Sporting a gorgeous finish, the Rogue RM-100A is a well-built, traditional A-model mandolin. It features clean workmanship throughout and projects a bright tone with lots of bark. With an easy-to-play... Read More
Sporting a gorgeous finish, the Rogue RM-100A is a well-built, traditional A-model mandolin. It features clean workmanship throughout and projects a bright tone with lots of bark. With an easy-to-play neck and adjustable bridge, the RM-100A is perfect for beginners who wish to play bluegrass or any other style of music. Finishing touches include chrome tuners and nickel-plated frets.
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Great bang for the buck!
Please disregard the other reviews, for this mando rocks! The tuners are rock solid as is the bridge. Intonation can be adjusted easily with the screws on the bridge. Great strap holder as...Read complete review
Please disregard the other reviews, for this mando rocks! The tuners are rock solid as is the bridge. Intonation can be adjusted easily with the screws on the bridge. Great strap holder as well. I was and still are amazed at how well it holds its tune. The sound is incredible too! For the price you cannot go wrong! If by some reason it turns up defective - simply send it back free of charge. Although I doubt that will happen considering at how well it is packaged. Mando was wrapped in soft packing paper, placed in a tight case box and that was placed in a bigger shipping box with plenty of packing paper. Guitar center and Rogue hit the ball out of the park on this one! I ordered over the phone from my local store, their customer service was awesome! They even called me after I got it to make sure everything was cool. Thanks Shane!
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Had some flaws. Bridge was glued so could not set intonation. However wasn't expecting much for what I paid for it. Sounds pretty good. Doesn't look to bad. Got it to learn...Read complete review
Had some flaws. Bridge was glued so could not set intonation. However wasn't expecting much for what I paid for it. Sounds pretty good. Doesn't look to bad. Got it to learn how to play it. More of a guitar player.
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I bought this mandolin a while ago, and right now it works great and sounds great, but it took a while to get there. There were quite a few problems I had with it along the way. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody, but you need to change the strings after you buy it. The ones that come with it are very dull. The frets weren't level when I got it. One of the frets actually sounded two different pitches when it was pressed, so I had to get the frets worked on fairly immediately. This cost more than half the value of the instrument. The nut slots were cut far too high. For a long time, it was impossible to play any chords on the first fret, and the first couple of frets were sharp. I had to get some needle files and work it down to where I wanted it. Please be careful if you want to do the same. It'll make your instrument a lot more playable, but if you go too far, you can't go back. Not too long ago, the bridge cracked. This is probably a rare issue to have, but take my word that it can happen. And this is exactly where my pro coverage stepped in, because I got a replacement bridge. So be warned that if you buy this mandolin, you might have some issues. But you might be able to get past them regardless.
I know very little about Mandolins. My main instruments are bass guitar and piano/keyboard. I got a "FLASH DEAL" email and saw it and clicked, and decided it was cheap enough to see if I could learn it. Knowing full well that you usually get what you pay for I didn't expect much and was VERY SUPPRISED when I got it. It stays in tune quite a while and has good sound. Before I knew it I had a chord progression figured out. This is definitely not a toy and for what little I know about mandolins its worth MUCH more than it's current price (as of 2/20/15) I eventually plan to incorporate it into my multitracking projects.
This is a basic A-Style 8-string mandolin; it has a laminated top, vs. a solid top. Access to the upper frets is relatively unrestricted, the neck is straight, all details, albeit very basic, look sharp, it's easy enough to play on the fretboard, and it sounds nice, particularly for an instrument this inexpensive. Compared to the more expensive Ibanez models, which do look nicer particularly the F-Style models, I really couldn't discern much in the way of tonal differences, and playability was on par between both compared models. At essentially 1/4 of the price, the Rogue is unquestionably the better buy for a basic beginner mandolin, or as a niche instrument where you can't really justify the additional expense (which is exactly the situation I was in). Attach a transducer pickup to the body, like the Dean Markley Artist Transducer (which is what I have for my acoustic instruments), and you even have a decent electric/acoustic instrument. The Rogue RM-100A Mandolin represents an excellent value for a serviceable and very playable instrument.
I have been playing guitar for 37 years. I thought it might be fun to learn the mandolin and didn't want to spend much to find out. This mandolin requires a massive amount of set up as it arrives with the strings loose and the bridge not set. I'm pretty good with following directions ( the directions are really good to) I have owned over 70 guitars and always do my own set-ups but man it was hard to get this thing set up. In addition several of the tuning keys were bent and loose but I still wanted give it a pick or two before returning this. I had no problem returning it to the Dayton, Ohio store (they are pretty good there). Although the manager did tell me that these are returned all the time and what do you expect for 40 bucks( bought on sell). It did look good and the neck was good. I wish this was a good instrument but it's not.
I bought this for my daughter who's played violin for 7 years. Because it is so inexpensive, I was worried that it would be poor quality and wouldn't hold it's tune. But for the price I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. It is great. My daughter absolutely loves it. She says it looks gorgeous and stays in tune. She hasn't had to tune it in 2 weeks. Since it was so inexpensive, I did buy the pro coverage in case there was a problem.
I've used Rogue instruments in the past so I was aware of the quality versus the price. I have no problem with this mandolin. The workmanship is very good, the finish to me is flawless. The tuners are right on, once the strings settled in I've only had to make a minor adjustment to a string are two every now and then that maybe caused by humidity. I don't know if an expensive mandolin sounds better or not. I guess if I hear Sam Bush play the same song on this mandolin and an expensive mandolin I might hear the difference. At my skill level and for the price this one sounds good to me. The only problem I've had is the pick guard. The screw connecting the pick guard to the mandolin came loose. I decided to remove the pick guard. And again,to me,it looks better and I believe the sound quality is a little better. It seems to ring more clearly. If you are a beginner or just someone that wants to play around the house or so, I don't believe you can make a better choice in Mandolins.
I've always wanted to try out a mandolin. At this price I couldn't pass it up. This came well setup, just needed to tune it up. I had never played one before so I got a book and googled some scales. I have no other experience to compare to. It plays pretty easy the sound carries and sounds just like I've heard. I am not used to the tiny fret board, making chords past the first position are a challenge for me. Picking is easier. The tuning is GDAE, so it steps up by fifths. easy to figure out scales. If you are like me, never having played before you can't go wrong with this experiment. Oh yes, it looks good, too.
This item is not worth the investment, and had I known how cheap it was, I would have invested another $50 for a better mandolin. It's very fragile and never stays in tune. I wanted a guitar to have in my office to relax but this wasn't worth bringing. I'm really bummed.
Great instrument! Love it It would be nice if the instrument can be tuned before being shipped.
I am very happy with my shopping experience...Jerry Clutter at Guitar Center was very helpful and took care of my needs in minutes..The Mandolin was delivered to my home in a timely fashion, well packed, and in good condition...So, a tip of the old ball cap to you Jerry, and to Guitar center....Thanks Guy's...Ron Walker
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