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Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag Metallic Black

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Slide into some classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones with the affordable Rogue RLS1 Lap Steel Guitar. It features a hardwood body and neck with position markers, a single-coil pickup, volume and... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

Slide into some classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones with the affordable Rogue RLS1 Lap Steel Guitar. It features a hardwood body and neck with position markers, a single-coil pickup, volume and tone controls, chrome hardware, and a stainless steel pickguard. Includes gig bag and legs.

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Features
  • Produces classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones
  • Hardwood body
  • Hardwood neck with position markers
  • Single-coil pickup
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
  • Geared Tuners
  • Single slant pickup
  • Carry bag
  • Includes 3 screw-in height-adjustable legs
  • Stainless steel pickguard
  • Includes legs
Specifications
    • Overall length: 29"
    • Scale Length: 21"
    • Body Depth: 1-5/8"
    • Body Width: 6-1/4"
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RogueRLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
 
4.4

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Well built / quality (7)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Marvelous instrument!

I've been playing regular guitars for 50+ years and decided to try a lap guitar. The instrument arrived shortly after I placed my order. I also ordered a Shubb SP3 slide to use...Read complete review

I've been playing regular guitars for 50+ years and decided to try a lap guitar. The instrument arrived shortly after I placed my order. I also ordered a Shubb SP3 slide to use with it. I did change the strings and used a C6 tuning (CEGACE) after checking online finding that is one of the one more popular tuning choices. While the instrument is cheaply priced, it is NOT cheaply made. It's a fairly high quality instrument that is flawless looking and produces lovely tones! The tone control is effective and provides usable tone alterations. The volume control works smoothly. The Telecaster-like knobs make it easy to manipulate volume/tone as one would on a Telecaster. The single coil is very efficient. I used my Fender Twin Reverb and it sounded great! I also ran it through a Fender Champion with Boss Fender Reverb and was also very pleased with the tone. For portability, I tried playing it through a Roland Micro Cube and was surprised at it's tone. I added a bit of echo/reverb and it sounded great. The other effects on the amp also added additional flavor to the sound. While the tuners are not the best in the world, once it's been tuned, it stays pretty much in tune! Intonation is spot on! Bridge allows adjustments like Strats/Teles if needed. Mine arrived perfectly adjusted. While priced like a toy, I assure you, it's NOT a toy! The construction quality is A-1 ! The adjustable legs are perfect for those not wanting to play it on the lap. It produces professional-like sounds suitable for performances and the appearance certainly has a professional quality to it. I've read where some people have changed the pickup with a higher quality single coil or with a humbucker. I'm sure those would make changes to the tone, but it's perfectly wonderful JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'm thinking about buying another one to tune in a different key for different song requirements.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Bad for the Price

If you're just learning to play the lap steel guitar this isn't a bad buy for the price. However you might want to pick up a new set of strings that usually run around...Read complete review

If you're just learning to play the lap steel guitar this isn't a bad buy for the price. However you might want to pick up a new set of strings that usually run around $9-$11 because the strings it comes with are terrible. Also make sure you get yourself a cable with a 90 degree end. The plug in for this guitar is directly on top and it makes it very difficult to change the volume/pitch while playing this lap steel. You might also want to pick up some different finger picks and a few slides until you get comfortable with a certain brand or type. All and all it's not a bad buy, but you got to upgrade some of the equipment to get that good sound. It comes with it's own carrying case so that is helpful. Like I said if you're looking to learn the lap steel this is a good buy for the price.

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(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Marvelous instrument!

By ANTHONY FRATANTUONO

from Silver Spring MD

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

I've been playing regular guitars for 50+ years and decided to try a lap guitar. The instrument arrived shortly after I placed my order. I also ordered a Shubb SP3 slide to use with it. I did change the strings and used a C6 tuning (CEGACE) after checking online finding that is one of the one more popular tuning choices. While the instrument is cheaply priced, it is NOT cheaply made. It's a fairly high quality instrument that is flawless looking and produces lovely tones! The tone control is effective and provides usable tone alterations. The volume control works smoothly. The Telecaster-like knobs make it easy to manipulate volume/tone as one would on a Telecaster. The single coil is very efficient. I used my Fender Twin Reverb and it sounded great! I also ran it through a Fender Champion with Boss Fender Reverb and was also very pleased with the tone. For portability, I tried playing it through a Roland Micro Cube and was surprised at it's tone. I added a bit of echo/reverb and it sounded great. The other effects on the amp also added additional flavor to the sound. While the tuners are not the best in the world, once it's been tuned, it stays pretty much in tune! Intonation is spot on! Bridge allows adjustments like Strats/Teles if needed. Mine arrived perfectly adjusted. While priced like a toy, I assure you, it's NOT a toy! The construction quality is A-1 ! The adjustable legs are perfect for those not wanting to play it on the lap. It produces professional-like sounds suitable for performances and the appearance certainly has a professional quality to it. I've read where some people have changed the pickup with a higher quality single coil or with a humbucker. I'm sure those would make changes to the tone, but it's perfectly wonderful JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'm thinking about buying another one to tune in a different key for different song requirements.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little lap steel !

