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The 6-string banjo is tuned like a guitar, and features a short scale length and jumbo frets for very easy playability....Read More

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The 6-string banjo is tuned like a guitar, and features a short scale length and jumbo frets for very easy playability.

Brings the down-home tone of the banjo and the playability of the guitar together into one great instrument.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany Resonator with Thumb Screws
  • Mahogany Neck
  • 3-Ply Maple Rim
  • 24 Brackets
  • Geared Tuners
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Rogue6-String Banjo
 
4.0

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Well built / quality (5)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Value! Great Fun To Play!

The Rogue 6 string banjo is a great little starter instrument for a guitarist who wants to add a new type of sound to their music. The pros are obvious,
it's inexpensive...Read complete review

The Rogue 6 string banjo is a great little starter instrument for a guitarist who wants to add a new type of sound to their music. The pros are obvious,
it's inexpensive & you don't need to learn to play a real banjo. I've been having a blast playing this, it's great fun. I live in Canada, I ordered the banjo on April 30 & I received it on May 6th, well packaged & in perfect condition. This is my second Rogue instrument, I also own a Rogue lap steel. They make some great inexpensive instruments. The quality/price/value ratio is excellent! Perhaps it's just the novelty but I love playing this banjo... just as much as I do playing my expensive guitars.
There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to setting this up, you have to approach it more from a banjo standpoint...Purists will probably disagree, but it really is a banjo - it just happens to be tuned like a guitar & have six strings. I spent a few days on the internet gathering some useful tips on setup. Be sure to check out You Tube. Experienced guitarists should have no trouble, but I've decided to list some basic setup tips below that might help you save some valuable time. If you are totally new at this and unsure - take the instrument to a music shop for a professional setup.

Basic 6 String Banjo Set-up Guide

Tools Required:

A Measuring Tape
Electronic Tuner
(and the supplied tools in the box)

Step 1

Carefully remove the mahogany resonator (the back) from the banjo head.
(It is held in place by 4 bolts)

Step 2

Tighten all of the screws inside the wall of the banjo rim -
Next tighten all of the bolts (the brackets) using the supplied tool.
Start slowly - it's best to just give them a small ¼ turn at first.

Rather than work in a circular motion - work in different sections, remembering where you left off, so that tension is distributed evenly . Repeat the process 2 - 3 times, until everything is good & tight. Be careful not to over tighten - IF YOU HEAR A SQUEAKING NOISE STOP & loosen the bracket - to avoid potential damage to the banjo.

Check to see that the banjo head feels even (run your hand along the top of the surface).

Step 3

Loosen all the strings, & place the bridge on the banjo. Measure from the face of the nut to the middle of the 12th fret ( approx. 11.5 inches - dbl that number to approx 23", & place the bridge in the middle of the banjo head.

Tune the high "E" string using a good electronic tuner. Gently fret the octave (place your finger on the string & pluck it). Check your tuner - if your tuner reads E flat, move the bridge toward the fingerboard. If your tuner reads E sharp, move the bridge toward the tailpiece. Now do the same with the low "E" string.

** I have found that a distance of 22 ¾ inches provides proper bridge placement & intonation "**

Step 4

Using your tuner tighten & tune all the other strings. The strings are new - so they will stretch for a while & it will be hard to keep in tune at first.

Something that helps is applying some graphite powder into the slots of the nut (simply grab a sharp lead pencil & tap lighly into the grooves creating a powder), then place your strings back in the grooves & tune-the strings.

Step 5

Play around with your banjo. There is a tension rod inside (under the Banjo head, skin) which you can adjust easily with your hand to tweak the tone & playability. (Do not remove the truss rod cover and adjust at the headstock, unless you know what you are doing. Truss rods can be broken by tightening too much).

A little experimentation & you should be good to go.

A simple good test for correct intonation is the intro to the Beatles "Eight Days A Week". It's played on the 10th, 12th, & 15th frets using the bottom 3 strings - The chords are Dadd9, E, G6, & Dadd9. (You should be able to find the chord structure on the internet).

