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Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar  

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The Rogue Classic Brass Resonator is a favorite for resonator guitar enthusiasts. Crafted with an all-European bell-brass body—the resonator's nickel...Read More

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Musical pure-brass body resonates with authority.

The Rogue Classic Brass Resonator is a favorite for resonator guitar enthusiasts. Crafted with an all-European bell-brass body—the resonator's nickel silver plating is excellent—the guitar delivers cutting, rich sounds like no other. The strong Honduran mahogany neck with inlaid mother-of-pearl fret markers is stable and smooth. A 9-1/2" hand-spun aluminum cone and a hard maple bridge give the Rogue brass body resonator guitar huge tone.

FEATURES
  • Nickel silver-plated bell-brass body
  • Honduran mahogany neck
  • 14th fret neck joint
  • MOP dot position marker
  • Hard maple bridge

This one's made to play blues with a capital B. Order now to learn a whole new guitar vocabulary.

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RogueClassic Brass Body Resonator Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 60 reviews)

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    (42)

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    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Blues (3)
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    Nice Guitar For The Money

    This is a great guitar for the money with the potental to an incredible guitar for the money. I took mine apart and the build quality was surprisingly nice at this price point. No...Read complete review

    This is a great guitar for the money with the potental to an incredible guitar for the money. I took mine apart and the build quality was surprisingly nice at this price point. No gaps at the neck joint, clean bracing, I was really surprised. Even if all the chrome falls off, it's still a great value.I play slide and traditional Delta Blues, It works well.Here's some of the improvrments I plan to make. I bought the guitar on sale and the improvements are no big deal. I plan on replacing the stock cone with a Beard Resonator Cone. The stock cone is loud with no buzzes, but lacke some high end sparkle and definition. That will help balance the tone a bit better. The stock biscuit bridge needs to be cut a little deeper to improve the fingering action in the higher regesters. The neck itself is fine. Possibly a bone nut. All these improvements are less than a hundred bucks. I only paid [$] and it came with free shipping. Stock, IMO it sounds as good as Dean,Regal,Johnson and Fender resonators for about half the price. I've been playing guitar for 45 years professionally for about 30 years and can recommend this guitar for someone who wants to try a metal body resonator for little money. Is it as good as a National, no not at all, but if it was stolen, I would have no problem just getting another one.

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    Looks great, sounds better.

    I was apprehensive at first due to some of the early reviews on this model, the "lower shelf" label, and my own indecision as to which resonator I wanted to...Read complete review

    I was apprehensive at first due to some of the early reviews on this model, the "lower shelf" label, and my own indecision as to which resonator I wanted to buy, but this is a fine guitar for anyone who plays blues on a budget(and that's most of us). It's louder than my bean blossom suspended wood body resonator or indeed anything in my acoustic room. Compared to the wood body resonator, it has more midrange and low end sound and is much more active/resonant with it's biscuit style cone than my wood body resonator's spider. When playing lightly it takes on a bit of a banjo sound which isn't at all unpleasant for light country style blues fingerpicking. When you feel like doing dark and gloomy gut bucket blues it reacts accordingly when played hard and delivers an angry wail with sustain that rivals uncompressed electrics, or a crunch not unlike an overdriven electric when you play chords/crunches. It's a sound that makes the dogs run and hide under the porch in fear of the end of days, or one that drives the blues away...so they say. The neck is straight and strong enough to handle open E tuning without any scary "readjustment" noises, though I don't recommend leaving it there for long. It holds tune well due to it not reacting to weather changes as much as wooden guitars. The finish is chrome like your toaster used to be and you can see yourself in it. There are no rough edges or unpolished surfaces on the one I received and I'll add my name to the group that says they must have gotten a handle on early quality control issues. The finish on the neck looked rough in the photos and is indeed satin, but feels great when played and lacks that slimy urethane feel of more polished finishes. The intonation is about as good as you can expect from any acoustic with overtones evident above the 7th fret but not overbearing at any point(and not an issue with your slide on ). At over 9 pounds, it's very heavy. I recommend a strap to help control the beast and this would be not my first choice for long hiking trips into the woods. Overall, despite my initial reservations, eventually overcome by watching youtubes and other reviews here, I'd recommend this guitar for anyone wanting to get into slide, bottleneck or fingerpicking blues styles. It's got the right look, sound and action to handle just about anything you can throw at it and it's not too much money to scare off most moms come xmas.
    Unbeatable deal!

