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Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar

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The Rogue LX200BF fretless bass guitar features an extended maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, covered traditional-style split and single-coil pickups...Click To Read More About This Product

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Streamlined design gives this boomer a sleek look and makes it easy on the shoulder.

The Rogue LX200BF fretless bass guitar features an extended maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, covered traditional-style split and single-coil pickups, 2 volume and 2 tone controls, die-cast machine heads, and black hardware. Rogue priced the 4-string LX200BF bass to make it easy to add a fretless to your arsenal.

Case sold separately

FEATURES
Basswood dual cutaway body
Bolt-on fretless maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
High-mass adjustable saddle bridge
J-style humbucker bridge pickup
P-style split coil neck pickup
Dual volume and tone controls
Die-cast tuners
Black Hardware
Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS
34" scale length
24 frets
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RogueLX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (32)
  • Good feel (30)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (9)
  • Poor pick up (8)
  • Flat sound (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (30)
  • Jamming (22)
  • Recording (16)
  • Small venues (9)
  • School bands (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (15), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Bass for the price

This bass is absolutly incredible for the price and can not be beat.

The only Issue I had with mine was that the dots that go down the neck on the...Read complete review

This bass is absolutly incredible for the price and can not be beat.

The only Issue I had with mine was that the dots that go down the neck on the top of the bass were a little off and if you are a beginner this can be kind of tricky to fix. I had to paint over the dots and then paint my owns dots in the propper places. A little annoying, but well worth it.

I also recommend putting some round wound strings on it. Other then that you should be good to go. I have used this baby in practices all the way up to big shows so its a very good instrument for the price.

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Unfortunately this bass fell short

I wanted to get into a fretless bass but, not to commit a lot of money. The price was very good but, it took me a lot of work to set the bass...Read complete review

I wanted to get into a fretless bass but, not to commit a lot of money. The price was very good but, it took me a lot of work to set the bass up correctly. If I took it to a guitar shop for setup it would have been expensive. Also, when I opened the box, the bass was very dirty.

Problems I found:
1. Poor/sloppy hardware installation
2. Harmonic setup was way off (did not line up with the dots)
3. Nut is way too high. It's hard to finger the position of the first fret.
4. The flat wound strings were kind of dull sounding
5. String height was very off on the E and G string. They buzzed.

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(10 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Uncle Patrick here...

By Patrick James McKenna

from St.Marys, GA

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Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

Boys and girls...If you want to explore the untamed (and sometimes risky) world of the fretless bass, do talk with a real musician who knows about these sometimes unforgiving instruments.
If there are none, then fortunately your Uncle Patrick found some disturbing comments.
You need to alter your playing approach.
DO NOT ALTER THE POSITION MARKS!!!
Instead of playing between what we shall call "invisable frets," (as though you are playing a regular fretted instrument) place your fingertips over the invisable frets.
You can trust me now and thank me later.
As for the Rogue LX200BF, I've never played one, but with my experience with other Rogue instruments, would almost be willing to bet that this is a low-priced but high quality instrument.
I recommend any Rogue instrument. If you don't like it, send it back and either get a replacement or your money back.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First Fretless (Updated)

By Razure Blayed

from Durham, NC

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Lightweight
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Finish On Neck Could Be B

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

This is my third bass from MF and it is nice! Hats off to MF as they were extremely helpful and turnaround was quick. This bass is great for the price, especially for someone venturing out into fretless land. This bass arrived with no visible flaws. The electronics seem to be good quality. The neck is true. The blue color is really pleasing to look at. A great bass from a great provider (MF). Thanks!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible value

By Glenn Wiltsee

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

I've been pro bassist for 10 years, just recently retired, so the stable of Warwicks and Music Mans was sold off in favor of mexican Jazz and then a shot at this Rogue fretless. I can't recommend this bass enough. The sound is very flexible, clear, and strong. Slaps surprisingly well. It doesn't have that hollow Jaco tone high up on the neck without some major amp fiddling, but I finally got it.

