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Slide into some classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones with the affordable Rogue RLS1 Lap Steel Guitar. It features a hardwood body and neck with...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great whinin' axe at a phenomenal price.

Slide into some classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones with the affordable Rogue RLS1 Lap Steel Guitar. It features a hardwood body and neck with position markers, a single-coil pickup, volume and tone controls, chrome hardware, and a stainless steel pickguard. Includes gig bag and legs.

Be sure to pick up a slide - we've got lots of cool models available!

FEATURES
  • Produces classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones
  • Hardwood body
  • Hardwood neck with position markers
  • Single-coil pickup
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
  • Geared Tuners
  • Single slant pickup
  • Carry bag
  • Includes 3 screw-in height-adjustable legs
  • Stainless steel pickguard
  • Includes legs

Click or call to get your lap steel before the next luau!

SPECIFICATIONS

RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag

  • Overall length: 29"
    Scale Length: 21"
    Body Depth: 1-5/8"
    Body Width: 6-1/4"
    Adjustable height: 21 1/4" to 36 1/2"
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RogueRLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
 
4.2

(based on 160 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (100)
  • Fun to play (85)
  • Good feel (56)
  • Good pick up (46)
  • Solid electronics (37)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (9)
  • Poor tone quality (9)
  • Poor pick up (8)
  • Breaks easy (3)
  • Not consistent (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (113)
  • Jamming (57)
  • Small venues (40)
  • Recording (34)
  • Back-up (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (66), Novice (52), Professional musician (38)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lap of luxury?

No, it's far from luxury, but a great first intro to steel. Basic out of the box with a nice case and legs. Yes, go ahead and replace the strings with something...Read complete review

No, it's far from luxury, but a great first intro to steel. Basic out of the box with a nice case and legs. Yes, go ahead and replace the strings with something made for steels, and likely some flat-wounds. I had a buzz or two so check the nut slots and saddles for clean round- bottomed slots. (use correct nut files) I played it with a glass slide and a metal one. Glass is clear and high, while the steel has more edge and sustain. Run this through a distortion or some other pedal and have some fun.

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Looks great. But...

I couldn't wait for my Lap Steel to arrive only to be let down by the LOUSY ELECTRONICS,Severe loud Hum, Popping and Static sounds when touching any metal parts. Volume and Tone controls...Read complete review

I couldn't wait for my Lap Steel to arrive only to be let down by the LOUSY ELECTRONICS,Severe loud Hum, Popping and Static sounds when touching any metal parts. Volume and Tone controls are weak and noisy.

Tuners are TRASH! They are loose and won't hold string tension. I've plugged this "DUST COLLECTOR" into and through all my amps using various cables and the same loud hum, popping and static sounds persists.

I am a musician of 42+ years and a Luthier. I know my instruments. If you are willing to take a chance on purchasing this Lap Steel be prepared to either send it back or replace the electronics yourself.

It's a roll of the dice on this product. I have bought many items from Musicians Friend and this is the first time I have been unhappy with any product I've gotten from them.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Deal

By Uncle Mikey

from Fulton County PA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

      Started playing lap steel a couple of years ago, like the swingy 6th tunings E6,C6. Have been using steel with various groups using a tiny Roland mini cube with good results. Got this steel as a back up but now keep it in C6 tuning. This is better than my 1st steel as it has better knobs and the jack is on the correct side of the instrument--away from your picking hand. You do need to get the correct string gauges for the tuning you use. Higher tension gives it more crying steel sound and not to worry as you're not fretting the thing and the instrument itself is a plank. Basic instrument looks nice, had to turn one of the leg mounts around to use them but mostly use my lap.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty nice for a low price.

