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Rogue AB304 Acoustic/Electric Series II Bass  

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    Play unplugged at home — go electric with the band!

    The handsome AB-304 Acoustic-Electric Bass by Rogue is ideal for acoustic living room concerts and electric extravaganzas onstage or in the studio. Mahogany sides, back, and neck give it a rich, articulate tone. A built-in piezo pickup with volume and 4-band EQ makes it easy to fine-tune your electric sound. Features built-in tunerdie-cast machine heads; abalone rosette and dot markers; and top binding. This bass guitar is a pleasure to behold and play.

    Features
    • Mahogany sides, back, and neck
    • Select spruce top
    • Piezo pickup
    • 4-band EQ
    • Built-in tuner
    • Die-cast machine heads
    • Abalone rosette
    • Abalone position markers
    • Top binding

    Order today and add this unique instrument to your arsenal.

     
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    4.4

    (based on 32 reviews)

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    Another Winner From The Folks By The Rogue River

    I received the Rogue AB-304 Acoustic-Electric Series II Bass Guitar as an early Father's Day present, in May of this year. I had been looking at acoustic basses for awhile at Guitar Center...Read complete review

    I received the Rogue AB-304 Acoustic-Electric Series II Bass Guitar as an early Father's Day present, in May of this year. I had been looking at acoustic basses for awhile at Guitar Center and could not make up my mind. My family decided to surprise me with this one, and I'm glad they did. They bought this based on how much I love my two Rogue LX 400 Pro electric basses. I wanted an acoustic to play around with outside so I did not have to bring a small amp and related equipment camping, or even out in the yard. This guitar fits that bill nicely, and, if I wanted to, I could even use it on stage. There are professional features on this for the price, that are just amazing. The first thing that really impressed me was the choice of low-z or high-z outputs. Very handy for recording or stage work. The on board tuner is very handy, and accurate. I love how it actually has the choice of standard tuning, or, tuning to a particular note on any string. This allows you to tune to a chord, or any alternative tuning you might prefer, effortlessly. I know you could do this with any tuner, but, this really simplifies the procedure. The fit and finish of this guitar is also excellent. Not "just for the price" but just very good, period. The trans black finish is beautiful, and the binding is well done and attractive. I love the real abalone rosette around the sound hole, and, the inlays on the finger board. To me at least, once I adjusted the the truss rod to flatten out the neck more to my liking, this guitar is a joy to play. If you finger this guitar accurately, you will not have any problems with fret buzz. I've played an awful lot of acoustical basses before I got this one, and let's face it, it takes a somewhat different technique than a solid body electric bass to get your best sound. Once you learn to really play an acoustical bass, this one, in my opinion more than holds it's own even against many that cost quite a bit more. Are there any caveats? Well, I hated the stock strings. I'm not sure I've settled on what my favorite acoustical bass string is yet, but the D'Addario's I put on in place of the ones that came with it were an improvment. I went lighter gauge, which really helped out with playability.The one other thing is really an observation about almost ALL acoustical instruments. To manufactures everywhere: Please start putting a strap button on the heel of the neck on acoustical instruments. You know we are just going to have to do it anyway, and the added cost would be neglible. If you are looking for an acoustical bass in the lower price ranges for un-amped practice, knocking around camping, or even using on stage when you want that acoustic sound, you cannot go wrong with this guitar!

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    AB-304

    This was my first bass, and while it will always hold a dear place in my heart for being such, I can't say I'm going to keep it. There is a lot of...Read complete review

    This was my first bass, and while it will always hold a dear place in my heart for being such, I can't say I'm going to keep it. There is a lot of buzz from the nut, and the bridge has to be raised a lot. Also, the sound, when plugged in, is terrible; the 1 volume/ 1 tone control does not add any bottom to an acoustic set unless you have a really nice amp or the other guitarists aren't plugged in. The transparent black looks nice, but other than that, this is a cheap beginner's bass that has no need to be bought if you have kind of personal pride and self-esteem.

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    4.0

    Love it!

    By Ricardo Munoz

    from Canada

    You get what you paid for (good entry level) and a little more. That's the beauty of this bass guitar.
    Just changed the strings and adjust the neck, this bass rocks.

    The finished is pretty good!

    The tune machine is loosing a bit of brigth after 3 years
    You get a beatiful instrument for a really good price!

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    4.0

    Good Bass for the Price

    By Rockbox Bass

    from Fredericksburg, TX

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    I've been a musician for 25+ years and this is my first acoustic bass. It's not a professional instrument but not a toy either. It would be fine for small semi-professional gigs or small worship teams. It needs a little neck adjustment when it arrives but they provide the hex-wrench for making the adjustment. Pros: It has pretty good action, a nice electronics pkg for the price, and a decent but expected unplugged sound (small body equals shallow sound).Cons: 1) The nut on mine was a little low. A little neck adj took care of that and the action was still good. 2) There is only one strap nut. It needs a second nut on the body. 3) The neck is a little weak and flexes easily causing intonation issues.For a first-time acoustic bass, this is a good place to start out. I would recommend this bass as a practice bass or for a beginning semi-professional musician. Get some good strings and a decent bass amp to go with it and you?ll be happy with the overall value of the guitar.

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    5.0

    Rogue Is Awesome

    I bought the Rogue Acoustic for playing around the house, just to go outside, and play anywhere else. My Chuch band said they were having a acoustic week sunday for church and I thought to buy this but I've wanted one for a long time now. So i bought it and it came in 3 days and it looks great, I had to adjust the neck but thats it. I love it!

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    5.0

    nice

    By basscleftlove

    from Michigan

    I bought this bass because of the price, the first time i played it i fell in love, like every one else says, the stock strings need to be token off and the neck adjusted, but other then that its an amazing bass for the price, also, the on board tuner is about 30 cents flat. its not bad for on board, only a little annoying. Does need another strap button at the bass of the neck. Plugged in sounds really nice also.

