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Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin   

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Sporting a gorgeous finish, the Rogue RM-100A is a well-built, traditional A-model mandolin. It features clean workmanship throughout and projects a ...Read More

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Easy to play and laughably easy to own!

Sporting a gorgeous finish, the Rogue RM-100A is a well-built, traditional A-model mandolin. It features clean workmanship throughout and projects a bright tone with lots of bark. With an easy-to-play neck and adjustable bridge, the RM-100A is perfect for beginners who wish to play bluegrass or any other style of music. Finishing touches include chrome tuners and nickel-plated frets.

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FEATURES
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Adjustable compensated rosewood bridge
  • 12th-fret neck joint
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Nickel-plated frets
  • High-gloss finish
  • F holes
  • Case sold separately

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RogueRM-100A A-Style Mandolin
 
4.3

(based on 608 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (338)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (188)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (23)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (157)
  • Consistent (100)
  • Well built / quality (71)
  • Long life (26)
  • Good price / value (8)

Cons

  • Not consistent (14)
  • Poor tone quality (9)
  • Breaks easy (8)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (163)
  • Back-up (51)
  • Concerts (19)
  • Learning (13)
  • Beginner (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (107), Experienced (99), Professional musician (28)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sweet little mandolin for the money

Actually got one of these mandolins with the guitar package but im going to review it seperately here. First off i received the mando in 2 days from MF, awesome shipping time! When...Read complete review

Actually got one of these mandolins with the guitar package but im going to review it seperately here. First off i received the mando in 2 days from MF, awesome shipping time! When i first got it the action was super high and both G strings were "dead" they didnt sound right at all. i thought maybe i had gotten a lemon but i went ahead and changed strings (which i had planned on doing anyways) and the g strings sounded much better. not sure what was wrong with the factory string but if you get this mando the first thing you need to do is toss them in the trash (or save them for emergency spares)

now the action was so high when you would tune the mando open and then fret the first fret it would pull the note way sharp. cant have that so i filed the nut slots to lower the action as well as sanded the saddle and lowered it at the bridge end as well. i had some buzzing so i leveled the frets and recrowned and finished them. now all is perfect. my father in law is a mando player and he says it has the lowest action hes ever seen and it has absolutely no buzzing or dead frets! im not a luthier or guitar tech, i just did some research online to learn how to do the things it needed. lastly i replaced the pick guard with a custom curly maple wooden piece i made. i think it looks pretty cool and sets the mando apart

anyways if you get this mando be prepared to adjust some things before its really playable but at this price point i think its worth it, especially if you can do it yoursself (YOU CAN!). ive seen this same exact mandolin sold under a different name brand for over twice as much money

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Serves its purpose to test the waters

This entry level mandolin succeeds in providing a basic and serviceable instrument for very little money. I purchased this as a way to explore adding mandolin chops to my repertoire. Two issues come to...Read complete review

This entry level mandolin succeeds in providing a basic and serviceable instrument for very little money. I purchased this as a way to explore adding mandolin chops to my repertoire. Two issues come to mind while playing and working with this mandolin. However, I think they are to be expected when playing a relatively inexpensive instrument.

1. Tuning: The tuning machines look nice with the exposed gear, though they are not as precise as I like. Having played many other instruments of various qualities, it seems that the better instruments will spend more money on tuning machines with higher gear ratios that allow for more precise tuning. It takes time to get used to how much "play" is in each tuning machine.

2. Intonation: I have adjusted the position of the bridge on the body as well as the height to get the mandolin to play more in tune as I ascend the neck. It will take more adjustments to get it even more dialed in, though my intention is to practice more than I actually play this out at gigs. I found that my A string has an issue around the 14th fret where I cannot cleanly fret the note without it sounding like the note at the 15th fret. Upon closer inspection, I can see that the fret wire is not completely straight across the neck and has a slight warp to it.

To sum up, you get what you pay for. As an entry-level instrument, I am happy with this purchase. I can practice with an instrument that will allow me to explore the basic concepts of playing a mandolin. If I decide to make an investment in a better mandolin, I will know that this Rogue mandolin will have played its part in helping me improve my chops and feel like I earned the upgraded instrument.

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5.0

Great price... good starter mandolin .

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from Rhode Island

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    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

      Great for learning on.... great price !

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      5.0

      Great beginners instrument for the money, top notch

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      from San Rafael, California

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong
      • well made and beautiful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

        For the money you cannot beat this beautiful little Mandolin.

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        4.0

        Excellent value

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        from Wisconsin

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

          Sturdy construction, plays nice out of the box, great first mandolin.

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          4.0

          Excellent value

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          from Wisconsin

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

            Sturdy construction, plays nice out of the box, great first mandolin.

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            5.0

            good overall learning instrument

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            from niles,on

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

              good 1st instrument to learn on for the price.

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              5.0

              Love it

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              from Ft Madison, IA

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              Pros

              • Consistent

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

                I bought one for myself and liked it so much a friend wanred one so I bought one for her birthday.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exdcellent starter instrument!

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                from Sebring FL

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                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Great value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

                  I tuned it and started learning to play right out of the box. I took it to a luthier for his opinion and all he did was lower the strings to make it easier to play for a beginner. His opinion was that you couldn't get a better instrument for the price.

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                  4.0

                  Looking to learn a second instrument

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                  from Huntsville, AL

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

                    I'm a guitar player and bought this just to see if I'd enjoy playing mandolin. I wasn't expecting much because of the price, but I'm very pleased. The bindings and finish look great, there are no rough edges on the frets and it seems to be a solid assembly. The only probelm I found id one of the tuners feels a little loose when tuning, but the instrument still stays in tune with no issues. The tone is really good for an entry level instrument and more than exceptable to play a song or two with a band on stage. More expensive mandolins have a warmer tone where this model sounds a little thin in comparison. I'll probably eventually upgrade, but I'm very happy with this purchase and can't put it down. Well worth the price.

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                    1.0

                    Don't judge a book by it's cover.

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                    from Pollock, La.

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                    Pros

                    • Looks Nice For The Price

                    Cons

                    • Not Consistent
                    • Tuners Loose Can't Tune

                    Best Uses

                    • None

                    Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

                    Even with new strings, this mandolin can't be tuned properly because the tuners can be moved with a finger, causing the strings to change tune.
                    Some of the tuners are just not precision made.

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                    2.0

                    Looks nice but not very playable

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                    from SF, CA

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Not Consistent
                      • Poor Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin:

                      It looks nice and seems to have decent build quality for the price, but the fit and finish as far as intonation and playability is definitely lacking. I encountered bad fret buzz on the 1, 2 & 3 frets of the G string. And the string play is too high, even at the lowest setting on the bridge. Ive heard others say they've had success doing custom mods and some DIY luthier work to make it playable but being an experienced musician and not a beginner, I would rather own a mandolin of better quality that I know will last over time. Rather than this one, which has more of a beginner quality. Therefore, I am returning it and saving up for a better-built mandolin.

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