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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 598 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (333)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (185)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (151)
  • Consistent (95)
  • Well built / quality (68)
  • Long life (25)
  • Good price / value (8)

Cons

  • Not consistent (12)
  • Poor tone quality (9)
  • Breaks easy (8)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (155)
  • Back-up (50)
  • Concerts (19)
  • Learning (13)
  • Beginner (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (102), Experienced (94), 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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4.0

Mandolin

By Gr33n Thumb

from High Rockies, CO

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

  • Not Consistent

Best Uses

  • Practicing

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

Pretty wicked deal for a pretty good mandolin. Obviously not high-end, but for the price, you can't go wrong!! Sounds good. Stays in tune fairly well once you've tightened the screws on the back of the tuners. Overall stoked with my purchase!

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5.0

Amazing first instrument

By Llarissa7

from Minnesota

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    I'm just a beginner but I love this instrument.

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    5.0

    Great Mandolin

    By Dondo

    from Me

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Strings Bad

    Best Uses

    • Fun
    • Practicing
    • Small Gigs

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

    I bought this for my son age 14, very easy to play and found no issues with the mandolin as others have found. super buy for what you get. I would order a set of strings along with the mandolin or you might find yourself enjoying this mandolin for a very short time until you get strings replaced due to one of the strings coming apart at the tail end. (cheap strings)

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    5.0

    Great beginner instrument, especially for the price

    By CWM

    from Charlottesville, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Stays in tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Beginners
      • Practicing

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

      Really impressed with what i got for the price. It was ready to play right out of the box (after tuning, of course). I've been having lots of fun with it since it came a week ago. I am surprised by how well it stays in tune

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      5.0

      Excellent Mandolin

      By Fiddler

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong
      • Very well made

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Used It Right Out Of Box

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

        This is a very well made, inexpensive mandolin. It compares on the same level with more expensive step-up mandolins. The set up, where ever done, was exceptional. The factory work, in China I'm assuming, created an excellent instrument.

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        5.0

        Great value to price ratio

        By Rosa String Works

        from Newburg, Missouri

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy Setup
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Low Action
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 1st Mandolin
          • Learning

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

          I often recommend these to my students who are just beginning to learn mandolin. It's a great first step. You can't beat it for a beginner especially considering the low price. Check out my setup/review on YouTube.

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          5.0

          Great Product!

          By Squeeziechap

          from OBAN, UK

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            This mandolin was playable straight out the box. I just tuned it up. I've not set up the intonation, or the action, however it's pretty good as it is for practising at home, and I don't think I could get better for the price. I was amazed at the speed of delivery from US to UK. Delighted. Thank you Musicians Friend

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            5.0

            great sound and great price

            By WBTremel

            from Claysville, PA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Amazing Price
            • Good Tone
            • Great For Learning
            • Strong

            Cons

            • Need To Tune Frequently

            Best Uses

            • Campfire
            • Learning
            • Practicing

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

            I was surprised of the quality due to the low price of this mandolin. It's great for beginners and really fun to play. I learned several songs in a few short hours. My daughter loves this little stringed instrument as well.

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            5.0

            nice little axe!

            By glennbob65

            from Danville VA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              I had a mandolin many years ago as a kid and really enjoyed playing it. But as time went on, I played more and more guitar and got rid of it. I was shopping around for something inexpensive to bang around on and try to get my chops back. Saw this mando and decided to take a chance. I am glad I did! For the price, it's a great mandolin. Sturdy build, good tone! Got a lot of compliments on the sound. Frets are good and level. No sharp edges. It's a lot of instrument for a little money. I plan to upgrade in the future to either a resonator mando or an F style. But for now, this one will do just fine! Am VERY pleased.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Experiment for a guitar player

              By Joe

              from Yorktown, VA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent value
              • Fit And Finish
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • None yet

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              Like other reviewers, I'm an experienced guitar player looking to experiment with the mandolin. This is a perfect instrument for just that, inexpensive but of good quality. It needed a bit of setup tweaking when I got it ( string height and intonation), but I've never bought anything that couldn't use a little tweaking. In case you you don't know how to intonate, they even included instructions for that. I'm impressed at the fit and finish - no finish blems, no rough fret edges, no string buzz at any point even after I lowered the action. Factory strings could be better, but I haven't restrung it yet. Tone even with factory strings is comparable to a couple of more expensive instruments at a local shop.

              In all, I'm very happy with the Rogue RM-100A as a starter mandolin. I don't think you can do better for three times the price.

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