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Get those classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones with the highly affordable Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar. It features a hardwood bodyand neck with...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great whinin' axe at a phenomenal price.

Get those classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones with the highly affordable Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar. It features a hardwood body
and neck with position markers, a single coil pickup, volume and tone controls, chrome hardware, and a stainless steel pickguard.

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FEATURES
  • Produces classic Country, Hawaiian, and blues tones
  • Hardwood body
  • Hardwood neck with position markers
  • Single-coil pickup
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
  • Stainless steel pickguard

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RogueEA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
 
4.5

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  • Good tone (14)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT LITTLE LAP STEEL!! GET ONE!!

This is an outstanding little lap steel, while maybe not as well-made (i.e., plastic string nut and fretboard, etc.) as the high-end guys, it can knock out some fine vibes...Read complete review

This is an outstanding little lap steel, while maybe not as well-made (i.e., plastic string nut and fretboard, etc.) as the high-end guys, it can knock out some fine vibes with the best of them when properly set up. I have played professionally for many years on guitar and a few other instruments, and let me tell you this thing seriously rocks. I suspect it will hold up well, since all the controls and hardware seem sturdy enough and are of a good quality. I plan on gigging with this little Rogue soon, in a country-bluegrass band every week, so I can just imagine how well it will be received by the audience. I may end up buying a second one, possibly in black, to use in E9 tuning. Do yourself a favor and order one of these little gems before Rogue raises the price - - a totally fun instrument that will give you many years of enjoyment, and for chump change to boot!! GET ONE!!
I ordered the red metallic, which is quite nice-looking with the chrome pickguard and black fretboard. The fretboard is plastic with silver frets and roman numeral markers, which are painted on and chromed. These may become hard to see when they start to wear off later on, and I feel there could have been a brighter marking on the fretboard. The screws that hold it on are chrome and may distract when you're playing, but that's a minor thing which would only bother you if you're real picky. I may paint the heads black if they distract me in the bright stage lights later when I gig with it. The telescoping legs are great, and the inserts on the bottom are a bit tricky since they are at different angles, but I took a few minutes and cleaned and straightened the starter threads on all the legs (with a thread file) and greased the threads before initial installation and now they go in very nicely. They seem to be quite sturdy, and unless you beat the crap out of it while playing, they will work great for standing up and playing. It comes with a black nylon gig bag with a compartment for the legs, and it is quite nice. The pickup is a single coil and is dead quiet and works just fine, with plenty of volume. The volume and tone controls are also quiet and smooth as silk, and the bridge is a "stop" type, screwed on and mine came adjusted perfectly, and the intonation all the way up the neck is spot on. It even comes with a small Allen wrench for the set screws on the bridge pieces should you need to set intonation for different string gauges or whatever. The tuners were chromed and work very smoothy, and this unit stays in tune very well indeed. The sustain is also great, and it would be stellar if it had a brass nut instead of the plastic one included here. I did order a guitar chord with a right angle plug for the output jack, which is located on the top next to the tone control. A regular straight plug may get in your way, so this is an easy way out of that. Nothing is perfect, especially for this $$, and I am very impressed with the overall quality of this little bugger, and may order another one for an alternate tuning. This one is in C6 and is a hoot to play. I've played much more expensive models in years past, and take it from me, this Rogue is a strong contender for a basic lap steel.
Good design, electronics, pickup, and layout is fine. Basic lap steel made well. Maybe I got a good one, but I suspect that Rogue has tightened up their QC considerably of recent because this unit is impeccable. It will need a bit of basic set-up before playing, as does ANY musical instrument that you buy online, so expect a few minor hiccups. Overall, the quality and fit and finish are superb.
Like I said, it's a basic lap steel (i.e., 2X6 with a pickup and strings, plastic fretboard, tuners, and stop tailpiece) and it works fine. Don't expect this thing to sound like a $3000 Emmons Pedal Steel because it ain't that by a thousand miles - - but you can mock that early country "Hank Williams" sound and produce those wonderful Hawaiian melodies till the cows come home. It's easy to play and if you have trouble with this instrument, maybe you should go back to couch and watch reruns of old westerns and forget it. For the money, it's a no-brainer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great while it lasted! Which was about 2 weeks.