If you just want a fretless bass to monkey around with, this is absolutely the one to try.
Although it would be nice to have gotten a little instruction manual for the knobs, the immediate feel of the bass is outstanding (for the money)
Neck bolts not completely seated, but an easy fix. For the money, fantastic quality. The strings suck, but I put some flatwounds on right away and feels pretty magical now.
Crazy good

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent value, even if a bit of modding needs done

By Puppy

from Oak Ridge, TN

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Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

The least expensive new fretless I found on-line. Completely functional as soon as I tuned the strings. Sounded like Jaco even without flat-wounds.

As implied above, if you have strings, pickups and a fretboard, you have a fretless bass. One SHOULDN'T pay much for one.

I'd rather spend less on an axe, a little more on upgrade parts, and spend a half hour fixing it than spending twice as musch on an axe and still have to spend time and money upgrading/fixing it.

Because invariably, EVERY guitar requires some time to set up and needs upgrade-like tweakings (cavity needs sheilding, pups need potting, electronics need re-wring, strings need changing - these issues exist with expensive guitars as much as with lower priced ones).

May as well buy a cheap guitar and make it play like a million bucks than spend a million bucks to have to do the same anyway.
Standard features, two volumes and two tones, so a standard rating.
I don't care about the following, since I buy cheap instrument with the intention of modding them. But in case you're not like me, here's what was wrong with the bass I received:

Uneven paint job (I got the blue model), with some VERY small flecks of white in some places (can't tell if it's white paint that got on later, or if it was a problem with the application of the original paint job. Still looks great. You can't see the white specs until you're six inches away.

Poor quality pots. They crackled when I got them. Haven't bothered to spray contact cleaner in them, since I'll be upgrading the electronics, but I suspect contact cleaner would solve the issue.

Bad wiring design. This is the one y'all would care about the most. When you have a single output guitar with dual vol/tone, the tone pots NEED to go on the pickup side of the volume pot, not the jack side. Otherwise, it's pointless to have two tones because they are both sitting there in the schematic right next to each other both dedicated to the final output instead of each being dedicated to a specific pickup.

This is a mistake I've seen far too often in guitars of many price ranges, and generally it's not a problem for players. But it DOES limit your tonal options since you can't mix a bright neck pickup with a dark bridge pickup - whenever you roll down one tone, you're rolling down tone for both pups. BTW, this is always the case when both vols are at max, but if you like to blend your pups volume AND tone-wise, you can't do it with this setup.

Still, it only takes five minutes to correct with a soldering iron. And if you're a guy like me who buys a lot of guitars, then you probably have a soldering gun for just this purpose. If you DON'T have one, go buy one. Invariably electronics need work, and you CAN do the work yourself.
The thing plays quite well. It has a nut, neck w truss rod, adjustable bridge, strings and pickups. Zero reason you couldn't get this guy to intone and play w/o string rattle. I did the first time I got her in tune.

The pups aren't too great, but did you expect them to be at this price point? Don't know if they're potted, but I doubt it. Still sound decent enough for govt work, regardless.

Downside is the aforementioned wiring and the round wound strings most players will have to switch out.

It's still a superb value for those who enjoy doing this sort of work. Wiring can be cleaned and fixed in 5 minutes, strings can be replaced, pickups can be potted or replaced.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Bass

By stanpugh

from Pa.

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Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

This bass I have had for over a year, It sounds great made well.It is fine for jobs.You can have a fretless and not throw away a ton of cash if it is not for you.Throw on some flats and enjoy.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My first fretless Rogue LX200BF

By PJ

from Western Mass

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Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

I give it an 8 based mostly on the price. It looks cool and plays ok,it's light and it looks cool and plays ok; did I mention it was light?
Seriously, it's a good value and I am unfairly comparing the quality and sound to my 73 P bass.

