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A lap steel with a genuine vintage vibe.

The Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar has a '50s vintage vibe that is enhanced with a genuine pearloid finish, a highly decorated gold plastic fingerboard with 23-3/16" scale length, and chrome hardware. A single humbucking pickup gives you all the sweet singing tones you need to play Hawaiian or Country styles. Controlling your sound couldn't be simpler with single master volume and tone knobs. The lap steel guitar has sealed die-cast tuners that let you easily go from standard to the alternate tuning of your choice. A full-sized chrome pickup cover lets you comfortably rest your right hand while playing.

FEATURES
  • Pearloid finish
  • Humbucking pickup
  • Full-sized pickup cover
  • Chrome hardware
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Volume and Tone controls
  • Highly decorated gold plastic fretboard
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RogueJersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 24 reviews)

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A Great Lap Steel, But Remove Bridge Cover

Very nice, but watch for sharp strings on the peg board where they are cut. I cut myself. I always bend my strings down when changing them after they are cut, so they...Read complete review

Very nice, but watch for sharp strings on the peg board where they are cut. I cut myself. I always bend my strings down when changing them after they are cut, so they can't stick me or someone else.

Chrome cover over bridge is terrible, prevents palm muting the strings at the bridge for Hawaiian style music. I recommend removing the cover completely. I took out the two Philip's screws and removed my cover. The pickup is chrome anyway and still looks very nice.

Tone and volume controls are out of the way of picking hands, which is very nice.

Felt underside of lap steel is classy, which prevents guitar from slipping off your lap.

The Jersy lap steel is light weight, which is really nice.

Guitar has awesome tone and great sustain when playing harmonics.

I bought the red, which I think matches the gig bag best. The red is really pretty. I think the black is ugly. The white looks nice and the blue is cool. But the red is classy. The guitar comes with a plastic protective strip over the fretboard and pickup, which is nice. I peeled them off, which you're suppossed to.

People were coming up to me at the beach and admiring the guitar and the music. If you are interested in Hawaiian music, check out my website at steelc6th.com (I don't sell anything, it's all free).
I have been playing Hawaiian steel guitar for many years and have an assortment of very nice guitars, including a 1936 Bakelite Rickenbacher with a horseshoe pickup that sounds awesome. This Jersey Lightning lap steel is very nice, and not just for the price.

I've played much more expensive lap steel that don't sound as good as this one or have these nice features.

For one, it is rare to find a lap steel with felt glued to the underside to prevent the guitar from sliding off your lap.

Another great feature is this guitar is very light. I have a jerry Byrd aluminum frypan that weighs a ton and must have a stand to play or your knees will go numb. I like this Jersey lap steel because it is very light and can rest on your lap for hours without slipping off.

I also like the humbucker pickup. The sustain while playing harmonics is excellent on this guitar, unlike older Fenders which making playing harmonics difficult. The sustain is excellent. I played through both VOX and a MicroCube battery-powered amps. Very nice. Rolan's MicroCube I think is best for that nice Hawaiian tone. The smaller speaker is what gives it that classic Hawaiian tone. The VOX is nice too, with a bigger speaker, but I like the MicroCube better for Hawaiian steel guitar.

I tuned the 6th string up to Bb fine, but I think it'll break if you push it to a C#. I made C, but it was tight. The 6th string is a roundwound at about .065" guage when you get it. I left the original strings on as they sound very nice. Alan Akaka uses round wounds for Hawaiian. Flat wounds deaden your harmonics and overall sound. Semiflats are ok, but I am going with round wounds for a brighter tone lately. I've been using round wounds on pedal steel for 20-years. In fact, they don't make semiflats for pedal steel that I know of. If your bottom string is not super thick, roundwounds are fine.

I like the positoning of the tone and volume knob on the Jersey lap steel, not getting in the way of my picking hand. The Artisan and Rogue guitars are nice for the money, but the pickups are not very good sounding and the volume and tone control get in the way of your picking hand, which is a bad design.

One thing I DON'T LIKE AT ALL, and it's a bad design flaw from the manufacturer on the jersey lap steel is that big clumsy plate they installed over the bridge and pickup. Every true hawaiian steel guitarist wants to do palm muting with their right hand at the bridge (which you cannot do with that chrome plate in the way). I removed the two Philip's screws and took the chrome cover off completely. It won't go back on either. The pickup is chrome anyway, so the guitar still looks very nice without the cover. I highly recommend that you remove the chrome cover so you can do the palm muting technique.
Very nice lap steel guitar, not just for the money, but amongst all guitars I've played.

