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Rogue LX205B Series II 5-String Bass Guitar   

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You won't believe the great sound and consummate playability of this sonic destroyer. The LX205B bass guitar incorporates an extended maple neck with...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 bass guitar incorporates an extended maple neck with a fast and friendly rosewood fingerboard for fleet action. The covered traditional-style split- and single-coil 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.

FEATURES
  • Extended maple neck
  • Fast and friendly rosewood fretboard
  • 34" scale length
  • Covered traditional-style pickups
  • 2 volume and 2 tone controls
  • Die-cast machine heads
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4.6

(based on 118 reviews)

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$300+ Bass

This is an amazing bass for the price. It did require adjustments on the action, truss rod, intonation, and pickups but it is worth the work. Stock strings are trash but with...Read complete review

This is an amazing bass for the price. It did require adjustments on the action, truss rod, intonation, and pickups but it is worth the work. Stock strings are trash but with a fresh pack it works great. The bass is fairly balanced, doesn't slip too bad but I don't stand very often. I got the B string down to 1/8" off the 24th fret, it plays like butter. The tuners aren't too bad but they need to be tuned daily. The pickups are weak, especially the bridge, it has no bass whatsoever and the bass eq barely adds any low frequency whatsoever. The treble works good though. My .125 gauge B is too floppy, I would recommend .130 or .135. Compared to my friends Fender Standard Jazz Bass through an Acoustic 200w head, 1x15 cab and Kustom 2x15 cab it can get a wide variety of tone with the head's 6 band eq, not quite Fender but for 1/6th the price it's close enough, necks a little thick but it's comfortable. I've played an Ibanez SR505 and 506 and they both have very thin necks. This is much better than all of the Epiphone basses except the Thunderbird Pro. Based on this Rogue I am currently debating buying a Rogue LX406 or an Ibanez SR506. I started on this 5 string so it was no trouble playing, 4 strings are too cramped for me. I would definetly recommend this bass for a spare 5 string or a starting bassist. Email me if you have a question.

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You Get What You Pay For

The money spent on this bass could go to better use. This bass does not seem like a good starting 5-string bass as the quality is so low. I can't tell if the...Read complete review

The money spent on this bass could go to better use. This bass does not seem like a good starting 5-string bass as the quality is so low. I can't tell if the pickups are actual 5 string pickups (as the plastic covers hide the poles) but it would explain the volume inconsistency across all strings if the poles were that of a 4 string bass. Rogue offers affordable ways to own instruments but the overall quality and playability of their budget instruments does not warrant further purchases.
Has plastic covered J- and P-style pickups. Tone is moldable. Volume and tone lacks consistency across all strings. Tuning sticks for an above-expected amount of time, though expectations were low.
Bass is made cheaply. Tone/Vol knobs were pushed on so hard that paint is scraped off underneath them from turning. Stock bass strings had evidence of rust upon arrival, low B had a lot of rust. Proper intonation is hard to achieve. Strings buzz against frets frequently until set at a level that is uncomfortable to play at. Bass produces a lot of humming and buzzing when plugged in.
It is hard to buy anything for so cheap these days but the quality-to-price ratio just isn't good enough to warrant calling this bass a good value.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome 5 string bass!

By MetalJeffy

from York, PA

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I was looking for a cheap 5 string bass for my instrumental side project and I wanted to be able to tune it to C standard, so I decided to buy this one. I just got my bass last night and it completely exceeded my expectations. I bought the pearl white bass and the finish looks really good. I admit that I was not crazy about the headstock from the pictures on this site, but I do like it better now that I can actually see it. Before buying, I read pretty much every review that is on here just to be safe. I am very cautious when it comes to instruments that are priced that low. I took it out of the box and there were no damages from shipping, the bass needed tuned and I plugged it in and played it. I really like the sound of the bass and it is very light. I am still getting familiar with the knobs, but I will have to experiment with it to see what kind of sound I want out of it. I can honestly say that this was a purchase that I am glad to have made! I highly recommend this if you are looking for a cheap 5 string bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for beginners and Pros alike

By Bassface-ZHPfb

from O.C.

