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A sweet-toned bluegrass dream at a modest price!

The Rogue RM-100F F-Style Mandolin is nicely crafted with a spruce top, maple back and sides, 24-fret neck with extended rosewood fingerboard, nickel tuners, and mother-of-pearl headstock inlay. Includes featherweight soft case.

FEATURES
  • F-style body
  • Steam pressed spruce top
  • Steam pressed maple back and sides
  • 24-fret neck
  • Extended rosewood fingerboard
  • Nickel tuners
  • Mother-of-pearl headstock inlay
  • Includes featherweight soft case

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RogueRM100F F-Style Mandolin
 
3.7

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Plunker

I wanted the f style mandolin for years and saw this one for what I felt was a good price. It is a beautiful instrument and makes a beautiful wall ornament, but in my...Read complete review

I wanted the f style mandolin for years and saw this one for what I felt was a good price. It is a beautiful instrument and makes a beautiful wall ornament, but in my opinion is not really meant to be played. The finish is great and I have had no problems with the tuners breaking off, but I can not get it into tune very well. I love Rogue guitars and have never been disappointed in them, but this mandolin is a different story. I would recommend that anyone who is semi-serious about music to find one that has at least a solid wood top. This one is plywood.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stay away from this mandolin

First of all let me state I am not a beginner. I play professionally and am a former Wyoming and Colorado mandolin champion. I have a friend that bought this mandolin and it is...Read complete review

First of all let me state I am not a beginner. I play professionally and am a former Wyoming and Colorado mandolin champion. I have a friend that bought this mandolin and it is horrible. The action is rough, it needed a fret re-level and I had to sand 1/4 of an inch off of the bottom of the bridge to get the action down. The nut slots were cut to shallow. The tuners are cheap and the bridge is horrible. One reviewer said that "instruments sound better after they are played for awhile". True IF there is any solid wood in the instrument. This one is ALL laminated, which is a nice word for PLYWOOD. Because of this, it has a very muted and soft sound compared to a good mandolin. If you are under the delusion that this mandolin sounds good, you have not played a "good" mandolin. The differences are staggering. This mandolin would be totally lost in a bluegrass setting. When Musicians Friend bought out Music 123, they made the mistake of dropping 123's Fullerton mandolin line and kept their own Rouge brand. The Fullerton mandolins were vastly superior to the Rouge's. It is apparent that this decision was made by someone that knows nothing about mandolins.If you are a beginner, stick with the Kentucky line. At least you will be getting some solid wood in that line and yes, you will have to spend more money. Mandolins cost more to build than guitars so expect to pay more for a decent "beginner" instrument. Note that a great mandolin such as a Gibson or a Weber, will set you back several thousand dollars. If you can locate them, "Eastman" and "The Loar" mandolins are excellent choices. They are made in very small shops - all by hand with no CNC machines. The tops, sides and backs are all hand carved and not machine pressed like the Rouge's. There are some decent starter mandolins out there, but expect to pay $350.00 to $500.00 to get a decent instrument you can play and be happy with. The Rouge is just a waste of money. Save up for something that won't discourage you in the long run.

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(24 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Stay away from this mandolin

By jillian-cNt5A

from Boulder, CO

Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

First of all let me state I am not a beginner. I play professionally and am a former Wyoming and Colorado mandolin champion. I have a friend that bought this mandolin and it is horrible. The action is rough, it needed a fret re-level and I had to sand 1/4 of an inch off of the bottom of the bridge to get the action down. The nut slots were cut to shallow. The tuners are cheap and the bridge is horrible. One reviewer said that "instruments sound better after they are played for awhile". True IF there is any solid wood in the instrument. This one is ALL laminated, which is a nice word for PLYWOOD. Because of this, it has a very muted and soft sound compared to a good mandolin. If you are under the delusion that this mandolin sounds good, you have not played a "good" mandolin. The differences are staggering. This mandolin would be totally lost in a bluegrass setting. When Musicians Friend bought out Music 123, they made the mistake of dropping 123's Fullerton mandolin line and kept their own Rouge brand. The Fullerton mandolins were vastly superior to the Rouge's. It is apparent that this decision was made by someone that knows nothing about mandolins.If you are a beginner, stick with the Kentucky line. At least you will be getting some solid wood in that line and yes, you will have to spend more money. Mandolins cost more to build than guitars so expect to pay more for a decent "beginner" instrument. Note that a great mandolin such as a Gibson or a Weber, will set you back several thousand dollars. If you can locate them, "Eastman" and "The Loar" mandolins are excellent choices. They are made in very small shops - all by hand with no CNC machines. The tops, sides and backs are all hand carved and not machine pressed like the Rouge's. There are some decent starter mandolins out there, but expect to pay $350.00 to $500.00 to get a decent instrument you can play and be happy with. The Rouge is just a waste of money. Save up for something that won't discourage you in the long run.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

