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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
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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another Winner From The Folks By The Rogue River

By Ed Conley, Bass Guitarist

from North Branch, Michigan. 48461

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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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love it!

By Ricardo Munoz

from Canada

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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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Series II???

By Patrick James McKenna

from St.Marys, GA

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Bass for the Price

By Big Jim

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.

 
5.0

good find

By wayne salmons

from west hamlin

i just purchased the maple version of this bass and i love it the on board tuner works great and it has a good deep sound to it. it needs some good strings on it and you will do fine.

 
5.0

Fantastic value

By JC in CT

from Connecticut

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I bought the flame maple version. It is a beautiful bass and is just perfect for some easy playing around the house. The on-board tuner is a brilliant idea, as are the the 1/4" and XLR outputs. The bass sounds great unamplified and the EQ is perfect for use with an amplifier.For the price, this is an unbeatable value. The build and quality are just great.I definitely recommend this bass.

 
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.

 
5.0

Great Funk Bass!

By Wicked T

from Sacramento, CA

I play a funk, slap-pop style. Wanted to get this to keep my chops up without the hassle of setting up for my electric. This bass does the trick nicely. Got it for Christmas, took it out of the box, tuned it and within 5 mins was playing. This is my first acoustic but I'm a veteran player/producer. Was surprised that it was strung with round wounds and more suprized at how funky it sounds. It's a great slap popper! Can't stop playing it! Great growl on the low-end and good high-end on the pops. Keeps it tuning well. Tuner has a manual mode which is great with the acoustic harmonics. A little thin and buzzy in the studio, but that's not what I bought it for. Really nice action for an acoustic. For the money, I'm very satisfied. If you're a funk bassist you'll love playing this thing!

 
5.0

Rogue AB-304 Acoustic-Electric Series II Bass Guit

By Yank_teh_bassist

from Vero Beach, Fl

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I got this bass a couple weeks ago, and I think it's amazing. The Flame Maple top still is a knockout. The bsaa sounds pretty decent, exept if you fret your notes too far away from the fret. It's either buzz-o-rama or a dead spot. The action is pretty high, too, which leads to intonation problems. But when you get a hang of playing this bass, it's really worth it. Plugged in it gives a natural chorus-like effect. Haven't mic'd it yet. Overall, another great bass from Rogue.

 
5.0

Rogue Is Awesome

By Justin -Bassman

from Va

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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!

 
4.0

Machine Heads.

By kali

from california

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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.

 
5.0

Fine little bass

By Zéd Zørdään

from Pigsknuckle, AR

It came with the action set a bit too low, which caused some annoying low-end buzz, but finding the oddley-placed trussnut (which is located just inside the hole at the wrong end of the neck), the included Allen wrench and a little patience soon fixed that problem. I'm very happy with it.

 
5.0

Rogue AB-304

By Curt-r8exR

from North Texas

This was my first Acoustic-Electric Bass. So I did not know what to expect. I was very happy with the quality of this Bass. And after I replaced the strings with some good fender tape wound ones. And made small adjustment to the bridge. This bass makes a very good sound. Nice Bass for the money.

 
5.0

Excellent bass

By JC in CT

from Connecticut

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I just got this bass and am totally impressed. It is my second Rogue (the other is the 6-string bass, also an exceptional value). The setup was perfect out of the box. The bass has Hi-Z and 1/4" jack outputs and a very accurate on-board tuner. It has great acoustic and amplified tone - the on-board equalizer works very well. I own a bunch of fretted and fretless Fenders that I love, but for the money, the Rogue is unbeatable.

 
2.0

You Get What You Pay For

By BassPlayer-o7Q5_

from Philadelphia, PA

When I first bought the bass, the finish was beautiful and the sound mediocre. After about a year and a half, the brass finish of the tuning knobs wore off. No matter what strings I try, I cannot get this bass to volume-wise meet my needs. I am constantly drowned out by the acoustic guitar when I play acoustic gigs with my band where amplifiers are not permitted. I am searching for a new bass to replace this one--- it can barely be heard!

 
5.0

Rogue AB-304 Acoustic-Electric Series II

By Paul-sBgOb

from North Carolina, Small Town

I just recently bought this bass, mainly for the purpose as a practice bass, to learn the basics, then upgrade to a new one a little later on, and this might just be new toy syndrome, BUT, I absolutely love this bass, it plays great, it projects sound a whole lot more than I ever anticipated it to (which for me is a bonus since I don't like being plugged up). Just to test though, I did plug it up, and well, I didn't expect much for a instrument so cheap, which honestly, it was nothing spectacular, sounded like any other bass would plugged up.It did require a slight bit of work, but it was nothing directly due to the guitar, more so to my ability as a bass player (as apposed to my acoustic guitar experiences)This is definitely worth the buy if you're starting out, and maybe decent as a warm up bass for a intermediate or Semi-pro bassist.

 
5.0

Awesome!

By El DeRoblo!

from Utah

I just got one of these yesterday and all I can say is WOW! Plays great right out of the box and it's beautiful. Gold hardware and strings and they really look and sound sharp. Tuner took a few minutes to figure out but is really handy. Plugging it in is different since I'm used to an electric. Some definate finesse is needed so popping and slapping isn't recommended. It's smaller than you'd think, which is very nice and makes playing a breeze. It's easily worth twice the price, the only con is that I didn't get one sooner.

 
5.0

First Bass

By Bassman-7pi79

from Titusville Pa

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I got this bass 3 years ago for christmas. It was my first bass, kinda to prove to my parents that its not a phase. But I love this bass. When I got it, there was a little bit of buzz on the G string if I let it sustain, but after experimenting a little bit, and puttin some really heavy gage strings on it, it sounds awesome. I absolutely love this bass.

 
4.0

great value

By fatbassman

from Ohio

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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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