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Donner guitar effects pedals are decidedly basic. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Because there aren’t any bells and whistles, these pedals remain budget-friendly. Additionally, because of the lack of frills, you get high-quality effects and a tough, rugged roadworthy pedal at a comparatively low price point, so these products represent good value, too. Their simplicity and ease of use also makes them a great choice for beginners.

Sticking to the basics ensures these pedals remain comparatively compact without squashing all the controls and knobs and plates so close together that you struggle to hit the right one when you’re in the middle of a live performance. These units are slim, too, so they fit nicely together on a pedal board.

Donner pedals aren’t spectacularly attractive. While they are available in a range of bright colors and have a nice, compact rectangular design, they aren’t made to be pretty. This brand focuses on substance, not style, and these unfussy pedals are instead made to withstand the rigors of hard use without compromising on performance quality. Each single-effect pedal consists of an input, an output, a power input, a true bypass footswitch, an LED power indicator, up to three control knobs, and, in some cases, a toggle switch.

Single-effect pedals from Donner include tremolo, echo, phaser, distortion, overdrive, boost, fuzz, chorus, flanger and compressor. You’ll also find delay and looper pedals. You’ll find some multi-effects boxes that remain comparatively simple to use but contain up to eight modulation effects in one unit. Some of these multi-effect units only contain one user preset, but that’s adequate for most players. After all, once you’ve found your signature sound, you won’t want to alter it very often.

Donner also makes a number of loopers that are simple and straightforward but offer enough flexibility so you can add an infinite number of layers. This lets you create tracks as complex as you need. You can also undo a single layer without losing the rest of your recording.

Hard-wearing all-metal casing ensures Donner guitar effects pedals can take regular beatings from travel in your gear bag or your lively stage performances. These rugged pedals come with a one-year parts and labor warranty.