BROKEN TUNING KEYS

By Danny Morton

from NC

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Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

I bought this mandolin on 22 Feb 2011 and one of the tuning keys turned off in my fingers too on 3 APR 2011. This seems to be a trend with these keys. My advice would be to keep it and buy some new inexpensive tuning keys and replace them because the mandolin has a great sound for what little money you pay for it. I am sending mine back and getting it replaced. Take a small dish towel and fold it vertically and lay it in the spot where your neck of the mandolin would be in the case. Reason being, is that when you lay it in the case the keys hit the bottom of the case and they crack. Check it out.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not exceptional but well worth the price

By duckdogQ40

from Indiana

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

    The mandolin has a nice presence to it. It looks more expensive than it is. Nice sunburst color looks good under the spotlight. The tonality and valium of the instrument is not exceptional but is OK and carries itself OK when you have to play louder. The detailers could have been a bit more accurate in the detailing proses but not noticeable from the Audience, only if you are the one holding it. My mandolin has a curve on the fretboard as it bridges out over the box, but since I don't play the frets that close to the soundboard it doesn't affect the tones I make. It seems to keep in tune quite well. I only had to stretch tune it 3 times. I try to practice on it every day and hardly have to spend any time keeping it in tune, only a few tweaks, that's all. The strings that came with it seem to be showing more wear then I thought they should. I don't know what strings were put on it and they are not sounding bad at all, but I'm thinking I'll have to get a better quality of strings for it soon, and that's OK with me. It'll just make the instrument sound even better, and one more thing. The bridge placement is not exactly where it should be but is close enough for me. But for you you may need to do a little adjusting on it, but be carfull if you do. They can be trick, but that's true for all mandolins. Over all I think it is well worth the money I paid for it. I think I made a good buy.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Plunker

    By Chip Woods

    from Tennessee

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    Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

    I wanted the f style mandolin for years and saw this one for what I felt was a good price. It is a beautiful instrument and makes a beautiful wall ornament, but in my opinion is not really meant to be played. The finish is great and I have had no problems with the tuners breaking off, but I can not get it into tune very well. I love Rogue guitars and have never been disappointed in them, but this mandolin is a different story. I would recommend that anyone who is semi-serious about music to find one that has at least a solid wood top. This one is plywood.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Wanted to love it, had to hate it.

    By Pickin-n-grinnin

    from Downingtown, PA

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    Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

    I reviewed this a little while ago, shortly after I got it for Christmas (wish I could edit my other review). In 3 months, as others have mentioned, one of the tuners snapped off in my fingers. I spent a week fighting to return it. When the replacement finally arrived. the finish was a disaster with large black spots under the clear coat. Less than 10 minutes out of the box, on the first attempt to tune it, the first tuner I touched snapped off in my hands. I have 6 other guitars. Some for 20+ years. I know how to tune a musical instrument. These are cheaply made and I'd recommend you stay away from them.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A nice starter mando, but....

    By Pickin-n-grinnin

    from Downingtown, PA

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    Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

    My wife bought me one of these from Musician's Friend. It sounds good and plays well, but the tuning machines are absolute junk. As for the finish, it's a pretty nice looking instrument. Unfortunately, my "ebony" fretboard looks like it was a lighter wood, poorly stained and showing distress when I received it (outside of the 30-day return period).

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Instrument

    By JCJ

    from Charleston, WV

    Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

    I am not an expert, just a beginner. I can only judge the mandolin with my senses. Hand feel is excellent, eyesight indicates that workmanship is very good to excellent, and sound to my ears is excellent. I have to assume that the instrument, based on my observations, will have excellent enjoyable longevity. Also, Musicians Friend provided excellent service.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid

    By countrybluegrassgirl

    from Nashville, TN

    Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

    Is a good solid mandolin. Although it is a somewhat cheap mandolin, it amazed me. One of the strings was a little hard to tune, but after awile playing it it went well. I re-strung it using D-addario Ricky Scaggs strings, but it was good anyway. Remember, instruments get better with age and sound better after playing it repeatedly.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    You get what you pay for!