I am glad I bought it..
Not sure what is required to review as in features, it is a fretless with 2 pickups.
pretty well built, even though I needed to remove and retighten the input jack. (So loose, it fell in when I put a cord into it).
I would have rated it higher if that was all but the body should have at least been wiped down to remove the finger marks and other smears. The strings, although sounding new, left more black on my fingers after playing for 10 minutes than my Precision will after a year of grime.
Despite the complaints, this is a bargain! I never had a fretless and figured I would buy a cheap one to get the hang of it. I was initially going to buy a kit and build one but not for this price.
This bass, fretless or fretted is a decent beginner bass and with some tweaking of the bridge or different pickups (these sound fine by the way) can improve over all sound.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

excellent for the price

By Traceyustudios

from arizona

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Pros

  • Arrived Setup
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

    I wanted a fretless bass and could not justify spend much on one since it would not be played much. For this price, this is an excellent bass. plays great, sounds good, looks good. I can't believe they can make or sell this bass for this price. it is not pro quality, but still good quality. I wanted a fretless to experiment with, record a tune or two. this was perfect for my needs and then some.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Overall decent bass for the money

    By Kenneth Conrad

    from SAN DIEGO, CA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • No Major Issues

    Cons

    • Chip On The Body

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

    Just received this bass got the metallic blue, wanted a fretless in my arsenal without dropping a lot of cash. Overall it's a decent bass for how inexpensive it is. The setup is pretty good no string buzz, mine actually came with flatwounds already on it but I ordered some backups also, I recommend putting flatwounds on it maybe even tapewounds. The pickups are cheap but there isn't any noise coming from them i'm gonna replace them eventually with DiMarzio DP126 pickups. My cons are that it arrived with a chip on the body at the lower bout, scratches on the back cover plate and it was dusty, but so what the bass is so inexpensive and I plan on beating it up anyways. Definitely a good addition to your arsenal without feeling like you spent any money

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The blue is prettier than in the pictures

    By Paul W

    from Springfield Illinois

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      I've owned several basses and this is my first fretless. Good solid bass for the money. I'd recommend the Rogue brand to anyone who doesn't care about a name on the instrument, and wants a solid piece of equipment to start with.

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Unfortunately this bass fell short

      By Thump Weasel

      from San Francisco Bay Area

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Poor Craftsmanship
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Poor setup

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Project Bass

      Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      I wanted to get into a fretless bass but, not to commit a lot of money. The price was very good but, it took me a lot of work to set the bass up correctly. If I took it to a guitar shop for setup it would have been expensive. Also, when I opened the box, the bass was very dirty.

      Problems I found:
      1. Poor/sloppy hardware installation
      2. Harmonic setup was way off (did not line up with the dots)
      3. Nut is way too high. It's hard to finger the position of the first fret.
      4. The flat wound strings were kind of dull sounding
      5. String height was very off on the E and G string. They buzzed.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rogue Fretless Very fast neck intanation

      By Scrubs

      from Mass.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

      • I Wore The Nut Down After
      • One Year Playing Hard

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

        Very durable great action but I wore the nut down in one year. Need new nut Rogue item only unless you make your own.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An Unbelieveable Great Buy

        By Nosmo King

        from Backwoods, NC

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

          This is most likely the best buy on the website. Light, easy to play. Got the Pearl White and it looks like it should cost at least 3 times the price I paid. This is a great deal for a fun, fretless bass.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          First Fretless

          By Razure Blayed

          from Durham, NC

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          Pros

          • Easy To Handle Not Heavy
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

          • Loose Tuning Gear

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

          Very sharp looking guitar. This guitar was easy to handle and is not heavy. The sound is good after everything is set up and adjusted. The tuning gear for the A string had a lot of play in it but did hold the string in tune; not sure if it will eventually fail with use.
          This is my first fretless and it really shows my fingering imperfections and is helping me improve my fingering accuracy. Overall, this is a good product.

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Bolt-On Neck...

          By NCThrash

          from Kernersville, NC

          Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

          This is a great guitar for the price your gonna pay for it. I have one and I love it (Other than the Bolt-On Neck) if it was a neck-through guitar this would be one of the top rated in my book.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          1st had too many flaws, 2nd one great value!

