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Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag  Metallic Red

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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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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!

A great whinin' axe at a phenomenal price.

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
 
4.3

(based on 117 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (85)
  • Good tone (73)
  • Good feel (56)
  • Good pick up (46)
  • Solid electronics (37)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (9)
  • Poor pick up (8)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (79)
  • Jamming (57)
  • Small venues (40)
  • Recording (34)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (44), Novice (41), Professional musician (30)

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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4.0

I love this thing!

By 

from Elgin IL.

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

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

    I play a number of stringed instruments and wanted to give this a try. What a blast! For the money you can't go wrong. I've built a few electric guitars and there's no way I could have built this for what I paid for it.

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    4.0

    Glad I didn't pass it up

    By 

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Built in legs
    • Consistent
    • Decent tone

    Cons

    • Noisy pickup

    Best Uses

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

      I've played guitar for 20 years but this is my first foray into lap steel guitars, so I'm no expert. But that being said, I'm very happy with the purchase. I've tinkered with it for a couple weeks now and it seems to stay in tune well, I haven't had the issues with the legs that some people have complained about, and it's a sharp looking guitar (the subtly-glittery metallic paint doesn't really come through in the photos).

      The pickup is a bit noisy, but you can moderate that somewhat depending on where you set the tone nob and what effects you run it through. And while I haven't practiced with the band yet, I imagine any buzz will get drowned out by the other instruments. And there's always the option of upgrading the pickup.

      I think it's a fantastic instrument to learn on and I plan on gigging it too for select songs.

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      5.0

      Flawless

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      from cheney , Wa.

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        Never played a lap before, but as thousands before me, needed to learn and experience the joy of playing Sleepwalking. Had the basics down in two hours. Played through a small vox, many solid voices!
        There were comments about flimsy legs, and some pick-up noise,. The one I received has no issues at all.
        I am very happy ! And fore the money? Excellent !

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        4.0

        A good beginners instrument but...

        By 

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Decent quality for the price. Nice gig bag.
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Not Consistent

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

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

        I picked bought this for my spouse who wanted to learn lap steel after playing the bass for many years. Didn't want to spend much so at the pricing offered here this seemed a no-brainer.

        Decent quality. Lap steels are about as basic a stringed instrument as you can get...HOWEVER:

        These come with light electric guitar strings. They sag way too much making it a difficult instrument for a beginner. The bridge/tailpiece is a bit of overkill.

        I put on a set of flatwound '13s followed by adjusting the bridge.

        It now sounds very nice and is a good beginners instrument.

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        4.0

        nice steel guitar

        By 

        from geneseo, IL

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

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

          very nice quality paint. sounds good.

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          5.0

          I would buy again...and would reccommend

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          from Newark< ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

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

            Here is my run down. upon unpacking I first loosened the strings to get at all screws on instrument. Started on fretboard..14 screws...all were tight except 2 which just took the slightest tweek..next the nut...very tight..then the 11 screws making up the bridge and lower guitar...2 took the slightest tweek again...next the tuning keys...8 screws..3 of 8 required a little more than a tweek..done with preliminary check..all surfaces excellent..volume and tone pots very smooth...3 things I thought were outstanding..the fretboard was plastic but embossed with raised fret lines and roman numerals...this is much better than decals with just bars..2nd...the bridge and tailstock are fully adjustable..won't find that on one 4 times as much..And 3rd..the tuning keys felt adequate and extended completely through the slotted headstock...I don't know how it could be beat at that price...and very playable..also the jam bag is unreal...great quality...legs are sturdy strong aluminum..it seems a little wobbly but it is not guitar...its the nature of the beast and any lap steel..reguardless of brand would appear a little wobbly..

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            5.0

            Great first lap steel

            By 

            from Yorktown, VA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Holds Tuning Well
            • Very good fit and finish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              I'm an experienced guitar player but a novice to the lap steel. I bought the RLS-1 as something to try out. From other reviews I expected it to be a good starter lap steel but have been pleasantly surprised at the quality. It comes fully equipped with gig bag and legs; fit and finish are very good, almost flawless; tone is surprisingly good for an inexpensive unit and it holds tuning well. Yeah, I'll probably upgrade to a vintage instrument as (if) I get better. but this is a great place to start. Kudos to MF.

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              5.0

              Great instrument.....great value.

              By 

              from laurens, sc

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  This is the second one I now own.

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                  3.0

                  Certainly worth the price

                  By 

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • adjustable height
                  • Functional
                  • modifiable

                  Cons

                  • Poor Tone Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Performance
                  • Practicing

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

                  I needed a giggable lap steel to take over from my super-annuated Magnatone, mainly because I am concerned about the case, and the finish. I had been looking at a number of alternatives, this one being the least interesting until the price dropped. That made it a no-brainer to at least get it and try it.

                  I've seen so many reviews whining about the legs....I had no issues. I think the real issue is the angle at which the legs have to be installed. I actually was rather pleased with the adjustable legs. I also was happily surprised with the gig bag quality and the appearance of the finish.

                  Now, about the actual point: the sound. Frankly, the natural tone of this pick-up is very nasal, and the light gauge strings really add to that thin sound, so using a small 5W amp like a Champion 600 or a Valve Junior [or my Magnatone amp] with no tone adjustment really highlighted that characteristic. Played through a Blues Junior, where the tone is adjustable, I was able to find the sweet spot with the stock set-up. I can see, though, that opening this little guy up and changing the tone cap, pots and pick-up is a natural progression, since at the reduced price, I'm not too worried about the warranty. I see a number of 'replacement plates' with better pots and better p-ups are already on the market, which makes sense. I will be putting heavier gauge strings on this shortly...probably a .013 set, which will help to darken the tone and put some more resonance into the notes.
                  The tuners seem reasonably functional, and since this really is little more than a 2x4 with a pick-up, there isn't much else to mess with, maybe the bridge and nut, but they seem okay.

                  I would recommend this to a friend based solely on the price and the fact that the unit can be easily modified. Compared to the Gretsch Electromatic, even getting a mod control plate and new tuners you would still be way ahead of the game.

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                  1.0

                  Strictly for beginners

                  By 

                  from Gresham, OR

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Breaks Easy
                    • Poor Tone Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

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

                    The device is very inexpensive and you shouldn't expect much for the little amount of money that it sells for.
                    I returned the device. The leg wouldn't stay on. The bracket that holds one of the legs kept loosening.

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