One thing that I will warn you about though. I poked my finger on a 1/4" sharp piece of string at the tuning peg board and it bled and hurt for hours. I know all guitars have the potential for sharp strings, but what I do is bend the excess string down and out of the way when I change my strings (so there are no sharp strings sticking out). It's just something that you need to watch for, the strings are cut close to the peg and are like sticking out razorblades.
Great guitar for any price, but remove the chrome cover blocking the bridge which obstructs the right hand from picking or the guitar is no good in my opinion. That cover is a bad design. Other than that it's an awesome lap steel with high-end features, like felt glued underneath and a humbucking pickup. I like that the tone and volume controls are out of the way of your right hand while picking. And it's light weight!

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Terrible Quality Control

I purchased this lap steel approximately two years ago. It arrived from the manufacturer with a cracked "fretboard" which is really just a plastic sheet. I was willing to replace that...Read complete review

I purchased this lap steel approximately two years ago. It arrived from the manufacturer with a cracked "fretboard" which is really just a plastic sheet. I was willing to replace that myself, but the manufacturer could not send me a replacement part. I should've considered this an omen.

Two years later after average use, the headstock developed a crack on its own. This was NOT designed to handle the tension that lap steel strings usually have. I discovered that the body seems to be made from a presswood. After nearly a month of emails back and forth with musician's friend (since Rogue cannot be contacted directly) I was told that Rogue could not provide a replacement part because they had discontinued this model and then was sent a link to purchase more lap steels by musician's friend customer service, which I found a bit distasteful. Save your money and buy something more reliable.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Great Lap Steel, But Remove Bridge Cover

By Aloha Dave

from Hawaii

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

Very nice, but watch for sharp strings on the peg board where they are cut. I cut myself. I always bend my strings down when changing them after they are cut, so they can't stick me or someone else.

Chrome cover over bridge is terrible, prevents palm muting the strings at the bridge for Hawaiian style music. I recommend removing the cover completely. I took out the two Philip's screws and removed my cover. The pickup is chrome anyway and still looks very nice.

Tone and volume controls are out of the way of picking hands, which is very nice.

Felt underside of lap steel is classy, which prevents guitar from slipping off your lap.

The Jersy lap steel is light weight, which is really nice.

Guitar has awesome tone and great sustain when playing harmonics.

I bought the red, which I think matches the gig bag best. The red is really pretty. I think the black is ugly. The white looks nice and the blue is cool. But the red is classy. The guitar comes with a plastic protective strip over the fretboard and pickup, which is nice. I peeled them off, which you're suppossed to.

People were coming up to me at the beach and admiring the guitar and the music. If you are interested in Hawaiian music, check out my website at steelc6th.com (I don't sell anything, it's all free).
I have been playing Hawaiian steel guitar for many years and have an assortment of very nice guitars, including a 1936 Bakelite Rickenbacher with a horseshoe pickup that sounds awesome. This Jersey Lightning lap steel is very nice, and not just for the price.

I've played much more expensive lap steel that don't sound as good as this one or have these nice features.

For one, it is rare to find a lap steel with felt glued to the underside to prevent the guitar from sliding off your lap.

Another great feature is this guitar is very light. I have a jerry Byrd aluminum frypan that weighs a ton and must have a stand to play or your knees will go numb. I like this Jersey lap steel because it is very light and can rest on your lap for hours without slipping off.

I also like the humbucker pickup. The sustain while playing harmonics is excellent on this guitar, unlike older Fenders which making playing harmonics difficult. The sustain is excellent. I played through both VOX and a MicroCube battery-powered amps. Very nice. Rolan's MicroCube I think is best for that nice Hawaiian tone. The smaller speaker is what gives it that classic Hawaiian tone. The VOX is nice too, with a bigger speaker, but I like the MicroCube better for Hawaiian steel guitar.

I tuned the 6th string up to Bb fine, but I think it'll break if you push it to a C#. I made C, but it was tight. The 6th string is a roundwound at about .065" guage when you get it. I left the original strings on as they sound very nice. Alan Akaka uses round wounds for Hawaiian. Flat wounds deaden your harmonics and overall sound. Semiflats are ok, but I am going with round wounds for a brighter tone lately. I've been using round wounds on pedal steel for 20-years. In fact, they don't make semiflats for pedal steel that I know of. If your bottom string is not super thick, roundwounds are fine.

I like the positoning of the tone and volume knob on the Jersey lap steel, not getting in the way of my picking hand. The Artisan and Rogue guitars are nice for the money, but the pickups are not very good sounding and the volume and tone control get in the way of your picking hand, which is a bad design.

One thing I DON'T LIKE AT ALL, and it's a bad design flaw from the manufacturer on the jersey lap steel is that big clumsy plate they installed over the bridge and pickup. Every true hawaiian steel guitarist wants to do palm muting with their right hand at the bridge (which you cannot do with that chrome plate in the way). I removed the two Philip's screws and took the chrome cover off completely. It won't go back on either. The pickup is chrome anyway, so the guitar still looks very nice without the cover. I highly recommend that you remove the chrome cover so you can do the palm muting technique.
Very nice lap steel guitar, not just for the money, but amongst all guitars I've played.