Great features, lots of cool extras, great tone, piece of junk guitar. And that's what you're supposed to be buying in this. The guitar. Don't buy.
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Great features, lots of cool extras, great tone, piece of junk guitar. And that's what you're supposed to be buying in this. The guitar. Don't buy.
The finish looked nice, though mine had some scrathces at the bottom of the pickguard, but I think that was just in shipping. The pickguard is chrome as said in the description, not white like in the picture, but it looks fine. The fret numbers are done in roman numerals, and they are silver, not gold like in the picture. The included gig bag and legs were very nice. A great extra thing included in the already cheap price.
This is where it falls short. The guitar played beautifully for about 2 weeks. I was running it through a small Fender Frontman 10G that was laying around. The stock strings were gauged for C6 tuning and it sounded beautiful. No complaints with the pickup or the sound. It was great. Then bad things started happening. I noticed that the middle leg was loose, so I got a screwdriver to tighten the brackets that hold the legs. One of them was stripped, which is why it seemed wobbly. Strike one. After about a week of playing, all the strings started buzzing and sounding dead, or in the case of the high e string, it sounded almost wobbly. This was especially bad at the 12th fret up. I had one of my very guitar knowleged friends adjust the bridge, and it played fine for a while. Strike two. Then it all started again. I decided to go ahead and replace the B and E strings. I replaced the B string first, and it went on and tuned up just fine, with no problems. Then, I replaced the E string. Everything went fine, and as I was tuning it up to E, the bridge just snapped. Normal tension, what the string was gauged for, just snapped. Strike three. Very disappointed in the quality of the build of this instrument. Luckily, I got the Gold Coverage, so I will be sending it in, and hoping for a replacement that is better than this one.
For what you get for the price (gig bag, legs, guitar), it's a very good value. Just be sure to buy the gold coverage so when it breaks you can get it replaced. If this guitar lasted longer, it would be an excellent value, but the fact that it broke after 2 weeks really shows you that you get what you pay for.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome little lap steel. major

By Mark Howe

from Flagstaff Az.

Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

Plastic nut is my only gripe, but an easy fix.
I work nights and was asleep when my Yorkie and Pug started barking at the UPS guy knocking at the door at one in the after noon.
My sister was taking the package at the door when I walked in.
I took it to my room, it was a large box with a smaller box inside, a bunch of wadded paper, the Dunlop tone bar I ordered which had fallen out of its tube, and the pack of strings.
I opened the smaller box and found a gig bag with the EA-3 snugly zipped up inside.
The three legs fit in a zippered pouch on top.
The strings were already installed but slack.
I plugged it into my Sabine tuner and quickly had it tuned to G major, then I plugged into my peavy Envoy 110 and gave her a run.
I have never played on a lap steel before, but I use a slide on my other guitars from time to time.
My opinion is that right out of the box and a good heavy tone bar this baby realy sings.
Then I tried my brass tube slide and it sounded twangy, open notes are kind of flat due to the plastic nut, and the single coil pickup hums like crazy when I use high gain, but thats single coil pickups for you.
The brige is a cheep one, but it works like a pro.
The tuners are mid grade and keep in tune very well.
The legs are kind of spindly and awkward, but its a LAP steel.
I would highly suggest this guitar to anybody who wants to play steel guitar, its a great little wailer at an awesome price.
Great paint Good Knobs.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Sound for a Sweet Price

By G-Man

from New Jersey

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Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

