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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....Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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Rogue6-String Banjo
 
4.1

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (6)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6), Novice (3)

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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(33 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value! Great Fun To Play!

By The 6th Beatle

from Montreal

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

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.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does what I wanted

By William Miller

from East coast, USA

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Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

Had to adjust the action, otherwise no problem. People that have complained about this instrument need to know what they are getting. DO NOT expect this instrument to take the place of a 5 string banjo. If you are interested in bluegrass or old timey music, do yourself a favor and learn 5 string. I bought this because I love finger style country blues, and early swing (or New Orleans style ragtime). This thing is great for these types of applications without having to learn Tenor Banjo. Think Tom Waits, or Squirrel Nut Zippers type of sounds, not Bluegrass.
Much better hardware than I expected for the price. I have an old Kay Tenor Banjo from the late 50's. This is much better made actually.
Beautiful finish and cherry stain. Binding on neck and body. Nice attention to detail. Could probably use better tuners but these are much better than the cheap banjos of yester-year. The action arrived high but was an easy fix and now plays like a dream.
For the price, amazing.

(14 of 14 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.

    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    How to set it up-makes all the difference

    By Ted the Cryogenic Man

    from Concord, NC

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    Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

    Very disappointing and hung on the wall for 2 years. Bad tone, won't stay in tune. Finally looked at it from a technician's perspective. Duh' the bridge is way too low. [I usually cut down guitar bridges]. Other bridges are available [try FQMS]. I glued a strip on the bottom of mine and increased bridge height by 5/16 or so inch. Totally different instrument now. Strung with thinnest strings I know of [Super Slinky} and replaced bottom "E" with a high "E" to replicate the banjo sound. Intonation is now correct and stays in tune O.K. Can handle bar chords up to 7th fret. Not the world's most versatile instrument but has it's place in certain songs. High bridge eliminated fret buzz and dull sound. It is LOUD. Takes about an hour and basic tools [and gorilla glue} to raise the bridge. Use hard wood like oak, ash, maple [my walnut looks good]. Be sure to sand bottom flat with paper on flat table and rub bridge on paper. Can e-mail me for details on how to do. Tighten the head about 1/2 turn on bolts while you're at it and use a thin pick. Times change. Nothing works anymore right out of the box. Fix it and play on...

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not at all bad for the price

    By Psaltseller

    from Gates Oregon and Paramount California

    Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

    I've played 6-string banjo since 1966. It is not an imitation anything, it's a perfectly valid instrument in its own right, in the same way that a tenor banjo is a real instrument. My original instruments are getting a little fragile, and I needed something to take with me on my travels. For this price, I wasn't expecting perfection. What I did get was an instrument that took less work to set up than a major-name instrument a friend of mine bought via a well-known auction site.You can't frail it like a 5-string banjo, you can't just strum open-string chords, but if you let your thumb carry the melody and treat the trebles as a modifying drone, it works just fine. You want perfection, go spend more money, but if you don't play the instrument on its own terms, no matter what the instrument, no amount of money will make up the difference.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good for the price, narrow neck

    By Paul

    from Springfield OH

    About Me Professional Musician

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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

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice instrument...Great Value!

      By ACOUSTIC JOHNNY

      from Myrtle Beach, SC

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      Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

      I am a professional musician and a collector of stringed instruments. Initially, I was hesitant to purchase the Rogue 6 string banjo. I am glad that I did! The bangitar arrived in a few days, and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the instrument. Although, setting it up took some tweaking. The placement of the bridge, tightening the head and a neck adjustment were critical for correct intonation. Once adjusted, the banjo was easily tuned, and it sounded good. I then attached a Dean Markley adhesive pickup, plugged into a L.R. Baggs Venue acoustic DI to a Fishman Loudbox Mini, and I was pickin' and grinning. The Rogue 6 string banjo is a fine instrument, a great value and a nice addition to my collection!
      .

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      IT IS A 6 STRING NOT A 5

      By WICKTANA

      from HIXSON, TN

      About Me Professional Musician

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      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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great

      By Mtman

      from wyoming

      Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

      This is a great addition to my collection of instruments. The price was right and I got more than what I paid for. Easy to set up. If you know guitar you don't have to learn a new instrument and it has that Banjo sound. the low string has a drony sound, but I have been told that you can replace it with another high e string.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Are your SURE this a a Rogue?

      By Trekkin Mama

      from Cthattanooga, TN

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      Comments about Rogue 6-String Banjo:

      I've had this little axe since December. I'd wanted a banjo and even tried to learn to play. But after nearly 40 years of guitars, I just couldn't get it! Give me a violin & a mandolin, fine. But a banjo... I digress! I'm very pleased with this little number. I decided to buy the Rogue instead of the Dean in spite of the fact that most Rogue equipment is junk. This little baby is anything but! Setup is simple. The neck is sweet! I put a capo on it, and can do practically anything I want with it. It sure beats the more expensive brands I've seen in the local music stores. It's a winner. Are you SURE this is a Rogue?

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