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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...Read More

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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.

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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

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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
 
4.3

(based on 93 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (76)
  • Good tone (58)
  • Good feel (50)
  • Good pick up (41)
  • Solid electronics (35)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (8)
  • Craftsmanship (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (62)
  • Jamming (50)
  • Small venues (34)
  • Recording (30)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Novice (30), Professional musician (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pretty nice for a low price.

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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4.0

Good deal.

By 

from North Georgia

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    I have played guitar for 50+ years and played professionally for a number of years, so I'm no stranger to equipment, however, I am new to the lap steel so the only critique I can offer is that while the electronics and set up seem to be ok I did have a problem threading one of the legs into the body of the guitar. This is probably a good instrument to learn on, which is precisely what I intend to use it for. Also, the regular price of this instrument is very nice, which made the sale price even nicer.

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    2.0

    Poor Quality

    By 

    from Nashville

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

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

    I knew that for the price this lap steel would need some work. The legs will not attach at all with painted threads. The tuners are very bad. The pickup is junk. Had to buy a tap & die set to make the legs work. Replaced the tuners, pickup & all electronics. The screws on the fretboard are brighter than the markers so I replaced them with black screws & added dots to the markers. If you can do the work, this instrument can be very useful ... the case is great ... the legs are sturdy when re-worked and there's no action to worry about so ... what else can go wrong?

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    4.0

    I would buy this product again

    By 

    from Melrose, Fl.

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      A good value

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      4.0

      Good starter unit, fun to learn on!

      By 

      from Ripley N.Y.

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

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

        Great starter piece, went thourgh a few strings learning the different tunings but now use open D sounds sweet! Get a good tone draw bar! And finger picks.

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        4.0

        Good starter unit, fun to learn on!

        By 

        from Ripley N.Y.

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

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

          Great starter piece, went thourgh a few strings learning the different tunings but now use open D sounds sweet! Get a good tone draw bar! And finger picks.

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          4.0

          great deal

          By 

          from Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • very portable

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

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

          Great new toy for a completely different sound

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          5.0

          This was a gift for a friend in Hong Kong. She loves it.

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          from Washington State

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

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

            She is very happy with the Lap Steel and now is taking lessons

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great starter

            By 

            from Twin Cities, MN

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Short Scale

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

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

            Long time guitar player - been wanting to try this instrument for years. I have some home studio tunes that were begging for this sound so I finally pulled the trigger.

            I like this. I ordered the non-more-black but it has a little bit of sparkliness - looks cool.

            The PUp is noisy - single coil without the option of totally facing the pickup away from the amp (cause it's vertical). But it's a nice sounding pickup.

            It's shorter scale than most lap steels out there, so I had to do some looking around to get fat enough strings. The legs work fine if you take that other guy's advice to do it slowly and check which leg will fit into which hole.

            Very slight intonation adjustments and run this through a nice tube amp - it sounds really good. Holds tune nicely and seems reasonably well crafted - very well crafted considering the price. Gig bag looks great and is a nice touch.

            Would I grab this to go on tour with Vince Gill? No. But I'd grab it for a gig with Willie if he ever calls me up! It's a cool little instrument with some handy extras for a great price. Very satisfied with the purchase.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I GOT A GOOD ONE !!!

            By 

            from USA

            About Me Experienced

            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).

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            4.0

            Good value in a steel

            By 

            from North California

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Cheap But Good

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

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

              Frankly I bought it for the legs - and was surprised at how decent it is for a budget lap steel. The gig bag is well thought out, has compartments for the legs and your strings, picks and tonebar, and is easy to carry.

              The instrument itself was a surprise - I had bought another lap steel that looked like the same Chinese factory and it was not very good; Rogue's QC is much better.

              I'd prefer to have a plain bridge, but after adjusting the hardtail Strat type bridge, the steel worked well, sounds pretty good even with the stock pickup - and let's face it, you can spend twice the price just for a pickup - and the tone and volume control are smooth and well placed for swells.

              I'll use this on gigs, it fits over your pedalboard if need be, and yet it is also a great deal for anyone beginning lap steel.

              If you are expecting a Fender Stringmaster at this price point, well, this ain't it! but it is a fine value and I have no problem recommending it.

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