          By ZON aka STEVEYDERAILER

          from MONACA,PA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Own several Rogues, love em all!
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Had to send 1st back, 2nd great
          • Neck could use "refined"
          • Paint is great, price reflects setup
          • Sharp fretboard rollover,poor nut fit,
          • Will contour edge of fretboard so its less sharp

          Best Uses

          • Inexpensive bass to upgrade, customize,make own
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

          4 the cash, I LOVE this bass! I will add my own "adjustments", When I gig, I bring my 74 RICK and my CHEAP used rogue bass, Love to play both! GREAT necks!, the fretless is a lil wider, but no learning curve at all!, I just have to round the edge of the fret board a bit, as its a lil sharp .Maybe later, I'll add some high quality PUPS, American hardware, a high-mass bridge, already changed knobs to epi clear speed knobs! Love the look!. Thinking of doing a white pearl "tree of life " thing to the F-board, bone nut, Mines a BEAUTIFUL pearl white!
          HAPPY!!!!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for a starting instrument.

          By Chencho

          from Pennsylvania

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

          It's a nice starting bass if you're unfamiliar with playing a fretless bass. It plays nicely and the neck has a good feel. The only negative is that the E string has a very flat sound. Overall it's not a bad instrument for the price.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Decent But Not Amazing.

          By Pkmoutl

          from Buffalo, NY

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

          I bought this to replace a used Yamaha fretless that I bought which had bad electronics issues. The Rogue is about on par with that fretless before the electronics fried out. It was inexpensive, and I got what I paid for. It's got a good feel, decent sound, although I do find that it goes out of tune every so often. After about 2 weeks or so, it had dropped a half-step on all four strings. It's good for practice, but I don't think I would use this for playing out. I have other Rogues, and I'm finding that their quality is somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes they are okay, like this one, and sometimes they are really nice, like my 6-string. I'll probably keep messing around with this one, but if I ever need a fretless for serious playing, I'll get something else.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for the price

          By Benny

          from Wisconsin

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

              This is a great beginner fretless bass for anyone. For the price I would highly recommend it.

              (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              No...just....No

              By gnelly13

              from Memphis, TN

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              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • No Growl
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
              • The Side Dots Were Off

              Best Uses

                Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

                I understand that this is a cheap bass, but when they say cheap they mean CHEAP. The paint job was crummy, tuning knobs were not very awesome, and stock strings were pathetic. Being a rock/metal musician who wants various sounds in my music, I needed a cheap fretless to add variety. This was the wrong choice. On the website it looks kinda nice, but it's not. The only pro is that it's lightweight, but other than that it's horrible. I do NOT recommend to anyone...ever...period....end of discussion.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great for my intended purposes

                By CrookedCucumber

                from Pennsylvania, USA

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Poor Pick Up

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

                This bass was great for my intended purposes (yours may differ). I have wanted to begin learning fretless but was unsure about dropping $700+. My only condition was that it was to be an unlined. I was skeptical because previously I have played mostly higher end instruments-Fender, Warwick, etc. Right out of the box I noticed how cool it looked (love looking at that unlined fretboard), though I'm really not a fan of the headstock. The flatwounds it came with actually sounded dull to me, as if they were really dead roundwounds. I eventually switched them out for roundwounds and it sounds much better. The bass is great for practicing and I'm inspired to pick it up again and again. I will eventually donate it to the local high school band shell and get a better instrument however.

                There are some cons here. I would not play this bass live at a gig. If the instrument cable wiggles at all, the sound is cut in and out through the amplifier. The pickups are cheap, and so you get what you would expect out of them (OK tone, but nothing that really makes you go "Yeahhhh, I like that"). The back of the neck feels a bit unfinished. Not too bad, but noticeably rougher than any neck I've ever played. This neck is an unfinished neck that was supposed to be fretted I believe. The side fret markers are where they would be for a fretted instrument-meaning they are in the middle of the frets. For instance, if you want to hit a G on your lowest string, you would not put your finger on the 3rd fret marker, but slightly after it because that fret marker designates between fret #2 and fret #3. My understanding is that unlined fretless basses typically have the marker right on the actual fretline. It's not so much of a big deal, but I did play for an entire week wondering why anything I played didn't quite sound right.

                In summation, if you are like me and want something to practice with and make sure you like before you upgrade then this is perfect. If you are looking for something to start gigging with immediately, I'd look elsewhere. Cheers.

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