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    4.0

    Surprisingly good for the money...

    By Glenn

    from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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          Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

          I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and always wanted to purchase a resonator. I was unwilling to spend a lot of money considering the eight other guitars I own and a whole basement full of equipment.

          Thanks to the internet I researched countless reviews on this guitar and virtually everything came up positive. Considering Musician's Friend had this guitar on sale (plus shipping)what could I lose?

          I was more than pleasantly surprised when the guitar arrived on my doorstep two weeks later (I live in the far reaches of Edmonton, Alberta in Western Canada). It has a beautiful (and I mean beautiful) mahogany neck that is immaculately finished. The fret ends are all nice and smooth. The brass body is very nice, the tuners are ok...even the factory strings are passable (although I will exchange them).

          This resonator is a great deal for part-time resonator players. If you're serious about slide playing you probably would not even look at this instrument...but for those of us not willing to spend a chunk of change on a new guitar, this is one of the best "budget" guitars I have ever seen.

          Seriously.

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          5.0

          Exceeded what I was expecting

          By Lazee

          from Michigan

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          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Looks Great
          • Plays Well

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Blues

          Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

          Exceeded my expectations for build quality, playability and sound. Great value.

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          5.0

          Exceeds all expectations

          Pros

          • Great Tone
          • Nice finish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Playing On The Deck

            Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

            Exceeds all expectations in terms of finish, sound and playablility. Only suggestion - you should include a pair of sunglasses to allow this instument to be played outside on a summy day.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Buy This Guitar

            By Third Coast Blues

            from Port Neches, Texas

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            Pros

            • Excellent Quality
            • Fun
            • Great Tone
            • Strong
            • Well made

            Cons

            • Cheap Strings

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Blues
            • Concerts
            • Open Tuning
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

            The Rogue Resonator is an outstanding value! Very high quality construction. Excellent tone & playability except for the poor strings from the factory and the action is a little high for my taste. I finger pick and play some slide in open tunings. Put new strings on it immediately & start playing! The sound will "open up" considerably after several hours of steady play. Excellent range of tone & harmonics. I will have the biscuit trimmed to lower the action, but otherwise I AM THRILLED! It's a ball. Buy one! I own Gibsons, Fenders, Guilds & other top quality guitars. Like the fellow who has the most helpful review to date, I can't say enough good about it. It is the guitar I grab most often when I need "a fix!"

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            (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Out Of The Box...

            By r.Clayborn

            from Atlanta, GA

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                  Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

                  I played full time and was a luthier professionally for a couple decades. I write/record/play/tinker now.

                  -Out of the box-
                  The Rogue wouldn't intonate properly (the further up the neck I got, the more out of tune it was with itself, and flat overall) whether for open tuning slide or standard finger picking. The strings were way out of balance volume wise. The edges of the frets were ground sloping to the fingerboard and flat at their ends. There was no inlay at the 3rd frett, and the octave had a single dot on the fingerboard (?!). But it was loud and sturdy.

                  Changing the strings evened out the volume, but one of the tuners started binding. Pushing the biscuit with a pencil to change angle alignment helped intonation very little. Took it apart and found the biscuit to be really cheap and the saddle too thin to intonate, set sloping backward and glued. The cone had a fuller resonance than anything I had, so I didn't swap it.

                  Replacing the biscuit & saddle and shortening the amount of string wound on the peg (for the flattest strings) helped intonation and balance more, but not enough to play droned open strings with higher fretted ones, or frett the occasional string while playing slide for minor chords.

                  Replaced the tailpiece with a cheap trapeze that gets an inch closer to the bridge, and shortened the amount of string wound on the pegs more. Now intonation is tolerable, though still a little off.