By billy hughes

from Amarillo, TX

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

The lap steel arrived with no defects and was packaged well. All I had to do was attach the legs and within one hour I recorded two songs using it as the lead instrument. The only thing I don't care for are the light gauge strings that came with it. I have a lap dawg bar and just laying it on the strings puts enough weight on it to detune a little. But if you go with a 46 to 56 bottom it eliminates the problem. All in all, for a beginner or someone who wants to have an instrument for variety in their recordings this is an excellent instrument to purchase !

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Bad for the Price

By LARRY SMOLINSKI

from Detroit, MI

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

If you're just learning to play the lap steel guitar this isn't a bad buy for the price. However you might want to pick up a new set of strings that usually run around $9-$11 because the strings it comes with are terrible. Also make sure you get yourself a cable with a 90 degree end. The plug in for this guitar is directly on top and it makes it very difficult to change the volume/pitch while playing this lap steel. You might also want to pick up some different finger picks and a few slides until you get comfortable with a certain brand or type. All and all it's not a bad buy, but you got to upgrade some of the equipment to get that good sound. It comes with it's own carrying case so that is helpful. Like I said if you're looking to learn the lap steel this is a good buy for the price.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

4 stars for value, 3 stars for quality

By Tom

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

First, the Rogue RLS-1 is about the only lap steel you can buy for under $100 that comes with legs. Anything else (even a Rondo) and you jump up to $150 including shipping. That makes it a deal. THE GOOD: It's cheap. The sustain is reasonably good. It's a good choice for modding. It has legs. It comes with a nice custom gig bag. It looks cool. THE BAD: I had to send one back to Guitar Center because the knobs on three of the tuning pegs were very loose and made tuning the guitar difficult. The replacement was better but STILL had two loose knobs. They are some sort of machine press fit and there is no way to tighten them down to the shaft that either me or a guitar tech could see. At some point, new tuners will be in order. Also, the strings make odd angles to the tuners so two of them rub against the guitar body. Not that this will matter on a cheap guitar but it's something a simple design change could have fixed. THE SILLY: Instruments played with a bar do NOT need height adjustable, full compensation bridges. Why the Chinese build these things this way when they could just use a simpler and more sustain-y hard stop tailpiece is beyond me.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Forget the Naysayers

By Michael Berkowitz

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

I picked this up on a Flash Deal and was so impressed by the quality and what was included that I got another so I could have one for learning C6 tuning and another for G or D with heavier strings. The Lollar blog has a detailed Rogue refurb described that quite easily made it into a pro instrument. Nut and bridge were replaced with pieces of angle iron to raise and widen (1/16"!,)humbucker, move the jack and change to string-through. I use a DSP Fender amp, so the single coil noise is filtered out. I have an angled plug so the jack is ok and if I find that the 1/16" difference between a pro instrument and the Rogue is an issue or if the plastic nut fails, I'll invest 50 cents for an iron nut and bridge. These steel guitars were/are an incredible missed opportunity for Guitar Center since I had to go elsewhere to buy strings. None of the "Big Box" music stores carry lap steel strings, and you can't tune to a low D with the included strings. C6 tuning isn't a problem. A very pretty instrument with legs and bag included at a great price. Great feel and quality. The only downside was having to invest in a slide, picks and strings.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great!