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    4.0

    Machine Heads.

    By kali

    from california

    Machine heads broke one by one until all 4 were broken. I like the bass and want to replace them, but they are not easy to find...Other than that it's good.

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    5.0

    Great bass for the money

    By Robert Palmer

    from Johnstown PA

    I've been playing for 40 years. Bought this bass to work on songs around the house. Bought the trans black beautiful finish. Put light gauge fender acoustics on it, the pickup was weak I readjusted the piezo pickup on it and wow what a sound. I took it the rehearsal and also recorded with it and the guys could not believe the sound quality. Great bass I would recommend it to any bass player looking for an acoustic bass.

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    5.0

    Much, much more than I paid for.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I got mine as a scratch and dent. (couldn't find a mark on it) I bought GHS acoustic bass strings with it. I had to adjust the neck to get the action right and that was it. The harmonics were dead on, the fishman pickup has great tone and balance control, the tuner is very good. I play mine through an Acoustic brand acoustic bass amp. I now have the GHS black nylon wound strings and am using it for bluegrass gospel. I've played bass since the early '60s and this is the best bass I have had for the money. Its nice to play unplugged but don't expect it to hang with a good banjo. BTW I carry mine in a Martin dreadnought case.

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    5.0

    Another Winner From The Folks By The Rogue River

    By Ed Conley, Bassist,

    from North Branch, Mi.

    I received the Rogue AB-304 Acoustic-Electric Series II Bass Guitar as an early Father's Day present, in May of this year. I had been looking at acoustic basses for awhile at Guitar Center and could not make up my mind. My family decided to surprise me with this one, and I'm glad they did. They bought this based on how much I love my two Rogue LX 400 Pro electric basses. I wanted an acoustic to play around with outside so I did not have to bring a small amp and related equipment camping, or even out in the yard. This guitar fits that bill nicely, and, if I wanted to, I could even use it on stage. There are professional features on this for the price, that are just amazing. The first thing that really impressed me was the choice of low-z or high-z outputs. Very handy for recording or stage work. The on board tuner is very handy, and accurate. I love how it actually has the choice of standard tuning, or, tuning to a particular note on any string. This allows you to tune to a chord, or any alternative tuning you might prefer, effortlessly. I know you could do this with any tuner, but, this really simplifies the procedure. The fit and finish of this guitar is also excellent. Not "just for the price" but just very good, period. The trans black finish is beautiful, and the binding is well done and attractive. I love the real abalone rosette around the sound hole, and, the inlays on the finger board. To me at least, once I adjusted the the truss rod to flatten out the neck more to my liking, this guitar is a joy to play. If you finger this guitar accurately, you will not have any problems with fret buzz. I've played an awful lot of acoustical basses before I got this one, and let's face it, it takes a somewhat different technique than a solid body electric bass to get your best sound. Once you learn to really play an acoustical bass, this one, in my opinion more than holds it's own even against many that cost quite a bit more. Are there any caveats? Well, I hated the stock strings. I'm not sure I've settled on what my favorite acoustical bass string is yet, but the D'Addario's I put on in place of the ones that came with it were an improvment. I went lighter gauge, which really helped out with playability.The one other thing is really an observation about almost ALL acoustical instruments. To manufactures everywhere: Please start putting a strap button on the heel of the neck on acoustical instruments. You know we are just going to have to do it anyway, and the added cost would be neglible. If you are looking for an acoustical bass in the lower price ranges for un-amped practice, knocking around camping, or even using on stage when you want that acoustic sound, you cannot go wrong with this guitar!

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    4.0

    great value

    By fatbassman

    from Ohio

    Not to bad for the price.... Like the other reviwes had alot of buzz while playing when i first got it nor did it have much sound acousticly...but if you take 5 minuts just to set the trus rod in the neck it makes all the diference...it makes the action a little higher but fixs the buzz and if the strings arnt buzzing the the notes ring out thus making it louder.plugged in it sounds fairly good after getting the EQ's setup both on the bass and on the behirninger bass V-amp pre amp.with the trans black finish very beautiful. Over all it is a great value with adjustment has great sound.givin another chance i would buy the same one.

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    4.0

    Series II???

    I don't know what the difference is between the AB-304 Series II and the original AB-304 models. (I really would like to know!)I acquired the original AB-304 about four years ago. Despite a few shortcomings, I'm quite satisfied and feel that I got a good deal and have gotten my moneys worth.Some of the shortcomings were: A strange rattling sound, which was noticed by customers and the bartender at a club where I was subjecting this bass to my "gig test." I fixed it by placcing folded paper between the saddle (on the bridge) and the strings.The bridge does not accomodate the Fender flatwound E string. I did not want to resort to using the original stock strings which came with the bass. (I have my preference of strings, which vary from one instrument to the other. I have 10 electric basses.) I settled that problem by using a lighter guage set of flatwound strings. I was not going to try to drill larger holes or pay a luthier to do non-essential work.The pickup has a very strong treble response. I would like to upgrade the pickup, but until then, I just keep the Tone control turned all the way down.I was never able to find a soundhole cover that fit. I simply fashioned one out of cardboard. Acoustic instruments are more prone to feedback than solid-bodied electrics.With those problems resolved, I have a nice little acoustic bass that is great for practice.It's nice to be able to get some quality practice time on a bass guitar without having to plug into an amplifier. The 32" scale is a nice compromise between the dinky small 30" scale of the Gibson EB-3 SG Bass or the long 34" scale of the Fender Precision Bass.As I've said before, I'm a satisfied customer. By the way, I have three Rogue basses.

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