "name brand" compitition charge for the same quality. Stop overthinking and buy one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes I would recommend the Douglas or Agile,SX from Rondo they are well made good quality guitars not the beginner junk out there on ebay.I'm very happy with my SX strat and Douglas halo (explorer copy)I got from rondo next is the agile al 200 les paul copy that rivals epiphone's les paul standard all for 225.00. My guitars came ready to play out of the box with no issues just had to tune then play but some you do have to set them up to your liking adjust action ect. Bottom line go buy one .

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Douglas Halo (Explorer/Destroyer copy) I got this past April for 150.00 including shipping (selling for 139.00) metallic red. I really like this guitar stays in tune well and sounds good pickups aren't bad for stock,plays well and was playable out of the box all I had to do was tune it and start to play.The only thing I don't care for is the wide fat neck it is also top heavy as in the headstock will drop to my knees if I let it go,other than these minor issues this is a great guitar(cheaper than an Epiphone explorer or Ibanez destroyer) I also own from Rondo music an SX 3/4 scale 57 strat (like the Squier mini but with a tremelo and 1 volume 2 tone knobs) sounds just like a Fender well made great guitar got it for 105.00 with shipping ect.nice vintage white color and beautiful finish with maple neck love playing it too.I plan to get a hollow body jazz guitar from them as well as an Agile 2000

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I got the 727Grendel lefty 7 string. Mine came with a few little issues. Besides some flaws in the finish, the nut was carved improperly(looked like some tried to modify it) some of the frets weren't hammered all the way in, the neck bolt holes are cut improperly exposing gaps, the tuners were very cheap and could hardly stay in tune.BUT really for the cost the guitar isn't too bad. I replaced the pickups with seymour duncans'blackout'7 shimmed the nut height and replaced the tuners. Its turned out to be one of my favorite guitars!! I had planned to replace everything anyway. I have an SX les paul copy that is awesome and Brice 6 string fretless bass that's amazing as well.Next is the lefty Agile8 string HA! Definitely decent guitars for the money.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I got the 727Grendel lefty 7 string. Mine came with a few little issues. Besides some flaws in the finish, the nut was carved improperly(looked like some tried to modify it) some of the frets weren't hammered all the way in, the neck bolt holes are cut improperly exposing gaps, the tuners were very cheap and could hardly stay in tune.BUT really for the cost the guitar isn't too bad. I replaced the pickups with seymour duncans'blackout'7 shimmed the nut height and replaced the tuners. Its turned out to be one of my favorite guitars!! I had planned to replace everything anyway. I have an SX les paul copy that is awesome and Brice 6 string fretless bass that's amazing as well.Next is the lefty Agile8 string HA! Definitely decent guitars for the money.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Don't own one but that Burl top is niceeeee! Great lense.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a Fender custom strat and Gibson les paul (from the 80's), and this douglas (a tele look a like) it can hold it's own with both of them, after you take the time to set it up... but after that it plays and sounds like a dream... I had to line the inside to stop a LOT of interference but after that it's a really good guitar.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i just got the Douglas WRL 590 Floyd NA! http://www.rondomusic.com/product1256.html

      so far i love it! quality parts, quality guitar!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i have a douglas left handed randy rhodes style v. i bought it for $99.00 at rondo music.

      all i had to do was set the action to where i liked it and vwa la she plays like a beast.

      the stock pick ups are humbuckers. all i can say is that this guitar is so sweet. i play through a crate twin w/ 3 channels. the clean is oh so clean. the overdrive is dirty and good on rhythm. the high gain is perfect for lead. i am in the process of buying another douglas guitar and this is going to be the les paul copy in black left handed. all in all, i can say that you really can't go wrong for the price. and i think they sound better than jackson / gibson / epi and so on. so i definitely recomened these guitars to anyone.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I don't have a Douglas but I plan on getting my mom to order me (I'm 16) the 190 dollar blue 7 string guitar on Rondo. I'll come back and throw in my two cents when I get it.

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      PlayGuitarToday 7 years ago

      I have not had one of their V models, but the ones I have are definitely not stripped down beginner electric guitars. The build quality and the features on mine are pretty good...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi!, I saw a Douglas WT-460V on the net, it looks beautiful but I wonder if the sound is truly good, and how well is the hardware (knobs, PU selector, tremolo bar, etc.)? Is it a versatile guitar? I have many doubts, and I'm tired of "Beginner" guitars, but can't pay $400 or $600 for a high-quality semi pro guitar. Would anyone recommend me that Douglas "V" guitar??? Thanks...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a WF 165--like a Les Paul in Tele body. Only lighter and (for me) comfier to play. Kind of a Fender FMT clone. Good range of sounds, from jazzy to twangy. Only thing I don't like is the homely headstock. And would it kill Shine (who makes these for Rondo) to come up with a logo with some character? It'd cost 'em $50 and change. I got mine for $99. A nice deal.

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      PlayGuitarToday 7 years ago

      The Toaster Pickups are modified humbuckers that are going for the DeArmond pickup sound (found on many Gretsch hollowbodies.) As far as it having a center tone block, I would guess it did based on the weight.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am debating the Douglas WNO 650 NA... not sure if this is like a P90 pick up or a modified or specially wound humbucker pick up. I looked over and over the Epiphone Casino and the Casino Elite, but I think this is a better guitar. I am not sure either, if it has a maple block in the body of the guitar similar to the ES335.

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      PlayGuitarToday 7 years ago

      I just have one, but I am going to start buying about 2 each month and do videos so folks can see just how these guitars sound and look like.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I own 1 Douglas Bass and 5 Douglas guitars.

      All keepers and they only required some very minor tweaks to get

      to go from good players to excellent players..

      Some are even excellent right out of the box.