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MF MD HG Ask Our Gearheads 07-08-14

Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin   (Used)

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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.

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 522 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (285)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (165)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (20)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (97)
  • 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 (100)
  • Back-up (32)
  • Concerts (10)
  • Learning (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (74), Experienced (60), 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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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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                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent buy!

                            By SixEightTwelve

                            from Wyandotte, MI

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing

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

                              I'm amazed at the number of people who buy cheap intruments and complain that they are not perfect.

                              If you have NO clue how to set-up an instrument, or don't know someone who can, BUY AN EXPENSIVE ONE.
                              If, however, you can figure out basic set-up procedures, you can save yourself a ton of money and have a fine, playable instrument as a result. This mandolin is an example of that. Fifty-smackers, about an hour of work with the nut and bridge and VOILA! A neat, very playable, good sounding (a touch harsh, but I'm sure that's not a solid spruce top ;) ). Tuners are fine (I have no problem tuning the thing up), and intonation is fine IF the bridge is in the right location (DUH!) Finish is very nice.
                              Definately recommended to those who can do a LITTLE work themselves.

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