I am very happy with this guitar. I'm getting into all those great Hank Williams tunes like "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Your Cheatin' Heart." Now I just need a little instruction and lots of practice!
I always wanted to get into playing the steel guitar, but considering that it is not a common instrument with readily available instruction, I figured I'd dip my foot in the pool by getting something cheap to start out with. My friend has this guitar and I listened to it before buying it. It has a nice sound for the money. For a starter guitar, this has a neat sound. If you are looking to get nito steel guitar without breaking the bank, buy this guitar!
While I can't compare this guitar to any other, it has a nice twangy sound. Having the legs for it is a nice extra so it doesnt have to sit on my lap, though you have to be careful not to knock the guitar over. Otherwise, it appears solid.
Great value for the money, you can't go wrong with this guitar as a starter for someone looking to get an introduction to steel guitar.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A lot better than I expected!

By Sssteeve

from Bay Area, California

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Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

I got this to do the Jason Lollar mods but it is not too bad right out of the box. While everybody seems to be complaining about the bridge, I found that it was the cheap plastic nut that really sucking up the tone and sustain. The Lollar blog explains how to make up a new nut with angle iron. While you are at you could make a new bridge piece to replace the Fender style saddles (leave the baseplate as that holds the strings).Another important point is to replace any screws which are loose at all with longer ones. You can bring one down to a hardware store to determine the proper diameter, and get one a little bit longer. Or you can go to a music store and pick up a package of Fender pickguard screws. If you have problems with the legs or the sockets call Customer Service here at MF- they have always been very helpful to me.My own big complaint was the molded fretboard- it hurt my fingers as I would slide the bar up and down. So I took it off and beveled the edges with a sanding block.By the time I was done doing a quick'n'dirty version of the Lollar mod, I discovered that the Supro pickup was way too far from the bridge to work properly, so I switched game plans and put in a Fender Nocaster bridge pickup instead which gave it a very strong blues/rock sound.If you plan on playing country music on this I recommend that you get a full-sized 7/8" diameter bullet bar; the shaped bars were originally intended for dobro although I had found them great for blues and rock lap steel as well.Intonation? My hand holding the steel bar pretty much blocks out the frets under them, so I just use them as a rough guideline anyway. With lap steel I think that you need to set the bar by what sounds in tune to you.I plan to get another one since I learned a lot working on the first one- I think I may use a brighter tele pickup to get more of a country sound and tune it to C6.Strings? I assumed that everybody changed strings on a new guitar to whatever brand, style, and gauge that they like to use. For C6 get the right gauges as spelled out in another post here. (Hint: look at the E9th and C6th pedal steel string sets here- they may have the gauges that you want.)

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel

By Robert Buchanan

from Arizona

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Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

Also have a 60's Rickenbacker lap steel student model, and apart from the nut and pickup, the Rogue's features stack up well against the admittedly more deluxe instrument. It's actually unusual for an inexpensive lap steel to have a bridge with intonation.

Please DO install a good set of lap steel strings geared to whatever tuning you prefer. There are excellent, inexpensive sets available for C6 and E9 if you search on line. The strings supplied are OK, but not much better.

If I were to make some production changes, it would be to use a metal nut, move the output jack to the side and move the vol/tone controls a little further towards to rear so as not to be so much in the way.
Great for a beginner. Jack and control knobs could be in a better place. Pickup is not bad for this price range.
Plastic nut is a very cheap touch and open strings sound a little dead. I installed a resonator guitar extension nut made of steel available at MF. Tuners and electronics are fine. No extraneous noise and tuning holds well from day to day.
Was looking for something to learn with, and it's an excellent choice for that. Also cheap enough that I bought a second one for alternate tuning. Once you have the legs set up the way you want, try to lock them in position because the adjusting hardware is plastic/friction and I'm sure won't take much of a beating before getting sloppy.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT LITTLE LAP STEEL!! GET ONE!!

