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A price that makes it easy to become a bass player.

You won't believe the great sound and consummate playability of this sonic destroyer. The LX205B 5-string bass guitar incorporates an extended maple neck with a fast and friendly rosewood fingerboard for fleet action. The J-style pickups deliver massive slabs of classic tone and are tweaked via 2 volume and 2 tone controls. Die-cast machine heads and black hardware wrap up this astonishingly priced thumper.

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FEATURES
  • Basswood dual cutaway body
  • Bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • High-mass adjustable saddle bridge
  • J-style pickups
  • Dual volume and tone controls
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Black Hardware

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LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar

  • 34" scale length
  • 24 frets
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RogueLX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (26)
  • Fun to play (25)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (16)
  • Poor pick up (8)
  • Craftsmanship (5)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (28)
  • Jamming (21)
  • Recording (12)
  • Small venues (12)
  • School bands (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Novice (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid Little Bass

MUSICIAN'S FRIEND:
I ordered this bass on the afternoon of June 3. I chose the free (4-6 business days) shipping, and received it on the morning of June 6. Can't...Read complete review

MUSICIAN'S FRIEND:
I ordered this bass on the afternoon of June 3. I chose the free (4-6 business days) shipping, and received it on the morning of June 6. Can't complain about that

THE PACKAGE:
The outer box was undamaged, and well protected. The inner box had a hole where the bridge side strap knob punched through.

SET UP:
The neck required 1/4 turn tighter to bring the neck relief to 0.4mm at the 8th fret. I was able to lower each string a little from there and get no fret buzz. Each string needed minor intonation adjustments. I had to let the pups out to their maximum height in order to get any reasonable volume going. Also, I went over every single screw, nut, and bolt and NOTHING was loose on it.

THE APPEARANCE:
Overall: Once unwrapped, the bass was in pristine condition. No, scratches, dings or dents anywhere on the bass.

Body: It is wood coated with what looks like an indestructible layer of polyurethane/plastic. The volume/tone knobs are metal. The bridge is the same generic model as was on my Dean Edge. I swapped out the strap buttons for strap locks immediately.

Pups: Honestly, they are garbage. I have a 250watt Carvin MB210 amp in my apartment. I have to turn both volume controls, and both tone controls to maximum to make this bass be heard with the amp volume at "8". And I'm practicing by myself.

Neck: I read a LOT of reviews before I purchased this product, and besides weak pups, most problems people encountered were in the neck. Either I was lucky, or Rogue has addressed these issues. My neck is straight and true. The fret ends are well filed and smooth against the neck. A lot of people complained that the frets were uneven, requiring very high action, or getting a buzz. Rogue seems to have addressed this by placing the neck in some sort of sanding machine. Each of my frets is flat where the string makes contact, and different frets have different amounts filed, but I have low action, and NO BUZZ!!! The neck is made out of two pieces of Maple fused together where the headstock leans back. I think that any low priced entry level instrument will be the same. My Dean Edge was the same way. Finally, the truss rod turns smoothly making no sounds of sticking against the wood.

Headstock/Tuners: The headstock is in excellent shape. The tuners were a little sticky at first, but I loosened the screw in the key, and turned it back and forth several times to get the grease all over the gears inside it. Then I tightened the screw just snug, not tight, and it is easy to tune, and stays in tune for days.

THE REVIEW:
I bought this bass for three reasons:
1.) The truss rod in my Dean Edge broke, and I wanted another low priced back up instrument.
2.) I am thinking about buying a very good 5 string in a few months, and want to know if I like the way a 5 string plays and feels.
3.) Rocksmith and Band Fuse seem to like lower end instruments over my Ibanez SR1200 with LaBella Strings.

I didn't have very high expectations when I ordered this instrument. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. I have a solid (well built and balanced) body. A straight neck that plays fast and doesn't buzz. And it stays in tune. That is worth the money that I paid for it right there.

The strings are cheap, and were quickly replaced. But I replace the strings on every instrument I get. And honestly, I didn't hate the sound of these strings as much as I hated the Elixers that came on my SR1200. But strings are a highly personal experience, and your experience might differ.

Because the pups are cheap, they are virtually useless. I have to turn everything to max, and my amp to "8" in order to hear this bass. My amp has tons of tonal adjustments so I can still get the sound that I want from it. However, I don't think that you should let the bad pups turn you away from this bass.

If you are brand new to learning bass, these pups will let you play, and you are probably better off not going too crazy with tonal varieties while you are just learning the neck, notes, and scales.

If you are somewhat experienced with the bass, and want to try a 5 string, you can get really good pups relatively cheap and turn this bass into a real contender for a very small investment.

In the end, it's all about managing your expectations. For the money this instrument costs, you won't get a world class sounding axe. No matter what manufacturer you use. If you don't mind a stable sounding instrument with no real tonal variations, or if you are willing to invest in some new electronics, this bass is a GREAT deal.

RATING: 4 out of 5.

