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Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole  

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With a spruce top, hard maple neck and extended rosewood fretboard, this Rogue mandolin offers quality materials and playability into the mandolin's ...Read More

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A distinctive design at a very easy price.

With a spruce top, hard maple neck and extended rosewood fretboard, this Rogue mandolin offers quality materials and playability into the mandolin's full upper range. The oval soundhole provides distinct projection and tone.

FEATURES
  • Spruce Top
  • Hard Maple Neck
  • Extended 24-Fret Rosewood Fretboard
  • 12th Fret Neck Joint

A great-sounding and easy-to-own little twanger. Order yours today!

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RogueMandolin with Oval Soundhole
 
4.0

(based on 23 reviews)

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  • 3 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good Mandolin, Great Price

    Long-time guitar player, decided to try mandolin after I read that it was in the Lute family of instruments. Purchased the oval soundhole rather than the 'F' style after researching sound differences between...Read complete review

    Long-time guitar player, decided to try mandolin after I read that it was in the Lute family of instruments. Purchased the oval soundhole rather than the 'F' style after researching sound differences between the two. Arrived in good time and condition. While inspecting, noticed some of the frets had unfiled edges, and some will need crowning. Also, the wooden bridge had a small split, which Musicians Friend promptly replaced. There were a couple of tiny flaws in the finish. The nut will need to be filed so that each string rests lower to the fretboard (most stringed instruments need this adjustment to fit the indivual's playing style). After tuning and setting the proper bridge height, I was pleasantly suprised with the nice tone and sustain. I am sure that after replacing strings with a 'name brand', it will sound even better.
    I always recommend buying the best you can afford, but for the price, this little Mandolin is worth every cent and more.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good Beater for the money

    Been playing stringed instruments for 40 years. I own a dozen vintage and quality instruments. I wanted a cheap but playable mandolin for campfire type jams. Needed somethig I could make play well...Read complete review

    Been playing stringed instruments for 40 years. I own a dozen vintage and quality instruments. I wanted a cheap but playable mandolin for campfire type jams. Needed somethig I could make play well and sound adequate. This meets those requirements. I play celtic and folk music not bluegrass so a bluegrass musician may judge the sound differently. I was disapointed when I tuned it up and the finish cracked where the fretboard meets the soundboard. I almost sent it back. With cheap instruments and quality control a replacement may have worse issues. This instrument plays well, sounds well, and seems to be stable. Does what I need to do so far. My main instrument is guitar with some pro experience but I also play Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Uke, and some mandolin and keyboard.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Mandolin, Great Price

    By Bleikr

    from Konnarock, WV

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

      Long-time guitar player, decided to try mandolin after I read that it was in the Lute family of instruments. Purchased the oval soundhole rather than the 'F' style after researching sound differences between the two. Arrived in good time and condition. While inspecting, noticed some of the frets had unfiled edges, and some will need crowning. Also, the wooden bridge had a small split, which Musicians Friend promptly replaced. There were a couple of tiny flaws in the finish. The nut will need to be filed so that each string rests lower to the fretboard (most stringed instruments need this adjustment to fit the indivual's playing style). After tuning and setting the proper bridge height, I was pleasantly suprised with the nice tone and sustain. I am sure that after replacing strings with a 'name brand', it will sound even better.
      I always recommend buying the best you can afford, but for the price, this little Mandolin is worth every cent and more.

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      4.0

      Nice sustain

      By Loves strings

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Nice finish
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Requires Setup

      Best Uses

      • Jamming Outdoors
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

      The Rogue oval hole mandolin has a great finish, nice tone and long sustain. I am impressed with the packaging and instructions included.
      One negative was that the tail piece cover didn't fit well; I switched it with another I had on hand.
      This is an affordable "beater" for campfire jams or other travel events.
      Sounds nice with several styles.
      I will do a setup because the nut is a bit high, making the fretted notes a bit sharp compared to open strings.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Oval Mandolin!

      By Apogee711

      from Buffalo, New York

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Sounds Good Great Price
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fun To Learn
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

        I am new to the Mandolin. I like the look, feel and sound so far! The price was outstanding for a brand new instrument!! One does have to set it up. There are some great tutorials on Youtube.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great deal - no complaints

        By Miistaaflowaahs

        from Washington DC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Very reasonable price

        Cons

        • Not Exactly A Work Of Art

        Best Uses

        • Um Playing The Mandolin

        Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

        sounds as good as any other mandloin to me. playable action. even holds a tune, which I was concerned about for such a low priced instrument. Obviously not a work of art but it looks fine too. Great deal for the money. Exactly what I wanted!