One thing that I will warn you about though. I poked my finger on a 1/4" sharp piece of string at the tuning peg board and it bled and hurt for hours. I know all guitars have the potential for sharp strings, but what I do is bend the excess string down and out of the way when I change my strings (so there are no sharp strings sticking out). It's just something that you need to watch for, the strings are cut close to the peg and are like sticking out razorblades.
Great guitar for any price, but remove the chrome cover blocking the bridge which obstructs the right hand from picking or the guitar is no good in my opinion. That cover is a bad design. Other than that it's an awesome lap steel with high-end features, like felt glued underneath and a humbucking pickup. I like that the tone and volume controls are out of the way of your right hand while picking. And it's light weight!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

rogue jersey lightning lap steel

By Adam Schaub

from NH

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

change the strings to get the c6 tuning or you will hurt your tuners and over bend the neck
this guitar plays better than my aunts 1970 fender deluxe lap steel it really sounds great with its humbucker .also looks very sharp .playing it is a breeze and is to learn on espesually with the neck patterns
cant get any better for the money

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Minor problems; still a great deal!

By Andrew Henriksen

from Michigan

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

Overall, at the price, this is still a bargain, I just wish the quality control was a tad better. The thing sounds great (once you get the right gauge strings on there - I opted for C6 tuning, but there are many options). I am really having a blast playing this!
Features? There aren't many - just a tone knob and a volume knob, both of which do what they should.
I'll give this a 8 based on the price. For something that cost significantly more, the quality would not be acceptable. There were two significant problems - first, one of the tuners is EXTREMELY tight. I think this is more than just an overtightened screw. I need to mess with it a little more to see what's going on. But I worry about something breaking, just trying to tune up.

The other issue is that out of the box, there was a short. It turned out to be a poor soldering job on the input jack. It was a 5 minute repair, but still not cool on a new guitar.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Actually A Very Good Buy

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

I got this for Christmas from my mother-in-law and after changing the strings out, (Actually found that if you get 7 string Power Slinky's, use the 6 low strings and drop the high 11 string, that they are a perfect match for this thing), and tuned to open E, this thing sings. Sounds great through and electric amp especially using an active DI box with EQ, and really growls if you click on a big muff for some distortion. Also sounds great through an acoustic amp. The stock pickup is fine but I suggest maybe changing it out later for a hotter one. That is my next adventure with this thing. I have no problems with the volume knob being in the way. I got the white one and have had many compliments on it. I gave it 4.5 on Features cause there aren't any, and 4.5 on Quality cause it isn't an expensive one, but it's actually a 5 for what you do get.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar

By M Nation

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

If you are looking for an entry level lap steel, this is a good choice. Good tuners, easy to see fret markings, nice finish and a humbucking pickup under the chrome cover. Volume and tone controls are well placed. It also comes with a nice little tweed-look gig bag if you need to take it somewhere. I got the LapDawg tone bar too. You will need some kind of slide as it doesn't come with one.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Terrible Quality Control

By Jacob S

from Gainesville, GA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Long Sustain
  • Playability

Cons

  • Breaks Easy
  • Cheap Body Materials
  • Discontinued
  • Fretboard Cracks
  • Not Consistent
  • Parts Not Replaceable
  • Rogue Customer Service

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

I purchased this lap steel approximately two years ago. It arrived from the manufacturer with a cracked "fretboard" which is really just a plastic sheet. I was willing to replace that myself, but the manufacturer could not send me a replacement part. I should've considered this an omen.

Two years later after average use, the headstock developed a crack on its own. This was NOT designed to handle the tension that lap steel strings usually have. I discovered that the body seems to be made from a presswood. After nearly a month of emails back and forth with musician's friend (since Rogue cannot be contacted directly) I was told that Rogue could not provide a replacement part because they had discontinued this model and then was sent a link to purchase more lap steels by musician's friend customer service, which I found a bit distasteful. Save your money and buy something more reliable.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar

By Sethlandia

from Brookline, NH

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Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

I haven't played it constantly but it seems solidly built so I suspect it'll last a while. the pickup sound is way better than I expected..really.
I got the Lap steel shipped very quickly as does everything M-F ships. Played great and sounded good right out of the box. I got the white because it was a little cheaper, but I think I will probably fall in love with the white eventually. Everything seems ot work.
I have a heavier wider Fender one, so it felt a little light. I am not sure that's a bad thing... it didn't slip off my lap. Cool looking case as well.
the price I paid for this it was a steal. I had to pull off my face mask when it came to get rid of some residual guilt.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Bad day at QC Apparently

By tvguy11

from Meridian, MS

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Cosmetic Flaws
  • High action
  • Stiff Tuner

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

I am a novice steel player, but have several years experience with multiple other stringed instruments.