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We'll see when I get 1 not damaged

Opened the outer box and then inner box, which was corrugated cardboard 1 ply thick, no reinforcement at top or bottom with Styrofoam or additional cardboard. Box was like a gift box where...Read complete review

Opened the outer box and then inner box, which was corrugated cardboard 1 ply thick, no reinforcement at top or bottom with Styrofoam or additional cardboard. Box was like a gift box where the top covers the bottom, which masked the fact that the lower box was torn apart at the bottom, and a shipping label was used to cover it.

The base was wrapped in thin white foam, and when I removed it the body was chipped on the bottom with abrasions across the back, one of the tuners was missing a screw, and two of the pods for the tone and volume were missing. It looks like the box gave way in the manufacturer's or Musician's Friend's warehouse (inspection sticker from manufacture leads me to believe the latter)the bass fell out and was somehow drug or pushed across the floor on its back, then re-boxed and shipped to me. Got a return authorization and it's on it's way back ASAP. Will try one more time with another order, but so far of the 5 Rogue guitars and basses I've ordered, only the 2 acoustic electrics and Six string bass were keepers on the first try.

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5.0

Great Bass

By 

from Hutsonville , IL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Lowest Price For Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

    excellant Bass best around for the price good finish and good quality inspection
    excellant first bass or back up for gigs, you could do a gig with this no problem Plus this is a Five String!!

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    5.0

    Breat Bass, Great Price

    By 

    from KY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      I bought this bass as a replacement for an Ibanez 4 string that I had to return due to fret buzz issues. I play doom metal, and the thought of getting an extended range bass really appealled to me so that there would be less time spent tuning, and more time recording/playing.

      Out of the box the bass felt great in my hands. It wasn't too heavy, and the neck from nut to body was easily accessable from low to high strings. I use this to record, and I don't play live so this goes directly into my modeling pedal to interface to DAW. The sound was crisp, even with the amount of fuzz I tend to use. The 4 knobs gave me great tonal control, and helped flesh out the sound I want for my music.

      Bottom line, this bass is worth the price paid, and more. It stands up with the better basses I've used/played/owned. Can't say enough good things about thie instrument.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Quality for the price

      By 

      from Chicago, IL

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      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Beautiful
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      This Is easily the greatest bargain I've ever gotten. I got this bass in pearl white and it is absolutely beautiful. It's a solid instrument with a great tone. The only thing is the pickups are a bit on the weak side, but not enough to ruin the instrument. Overall a great bass for the price

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      4.0

      Value Based Bass Guitar

      By 

      from New York

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Learning
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      Purchased this bass almost a year ago. Played in a garage band and we needed a bass player so I volunteered. Decided if I was going to learn to play bass might as well go for a 5 string and for 105 bills shipped it was cheaper than any pawn shop. This guitar is in no way ready to play out of the box. The frets are simply cut and installed leaving them very sharp (drew blood first time I played it). After spending about 4 hours filing and sanding the frets down to my liking and getting the inclination and neck set this little guitar plays easy. Unfortunately the sound from the pick ups is weak and unflattering with humming noise. I still practice with this guitar and love the feel of it but the sound isn't there and there is too much hum coming from the pick ups. It took several weeks (months) for the neck to settle in and had to constantly keep re-adjusting the neck but now it is fine (I find this to be a problem with all new guitars). If you are interested in trying a 5 string guitar for the first time or are looking to get a student guitar this isn't a bad choice. Be prepared to do a bunch of set up. I would say though value wise this bass once set up will worth more used than what you will pay for it.

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      3.0

      fun to play but wasn't fun to wait for.

      By 

      from San diego

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Damaged
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      I'll start off with the cons. Shipping was horrible, paid extra to wait just as long for it to come in. When I opened it, I saw it was damaged, part of the bass had been cracked and chipped.if this was an expensive one, you bet your A I would have returned it asap but I know this will be my practice one. Still makes me weary from purchasing here. As for the pros, it's fun to play with. I've enjoyed many hours practicing with it. I read about the poor pick up and I would agree but it's not going to phase me.

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      3.0

      Rogue 5 String Bass

      By 

      from Central Texas

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      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Church Choir
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      The bass required a bit of tweaking because of fret buzz on the B and E string. The Pick Up are not the best, and I have to crank the amp volume quit a bit compared to my Peavey Bass. I like the neck b/c I have larger hands. I purchased a Purple Bass and like the way it looks. The Body is smaller than Im used too, but over all its a decent instrument. I bought it on sale so, no regrets.

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      4.0

      Shipping Comment

      By 

      from Galt, CA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Shipping Challenges

      Best Uses

      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      The guitar I purchased was for my Grandson, whom has been playing for about 1 1/2 years. I was rather alarmed when the guitar arrived. The box was damaged, and UPS had me check the guitar for damage. The box actually had a hole in it. And, the guitar had a small scratch on it. But, because I needed it for a Birthday present I accepted it. Hopefully; he can overlook the scratch.

      I have another guitar on order with Musician Friend, and it's on back order. (To be shipped in August) So, I'd like to suggest, for future shipments that you ship guitars in stronger boxes. I wouldn't ship anything UPS that isn't in an outer box. It was shipped in in a very week box.

