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

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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 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (68)
  • Good tone (52)
  • Good feel (44)
  • Good pick up (37)
  • Solid electronics (32)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (55)
  • Jamming (44)
  • Small venues (31)
  • Recording (29)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Novice (25), Professional musician (24)

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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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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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

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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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    4.0

    Great to get started

    By 

    from Chicago

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

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

      I am an experienced musician but new to slide. This guitar has been a great starting point. I have not used the legs, but it feels great in my lap and is lightweight but solid. The single coil is a little noisy but the buzz is manageable. Get a chorus or reverb and you will absolutely love this.

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      5.0

      Love this Rogue lap steel.

      By 

      from New Geneva, Pennsylvania

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I will have to admit i was a little apprehensive after purchasing this instrument and then reading the reviews.People saying the legs would not screw in properly they were stripping out,poor craftsmanship, poor sound.But when i received it i could not have been more pleased,the sound is fine craftsmanship is fine and the legs you just have to be careful screwing them in try each leg in a different hole if it doesn't screw in easily in the first. If your not careful you can cross thread the holes i think those who wrote the bad reviews about the legs were in to big of a hurry to put it together and didn't take precaution while doing so.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Keep the price in mind....

        By 

        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 

        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 

        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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        fine for the money

        By 

        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 

          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 

              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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