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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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OVERVIEW

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

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

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

It's the perfect axe for guitarists who want to get into another stringed instrument. Put it in your collection today.

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Rogue6-String Banjo
 
3.9

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (4)
    • Back-up (3)
    • Concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

    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.

    VS

    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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    4.0

    Glad I got it

    By Saw Lady , or Cat Lady

    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.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for the price, narrow neck

          By Paul Race

          from Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          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

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            spend a little more

            By Gabe

            from Caldwell, Texas

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            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.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Rogue six string banjo

                By Wakemup

                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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Good sound & construction, narrow neck

                    By Nick Name

                    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.

                      Comment on this review

                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Nicely Made Instrument!

                      By tricetunes

                      from Raton, New Mexico

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy to set up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Okay Tone
                      • Strong
                      • Well built

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                        Having played guitar for almost 50 years, I have been wanting a six string banjo since jamming with a friend years ago, as I didn't want to learn a new instrument at my age, but have numerous uses for one. I was not too leary of ordering the Rogue, as I had previously purchased the Rogue "violin" bass, and have been extremely pleased with that instrument; so I am pleased to say that this Rogue 6 string banjo is also extremely well made, and (after setup) produces the desired, bright, crisp sounds of a regular banjo. Please be aware that, although the instrument tunes exactly like a guitar, you need to be prepared to "setup" the banjo yourself, by installing the enclosed bridge, tuning the instrument, then checking proper attenuation by sliding the bridge until you've located the "sweet spot," as evidenced by being able to play each tuned string on the 12th fret and be exactly one octave difference, neither sharp nor flat. Another adjustment I had to make was tighten the four thumb screws around the body of the banjo (a previous reviewer mentioned having to remove the back and tighten the head lugs, but they seemed to be properly set "out of the box" on mine). The only other thing missing from the box is a neck strap...unlike a guitar, this instrument will not rest comfortably on your thigh while playing, without some sort of strap, so go ahead and order one with it. Same goes for a good gig bag, or hardshell case. Might as well spring for it, and protect the gorgeous mahogany body on this baby! Great bang for the buck on this one. Rogue bats 5 for 5 with me, so far.

                        Comment on this review

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        IT IS A 6 STRING NOT A 5

                        By WICKTANA

                        from HIXSON, TN

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Ask me a question

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                        • Poor Instructions

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup

                        Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                        There are several good reviews on here that tell you how to set this banjo up. It's a good thing there are since it comes without the bridge in place and no instructions on how to do it. However, once you have figured out how to put everything into place. This is a real 6 string banjo that sounds pretty good for the money. If your looking for a bluegrass sound then don't purchase this banjo. This will not replace a 5 string nor should one expect it to. I agree with one review that suggested replacing the low E with a high one. By doing this it does give you a little more of a bluegrass sound. It is a fun instrument to play and the price is not bad at all for what you get. It's loud, and can be picked or strummed much like an acoustic.

                        Comment on this review

                        (26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent Value! Great Fun To Play!

                        By The 6th Beatle

                        from Montreal

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Good Tone
                        • Great Price Good Quality
                        • Has Authentic Banjo Sound
                        • Short Scale Neck Is Sweet

                        Cons

                        • Needs Proper Setup

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Recording
                        • Jamming
                        • Performing
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                        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.

                        Comment on this review

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great buy

                        By josexpressions

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                            solid, sounds good

                            Comment on this review

                            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            I like it

                            By josexpressions

                            from Atlanta, GA

                            Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

                            For a starter instrument, it works well enough...this banjo does not replace the six-string acoustic guitar, but is a good compromise between the two.

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