      If you would please ship the next guitar in a stronger box it would be appreciated. If it comes damaged I don't think I'll accept this one. But, I'll have UPS return it to you. Sorry. But, I think they should arrive in good condition. Thank you.

      Ray

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      4.0

      Solid Little Bass

      By 

      from New York

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      MUSICIAN'S FRIEND:
      I ordered this bass on the afternoon of June 3. I chose the free (4-6 business days) shipping, and received it on the morning of June 6. Can't complain about that

      THE PACKAGE:
      The outer box was undamaged, and well protected. The inner box had a hole where the bridge side strap knob punched through.

      SET UP:
      The neck required 1/4 turn tighter to bring the neck relief to 0.4mm at the 8th fret. I was able to lower each string a little from there and get no fret buzz. Each string needed minor intonation adjustments. I had to let the pups out to their maximum height in order to get any reasonable volume going. Also, I went over every single screw, nut, and bolt and NOTHING was loose on it.

      THE APPEARANCE:
      Overall: Once unwrapped, the bass was in pristine condition. No, scratches, dings or dents anywhere on the bass.

      Body: It is wood coated with what looks like an indestructible layer of polyurethane/plastic. The volume/tone knobs are metal. The bridge is the same generic model as was on my Dean Edge. I swapped out the strap buttons for strap locks immediately.

      Pups: Honestly, they are garbage. I have a 250watt Carvin MB210 amp in my apartment. I have to turn both volume controls, and both tone controls to maximum to make this bass be heard with the amp volume at "8". And I'm practicing by myself.

      Neck: I read a LOT of reviews before I purchased this product, and besides weak pups, most problems people encountered were in the neck. Either I was lucky, or Rogue has addressed these issues. My neck is straight and true. The fret ends are well filed and smooth against the neck. A lot of people complained that the frets were uneven, requiring very high action, or getting a buzz. Rogue seems to have addressed this by placing the neck in some sort of sanding machine. Each of my frets is flat where the string makes contact, and different frets have different amounts filed, but I have low action, and NO BUZZ!!! The neck is made out of two pieces of Maple fused together where the headstock leans back. I think that any low priced entry level instrument will be the same. My Dean Edge was the same way. Finally, the truss rod turns smoothly making no sounds of sticking against the wood.

      Headstock/Tuners: The headstock is in excellent shape. The tuners were a little sticky at first, but I loosened the screw in the key, and turned it back and forth several times to get the grease all over the gears inside it. Then I tightened the screw just snug, not tight, and it is easy to tune, and stays in tune for days.

      THE REVIEW:
      I bought this bass for three reasons:
      1.) The truss rod in my Dean Edge broke, and I wanted another low priced back up instrument.
      2.) I am thinking about buying a very good 5 string in a few months, and want to know if I like the way a 5 string plays and feels.
      3.) Rocksmith and Band Fuse seem to like lower end instruments over my Ibanez SR1200 with LaBella Strings.

      I didn't have very high expectations when I ordered this instrument. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. I have a solid (well built and balanced) body. A straight neck that plays fast and doesn't buzz. And it stays in tune. That is worth the money that I paid for it right there.

      The strings are cheap, and were quickly replaced. But I replace the strings on every instrument I get. And honestly, I didn't hate the sound of these strings as much as I hated the Elixers that came on my SR1200. But strings are a highly personal experience, and your experience might differ.

      Because the pups are cheap, they are virtually useless. I have to turn everything to max, and my amp to "8" in order to hear this bass. My amp has tons of tonal adjustments so I can still get the sound that I want from it. However, I don't think that you should let the bad pups turn you away from this bass.

      If you are brand new to learning bass, these pups will let you play, and you are probably better off not going too crazy with tonal varieties while you are just learning the neck, notes, and scales.

      If you are somewhat experienced with the bass, and want to try a 5 string, you can get really good pups relatively cheap and turn this bass into a real contender for a very small investment.

      In the end, it's all about managing your expectations. For the money this instrument costs, you won't get a world class sounding axe. No matter what manufacturer you use. If you don't mind a stable sounding instrument with no real tonal variations, or if you are willing to invest in some new electronics, this bass is a GREAT deal.

      RATING: 4 out of 5.

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      3.0

      Great beginner bass!

      By 

      from Illinois

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pick Up
      • String buzz

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

      I had some trouble with the string buzz on the 2nd to top string, and the tone sound kind of muddy, but other then that, I loved how great this instrument was for practicing!

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      2.0

      OVERALL NOT VERY GOOD

      By 

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Low B String
      • Real Instrument

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar:

        I got this because i wanted a 5 string bass.
        PROS
        i have to say the bass is very light, easy on the shoulders, not terribly balanced, the long fret board gives you three octaves which is pretty cool. no flaws in the finish or major problems.
        CONS
        Buzz. Buzzbuzzbuzz. the bass itself is not uncomfortable to play for me, but almost all the low end strings get a bad buzz, and a buzz on the open b, e, and a. The strings it came with are awful but this is to be expected. The set up it came with isnt terrible but if you cannot set up a guitar than i suggest getting this one set up first. Pickups are poor quality.

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