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Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar  

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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 ...Read More

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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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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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25%

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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Bad day at QC Apparently

By tvguy11

from Meridian, MS

About Me Novice

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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.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Avoid C6 Tuning!

By RobPRocks

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Breaks Easy

Best Uses

  • Entry-level

Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

This is an affordable, entry-level lap steel with cheap machine heads and inefficient headstock. When in open G or open D the guitar was fine and a good one to learn on. I, like other reviewers, removed the tailpiece cover immediately to make it easier for palm blocking.

The problems began when I switched to C6 tuning. The .026 gauge string usually recommended for the G (4th) string is far to thick to tune to the required note and stripped the machine head immediately. Also, the headstock has the machine heads arranged in a way that makes it very difficult to change strings in order from low to high.

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(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.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Quality control issues

By BT

from Eugene, OR

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Defective Hardware
    • Poor setup

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

      Looks very nice. Tuners were so tight, it was impossible to tune. Not just a question of adjusting the screw on the end of the tuners. It felt like the gears were glued together somehow. We're talking two hands really pushing to get them to turn a quarter turn. Completely unusable. The pickup cover was also loose, resulting in string buzz if the lap steel was tilted at all. I'm sure this is a quality control issue and I just got the bad one, but needless to say it went back to Musicians Friend and I'm looking at other options for lap steels.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar Review

      By Harry Roberts

      from Buffalo, NY

      Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

      Still getting acquainted with it, but have been really impressed by the ease of play. Also impressed with the speed of delivery, the great gig-bag that came with it, too!
      Great value for the price! Intermediate guitarist, wanted to get a lap steel to play around with and couldn't be happier with this one!
      It's obviously not a Gibson, but certainly stays in tune and is easy to play.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not bad for the money

      Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

      Over all, I wish I had paid the extra cost to buy a Peavey Powerslide. I am using a keyboard stand to sit it on to play it. The Peavey has a special strap so you can stand with it.
      I bought the white pearloid model because it was the cheapest one. I am going to use it in the studio and not for gigs, so the color didn't matter. I started playing a lap steel when I was six years old, but haven't owned one for forty five years so I wanted one to play around with. The guitar was certainly cheap enough. I took delivery of the guitar today and I have already had my money's worth of fun playing it. Keep in mind the price as you read this review. The guitar is very lightweight and cheaply made. At first I thought the tone pot was improperly wired and it was a volume control, because both controls cut the sound off when you turn them down. The tone pot doesn't control the tone very well, but it doesn't matter to me. I will be playing through a Fender Frontman 25R for recording purposes and I can adjust the amp tone. The humbucker is an unknown brand and doesn't have much output. Again, I'll make adjustments through the amp and the DAW. The tuners are cheaply made and I had to tighten them before tuning. The nut is plastic and the slots are shallow, just enough of a slot to guide the strings to the tuners. In hindsight, I wish I would have paid the extra money and bought a Peavey Powerslide. The gig bag is cool and better made than the guitar. There are no pouches in the gig bag to hold the finger picks and slide, but remember what I paid. The humbucker is more full sounding than a single would be. You get what you pay for. In my case I will keep it, but I would never gig with it.
      Poorly made.
      Not bad for the money. You get what you pay for.

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      (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I like it I like it

      By Bill Larson

      from Arizona

      Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

      I am just starting to learn to play the steel, so I have no history. I got the steel because my fingers are too stubby and wide to fret a guitar. So for me the slide works great. I like it a lot.

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      (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.

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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar

      By Seth Connelly

      from Northeast

      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.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      Comments about Rogue Jersey Lightning Lap Steel Guitar:

      You can't beat this. I've played it out already, and it holds up when turned up loud.
      I got surprised with this on Christmas. Great sound and lots of fun.

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