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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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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

Easy to play and laughably easy to own!

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 686 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (377)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (218)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (25)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (213)
  • Consistent (123)
  • Well built / quality (98)
  • Long life (36)
  • Good price / value (10)

Cons

  • Not consistent (18)
  • Poor tone quality (11)
  • Breaks easy (9)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (215)
  • Back-up (71)
  • Concerts (26)
  • Learning (16)
  • Beginner (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (134), Experienced (130), Professional musician (43)

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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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

I would purchase this again as it is a steal for the price

By Austin

from undisclosed

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

You get what you pay for. This is a perfect mandolin if you are just trying to pick one up and try playing. The instrument itself sounds great. I was surprised at how little I had to do to actually set it up to get it to sound as good as it did. My one issue is that it looked really rough around the edges. The fretboard was extremely dirty when it arrived and almost seemed like a used product.

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2.0

Nice looking

By Ronald

from undisclosed

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

Had an easy to find buzz/rattle in the sting holder/saddle. Maybe should've been noticed before shipping. Easy fix not worth sending back. I ordered sunburst but gut black as a conformation. Should've checked closer. But was happy with the look of the black. I just have too many black instruments.

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5.0

OMG!!! Boys and girls this is a steal of a deal mandolin.

By RLJ music

from In a trailer park by an IOWA cornfield

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    OMG!!! for starters. I have been messin with a mandolin off and on since 1983 or so. I have played some of those really expensive Gibson's and other makes. I have a Rogue lap steel with 3 legs and had found it was a great value and an amazing axe so I saw this mandolin on sale and I had a few friends tell me to try this mandolin and I am glad I did. I heard a few negative nightmare stories about this Mandolin too. I do not believe those negative stories now. I unboxed this mandolin and tuned it up and did an intonation on it and it plays well. I may do a fine tune adjustment on the action it will need a MINOR fine adjustment. There are a lot of you tube videos to show you how its done or if you can, get to a luthier to do a total set up for you. Every instrument will need a set up. ans while you set it up you may want to get a set of good strings. i like GHS strings myself. I am going to put the set of GHS Bobby Osborne signature set on mine since I ordered a set along with this mandolin. There is no truss rod adjustment because the way this is built. The bridge is adjustable but watch some videos on how to do a set up or see a luthier. There is an instruction sheet with the mandolin in the box. Now once I got this tuned up I played it and was highly impressed with its tone even with the factory strings. I would say get a humidifier and a good case and a good strap. yes you can use a guitar strap. with an A frame like this is you can tie the strap to the headstock like they do to guitars and there is a strap pin at the tail of the mandolin to hook it up. Then its time to play some music. I will more than likely do a little filing on the nut and it will not be much more than a trim to get the action lowered and this is very very slight adjustment. Other than that, this is a great value. you get a good case and a strap and a set of strings and a humidifier and you will not break the bank. YES you can get a gig bag. Get this mandolin for jam sessionand have some fun.

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    5.0

    Unbeatable deal if you are willing to set it up properly!

    By Marcus

    from Johnson City, TN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great Beginner Mando
    • Inexpensive
    • Remarkable fit and finish for the price.
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Components are cheap
    • It's made of plywood - don't expect huge sound.
    • Tuners are a bit clunky

    Best Uses

    • Backup / Travel
    • Cheap Campfire Instrument
    • Learning

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

    I bought this for my daughter who wants to learn mandolin. I have built and repaired guitars before and am usually pretty picky about instruments. I rarely recommend starting with something cheap because it often leads to someone giving up. However - for the money - this Rogue was every bit as playable as any of the other beginner models out there. most costing 4-5 times as much. My plan was to buy it, level the frets, lower the nut a bit and give it a proper setup. If something went wrong, it didn't cost very much!

    Setup: 1) remove the lousy strings it comes with, go buy a decent set of light strings. 2) while the strings are off, take a FLAT sanding block (400 grit or so) or a sharpening stone and lightly run it up and down the fret board until you can see every fret has been sanded slightly. 3) using some 600 - 1500 automotive sanding paper, and your finger, polish the tops of the frets till smooth. This gives them a basic crown. Use some masking tape or a metal fret shield to protect the fingerboard - or don't.. 4) pop the nut off, sand about 1/16th of an inch off the bottom, glue it back on with a dot of super glue. 5) restring, adjust the saddle height, intonation, and enjoy.

    This whole process took me about 30-40 minutes. Mine now has crazy-low action, is dead level, no buzzes or fret-outs or anything. Sound-wise, it's always going to be an inexpensive mando - don't expect earth-shattering tone here. Playability-wise, you'd have to be a whole lot more to get one off the shelf that plays this nicely, once you take a little time.

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    4.0

    Work Buying

    By NJT

    from Reston, VA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      I play banjo and wanted to try the Mandolin so at this price it was an easy decision. I would suguest as other reviews have to file the nut down a bit and lower the bridge. I also replaced the strings so it is easier to play now.

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      5.0

      great value,quality & price

      By music maker

      from Hawaii

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • price
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        this was available at a huge discount, so i bought two....the popularity of mandolins and the wide genre of music that benefits from it's sound make this a must have for me...

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        5.0

        Great playing starter mandolin.

        By Buriedgod

        from Tennessee

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

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

          This mandolin plays pretty good! The only draw back is it loses tune quick at first but once the strings loosen up its not too bad. It sounds good and looks good. Great for a starter!

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          4.0

          Great after massive set up

          By Me

          from Seattle

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • once all set up, seems to work well

          Cons

          • buzzzzzzzzz
          • Not Consistent

          Best Uses

          • learning
          • Practicing

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

          major fret buzz on thick 4th strings, no adjustment on saddle could resolve. Complete level of frets, recrown, nut adjustments, saddle adjustments, new strings and lubrication needed..

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          3.0

          Fine for an occasional part or for learning to play... C

          By TZBassGuy

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

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

            I needed an occasional mandolin part on a song. I'm not a great mandolin player but this one sounds fine and adds a good flavor when I need that sound. It plays well, especially considering the price.

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            5.0

            I would recommend

            By IFR

            from South Carolina

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              Practice

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