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

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  • Produces classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones
  • Hardwood body
  • Hardwood neck with position markers
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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!

       

      RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag Specifications:

      • 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"
      Customer Reviews
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      by PowerReviews
      RogueRLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
       
      4.6

      (based on 58 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (39)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (15)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      97%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Fun to play (47)
      • Good tone (39)
      • Good feel (32)
      • Good pick up (28)
      • Solid electronics (27)

      Cons

      • Poor pick up (6)

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (38)
      • Jamming (29)
      • Small venues (23)
      • Recording (19)
      • School bands (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (20), Novice (19), Experienced (18)

      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.

      Terry
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      Reviewed by 58 customers

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      4.0

      Great Guitar for the price

      By Good Ol' Uncle George

      from Westfield, MA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Leg Sockets Defective

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Small Venues

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

      I was disappointed on this one that they forgot to thread the leg sockets which meant that I had to take it apart and thread them myself 5/16 X 20 which is an unusual size...

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      5.0

      Great Bargain

      By Good Ol' Uncle George

      from Westfield, MA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Small Venues

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

        This item arrived promptly and set up with no problems... tuned to C6 and plugged it in.... sounds great, looks great, Very Happy with the quality for the price..

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        5.0

        good product for the money

        By jazr1451

        from Yukon, OK

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Legs Are Not Practical

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        This is the 3rd Rogue product I have bought from Musician's Friend. I now have an acoustic guitar, the Rogue Rocketeer electric guitar and now the lap steel guitar. All are very good products shipped to me fast and in perfect new shape.

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        5.0

        Love It!!!

        By charles jennings

        from south carolina

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Legs Wobble

        Best Uses

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

          Love this little baby. I might have to check out more Rogue products. Good sound, stays tuned. Hook it up to some reverb and sweet

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          5.0

          very nice product for the price

          By lmb

          from wisconsin

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Learning
            • Practicing

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

            it would be useful if you could recommend appropriate amps or other products to go with it and perhaps either include or recommend a 'learn to play' dvd or booklet.... otherwise - it exceeded my expectations.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Fun

            By Fleahead

            from Steubenville, 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.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Little Steel For The Price

            By Fred

            from Solomon, Kansas

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I have a small class of non pedal steel students and find this little steel does the trick for learning. I now have four of these steel guitars in the class room. I can now save my good Fenders for my performances rather than let the students use them for class.

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                (1 of 1 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.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Starter/Useable

                  By Micah

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  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.

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                      5.0

                      Most Excellent

                      By Jim Duckett

                      from Ashland, VA.

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Great Deal Great Sound
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • Leg Threads Rough

                      Best Uses

                      • Live Shows Recording
                      • Recording

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

                      My new Rogue Lap Steel arrived in good condition and on time. No problems with it of any kind. The pickup and controls work fine, no buzz or hum. I have used it on a recording already and have gotten quite a few positive reviews on the sound. It's a great way to get introduced to Lap Steel. My only suggestion to the manufacturers, would be before shipping, to put some grease or lube of some kind on the leg threads and sockets.

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