      By tvguy11

      from Meridian, MS

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues
        • Travel

        Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

        I just got my RLS-1 in. Basically it is a pretty nice little guitar for a very small price. The workmanship on the headstock cutouts is pretty crude...but doesn't affect the playing of the instrument and could be smoothed out pretty easily if it bothers you. Basically the inside of the cutouts is just not finished out smoothly. The tuners seem a little rough, but they work ok and hold tune. The strings that come on the instrument are basically useless. They appear to be a very light gauge set of guitar strings, and are way too loose for steel playing. I replaced them immediately with a set of C6 strings I put together. Smallest string is .015 as opposed to the one on it which was probably a .009 or .010 or so. To be honest, due to the shorter than normal scale on the guitar, even these are a little loose. I may go up a gauge or two with the first three strings when I re-string it next time. For now, it will do. The scale on this guitar is about 3/4 inch shorter than the more common 22.5 inches of many steel guitars. The string spacing is also a little narrower than what is becoming a pretty much standard spacing of 3/8" between strings. The spacing on this guitar is about the same as an electric guitar. One thing I have noticed is that the relatively low string height and spacing, palm blocking is very easy and effective. It does have a fully adjustable bridge. When I got the guitar, this was a little out of adjustment on one of the strings causing some rattle when noting with the bar, so check this if you get one. The nut on the guitar is plastic, which is ok but a metal nut might add a little more sustain. The little guy actually plays and sounds pretty well once you get used to the scale and spacing. You might want to think about this if you have large hands or fingers...I'm small framed so it really doesn't bother me that much. The shorter scale does make a little more precision required to get the notes just right. It also makes some bar slants a little more touchy. The gig bag and legs are a nice addition to the guitar. Frankly, you couldn't buy the bag and legs for the cost of the whole setup. Mine has a couple of very very small scratches, one on the headstock and another on the chrome plate where the volume and tone controls are located, but frankly it's just not enough to be worth bothering with a return. When you buy a guitar in this price range, you can't really expect perfection. Overall, if you want a really cheap introduction to steel guitar, and like the legs, it's not a bad choice. At it's current price it will probably never lose over half it's value. I recently saw a used artisan (same guitar pretty much) sell for almost as much plus shipping. Why somebody would bid a cheap guitar new up to that, I don't know, but they will.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Starter/Useable

        By Micah

        from San Diego, CA

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

            I'm an experienced bassist, and wife is a hula dancer. About five years ago, me and another one of the husbands (a great musician) thought it'd be nice for the girls to have live music, so we've been learning the Hawaiian tunes. We came to the realization we really need to incorporate the lap steel on many of these songs to really get the right feel,and since bass players are easier to find then lap steel players, I volunteered to give it a go.

            We picked up this guitar because of the low price and positive reviews, and it's lived up to the expectations. I have it running through a Blues Jr. with a little delay, and it sounds great.

            It stays in tune sufficiently and haven't had and major mishaps yet. The single coil buzzes a bit, but what are you going to do, it's a single coil.

            If you have the slightest interest in learning this instrument, you should pull the trigger - it's a lot of fun, and for such a low price, you almost have nothing to lose.

            One thing to be careful for is the guitar is made out of particle board, so don't leave the legs on when transporting because you can easily compromise the integrity of the hardware that's attached to the guitar.

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rogue EA-3

            By JimmyJ

            from Way Up North

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

              I bought a closeout Rogue EA-3 which appears to be the same lap steel as the Rogue RLS-1. It was the Stupid Deal of the Day, and sold out fast. I had purchased an SX lap steel just a few weeks earlier instead of the Rogue because of a few bad EA-3 reviews, but at the severely discounted price, I thought I'd take a chance and have a second steel for a different tuning. The Rogue is great! I think that it sounds much better, even with the factory strings. It has a shorter scale, but that doesn't bother me at all. I like the sound, and can find no flaws whatsoever in the fit and finish of the instrument. Other than having to tune it out of the box, the intonation and string height were spot-on. The tuners are inexpensive, but they work just fine. The bridge is a good design, and the individual saddles are adjustable for intonation and string height. The plastic nut is a week point, but it can be replaced if you so choose, and it serves its purpose. Some reviewers have criticized the screw-on legs. Mine were covered in surface rust inside and out, so I disassembled them and gave them a good cleaning and oiled them. They are a great addition to this lap steel! I had to re-position one of the leg sockets on the instrument to get the legs to mount at the correct angle (it had been mounted incorrectly at the factory), and lube the threads on the legs. The carrying case is of decent quality and design. All in all, this lap steel is a lot of bang for your buck! I should have bought two...

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Lap of luxury?

              By Uncle Paul

              from South Royalton, VT

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Pick Up

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

              No, it's far from luxury, but a great first intro to steel. Basic out of the box with a nice case and legs. Yes, go ahead and replace the strings with something made for steels, and likely some flat-wounds. I had a buzz or two so check the nut slots and saddles for clean round- bottomed slots. (use correct nut files) I played it with a glass slide and a metal one. Glass is clear and high, while the steel has more edge and sustain. Run this through a distortion or some other pedal and have some fun.

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I GOT A GOOD ONE !!!

