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Rogue 6-String Banjo Natural

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The 6-string banjo is tuned like a guitar, and features a short scale length and jumbo frets for very easy playability.

Available 02-23-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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The 6-string banjo is tuned like a guitar, and features a short scale length and jumbo frets for very easy playability.

Features
  • Mahogany Resonator with Thumb Screws
  • Mahogany Neck
  • 3-Ply Maple Rim
  • 24 Brackets
  • Geared Tuners
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Rogue6-String Banjo
 
4.0

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Well built / quality (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Value! Great Fun To Play!

The Rogue 6 string banjo is a great little starter instrument for a guitarist who wants to add a new type of sound to their music. The pros are obvious,
it's inexpensive...Read complete review

The Rogue 6 string banjo is a great little starter instrument for a guitarist who wants to add a new type of sound to their music. The pros are obvious,
it's inexpensive & you don't need to learn to play a real banjo. I've been having a blast playing this, it's great fun. I live in Canada, I ordered the banjo on April 30 & I received it on May 6th, well packaged & in perfect condition. This is my second Rogue instrument, I also own a Rogue lap steel. They make some great inexpensive instruments. The quality/price/value ratio is excellent! Perhaps it's just the novelty but I love playing this banjo... just as much as I do playing my expensive guitars.
There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to setting this up, you have to approach it more from a banjo standpoint...Purists will probably disagree, but it really is a banjo - it just happens to be tuned like a guitar & have six strings. I spent a few days on the internet gathering some useful tips on setup. Be sure to check out You Tube. Experienced guitarists should have no trouble, but I've decided to list some basic setup tips below that might help you save some valuable time. If you are totally new at this and unsure - take the instrument to a music shop for a professional setup.

Basic 6 String Banjo Set-up Guide

Tools Required:

A Measuring Tape
Electronic Tuner
(and the supplied tools in the box)

Step 1

Carefully remove the mahogany resonator (the back) from the banjo head.
(It is held in place by 4 bolts)

Step 2

Tighten all of the screws inside the wall of the banjo rim -
Next tighten all of the bolts (the brackets) using the supplied tool.
Start slowly - it's best to just give them a small ¼ turn at first.

Rather than work in a circular motion - work in different sections, remembering where you left off, so that tension is distributed evenly . Repeat the process 2 - 3 times, until everything is good & tight. Be careful not to over tighten - IF YOU HEAR A SQUEAKING NOISE STOP & loosen the bracket - to avoid potential damage to the banjo.

Check to see that the banjo head feels even (run your hand along the top of the surface).

Step 3

Loosen all the strings, & place the bridge on the banjo. Measure from the face of the nut to the middle of the 12th fret ( approx. 11.5 inches - dbl that number to approx 23", & place the bridge in the middle of the banjo head.

Tune the high "E" string using a good electronic tuner. Gently fret the octave (place your finger on the string & pluck it). Check your tuner - if your tuner reads E flat, move the bridge toward the fingerboard. If your tuner reads E sharp, move the bridge toward the tailpiece. Now do the same with the low "E" string.

** I have found that a distance of 22 ¾ inches provides proper bridge placement & intonation "**

Step 4

Using your tuner tighten & tune all the other strings. The strings are new - so they will stretch for a while & it will be hard to keep in tune at first.

Something that helps is applying some graphite powder into the slots of the nut (simply grab a sharp lead pencil & tap lighly into the grooves creating a powder), then place your strings back in the grooves & tune-the strings.

Step 5

Play around with your banjo. There is a tension rod inside (under the Banjo head, skin) which you can adjust easily with your hand to tweak the tone & playability. (Do not remove the truss rod cover and adjust at the headstock, unless you know what you are doing. Truss rods can be broken by tightening too much).

A little experimentation & you should be good to go.

A simple good test for correct intonation is the intro to the Beatles "Eight Days A Week". It's played on the 10th, 12th, & 15th frets using the bottom 3 strings - The chords are Dadd9, E, G6, & Dadd9. (You should be able to find the chord structure on the internet).

Step 6

If everything sounds good…
Reattach the back of the banjo resonator using the 4 bolts.
Your Rogue 6 string should be set up. Enjoy your instrument.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good sound & construction, narrow neck

This is the least expensive banjo out there. However, I expected it to be good and it is. Nice crisp ringing banjo tone. As far as tone, it's top notch. No need...Read complete review

This is the least expensive banjo out there. However, I expected it to be good and it is. Nice crisp ringing banjo tone. As far as tone, it's top notch. No need for apologies (it's good for the price, starter instrument), it's just good. Here's the downer - I can't play it and I'm returning it. It is 1 5/8 inches at the nut. That's way too narrow, I'd say for most people. So buy it with caution and be prepared to return it if you must.

