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Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin Sunburst 

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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 541 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (299)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (168)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (20)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (111)
  • Consistent (68)
  • Well built / quality (51)
  • Long life (18)
  • Cheap (6)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (114)
  • Back-up (39)
  • Concerts (14)
  • Learning (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (80), Experienced (71), Professional musician (18)

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Hard to play

By nick4

from Denver, CO

About Me Novice

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I have been playing guitar since I was a kid, and wanted to learn to play the mandolin. I purchased the Rogue because it was cheap, and I could get see how I like the mandolin without spending too much on an instrument I didn't know how to play. I had such a hard time playing the Rogue. I read on a forum that mandolin strings are harder to press than a guitar, and figured I just needed to get used to it. I tried different strings, and just kept practicing, but the action never felt good on this mandolin. After over a year of playing this instrument I decided to try out a few higher quality mandolins in person at a local music store. I couldn't believe how much easier they are to play. I ended up buying a new mandolin, and wish I would have tried others out sooner. I bought the Gretsch New Yorker, but would have loved any of The Loar mandolins if I wanted to splurge. Do yourself a favor and spend a little more on a better mandolin. You will have more fun, and improve much quicker. The difference in the feel of my new Gretsch compaired to the Rogue is night and day.

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        5.0

        Nice instrument

        By jumblie7

        from Stonewall, Louisiana

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Better Than I Expected
        • Fast Shipping
        • Good Tone
        • Great price
        • Great Starter Instrument

        Cons

        • Nothing Bad To Say

        Best Uses

        • Learning
        • Practicing

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

        All I had to do was tune this little baby up and start learning chords.

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        3.0

        Great if you're a beginner

        By e.abrams

        from Queens, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun to play

        Cons

        • Feels Cheap
        • Poor Tone Quality

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        Decided that I wanted a mandolin to emss around with, and this guitar fills that role perfectly. Not much of an investment at all and the tone is decent. It just feels cheap (that's because it is cheap). Highly recommend if you want something to pick up and noodle around on every now and then. I wound up taking off the pick-guard, because it was causing a nasty rattle. Otherwise, it has no really obvious flaws (it's also kind of a pain to keep in tune, but I suspect that's the case for most mandolins).

        It's a fun little toy that's great for beginners

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Built like much higher priced instrument

        By MeBe

        from Up state N.Y.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Grow Except If You Want
        • It Will Be Hard To Out
        • Long Life
        • Plays Like A Pro
        • Priced Like A Toy
        • Strong
        • To Spend More Money

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Made To Play Have Fun
          • Practicing

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

          Thinking about learning to play or not wanting to spend a lot of money do not pass up this one.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          fabulous little instrument

          By Prairiekid

          from high plains of Colorado

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Beautiful Instrument
          • Came Quickly
          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Lovely Sound
          • Ready To Play On Arrival
          • Strong

          Cons

          • Can't Think Of One

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Easy To Transport
          • Family Music
          • Informal Gatherings
          • Practicing

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

          This is a great little instrument. I love the sound and quality. I do not understand why the mandolin is not much more popular than the little ukes that people carry around now. You get so much more richness of tone and quality sound in the same size package and as your skill increases you can do so much more with a mandolin too! I would recommend this to anyone who loves music and just wants to add an inexpensive, small stringed instrument to their collection. I would recommend it to beginners who aren't sure what kind of instrument to pick up.
          The mandolin came ready to tune up (relatively easy to do) and play! I wish a chord chart had been included but you can download some useful things off the internet.

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          4.0

          great deal

          By steve

          from north carolina

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

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

            great deal at that price

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Surprisingly awesome

            By Superman314

            from CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

            • Out Of Tune In The Beginn

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            Great bang for your buck

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            At this price, it's a steal!

            By Ben

            from Colorado, USA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun to play
            • Great value
            • Inexpensive
            • Playable

            Cons

            • Tuning Slips

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Fun
            • Practicing

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

            I ordered this mandolin two weeks ago on a Sunday. It arrived on Wednesday, which goes to show how great the service is from the site. The mandolin was mostly set up and ready to play, and it came with a guide sheet for setting up the adjustable bridge. After setting the bridge for correct intonation and tuning it up, I was ready to play.

            Being a guitarist, it didn't take much to learn the basics, and I was playing it in church within a week and a half. Loads of fun!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Value - a great instrument

            By Joel M

            from Ontairo, Canada

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Ready to play
            • Value For Money

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Jam sessions
              • Practicing

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

              I picked up the Rogue (went for the sunburst which looks great) as I wanted to get into the Mandolin. I'm a bass player and was interested in something higher in the register.

              Right out of the box the setup was actually fine for me, but I did change the strings around a week after I got the instrument and have noticed a big improvement.

              Musicians and friends/family that have heard/played it cannot believe the price and value, it looks and sounds like a much more expensive instrument. A great buy.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              First mandolin and love it

              By wdcw

              from Ft Madison, IA

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

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

                I have played a guitar for over 30 years, but never a mandolin. When considering buying one, I almost did not when I found out I had to set the bridge. I read review on here from someone else that said this person had no problems settingg the bridge just follow the instructions, wich I did and really simple. Tuning is a little diiferent than a guitar because the tone is a little different, but I found a useful video on youtube that help. I love the tone of this little this mandolin, Sounds great to me, but I have never used a name brand one yet. If you are considering one of these, I recomend this one for a beginner.

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