After much consideration I ordered this over the cheaper RLS-1 mainly based on reviews here and elsewhere. I returned it the same day I got it due to the following:

Unfortunately, the one I received (red) had numerous quality control issues.

There was a small crack in the finish on the corner of the headstock.

There was glue all over the back of the headstock from the felt paper that is on the back of the guitar.

This paper was not pressed down properly around the back curve where the neck tapers into the headstock, so it wouldn't lay down flat. No way to fix this other than peeling it off which would probably rip it, or cutting it with a razor knife to give it enough slack to glue down and leave a gap.

The action is very high on this guitar, in other words the strings are much higher above the fretboard than most lap steels. Although you don't have to actually fret a lap steel, I have small hands and this made my right hand position somewhat awkward if you position your hand somewhere other than the pickup cover, which you will have to do if you use palm blocking techniques. As stated in other reviews, removing the cover will be the best idea in that case.
This is a personal thing and may not really bother most folks.

One of the tuners seemed to be overly tight when tuning.

The guitar had a very nice sound, however I noticed more hum than I expected for the humbucker pickup that it has. (I'm running a Peavey Nashville 400 amp with a quality cable...very quiet without the instrument plugged in.)

On another personal note, I don't care for the positioning of the tone control on the bass string side of the guitar.

All in all, if you got one of these without the cosmetic and qc issues mentioned above, it would probably be a satisfactory instrument for a beginner. Especially if it was their first steel guitar. It does have a very pleasing, full tone.

By the way, if you get one of these, plan on buying a set of strings for your tuning of choice. It comes with strings gauged for open E or G tuning, and the bass strings seem extremely course wound and noisy. If you plan to play C6 it is imperative that you re-string it with the correct gauge strings or you will most likely break a string or worse, strip a tuner.

I'm checking yes on the bottom line because I think it would be unfair to give the guitar a negative bottom line on experiences with one that had some obvious qc issues which apparently are not the norm, and some personal taste issues. Had it not been for the defects above, I probably would have kept it and tried to get used to the personal things listed. The pickup is pretty hot, so the hum was pretty far down when adjusted for normal volume. It might have been an issue if you play with loud volume such as a performance or group setting.

I would also like to report a very favorable experience with the returns department. They sent me a prepaid return label and were very helpful.

Shipment and delivery of the item was also very prompt.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Little Gee-tar

By mattshank

from Lock Haven, PA

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

I absolutely love the vintage sound of this lap steel guitar. The sound is very easily blended with other instrument sounds. I wish the volume nob and the tone nob were switched (the tone nob being by the thinnest string, and the volume nob by the thickest string), but I suppose that?s minor given the amazing value of this instrument. The only real fault I found with it were the lower strings. The high strings sound great, but the lower strings are dead-sounding. It may be that the strings that are included are not the greatest quality, but I haven?t changed the strings yet, so I can?t comment further on the issue. (I?ll assume it?s the low quality of the included strings.)

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A value instrument

By D1S

from Ocala FL

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

For the money, these are a very good value.A few things to note, which are not noted in MF's description: The box it comes in has "E/G" printed on one end. Presumably that means that the guitar is strung for E and G tuning. (The MF customer service people had no idea what the strings are or for what tuning.) The strings are round-wound, not the more common lap steel semi-flat wound. Gauges, I don't know.The tone and volume pots are set up with tone on the high strings' side, volume on the low strings' side. That does seem the opposite of what it should be, but maybe it's not. So, FYI.The color of the red one is really, actually a scarlet red, with the same kind of pearloid finish as the white. It is not the brownish red shade you see in the photos here at MF. It is REALLY red, not a retro looking red-brown. (I would have preferred a retro red-brown color.)Inside, it is very simple. The pickup has a sticker on it that says "Bridge." So you know what kind it is---a bridge pickup. It looks like a Gibson SG's humbucker.I've seen concern expressed about the neck at the nut, that it is too narrow and may be a weak point. It is 1/2 inch from the nut slot to the bottom of the neck; that seems plenty to me. It doesn't concern me.The fretboard is plexiglass with the frets and markers painted in a field of a darkish gold that does a nice imitation of wood. There are 29 frets marked, with "totem pole" markers. (There were a couple cosmetic imperfections--small dots of something--in the paint of the one I received.)The back (or bottom) is covered with black felt, except where the electronics access plate is. It is a string-through design.The lead jack is on the end of the guitar, on the right (high strings) side. A guitar lead is included with the guitar.The guitar weighs 5 to 5.5 pounds. It is quite light.The gig bag is a nice retro ochre and brown tweed look. It is foam with nylon canvas covering it and a brown zipper. There are no storage pouches on or in it.

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