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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No 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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(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Mandolin, Great Price

By Bleikr

from West Virginia

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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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good Beater for the money

    By Old Man

    from Central Florida

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    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.

    (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.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    not bad for a starter

    By Scott-pOwQq

    from Tennessee

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    Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

    This was my first mandolin and I got it on a stupid deal of the day. I've played good ones before but didn't want to drop a bunch of cash on my first. The finish was nice, the fret work was a bit rough. When I first tuned up it would go out of tune every time I played it. I got some Martin strings and after a few days it was staying in tune much better. The tuners are not very good. One is really tight and other is really loose. But it does stay in tune mostly and I've gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it. I would recommend it if you're tight on cash but there are much better ones to be had, just not for this low price.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Beginner

    By Chuck-QRV0P

    from Pittsburgh PA

    Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

    This is my first mandolin and for $50 I wasn't expecting much. As long as it stayed in tune I figured I'd be happy with it. This model far exceeded my expectations. It feels solid and well built. Spruce top, all else maple, rosewood fretboard & bridge. Body & headstock are nicely bound and the paint job is beautifully done. There are very minor blemishes in the finish but that's the only fault I can find. Even the intonation was set correctly right out of the box. All I had to do was tune it up and play.The sound is surprisingly big and full. Great projection that can easily play over a guitar. The low end (if you can call it that on a mandolin) has a warmth to it and the highs are crystal clear. It doesn't sustain very well but with a scale this short I wouldn't expect it to. If you're looking for a good, cheap mandolin this one is a no-brainer. Your only dilemma should be oval or F-holes (personally I like the look of the oval).

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Didn't hold up but good for a starter

    By GuitarGabe

    from Northern Michigan

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    Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

    My son got this mandolin a year ago, and it had only a few issues.After I got all the buzzes out of it, it was very hard to fret. the finish had a few bad spots too. A year and a half later the top of it is flat and where the the hole is is indented. Also, It buzzes all over the place. My son loves the mandolin so much that he played it just about every day for a year. after he won a bluegrass mandolin competition, he took the prize winnings and got a epiphone. Over all I would say that it's worth the money to get you started and to see if you like playing mandolin, but you can only expect it to last a bit better then a year. I would recommend that if you don't plan on using it for a while that you unwind the strings a bit to help it last longer.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    NOT GOOD, this time - -

    By Fiddle&GuitarMan

    from Mars Hill, NC

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    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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sounding Mandolin

    By frettedstrings

    from Flat Rock, Michigan

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    Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

    I've played 6 string and 12 string guitars, along with several other fretted & stringed instruments for over 30 years and I am very happy with the sound of this mandolin. I was a little worried because there doesn't seem to be a truss rod in the neck, but that doesn't seem to be a problem. I tuned it up, right out of the box and it sounds great. This is definitely a fine addition to my collection of fretted strings.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Oval Mandolin!

    By Apogee711

    from Buffalo, New York

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    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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