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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 615 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (343)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (190)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (23)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (163)
  • Consistent (101)
  • Well built / quality (76)
  • Long life (26)
  • Good price / value (8)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (169)
  • Back-up (54)
  • Concerts (20)
  • Learning (13)
  • Beginner (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (107), Experienced (105), Professional musician (29)

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 value

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from NE Ohio

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

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

      I always liked the sound of mandolin, but wouldn't be likely to spend hundreds just to try one out. The rogue was on sale for less than < price deleted> (with free shipping) so I couldn't pass it up.

      The bridge is removed during shipping - and the 1-page installation instructions are good but not for a complete novice. It takes a little understanding of how intonation works on fretted instruments to get the bridge set up right. An electronic tuner is helpful unless your sense of pitch is very good.

      The supplied strings are a bit dead on the low end, but easily remedied with a new set. Once you get the bridge properly in place with new strings, it actually sounds pretty good. The tuning machines are a little touchy, but it holds its tune OK as long as you don't bump them too much.

      If you're a guitarist, you may be a bit thrown by the fiddle tuning scheme of the mandolin, but once you get a few common chord patterns under your fingers and practice a few scales, it's pretty easy to start playing tunes.

      This is a great learning instrument, and may eventually motivate me to get something better once I gain enough technique to appreciate the subtleties of a finer instrument.

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      5.0

      Great Mando.....

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      from Kansas

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      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Good Build
      • Good Tone
      • Great value
      • Strong

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Gig
      • Great learning instrument
      • Practicing

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

      I was very surprised and, pleased with this instrument. So far the only setup I have done is to lower the action and, it was playable. I ordered the sunburst model and, it looks super. I plan to put a new set of strings on and, give a final check over but, at this time I'm leaving it as it is. I did add a JJB Electronics Marcato pickup that I had in my gig bag and, when I plugged it into my Fishman Artist amp without a preamp it sounded very good, way beyond my expectations. I am very pleased with this mando and, truthfully for the value of the instrument and, what is paid for it you can't beat it. I really don't how they sell these at this price, better get one B4 somebody figures it out.

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      5.0

      Good starter Mandolin

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      from Sterling VA

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      Pros

      • Easy to set up
      • Good Tone
      • Nice finish

      Cons

      • Breaks Easy
      • This is my second one

      Best Uses

      • Learning A New Instrument
      • Practicing

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

      I play the guitar and want to expand my repertoire
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      5.0

      YES! GREAT VALUE FOR THE PRICE!

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      from BEACHWOOD, NJ

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

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

        GREAT MANDOLIN FOR THE PRICE TO PRACTICE AND LEARN ON. IT SOUNDS GREAT AND PLAYS RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX WITH MINIMAL ADJUSTMENTS. THE STRING ACTION IS A BIT HIGH, THE BRIDGE COULD BE LOWERED THOUGH I HAVEN'T TRIED THAT YET BUT WITH ADJUSTABLE SCREW BRIDGE THIS SHOULD BE EASY! THIS IS A SWEET MANDOLIN AND THE PRICE CANNOT BE BEAT! THANK YOU I AM ENJOYING THIS LITTLE GEM. THE FINISH SHINES AND SUNBURST PATTERN IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE METAL FINISHES LOOK GREAT AS WELL!

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        5.0

        Beautiful instruments! Very satisfied!

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        from San Diego, CA

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            My group uses these instruments in native ceremony. They sound amazing!

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            4.0

            Excellent bang for buck

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            from Lehi, Utah

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

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

              It's great, had a little trouble staying in tune first few days but it's seemed to have sorted itself out. One thing though is that it'll get a little bit of buzz from time to time I don't know where the problem lies, I know that people have had trouble with it in the past but it's alright. But anyways for what it's worth I got more than I expected, definitely worth it for the price.

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              5.0

              best deal on this sight if seen so far!

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              from Fort Collins Colorado

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

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

                Best deal I have seen on this site so far. I had to adjust the bridge just a little so I could play it. The tuners were loose but luckily it's an open gear tuner, so I just tightened them with a screwdriver
                Overall really good for the price.

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                5.0

                Great price... good starter mandolin .

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                from Providence 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

                      By 

                      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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