By Fiddle&GuitarMan

from Mars Hill, NC

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Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

This is an outstanding little lap steel, while maybe not as well-made (i.e., plastic string nut and fretboard, etc.) as the high-end guys, it can knock out some fine vibes with the best of them when properly set up. I have played professionally for many years on guitar and a few other instruments, and let me tell you this thing seriously rocks. I suspect it will hold up well, since all the controls and hardware seem sturdy enough and are of a good quality. I plan on gigging with this little Rogue soon, in a country-bluegrass band every week, so I can just imagine how well it will be received by the audience. I may end up buying a second one, possibly in black, to use in E9 tuning. Do yourself a favor and order one of these little gems before Rogue raises the price - - a totally fun instrument that will give you many years of enjoyment, and for chump change to boot!! GET ONE!!
I ordered the red metallic, which is quite nice-looking with the chrome pickguard and black fretboard. The fretboard is plastic with silver frets and roman numeral markers, which are painted on and chromed. These may become hard to see when they start to wear off later on, and I feel there could have been a brighter marking on the fretboard. The screws that hold it on are chrome and may distract when you're playing, but that's a minor thing which would only bother you if you're real picky. I may paint the heads black if they distract me in the bright stage lights later when I gig with it. The telescoping legs are great, and the inserts on the bottom are a bit tricky since they are at different angles, but I took a few minutes and cleaned and straightened the starter threads on all the legs (with a thread file) and greased the threads before initial installation and now they go in very nicely. They seem to be quite sturdy, and unless you beat the crap out of it while playing, they will work great for standing up and playing. It comes with a black nylon gig bag with a compartment for the legs, and it is quite nice. The pickup is a single coil and is dead quiet and works just fine, with plenty of volume. The volume and tone controls are also quiet and smooth as silk, and the bridge is a "stop" type, screwed on and mine came adjusted perfectly, and the intonation all the way up the neck is spot on. It even comes with a small Allen wrench for the set screws on the bridge pieces should you need to set intonation for different string gauges or whatever. The tuners were chromed and work very smoothy, and this unit stays in tune very well indeed. The sustain is also great, and it would be stellar if it had a brass nut instead of the plastic one included here. I did order a guitar chord with a right angle plug for the output jack, which is located on the top next to the tone control. A regular straight plug may get in your way, so this is an easy way out of that. Nothing is perfect, especially for this $$, and I am very impressed with the overall quality of this little bugger, and may order another one for an alternate tuning. This one is in C6 and is a hoot to play. I've played much more expensive models in years past, and take it from me, this Rogue is a strong contender for a basic lap steel.
Good design, electronics, pickup, and layout is fine. Basic lap steel made well. Maybe I got a good one, but I suspect that Rogue has tightened up their QC considerably of recent because this unit is impeccable. It will need a bit of basic set-up before playing, as does ANY musical instrument that you buy online, so expect a few minor hiccups. Overall, the quality and fit and finish are superb.
Like I said, it's a basic lap steel (i.e., 2X6 with a pickup and strings, plastic fretboard, tuners, and stop tailpiece) and it works fine. Don't expect this thing to sound like a $3000 Emmons Pedal Steel because it ain't that by a thousand miles - - but you can mock that early country "Hank Williams" sound and produce those wonderful Hawaiian melodies till the cows come home. It's easy to play and if you have trouble with this instrument, maybe you should go back to couch and watch reruns of old westerns and forget it. For the money, it's a no-brainer.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A lot better than I expected!

By Sssteeve

from Bay Area, California

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Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

I bought this strictly as a project geetar, and was going to replace the pickup, the bridge and the nut as per the article on Jason Lollar's blog. But I very well may keep this one stock and get another one (or two) for mods.I did think it sounded a bit sour until I figured out that the strings are gauged for C6 tuning (C-E-G-A-C-E). And for a nice C&W sound like Hank Williams I lowered the pickup a bit (for blues/rock you can set it high and then back off of the volume to get a smoother jazzier tone).

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value, Well Made.