Step 6

If everything sounds good…
Reattach the back of the banjo resonator using the 4 bolts.
Your Rogue 6 string should be set up. Enjoy your instrument.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good sound & construction, narrow neck

This is the least expensive banjo out there. However, I expected it to be good and it is. Nice crisp ringing banjo tone. As far as tone, it's top notch. No need...Read complete review

This is the least expensive banjo out there. However, I expected it to be good and it is. Nice crisp ringing banjo tone. As far as tone, it's top notch. No need for apologies (it's good for the price, starter instrument), it's just good. Here's the downer - I can't play it and I'm returning it. It is 1 5/8 inches at the nut. That's way too narrow, I'd say for most people. So buy it with caution and be prepared to return it if you must.

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5.0

Surprisingly good product

By 

from Waupaca, Wisconsin

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

    I was skeptical about Rogue at first but just try any of the products and Im sure you will be surprised at the quality and durability of them..guitar, banjitar and mandolin, no complaints, don't get Rogue wrong, give em' a chance

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    5.0

    Great buy for the money.

    By 

    from Hamilton, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

        It looks and sounds like a much more expensive unit. I have a number of Rogue instruments, anbd have never been disappointed with the quality.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a lot of banjo for the money

        By 

        from Central Minnesota

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

          I bought this banjitar because I wanted to make it into a 5 string banjo with all 5 strings going to headstock. It works beautifully. I use a Daddario .008 string for my 5th string and I tune it to the key of A which works well because of the shorter scale length. Some people have complained about the neck being too narrow, but I find that to be an advantage as far as converting a banjitar to a 5 string banjo without out having a 5th string peg to get in the way.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Satisfied Customer

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          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

            Have been very satisfied with Rogue instruments. Great value for someone learning or wanting to broaden their horizons on a budget.

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            5.0

            Great Buy!

            By 

            from Atlanta, GA

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                  I got this for my daughter for Christmas and she absolutely LOVES it!!! Great buy!!

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                  4.0

                  Glad I got it

                  By 

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                        Most short neck 6 string banjos are notvery loud. I am going to install a pickup in mine along with heavier strings. I've done it before. No problem.

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                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Good for the price, narrow neck

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                        from Donnelsville, Ohio

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                          I got this because I wanted a 6-string I could take the back off. (My Backwoods 6 "pop-top" banjo turns into a deadly weapon if you take off the resonator because of the pointed flange.) A backless 6-string allows me to play with conventional guitar strumming styles that sound muddy on my Backwoods 6. This is exactly what I expected, except that the neck is 1 5/8" at the nut and my Backwoods 6 is 1 3/4" Which means my left fingers with their big fat callouses deaden the adjacent strings too much for fingerpicking styles that work fine on the Backwoods 6 and all of my guitars. That said, if you're used to a narrow-necked guitar, this might be a good choice for you. BTW, all inexpensive banjos need set up when they come, and having one of the blocks that holds the resonator screws come loose in shipment doesn't mean that the whole banjo is a "write-off." When you look at these reviews, you'll notice that most of the really negative ones are written by people who have no idea of what to expect when they buy a "student" banjo. The positive ones tend to be from people who know what to expect and know what they're doing. So take these for what they're worth. That said, there are several so-called-six-string banjos in the same price range that are barely musical instruments, so at least this one can be played. Hope this helps - Paul Race, Creek Don't Rise

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                          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          spend a little more

                          By 

                          from Caldwell, Texas

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Breaks Easy
                            • Poor Tone Quality
                            • Very Poor Quality

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                              first one I ordered had 2 loose thumb screws holding the resonator. Second one had the same defect...metal thumb screw threads are imbedded in a small block of wood stapled and glued to the wall of the resonator and they break off very easily. I returned tham both. Suggest that MF not sell this instrument until quality improves. MF staff was A-1, very helpful and courteous with returning both the 6 string banjitars.

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                              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Rogue six string banjo

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                              from North Idaho

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                                  I didn't like the sound at first. Took off the Big E string and now it sounds like a banjo.

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Good sound & construction, narrow neck

                                  By 

                                  from Newark, DE

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Solid Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Concerts
                                    • Fingerstyle

                                    Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                                    This is the least expensive banjo out there. However, I expected it to be good and it is. Nice crisp ringing banjo tone. As far as tone, it's top notch. No need for apologies (it's good for the price, starter instrument), it's just good. Here's the downer - I can't play it and I'm returning it. It is 1 5/8 inches at the nut. That's way too narrow, I'd say for most people. So buy it with caution and be prepared to return it if you must.

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