              By TC fan

              from USA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Nothing Major

              Best Uses

              • Great Way 2 Try Lap Steel
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

              Bear in mind ALL my comments are tempered by the super low price of this lap steel. Originally, I had thought of building a cheap lap steel but at this price, it seemed smarter to mod this than build from scratch.

              My main complaint is the color. On the one, I received, it is nowhere near close to the pics shown. It is MUCH darker and sort of a dark teal/blue with very little metallic visible. Had I known what color "blue" I would actually receive, I would have ordered the Metallic Red. Of course it could all be my eyes so...

              Now to the good stuff. I was pleasantly surprised with the overall build quality. Granted, it's a 2x4 with guitar parts, but still, it is very nice for the price. I checked the nut for height and level and it was pretty good... good enough that I put off replacing it. The same goes for the pickup.

              Based on some of the other reviews, I expected to want to replace the pickup instantly. I has a decent tone, certainly good enough if this is a starter instrument. I tried it with several small amps. When I got to my Fender Super Champ X2 (also from MF) I found I could tweak the Ch.2 Twin Reverb setting (turn off bright switch and add mids to #8) and pretty much get the tone I was looking for. ( the clean classic country/hawaiian tone).

              With all the negative comments about the legs, I was prepared to trash them, if need be. The threads (on legs and sockets) were clogged with paint so, before any attempt to assemble, I cleaned the threads. I have an el-cheapo tap & die set and used the metric M8 x 1.25 and was able to clean them and they now work perfectly well. I advise removing the leg sockets from the body to clean those treads.

              The gig bag, as many have said is actually quite nice, for the price, and I plan to use it permanently.

              Considering some of the imperfections other reviews have mentioned, I decided the color being way off was far more tolerable ( than other possible deficiencies) and everything else seems fine without having to replace any other component/s (if I don't want to).

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Fun

              By Fleahead

              from Ohio

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

              Well, for the price, I pretty much got what I expected. A lap steel is basically a 4x4 with a pickup. As noted in other reviews, the pickup is single coil and very noisy. This could not be used on stage. I ordered a humbucker, so that should take care of that problem. The tuners are low grade, but do the job. Not very precise, but they hold the tension well.

              I only bought this to see if it would work out in the band for a few Hank Williams tunes, and this is great, and really fun to play. I changed it over to C6 tuning, and there are tons of videos on Youtube to learn from. I've already got 5 songs worked out. Most likely, I'll be looking for a two neck model. I'm hooked. This is a good purchase to start off on.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Impressive Lap Steel

              By dmvksv

              from Grand Rapids, Mi.

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

                I thought having a lap steel would be a fun instrument to play. After recently buying a resonator guitar, I thought I would continue the slide experience and branch out a little. I read many reviews, got a good price, and decided to take the plunge. I was expecting a usable instrument that probably needed some upgrades to be decent. When I received it ( thanks for the fast shipping once again, MF), my first impressions were about what I expected. First the cons-tuners are really poor quality, very sloppy but so far hold a tune. These will be replaced eventually. As previous reviews have stated, finish around tuner shafts is rough. Strings are cheap and too light.Now the pros -overall fit and finish is good. The pickup is suprisingly okay for a cheap ceramic bar magnet pickup. Legs were much better than I expected, it's not really stable standing on it's own but plenty stable when you sit down to play.Gig bag is nice quality. I expect to do some mods on almost any instrument I buy. I'm far from a pro butI am always looking for the best possible tone. I swapped the pickup out for a GFS Alnico strat pickup. While I was in there, I changed the capacitor to a .047 paper in oil cap I had lying around. I changed the strings out to Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky 12's. Now it sounds fantastic. The pickup really gave it more clarity and the cap made the tone control more usable. I will probably goa little lighter on the strings on the bass side next time, but 12's are perfect on top. Overall impressions -this thing is a solid 4 stars out of the box, with minamal upgrades I give it 5 stars. For the price they sell for, it's a steal. Even better, it's pretty easy to play and becoming addictive.

                (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great learning instrument!

                By foxyrocker89

                from Ottawa, ON

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

                  This is my first lap steel, I'm having a great time learning on this instrument!

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Rogue Lap Steel Guitar.

                  By Alex

                  from undisclosed

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                  Comments about Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag:

                  I use this guitar at home for pleasure.
                  I am impressed with the quality of this guitar. The overall impression is excellent and the workmanship is very good with good quality machine heads and beautiful finish and the tone is great. Very good quality for the money....as a matter of fact, to purchase the same item here in Canada would cost at least three times the amount I paid. Well done, Musician's Friend, and thank you!

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