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

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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 81 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (65)
  • Good tone (49)
  • Good feel (41)
  • Good pick up (35)
  • Solid electronics (32)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (7)
  • Craftsmanship (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (51)
  • Jamming (40)
  • Small venues (29)
  • Recording (26)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Novice (24), Professional musician (23)

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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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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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3.0

Keep the price in mind....

By JustSlidin'

from Golden, CO

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Legs Unuseable
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Beginner's First Lap Stee
  • Practicing

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

When evaluating this instrument one must keep the very low price in mind, because the overall level of quality is in line with that price. Finish inside the headstock slots is quite poor. The legs and leg mounts are threaded poorly enough that the legs will not attach securely to the body. The tone control operates badly, changing the tone very slightly from high to low until it suddenly drops to the bass side. But that said, it's fun to play and doesn't sound too bad when plugged in to a decent amp. I just decided to learn lap steel after 50+ years playing guitar, and this instrument suits that purpose well. I would recommend it (with limitations duly noted) to someone looking for an entry-level lap steel, but not to anyone looking for a top quality instrument.

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4.0

Great deal.

By Trolleyes

from Jonesboro, AR

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

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

The thing is great. Great price. Great to learn on. I would recommend getting a small stand for it though. The legs don't like to screw in correctly. They painted all over all of the threads and I'm pretty sure the threads are aluminium (which will wear out relatively quickly anyway)

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5.0

Excellent for the money

By Grahame

from Minneapolis

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Leg Port Came Loose

Best Uses

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

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

I had a gift voucher for one of these sites, and I knew I wanted something with which I could get some "pedal steel" vibe without paying a "pedal steel" price. I saw this listed and took a chance. And man, am I glad I did.

The tone is really nice, especially for a cheap guitar. The strings are pretty light, perfect for tuning to C6 or (what I used) E6. You'll need to change the strings if you want to do an open G or D for bluesy stuff. I'd recommend getting an amp with good spring reverb, as that helps a lot. I normally play mine out of a Peavey Classic 50, which has incredible tone, but it's a monster to lug around. If you can find something like a Vox Pathfinder with reverb (because some have it and some don't), get it. I bought an 11-ounce tone bar, and while that is heavier than normal and more suited to pedal steel guitars, it worked just fine for me...better sustain that way, too. I also bought a Morley volume pedal, so I could create those dreamy swells. I've used this in recording, playing live, and even in church gigs (it added a nice flavour to what can otherwise be really boring music). You don't get quite the note range that you would with an 8-string lap steel (like Cindy Cashdollar, or Don Helms, who played with Hank Williams, Sr.), but it still holds its own, and is a great instrument for beginners and pros alike.

The only problem I saw is that after a few months, one of the ports that you screw the legs into came loose, and the screw tore the hole out, so I had to use wood filler and re-drill the screw hole. Other than that, I couldn't be happier.

So Bottom Line: For a good price, you get a nice, solid 6-string lap steel, three sturdy steel telescoping legs, and a nice padded gig bag with strap. It's really a great deal.

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4.0

fine for the money

By John T. Poole

from Ardmore, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Music Room Tool

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

    I built a castered tripod stand so the lap guitar can be situated anywhere,
    It didn't want it passed around. I also found a use for tubing of the legs which are 7/8ths OD types with extensions- perfect for mic booms (after altering the tip). Kids like it and it is not going to fall on the floor. It is solidly velcrod to the rolling stand- a stand which can easily be adjusted for height.

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    1.0

    IT WAS NOT WORTH THE MONEY

    By DEBIE

    from NEW BEDFORD, MASS.

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

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

        IT WAS NOT WORTH THE MONEY THE LEGS DID NOT FIT AND WAS PART OF THE LEG WAS MISSING I HAVE RETIRNED IT BUT YET DID NOT RECIVE THE EMIL I SEND IT BY UPS ,

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        2.0

        Needs work, but still worth it

        By JWG

        from No. CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Has Possibilities

        Cons

        • Legs Need Much Work
        • Loose Tuning Pegst
        • Pickup Very Poor

        Best Uses

        • Beginners Only

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

        This unit has potential, but the tuning keys are a joke, the pick-up can't pick up the first string volume adequately, and the legs wobble
        so bad I plan to have them welded, then they
        will screw in and be stable.
        I still like the unit, but will have to incur
        additional expense replacing much of this lap steel

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        5.0

        cheap for practicing

        By theotis

        from cherokee ks

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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:

          For the price you can't beat it learn on this first then go buy something better. mine works and sounds ok don't need the legs like some other reviews talk about it is a lap steel?

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          4.0

          Welcome to Cheap Country

          By DirtyBunny

          from The middle of Illinois

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              First the bad: the threaded leg studs are TERRIBLY finished on this and you can expect to cross-thread them and ruin the socket in the base of the guitar. Be prepared with a thread file and a few minutes to get them right. Other than that, this thing is a lot of fun, something different from just strumming away. You can swap out a couple high strings for heavier to get the tuning right (C7), watch a little UTube, and you're off and irritating the cat. For true hilarity, run it through a box (I like MetalX) with a volume pedal, guaranteed entertainment. For the money, it's hard to beat; decent bag, workable electronics, and useable, but wobbly legs.
              Like any instrument in this price range, be prepared to fine tune some, and tighten any fastener you find.

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              2.0

              Okay.., If you do not want to tune it!

              By rlivin

              from alabama

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  sounds good other than i can not tune number 1 string. The tuning key broke. It sounds good on the other 5. Change the tuning keys and strings and i would give 4 to 4 1/2 stars.

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                  4.0

                  Want To Play Lap Steel?

                  By Gene Norman

                  from Murray, kentucky

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Can Be Used As A Club
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Light Handy
                  • Nice finish
                  • Yard Sale Price

                  Cons

                  • Bridge Not Located Proper
                  • Dobro Sounding Pickup
                  • Strings Are Junk On Mine
                  • Tuners Crude

                  Best Uses

                  • Beginners Guitar
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

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

                  If you want to find out if you like lap steel guitar and have someone available who knows how to set intonation and select string sizes for which ever tuning you want to use, this is a very economical way to start. I suggest starting with either C 6th. Or A 6th. because of the online information available for free.

                  There is zero instructions with the guitar.

                  I currently have 4 lap steel guitars, the cheapest one is this Rogue RLS-1 and my most expensive one cost 20 (twenty times as much).

                  I have seen several of these guitars and they vary considerably in the way they are set up. String sizes vary greatly. Tone of the pickups varies. Some pickups are noisy. Others are ok, but to me are better suited to a bluesy sound with amp overdriven.

                  My personal taste which is country and western swing, need a different tone. I replaced the pickup in mine and am happy with the sound.

                  The scale length was way too short on the one I received. The scale length measured 20.25" I Unstrung the guitar, removed the bridge, filled the screw holes with round toothpicks cut to length form the fat part of the toothpick, coated with Elmer's carpenter glue.

                  Then I positioned the bridge for 21' scale length, marked, and pilot drilled new holes, affixed the bridge, restrung the guitar, took an electronic tuner, tuned it then fine tuned the intonation where the octave was exactly on the twelfth fret for each string.

                  Now the notes are where they should be and I have a great sounding guitar with a very small investment and a couple hours of work.

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