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Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin  

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Overview

  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Adjustable compensated rosewood bridge
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    $149.99
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  • Sale Price:
    $4999
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      Rogue

      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.

      Case sold separately

      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 523 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (286)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (165)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (30)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (22)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (20)

      94%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (98)
      • Consistent (59)
      • Well built / quality (44)
      • Long life (14)
      • Cheap (6)

      Cons

      • Not consistent (8)
      • Poor tone quality (7)
      • Breaks easy (5)

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (101)
      • Back-up (32)
      • Concerts (10)
      • Learning (9)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Novice (74), Experienced (61), Professional musician (16)

      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

      Exceptional bargain - this is no toy

      By claudejones

      from Central Maryland

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Great value

      Cons

      • For The Price - None

      Best Uses

      • Learning Instrument
      • Practicing

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

      While some have complained about the instrument arriving not set up, mine arrived with a decent set of strings, perfect intonation, very low action and only required a small twist of the saddle wheel to get it perfect. A terrific mandolin player recommended this to me so I didn't expect junk, but boy was I surprised. My main instrument is a Martin guitar but I wanted a mandolin that I could use to see if I had the aptitude and inclination to learn. This instrument more than suits the bill. I've been taking it to jams for the past week and my mandolin playing friends have universally been impressed. This instrument is extremely easy to play, stays in tune, and has a really nice uniform tone - you won't go wrong if you're looking for a way-above-average starter instrument.

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      4.0

      Good quality for price

      By Thatguy

      from Paducah, KY

      About Me Novice

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I got this for my girlfriend's birthday. She's never played before. From what I can tell the quality is good, especially for the money. Definitely good enough for a beginner.

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            4.0

            HAPPY

            By Restringer73

            from Colorado

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              I'm picking up the mandolin again after 35 years absence. Strictly an amateur, but love it. Relearning. it's perfect for me.

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              5.0

              excllent value ,just as showed

              By jimbo

              from nicholasville,ky

              About Me Novice

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    from what can see it does the job i wanted it for just fine with out spending lots

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                    5.0

                    Excellent instrument

                    By Fretboard Maniac

                    from South Oregon Coast

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

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

                      One day I had a strong desire to learn "The Battle of Evermore" and scanned the internet for a good, inexpensive student model mandolin.

                      The instrument arrived in almost perfect condition and set-up. I did have to raise the bridge a hair on the G string side to get rid of a little buzzing on the first fret. I could have shaved a touch off the fret, but raising the action did not make the instrument any more difficult to play.

                      The tone is very good. The fretboard is smooth and other than the one fret with the ever so slight buzz, the instrument is very playable. The finish and the detailing is unexpectedly good for an instrument at this price point.

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                      5.0

                      I Love It!

                      By DeanB92

                      from Claremont, NH

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

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

                        Sounds just as good as the more expensive mandolins.

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                        3.0

                        shop mando.

                        By donaldwilson

                        from arlington, vt

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Long Life

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Practicing

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

                          I bought this while it was on sale on a whim to have a shop mandolin and backup studio unit. it is pretty well made, sounds fine for my purpose and was so inexpensive I have nothing bad to say about it. It is what it is...

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                          4.0

                          Such a Deal!

                          By Jojoaruba

                          from New Holland, PA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Best Buy
                          • Can't Beat This For The P
                          • Good Tone
                          • Value

                          Cons

                          • Some Buzzing

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

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

                          A nice instrument for the price and for practice. Not a concert instrument, but to learn the instrument or jam with friends it is a steal.

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                          1.0

                          Disappointed, but it was worth a try.

                          By stormtracker_wv

                          from Nitro, WV

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Breaks Easy

                            Best Uses

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

                              I am a beginner string player and bought this based on the great reviews. This mandolin does have pretty decent sound, but the quality of the instrument isn't good. The tailpiece had already fallen off during shipping; not a big deal, cosmetic really, but it just wasn't a good sign. Flimsy/jittery tuners, loose pick guard, thin construction, typical low quality issues you find in stringed instruments at this price. The action was high, but I know that could be fixed with a good set-up at a local music store. There's just no way I would invest the money on a set-up for something that's just a step up from a toy. Sorry folks, I wanted to love this entry-level mandolin, but the Rogue, even at this price, was a disappointment.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              For this price you can't beat it

                              By Random jammer

                              from San Diego, ca

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Good Tone
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

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

                                I gave this item an excellent rating mostly on a bang for your buck scale. And this thing maxes that out. With this you get a very comfortable, playable and good sounding mandolin. The only real problem is the pick guard that comes on it is cheap and the hardware loosens up very easily and then will cause excessive vibration. This is easily remedied by removing the pick guard(only two screws) or you can keep tightening the hardware up every few days. But for me some pick scratches on my finish is not a big deal.

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