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Rogue FM-80 Acoustic Mandolin   

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Add a touch of bluegrass to your musical blend with this quality flat-back mandolin. Crafted with an arched spruce top, a round back, and mahogany ba...Click To Read More About This Product

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Add a touch of bluegrass to your musical blend.

Add a touch of bluegrass to your musical blend with this quality flat-back mandolin. Crafted with an arched spruce top, a round back, and mahogany back and sides to deliver clear, sweet homespun tones. Also features white body binding, rosewood fretboard, and adjustable rosewood bridge.

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4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

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Big bang for the buck!

It's advertised as a flat back (they must mean it's not a bowl back) but it is an arched back as well as an arched top. Great finish, stays in tune. Wonderful! ...Read complete review

It's advertised as a flat back (they must mean it's not a bowl back) but it is an arched back as well as an arched top. Great finish, stays in tune. Wonderful! The wood on the fretboard is cut a little rough but what do you expect for the $? I raised the saddle a bit to kill some fret buzz up high on the neck and it sounds and plays great. I recommend this to anyone starting to play the mandolin. It works. I've recorded with it.It's 4 inches deep from the back to the top of the bridge so it does not fit any mandolin cases sold here and that's a problem. The depth of the house brand mando case is only 3.5 inches deep and I have to send the case back because I can't close it with the mando inside. I'm having a problem finding a cheap case to fit this mando.

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Pretty cool eh.

Plays nice and sounds great with plenty chord "bark" for bluegrass. The tail piece kept cutting strings way before they were up to tune, had to remove and...Read complete review

Plays nice and sounds great with plenty chord "bark" for bluegrass. The tail piece kept cutting strings way before they were up to tune, had to remove and "smooth" sharp loop hooks! then the Wooden? bridge snapped and colapsed the first night it spent with "all" the strings on and up to tune. "Made" new bridge with no problems since. I still like it and fellow musicians too.

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5.0

Big bang for the buck!

By john sid music

from Staten Island, NY

It's advertised as a flat back (they must mean it's not a bowl back) but it is an arched back as well as an arched top. Great finish, stays in tune. Wonderful! The wood on the fretboard is cut a little rough but what do you expect for the $? I raised the saddle a bit to kill some fret buzz up high on the neck and it sounds and plays great. I recommend this to anyone starting to play the mandolin. It works. I've recorded with it.It's 4 inches deep from the back to the top of the bridge so it does not fit any mandolin cases sold here and that's a problem. The depth of the house brand mando case is only 3.5 inches deep and I have to send the case back because I can't close it with the mando inside. I'm having a problem finding a cheap case to fit this mando.

 
4.0

not my kind of instrument

By ziggy stardust-pPZgH

from in the jungle baby...ur gonna die

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dont get me wrong... this is a cool little instrument and its fun to mess around with and maybe record a song with. but i play punk and stuff and got this as a gift, but its not really good for that kind of music. its hard to play and its awkward to hold, even when sitting. overall, if i couldve changed the person's mind i probably would have.

 
5.0

Excellent buy

By GomeZemoG

from Waco, TX

Very good quality sound for the price. Excellent choice if wanting to pick up and learn a new instrument. I'll echo that the pickguard should be taken off though, it's not needed.

 
4.0

Sweet, Clear Tone, Good Value for the Price.

By Robert B. Fowler

from Louisville, KY

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This is a beautiful little Mandolin. It is finished very well, looks great and has a sweet tone. I am very pleased with it,the price is very reasonable for the make and quality. Robert Fowlerrfow14@aol.com

 
4.0

A superb value and easy to play

By Scott-I2bbt

from Cambridge, MA

I highly recommend this mandolin to anyone who is beginning or needs a backup mandolin. At this price, there's almost no excuse not to buy one. Out of the box, it was set up nearly perfectly. The intonation throughout the neck was quite good, action was comfortable and easy to play. I'm a career guitar and bass player, so I can't rate the tone of this instrument fairly. But I will say that any instrument that plays in tune at this price is well worth it. The finish is gorgeous. However, the carving on the f-holes and bridge instument is a bit rough. The tuners, which feel cheap and can get stuck, are probably the weakest part of this instrument.

 
3.0

Pretty cool eh.

By Speaker abuser.

from Placerville, CA

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Plays nice and sounds great with plenty chord "bark" for bluegrass. The tail piece kept cutting strings way before they were up to tune, had to remove and "smooth" sharp loop hooks! then the Wooden? bridge snapped and colapsed the first night it spent with "all" the strings on and up to tune. "Made" new bridge with no problems since. I still like it and fellow musicians too.

 
4.0

Cheap, plays well, sounds okay.

By Mel-MFAzX

from Minnesota

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It's a great mandolin for the price. Plays very well right out of the box and stays in tune. Sounds as good as most mandolins in the same pricerange. It's lacking in the finish, had some slight scuff marks and a chip on the headstock. (Looked like B stock but was purchased new)

 
4.0

Awesome!

By Sean-fDu19

from Beaverton, OR

Got this for christmas 2 years ago. Out of the box it sounded great. It needed different strings and some modification. Replaced bridge with Gibson style, replaced plastic nut with fossil ivory, and custom tail piece. These were extreme but one thing I recommend is to remove the pick guard. Really helps improve the sound.

 
4.0

A good beginner's instrument...

By Mickster

from Boise, ID

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My mandolin lacks in the superficial quality of other inexpensive instruments such as screws on the tailpiece having the phillips heads stripped, the finish is a bit rough around the edges, etc. The wood is nice and the basic quality is a 7 out of 10. I own a comparable model and the workmanship is significantly better on it with an 8+, however, this instrument really shines in the playability. It is easily 10 times better than it's counterpart with the action, sound, tunability (especially across the "board"). I could not put it down as I was having too much fun! So if you're looking for a "diamond in the rough", this instrument will not let you down and I believe it will serve you well.

 
4.0

A good beginner's or entry level instrument.

By Barry-gdUEG

from Plano, TX

I bought this instrument to learn how to play bluegrass and it has exceeded my expectations for an entry level instrument. It has good sound quality and its easy to tune.

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