By Mariana Garcia

from Boston

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

I bought it as a gift. My brother loved it. The shipping was great and everything was right.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great (with an asterisk)

By RICHARD

from Lancaster, NY

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

Let me start by saying that if lap steel were my primary instrument, I would, no doubt, get something better. Still, for a hundred bucks, the quality is really good. The tuning keys are smooth and seem to hold tune. The sound is a little thin but most amps can compensate by cranking up the bass and mid-range. The gloss finish of the body is beautiful (mine is metallic blue) however, the slots where the tuning keys are were barely sanded at all. In fact, some areas didn't even get any paint. It's a fairly hidden area though and I really didn't notice this for the first hour I played it. If that's the only flaw that I could find, I guess I'm happy. I bought this for recording. Sometimes a steel guitar just seems to fit the song and I wanted this capability without breaking the bank. The RLS-1 was the answer. Who knows. If I get good enough, I may invest in something better.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not a Bad Lap Steel Gutar for the Buget Minded

By James

from Southington, CT

Site Member

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

So, you want to add some country whining to your mix but don't want to spend a ton of cash... well, the Roque RLS-1 is just what the doctor ordered. For the price of admission this guitar is well worth the investment. The only thing I had to do was to put a good set of D'Addario guitar strings on it and bam... the result is a pretty good sounding axe. Of course I am relating all of this review to the cost of this guitar so don't expect the best but, it's really not bad. I've had mine for about 8 months and it still holds tune well and does just what I need it to do... periodically adding a bit of sliding twang to the mix. Have fun with yours.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rogue RLS-1

By David W McCutcheon

from Southern Indiana

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

Got this on a great sale from Guitar Center and other than the tuners being a bit sloppy and the single coil (no name) pickup being a bit weak, it is all I expected it to be for the price and then some. I love it, really! I am changing out the pickup to my liking and will order a better set of tuning keys for it. Then it will be a great lap steel. If you are interested in learning lap steel I say go for this one. Even at the normal price plus a few custom parts of your liking you've got a very nice steel for under $200.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice for the price

By Vincent smith

from Anna Tx

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

Came fast, and all was as advertised, I put a new hot fender pickup in it now it rocks. I will swap out the volume and tone pots later!!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rogue RLS1 Lap Steel Guitar

By Steven Nichols

from Tampa, FL

Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

When I saw this item on sale for $69.99 I thought what an amazing price to test drive this instrument. The guitar arrived on-time and with no problems. All I had to do was plug in and play!! For a beginner or someone who wants to have an instrument for variety in their recordings this is an excellent instrument to purchase!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Word for (8 of 8) reviever

By Artist LJ

from Lancaster,CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

    The review of (8 of 8) was wondering why the Chinese built the bridge with height adjustment, It's not for height adjusting, But for adjusting intonation. And glad they built that feature in for us pickie Pros as it is very rare you get an of the shelf instrument to tune well as far as intonation goes.
    I will say however this Rogue tuning was spot on, and so was each strings Intonation .
    Suggestion , before you try to adjust intonation , look it up on Wiki pedia first.

    In

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nice after a little work

    By John Grey

    from Bonita springs fl.

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

        I have used it already to record a new song. The weakness I have found on this product is that it comes with very poor strings. I have replaced the strings with some morale open G tuning strings and it sounds fantastic. Also I dropped pick up down quite a bit to decrease the magnetic field against the strings and gained a lot more sustain

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for my needs (beginner).

        By KAT

        from Tallahassee, FL

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

            Seems to be good quality. Has a nice tone and stays in tune.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            More than what was expected for the price

            By Paul Fallet

            from Denver, CO

            Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

            Don't tell Rogue,but after some modifications, some decent strings and a "Pearly gates" humbucker,a couple new pots, and it's exactly what I needed.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Funnest guitar alternative

            By Elizabeth

            from Magna, Ut

            Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

            I bought this for my Dad, he's super old timey and he loves it. The picture and prices make it look really cheap compared to the other ones listed but this looks so nice in person. the only problem is that it doesn't come with a slide but oh well.

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Rogue lap steel bummer

            By Dennis

            from undisclosed

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

            Could not tune it (string broke ). Took it to Guitar Center bought new strings and 4 guys tried to tune it and gave up. I guess I gave up my lap steel dreams.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Value

            By Dan

            from Crawfordsville, IN

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Replaced Strings

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

            I've played guitar for 50+ years and this was a great value as a starter instrument. The tone is better with heavier gauge strings. I would recommend this to anyone as a better than expected starter lap steel guitar.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Ridiculously great for the price!

            By Jamajo

            from Chicago

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Well built

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Making Music

            Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

            I have been playing guitar since 1964 and always wanted to try a lap steel. Figured that if it held tune, and wasn't too noisy, it would be a great buy. It has completely exceeded my expectation. If you are new to this, do a little research, pick a tuning, get the appropriate stings and start making music.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great lap steel guitar!

            By Michael

            from undisclosed

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

            Great lap steel guitar for learning slide.

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