By John Reiter

from Upstate NY

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Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

This lap steel came with a good quality softshell case that fit very well. Setup was fairly easy, the legs are tuff to fit into the bottom, but this is how I did it: hold the lap on its sides, I spit on the threads for lube.(it really works and dries, soon) Now carefully check the angles, line up the leg and carefully line them up and screw in the leg. Do the same for the other legs, they are ALL at different angles. Take your time and you'll have a tight, sturdy setup!
The fit and finish is excellent and a pleasant surprise. I changed out the C6 strings for fatter E major strings and it sounds good. The plastic nut I will change out for an all steel nut and will replace the pickup, the original sounds OK, but I want in the rock/blues sound, all easy fixes.
This Lap Steel sound great right out of the box, plays well and stay in tune very well. I'm a well seasoned Musician who is learning the Lap steel for the first time, and so far loving it !!!
I recomend this to any budget minded person that wants a well made Lap Steel.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THIS LIL' LADY SINGS!!!

By CHuPaCaBrA77

from Albuquerque NM

Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

This lap steel is quite a steal for the $... I read earlier reveiws & was expecting a few probs out of the box...NOPE! The legs were tricky but I found if you unscrew the mounted plates on the back & work the threads in from the back(wrong) side with a lil oil...BINGO! The extra metal will worm off & you will have a good thread in your hole. The pick-up is very good in its range. The controls are awsome, no scratch, grinds, or pops, very smooth. Tuning heads are solid & keep tune very well. The overall sound is more than I expected for $100 & imma very very pleased. I tune it to a c7 & play my country heart out! If I had my druthers I'd get new saddles on the plate, a upgraded tele pick-up, bone or metal nut, heaftier strings. Sounds fantastic with volume petal & 5w tubey! I NAMED HER BETTY MEA...

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel - A "Steel" of a Buy

By Dave Ullenberg

from Milwaukee, WI

Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

The quality and value of these totally exceeded my expectations, as described in the summaries for those ratings. This is a no-brainer if you're looking to get started on lap steel, and will also work fine for performance if you're already a seasoned performer and can't afford big bucks for a lap steel. At this price you can also afford multiple units so you don't have to retune playing live or even practicing. Or just keep one at home and another for gigs or travel.
Lap Steel features are generally pretty basic. These have everything needed. Volume and tone control. Fret markers. No bridge cover, which is actually a plus since it'll allow for palm muting the strings. Nice gig bag which includes telescoping legs. 3 different color options - I got red and black, which are both nice. Hardwood body has good sustain. Single coil pickup (would have preferred humbucker for noise reduction, but the pickups are actually dead quiet, so no complaints).
For the price (or even a lot more) the quality was outstanding on both purchases. I was a bit apprehensive after reading some of the reviews that experienced problems. But both mine were flawless in performance and workmanship. It's likely that Rogue has been doing a good job of quality improvement over the product life to address any past issues. Intonation was dead on, which was a pleasant surprise at this price. The mounting legs were sturdy and there were no problems standing it on a floor to perform. They stay in tune well and there's no problem with the tuners. Pickups are quiet (better than the original pups on my '79 Strat).
This should be a 10+ rating. I was going to buy a more expensive lap steel (a Peavey) or a double neck. But I saw these on sale off the already low price tag. So I bought two of them - sight unseen and untried. Cost less than a low end double neck, and much easier and more versatile to deal with 2 separate units. The eye opener values were: quiet single coil pickup (it's as quiet as the stacked humbuckers on my Strat), very nice sustain, even with the plastic nut, good range and clarity on tone control, perfect intonation on the setup, legs are very sturdy, gig bag is very convenient (a lot of low end models will not have a gig bag or case included, not to mention legs as well).

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dublin Blues Billys

By Randy Kowalski

from Indiana

Comments about Rogue EA-3 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

Exactly what I wanted. Have always wanted to give a lap a try but price was always an issue. Not only was this extremetly affordable it sounds great through my Mesa.
Looks are great. Stays in tune very well. Might not be too road worthy but for home use or occasional gigs it's perfect.
You can't beat it.

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