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        NOT GOOD, this time - -

        By Fiddle&guitarman

        from Mars Hill, NC USA

        About Me Professional Musician

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

              I have had good experiences with Rogue brand instruments, for my students, and to have around just to practice on without using my high-$$ instruments all the time. I ordered this one on special from MF thinking it would be good as a beater, and for the price I figured it couldn't be too bad. Wrong. When I opened the box and sighted down the fingerboard (always the first thing I do with a stringed instrument) it looked like a ski jump - - VERY warped, and as a result the action was too high, making it unplayable. Sad, and this model does NOT have the truss rod for neck adjustments, so no fixing it.

              Too bad, he finish was nice, and the workmanship was clean, as with all Rogue products, but regrettably I had to send it back. Maybe I just got a bad one, but this happens from time to time with any instrument or brand. It's just a chance you take ordering sight unseen, but MF was great and took it back with no problems.

              If you're looking for a nice beginning mandolin I would definitely suggest finding one with an adjustable truss rod, so if the neck does warp at least you have a chance to correct that issue.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good Beater for the money

              By Old Man

              from Central Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Frets level
              • Good Tone
              • Neck is straight

              Cons

              • Finish cracked tuning it
              • Finish of poor quality
              • Strings sucked

              Best Uses

              • Great beater instrument
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

              Been playing stringed instruments for 40 years. I own a dozen vintage and quality instruments. I wanted a cheap but playable mandolin for campfire type jams. Needed somethig I could make play well and sound adequate. This meets those requirements. I play celtic and folk music not bluegrass so a bluegrass musician may judge the sound differently. I was disapointed when I tuned it up and the finish cracked where the fretboard meets the soundboard. I almost sent it back. With cheap instruments and quality control a replacement may have worse issues. This instrument plays well, sounds well, and seems to be stable. Does what I need to do so far. My main instrument is guitar with some pro experience but I also play Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Uke, and some mandolin and keyboard.

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              5.0

              I would recommend this Rouge mandolin...

              By Terry Reynolds

              from Norwich, NY

              Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

              The tone of it is great. I honestly was looking to purchase an f-style, but I am very satisfied with this one. The price is right and the quality is excellant. I recommend the Rouge with the round tone hole, not just the beauty of it, but the sound is awsome! She has a fantastic bark to her! The fingering is easy on your fingers as well.
              I have been playing for many years and truly fell in love with this one! It has a great sound and plays very easy. It also has a beautiful appearance. I have also baught an Ovation Celebraty Series accoustic/electric guitar from Musicians Friend and still play it. In my opinion, Musicians Friend is great dealing with. I definately recommend this mandolin whether you are a beginner or a professional player. It is totally awesome! Great price!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Starting Mandolin: just needs a good setup

              By Daniel Cockrell

              from California

              Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

              This is my 3rd mandolin purchase. I was looking for a good sounding mandolin that I could travel with to parks, use on lunch breaks, etc. My other mandolins are a Loar LM-400 with a cumberland bridge and my cheap-o savannah f-hole low end mandolin which I must say sounds awful. What attracted me to this oval hole rogue was the promise of a solid spruce top. The mandolin is very beautiful and looks professional. The tuners however, are terrible. I read others talking about upgrading tuners and someday I may, but for me it's just not worth it at this point. Straight out of the box, it is a bear to play. The Setup: I immediately took the string off and properly fitted the bridge to the top to make a solid contact. I then properly grooved the top of the bridge and deepened the grooves in the nut to lower the nut end action. I re-strung it with some nice medium elixir strings and properly located bridge for good intonation.
              The End Product: With the bridge properly fitted to the top of the instrument, snugly agains't the spruce top with it's placement perfect- it sounds wonderful for the cost. The sound is bright and full and each note is proper up to the 12th fret. I'd say it's a GREAT buy for a cheap mandolin, but it needs to be properly setup to bring out its best. Look online on how to properly set it up. ...Even my wife says it sounds surprisingly good, which is a huge compliment considering she rolls her eyes each time I pickup a mandolin. If you're just starting, or already playing and want something cheap that doesn't sound cheap, it's the right choice.

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              (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Review

              Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

              This mandolin was purchased for me as a gift for Christmas and my birthday from my girlfriend, just got it today played around with it for about and hour and then tried to tune it. I know I can't expect much from stock strings but this is ridiculous. When I was tuning the high E it snapped, I wasn't too angry because I could still play it, but then after about another 15 minutes of playing the second E snapped and lashed my left eye. It sounds pretty good thought, I would recommend it to anybody who is looking to spend money on eye surgery. Maybe I'm just mad but I would not buy this product again or advise anybody to.

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              (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              just change out the tuning machines...

              By MandoMan-QFITC

              from San Jose, Ca.

              Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

              i purchased the mandolin/uke kit, but learned that the oval sounbdhole model has a spruce top! so i bought one, changed out the tuning machines to individual mini-Gotoh's & dropped the bridsge all the way down, put on a set of light gauges strings, with the Gotoh's tuning is easy. it plays incredible well & sounds so-o much better then the plywood top f-hole.

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