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5.0

I would buy again

By music nut

from Virginia

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • well made & very good looking

Cons

  • no cons

Best Uses

  • great beginning instrument

Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

I have purchased several rogue instruments and have been very impressed with their looks and quality

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You won't regret investing in this little jewel

By Don

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

This is a great instrument for any guitar player who wants to add a little zip to their set. It took me a few songs to get used to the sound, but once you do you will continue to find spots for it your performances. The Rogue 6-string banjo arrived within three days of purchase and I opted to pick it up at the local Guitar Center, which turned out to be a big bonus. The guitar tech helped me set the bridge correctly and I was off. Good value for the money and fun to play.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Took a while to get it tunef.

By Jorg

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

Fast shipping

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lots of fun.

By Pastor Dave

from Mobile, AL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun!
  • Good Quality
  • Playability
  • Strong

Cons

  • Poor Tone Quality

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

I've played guitar all of my life. My dad was an excellent banjo player; I've picked up the banjo a little bit, but wanted to get that banjo 'sound' without learning a whole new chord structure and picking style. Hence, the banjitar! It's super fun and easy to play. Doesn't sound half-bad either. There are high-dollar models out there, but you can't beat this for the money. The high-end tones come through loud and clear, but the low tones don't have nearly the punch. If you're looking for guitar-type low tones, you're not gonna get it.. it sounds like a banjo should though.

I would say the biggest drawback I've experienced with it is the intonation. (goes sharp on higher frets.. also may sound good when you play a G or D chord, but out of tune when you play an E). I've found that the bridge placement greatly changes this though, and has been much better since I moved it a little closer to the string base. I would highly recommend this to anyone that's interested. It's made me start playing a lot more lately, and my kids love it too.

One last side-note, give the strings time to stretch. It will go out of tune the first several times you play it. Pretty natural for any new strings, but this set is especially so. Also, the strings will leave a black/gray residue on your fingers the first several times you play it. It comes off easily though and doesn't do it after that. Enjoy!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a lot of banjo for the money

By Indian grass

from Central Minnesota

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

    I bought this banjitar because I wanted to make it into a 5 string banjo with all 5 strings going to headstock. It works beautifully. I use a Daddario .008 string for my 5th string and I tune it to the key of A which works well because of the shorter scale length. Some people have complained about the neck being too narrow, but I find that to be an advantage as far as converting a banjitar to a 5 string banjo without out having a 5th string peg to get in the way.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Satisfied Customer

    By KW45

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

      Have been very satisfied with Rogue instruments. Great value for someone learning or wanting to broaden their horizons on a budget.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Buy!

      By cjb

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

      I got this for my daughter for Christmas and she absolutely LOVES it!!! Great buy!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Glad I got it

      By Saw Lady , or Cat Lady

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

      Most short neck 6 string banjos are notvery loud. I am going to install a pickup in mine along with heavier strings. I've done it before. No problem.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good for the price, narrow neck

      By Paul Race

      from Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

        I got this because I wanted a 6-string I could take the back off. (My Backwoods 6 "pop-top" banjo turns into a deadly weapon if you take off the resonator because of the pointed flange.) A backless 6-string allows me to play with conventional guitar strumming styles that sound muddy on my Backwoods 6. This is exactly what I expected, except that the neck is 1 5/8" at the nut and my Backwoods 6 is 1 3/4" Which means my left fingers with their big fat callouses deaden the adjacent strings too much for fingerpicking styles that work fine on the Backwoods 6 and all of my guitars. That said, if you're used to a narrow-necked guitar, this might be a good choice for you. BTW, all inexpensive banjos need set up when they come, and having one of the blocks that holds the resonator screws come loose in shipment doesn't mean that the whole banjo is a "write-off." When you look at these reviews, you'll notice that most of the really negative ones are written by people who have no idea of what to expect when they buy a "student" banjo. The positive ones tend to be from people who know what to expect and know what they're doing. So take these for what they're worth. That said, there are several so-called-six-string banjos in the same price range that are barely musical instruments, so at least this one can be played. Hope this helps - Paul Race, Creek Don't Rise

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        spend a little more

        By Gabe

        from Caldwell, Texas

        About Me Novice

        Pros

          Cons

          • Breaks Easy
          • Poor Tone Quality
          • Very Poor Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

            first one I ordered had 2 loose thumb screws holding the resonator. Second one had the same defect...metal thumb screw threads are imbedded in a small block of wood stapled and glued to the wall of the resonator and they break off very easily. I returned tham both. Suggest that MF not sell this instrument until quality improves. MF staff was A-1, very helpful and courteous with returning both the 6 string banjitars.

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