                  These are the cheapest and least time consuming fixes I could do. I'll probably swap the wound 3rd string for a plain one to see if that helps. The neck was obviously not set right and needs to be trimmed 1/8" or so where it joins the body to be able to really make this play in tune. Maybe later. Of course, I would have to refrett it and add inlays to get the fingerboard right. But it plays ok and is still the cut-through tone I wanted at less than what I would pay for any other metal body resonator. So now I can get to adding pickups... and another strap button.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Slide Guitar Heaven

                  By Will Work For Tone

                  from Central Coast California

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful
                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Blues
                    • Slide

                    Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

                    This is a great guitar at a very good value. It came packed nicely in a well protected stryrofoam case. It looked perfect out of the box and it tuned up nicely. The action is spot on and my purchase was ready to play in minutes. I have been able to easily coax nice slide tones from this guitar and look forward to bringing it to band practice to add this to my on stage arsenal.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Definitely does the trick.

                    By Ludwig

                    from Culver City, California

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                    Pros

                    • Decent Intonation
                    • Good Tone
                    • Strong
                    • Well built

                    Cons

                    • Tuners Seem Fragile

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

                      I've been playing folk/blues/jazz for many years and I own way too many guitars, banjos and related stringed instruments. I bought this guitar with low expectations due to the price, and because I don't play enough to justify a higher end resonator guitar, but I am very pleasantly surprised by this guitar's sound, build and looks. This is my first resonator guitar but it satisfies all my vibratory needs.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Really?!?

                      By tristantattoos

                      from Quincy,, CA

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                      Pros

                      • Amazing Sound And Feel
                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Strong
                      • Ubelievable Projection

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

                        This instrument is an incredible value for the money. The action is perfect...low enough for fingerstyle but high enough for slide work. Make sure to get a tone bar for best projection and thick, rich tone. It plays soft passages with crystal clarity, and if you dig in it positively roars. This has displaced my other acoustics. The bass is fat and articulated, the mids very solid, and the highs ring out so clearly it is incredible. I practice with a drummer and bassist and this holds its own with no amplification. My other acoustics are now slide conversions for alternate tunings. It feel like this instrument forces me to be a better player...EVERYTHING is more clear, for good or for bad. The stock strings are not as bad as other reviews suggest. They are heavy; like .16-,56, which is not for weekend warrior fingers, but they stay in tune no matter how hard or long I lay into them...heavy strings stay put and give better tone. Thing you want IBANEZ action, buy an IBANEZ. This Is about coaxing and wringing every last beautiful note from an instrument with a clear, distinctive, and LOUD voice:

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                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great resonator, small price!

                        By ACOUSTIC JOHNNY

                        from Myrtle Beach, SC

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                        Pros

                        • Good Tone
                        • Well Made Nice Settup

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

                            I am a collector of stringed instruments and have been very satisfied with Rogue instruments. I recently purchased a Rogue violin bass and a Rogue 6 string banjo and am amazed at the quality and sound of each.As a result, buying the Rogue brass resonator guitar was an easy decision. The workmanship and detail is meticulous.The set up and intonation is right on.Flat picking, the sound projection is powerful and crisp. Using a glass slide, this resonator really growls with a down and gritty blues tone.The Rogue brass resonator performs as well as instruments costing twice the price. Rogue instruments continue to be a lot of bang for the buck, and this resonator is another very nice addition to my collection.

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                            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Very happy with this purchase!

                            By CafeSlider

                            from Tucson, AZ

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                                  Comments about Rogue Classic Brass Body Resonator Guitar:

                                  After playing several different resonators- one less expensive and a couple more expensive than this one, I did something I never thought I'd do: based solely on the opinions I read here, I took a chance on this guitar, and, man, I'm glad I did.

                                  It arrived well-packaged, in perfect condition, and needing nothing by way of set up. I did change the nut to one that's 1mm taller, but that's strictly a personal preference and certainly not one that's necessary. Having 30+ years of experience with guitars & guitar players, I'd guess the vast majority of those who buy this guitar will be most happy with the stock set up.

                                  The finish of the entire guitar- including the frets, etc., is excellent, its intonation is spot on, and it sounds great (and loud!). Indeed, it may not be a several thousand dollar you-know-what, but if you want a reasonably priced metal body reso, or for that matter, any reso in the under $500 range, I say buy this Rogue.

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