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Includes Rogue RM-100A mandolin, Mandolin Method book, Mandolin Chords Plus book, and a fit-all mandolin gig bag....Read More

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An ultra-affordable starter set!

Includes Rogue RM-100A mandolin, Mandolin Method book, Mandolin Chords Plus book, and a fit-all mandolin gig bag.


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RogueLearn-the-Mandolin Package
 
4.4

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (21)
  • Consistent (9)
  • Well built / quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Back-up (8)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (16), Experienced (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible Value!

10
I'm a longtime guitar player, got the itch to try the mandolin. Figured to start as inexpensively as possible, bought this Rogue package. I've had more fun for the price...Read complete review

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I'm a longtime guitar player, got the itch to try the mandolin. Figured to start as inexpensively as possible, bought this Rogue package. I've had more fun for the price than I ever would have thought possible! And I have learned a lot, too. I've always been afraid to mess with my own guitars, but after a well-known luthier screwed up the setup of a pretty expensive classical guitar of mine I thought I'd use this to build my own setup abilities.

First off, the bad: the nut was way too high to be decently playable; the bridge was so high that at its lowest setting it was still off the scale over the 12th fret; I have read some reviewers complain the strings are bad, but they seemed all right to me during setup, but nothing I'd leave on.

Setup: I took everything but the tuners off, polished and waxed her. Lubed the tuners (you can use pencil lead, which is mostly graphite, or a small dab of vaseline, oiled the fretboard (I have a Dunlop guitar care kit, used the fretboard oil in the kit). Used a Dremel to shave the bridge down close, and then finish-sanded it on the body for a good fit.

I made my own nut saws and took two iterations to get the bridge and nut heights where I wanted them. Currently at 12th fret I'm 1.5 mm over with no buzzing, I may try lower action to see how it plays; intonation is dead-on, measured with an electronic tuner; the floating bridge is wood, easy to set, looks cheap but works very well. I lubed the nut before putting on the strings.
Reassembled and changed the strings to D'Addarios (the same ones Ricky Skaggs uses!) and started playing her tonight.

The good: Action is very nice; no fret buzzing on the entire length of the fretboard; sound is nicer than I expected, kind of woody, not tinny; the finish is better than I expected (not perfect, but darned good); the binding is much better than it has the right to be (for the price). All in all, for a campfire or starter mando this is a crazy bargain. I researched a couple-dozen luthier websites and read a few books to figure out how to set her up right - I've gained the confidence to mess with my harem of guitars now! Best money I've spent in a loooooong time.

Oh, and the books are both useful, and the gig bag is padded and well-constructed. It's such a good value I want to buy another one! When you order it buy a couple of sets of replacement strings and some picks!

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Instrument great, package not worth it.

This review is more about the package than the instrument. I am an experienced but not professional guitarist. As I get on in years I'm finding that I want to learn to play more...Read complete review

This review is more about the package than the instrument. I am an experienced but not professional guitarist. As I get on in years I'm finding that I want to learn to play more stringed instruments yet don't want to make a big investment right off the bat.

The mandolin that comes with this kit fits the beginners' bill nicely. Setting it up would be much easier and quicker with a little experience. If you have none, call a friend who does. Initial setup is critical with this one. The instructions do well but can be confusing to the novice. I had mine set up and the intonation right on within 30 minutes but this wasn't my first rodeo. Once set up it plays great. Very surprised at the resonance and duration. This will be a fun box until I can get my hands on a good one. I live in Japan and there are not many mandolins (nor players) around.

The rest of the kit is a waste of money. It appears that Musicians Friend is trying to unload stuff they can't sell. You can learn more on the YouTube.

I will bet that no kid wakes up one day and wants to learn the mandolin. That comes with age and experience. I, for one, knowing what I know now, wouldn've learned the accordian, piano and drums as well has guitar. I'll leave that to you to figure out why. This means that someone wanting to learn mandolin already has the skills and knowledge necessary to teach themselves.

Do yourself a favor and don't buy this kit. Buy the mandolin by itself and use what's left over for a strap and some new strings.

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5.0

Excellent item for the money

By Northen Eclipse

from North central Ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

    Best purchase I made in quite a while.

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    4.0

    I would recomend this product to a friend

    By PJ

    from Roanoke, VA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

      Practice and learning

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      5.0

      Amazing quality for the price!

      By Larry

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

      The quality and beauty of this instrument amazed me. I was not expecting so much for such a low price. This is the best value for someone wanting to learn the mandolin!

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      4.0

      would recomend it for begginners

      By danny

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

      for the price this is good for begginers

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      4.0

      Very pleased with the instrument and the service.

      By Muzkrat

      from Chatham,Va

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

        The instrument delivers all I expected from a base priced instrument. I recommend it to anyone starting out playing the mandolin and then they can invest in a more advanced and priced instrument. I was very pleased with the shipping and packaging if the product. I was missing part of my order but a phone call to customer service and it was promptly corrected..

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        5.0

        Great Value Done Right

        By MIke

        from Southern Illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing
          • Starter

          Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

          I have been playing guitar for over 30 years, so I know the difference between junk and quality. This is a good quality instrument, especially at the price point. The setup was simple. All I had to do was adjust the bridge for intonation and tune. I've bought expensive guitars that took far more work.

          If you are new to mandolin and want to test the waters, this is a great buy.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Rogue Mandolin Package

          By Kenny

          from Houston, Texas Area

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

              The Rogue mandolin package is great for the price. The instrument was shipped with good packing to prevent damage. Tunes up nicely and has a real nice sound.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Instrument great, package not worth it.

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              By Knights--OG

              from Yokosuka, Japan

              About Me Experienced

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              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

                This review is more about the package than the instrument. I am an experienced but not professional guitarist. As I get on in years I'm finding that I want to learn to play more stringed instruments yet don't want to make a big investment right off the bat.

                The mandolin that comes with this kit fits the beginners' bill nicely. Setting it up would be much easier and quicker with a little experience. If you have none, call a friend who does. Initial setup is critical with this one. The instructions do well but can be confusing to the novice. I had mine set up and the intonation right on within 30 minutes but this wasn't my first rodeo. Once set up it plays great. Very surprised at the resonance and duration. This will be a fun box until I can get my hands on a good one. I live in Japan and there are not many mandolins (nor players) around.

                The rest of the kit is a waste of money. It appears that Musicians Friend is trying to unload stuff they can't sell. You can learn more on the YouTube.

                I will bet that no kid wakes up one day and wants to learn the mandolin. That comes with age and experience. I, for one, knowing what I know now, wouldn've learned the accordian, piano and drums as well has guitar. I'll leave that to you to figure out why. This means that someone wanting to learn mandolin already has the skills and knowledge necessary to teach themselves.

                Do yourself a favor and don't buy this kit. Buy the mandolin by itself and use what's left over for a strap and some new strings.

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                2.0

                Good price but buzzing noise is terrible

                By Racer

                from Mobile, Al

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Tone Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

                  I can play it but the buzzing is there to stay. It really is distracting, so buy a good one when tone is important.

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                  4.0

                  Learning to play

                  By Choir girl

                  from Canonsburg, PA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package:

                    For the most part, I like my new mandolin. While I was tuning it for the first time, the E string broke, just as I got it to the right note. It cost me half the price of the mandolin to have it restrung. It's not hard to play, so far.

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