I'll start with the bad news first so that I end on a good note. This bass came to me about 3 months ago and I bought it as my second bass becuase my first one is a Flying V and I don't like taking it to small jam sessions. So I bought this bass becuase i needed one that would fit into a gig bag and could take a beating. This bass was, unfortunately, already kinda beaten. The top of the bass was already chipped and there were little gash marks on the side. At first i wasn't in a good mood. But then I picked it up and right away I realized that this bass was really good quality and it had great action and good low tones. One down side is that the neck is kinda fat becuase it has to accommodate a 5th sting so its much harder to move around on it. but All in all its a great bass. I just wish mine came in a better condition.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A great bass for its price

By RogueRocks555

from Long Island, NY

I got this bass on the cheap for $100 bucks free shipping and I'm very pleased that I did! The neck has a fantastic feel and the bass has enough weight to know your holding it without it being heavy. The tone control is okay but if its being played through a good amp it will sound awesome. The stock strings are pretty good but could need a change. The one thing thats wrong with it is the white looks different in real life. Otherwise, this is a fantastic starter 5-string and a great bass for its price!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this bass!

By DJ Mickey

from Cabot Arkansas

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I play 6 string guitars, so I don't know much about the whole bass guitar thing. However, I do know a deal when I find one. Based on reviews and the fact that my wife let me have a hundred bucks I bought the Rogue LX205B Series II 5-String Bass Guitar. I figured if it sucked, I would return it to Musicians Friend. When I got the guitar there was a hole in the box, but no damage to the guitar. The paint was way way better than I thought it ever should have been. All of the strings were very loose and zero set up had been completed on the guitar. After I tuned it up, all of the strings were dead at the first fret (everything else was fine). I took the truss rod cover plate off, used the included allen wrench and turned the truss rod counter clockwise 1/2 a turn. Wa-La, I had an awesome bass! When I play it the bass feels light and has a fairly fast neck (like I said, I normally play a 6 string). I am not an expert, but the Rouge sounds solid and, to me, sounds like it will do anything I ask it to do in the future. The bottom line is: For a hundred bucks, I LOVE THIS BASS!!!!!!

 
5.0

Rogue 5 string bass

By euphoniumdemigod

from Houston, TX

the high b string is real fun to play on. Since this was my first bass i ever played on so i really liked it the only thing i did not like was buying strings and popping them the day i got them!!!

 
5.0

Good bass for the money.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

First off, I was, along with others, very skeptical about this bass. I mean, for 100$, really? But after reading some reviews and watching it on the intranet, I decided to buy it, in which I'm glad I did. Its perfect if you need an all around versatile bass. I already had a flatwound strung Fender Jazz, and wanted something that I could put rounds on. All in all, do not let the price fool you. Its just as good as an Ibanez or Peavey.

 
5.0

Best bass I have ever owned!!

By blink22_8

from Kelso, Wa

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When i plugged this baby in...man did it roar. This beast of a bass was and still is well worth the money, seriously this bass is good for beginners and experts. Never have I owned a bass this spectacular!

 
4.0

Rogue LX205B Blues

By Funky Dr. of Love

from Edgewater, FL

I liked the looks of this bass, but had reservations. I own a 74 Jazz and it's getting where I don't want to take it out anymore. When the Rogue came it had crummy strings on it. No surprise. I took them off, tightened the bow out of the neck, set the action, set the intonation with Ernie Ball Slinkys and it was a different animal. All my doubters said that thing LOOKS expensive. It's not a super friendly neck to me because I've been playing 4 string for 40 years. It was a project for me. I knew it would be. I really like the darn thing now. BIG bang for the buck. and if some wanker says, "Can I play it?" I don't threaten them with mayhem. I just say yes. It's roadworthy!

 
4.0

It's AIGHT

By DO BOY 731

from okc, oklahoma

it's a pretty good starter, but it is durable

 
5.0

Great Beginner Bass

By Corrylb19

from Erie, PA

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This was my first bass, I bought it after having learned on a Yamaha borrowed from my friend. I was pleasantly surprised how nice it was once I got some setup done on it. The action was slightly high, but thats an easy fix. This thing has great lows, I can shake my house using the low-B string, and it has great clarity too. The tone and volume knobs are separate for each pickup, and if you use just the bridge pickup, you can get a great low sound. My only complaint is that I still have intonation issues no matter how many times I have tried to fix it. Cant get too upset about it though, considering the price you paid.

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