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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
  • Adjustable Compensated Bridge

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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    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.

      (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!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Dont buy

      By ShaneMacgowan

      from Clearwater , FL

      Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

      Its not a horrible mandolin. I bought it when I knew nothing about mandolins. I bought it because of the oal hole, I read somewhere that oval holes are used more in irish folk music. But now that I know more about mandolins I dont think that it is very good, It is sturdy and will not break, all you need to change are the strings but that expected. The thing that I do not like about it is the sound is not very good at all , It barely even sounds like a mandolin, its a deeper buzzing sound. If your starting and want a cheap mandolin just buy a 200 or 300 dollar one.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect Unbelievable Value

      By elyboy

      from Heartland

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      Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

      Received the Rogue Oval Soundhole Mandolin today. --Took only 2 days to receive. The instrument is perfect.Nice low action, flawless finish, decent tuning machines, the adjustable bridge is a real plus and it's quite playable with the provided strings...although I will be switching to Elixirs for brighter tone and playability.I could not be happier. Don't be afraid of the low price. Mine is outstanding. Worth many, many times the price.Thank you Musician's Friend. You've done it again!!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very Good for the Price

      By Cat

      from Kite, Georgia

      Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

      I wanted to try to learn the mandolin but didn't want to spend much to find out if it was for me.Great looks, I looked hard for flaws in the finish and couldn't find any. The tuners are cheap and a little stiff but they do the job. Tuned her up and she played great right out of the box.For the money it would be hard to beat this mandolin.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      too bad it didn't work for me...

      By Jill-5ncZg

      from Georgia

      Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

      The instrument itself was very attractive and had a nice finish, but after closer examination and trying to play, the neck was not level and the frets were of various heights all up and down the neck. This caused buzzing issues all over the place! I tried restringing the mandolin (with D'Addario) and realized that the pins were larger than the loops at the ends of the strings. Even if there were no neck and fret issues, having to use pliers to enlarge the loop ends of strings everytime was not an option. Too bad it had these issues, it did have nice tone and projection. I know that other reviewers have had great success with their instruments...it seems to be hit or miss. I lost money in the end having to ship it back for a refund. I'll end up shopping for a used one at local music stores.

      (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Review

      By Anonymous-A5h6H

      from NYC

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Blues Mando

      By eric-PUd15

      from safety harbor fl

      Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

      I love mine and play it all the time. Only criticism is that the sound hole was off-center a bit.

       
      4.0

      Nice sustain

      By Loves strings

      from Minneapolis, MN

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      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.

       
      5.0

      Great purchase

      By Spoot13

      from Hendersonville, TN

      Comments about Rogue Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:

      I'm a beginner, but I love the sound of it. It was easy to set up as well.

       
      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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