    By Telesrme

    from Wyoming

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    Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

    I have played guitar for 30+ years and wanted to try a new instrument. I purchased this instrument just to see if I was interested in the mandolin in general.Out of the box, there are several problems. The frets are horrible. The D strings buzz at the 8th fret. The little frets on the E and A strings near the body of the mando are non-functional.I suggest re-stringing this mando with a new set of Bill Monroe strings, taking the pick guard off and lowering the bridge. The neck seemed fairly straight, but time will tell. The finish is what one might expect from a $170 accoustic instrument.The bridge isn't that hard to set. The intonation was a little more difficult to find if you're a perfectionist like myself, but if you're playing without a tuner, you'll never know the difference.All in all, an acceptable instrument for the price. If you're serious about using this professionally, forget about it and purchase something of better quality! If you're looking to just check out the mando, it's not a bad buy.The tuners are crap! I would suggest planning on replacing them ASAP. They are choppy and the heads are made of plastic.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exactly What I Wanted and Needed!

    By sunshineknight1531

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Finish Is Good
    • Good sound
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Price Is Great
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      I love this mandolin! I have several others, including an A Model Rogue, and am firmly convinced that you can get decent playing mandolins at decent prices, if you shop around a bit. I know that there are more expensive ones, made of more expensive materials, and that probably sound better to a professional player. But I am not one of those people, and neither are any of the people who listen to me play, and this mandolin sounds pretty good to us!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Diamond in the rogue.

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      Great case. you will need an extra set of Martin strings as you will probably break at least one. Set the bridge down. take some cotton swabs and carefully clean off the glue etc mostly from the scrolling.The sound is good. It will look good after you clean it up.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Starter

      By B-Monarch

      from Palmer, AK

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      This Mandolin is a great beggining Mandolin for anyone wanting to pick it up. Got this one for Christmas, knowing that I would love it. Been wanting to start up on Mandolin since I started on Guitar, but never got the chance to pick it up. I've had this little slugger for only like 2 days and I'm already unable to sit the sucker down. Despite the several issues about the finish, I'd say that this one has been kept in great condition. No scratches on the front, the loop is a little morphed, but regardless, who cares? I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a Mandolin to start on. It's so much fun to play, and the case is perfect.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      It is what it is...

      By Dawg Fan

      from Lafayette, IN

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      Received my mandolin yesterday, lowered the bridge. Strings do not ?fret? out. Needs new strings, but will wear these out first. Finish isn?t very good, and there are more than a couple of scratches on the instrument. If you want a mandolin that can be played hard anywhere with out fearing for its life, this is a very playable instrument that will suit any campfire/parking lot jam. You may be disappointed if this is your first cheapo purchase. But if you understand what you are buying, you will like your investment!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Number 2 Better than Number one !!

      By Vman-8zEHW

      from Springfield, Illinois

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      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      This is my Second Rogue F-100 from Musicians Friend, The First one had a Badly Warped neck, and Thudded from the 7th Fret up, It was sent back, and exchanged in short time, #2 is better , But if your looking for Gibson Quality & Tone Buy a Gibson. Very well priced overall for a Cheap F-Style, and for a Beginner. Lots of Rave here on the Case, But I'm not much happy with it , it has a zipper closure , and I didn't like that, so I bought a Gibson style Hardshell, but over all , a good "GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR" buy !! Good to learn on, But NO GIBSON HERE !!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Don't waste your time or money

      By Mudcat-keI8u

      from Springfield, IL

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      I just purchased/received this mandolin and will be returning it immediately. I was searching for an affordable mandolin to experiment with and the reviews on this site seemed to be fairly favorable. However, the craftsmanship is pretty bad, it does not sound good, and it does not hold tuning for more than 60 seconds. This may be the worst stringed instrument I've ever had in my hands. Needless to say I'm disappointed.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great for a beginner

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      I have had the RM100f for 2 days so far and its great for me. I've been playing the guitar for about 4 years and wanted to try out a mandolin. It stays in tune well and sounds great for the price. The case is protective, but its big and uses zippers. I bought a blem model so there are some imperfections on the finish but overall I am very pleased with this purchase.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Go easy with the tuners!

      By srv104

      from New York City

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      As an active musician, my family decided to buy me this mando over the holidays. It looked great for the money and the action wasn't too bad. My biggest issues were inntonation and the tuning keys. I could not get the inntonation set to where I would be in tune above the 4th fret. One of the tuning keys also snapped off after the 5th tuning, so we sent it back for a Washburn. Save your money and buy an instrument that will grow old with you!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Satisfied

      By Jim Cole-50fdb

      from Bellefontaine, Ohio

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      I've been wanting an F-style mandolin for sometime. Rogue came out with an affordable one. No it's not a Gibson, but if I purchased this with the expectations of it being a Gibson quality, I should not even call myself a musician! I plan on replacing the keys with metal keys as these were plastic. I have to make some adjustments to the bridge and put some Bill Monroe (Gibson) strings on it. Overall, it rings out pretty good. For the price, I'm satisfied. The case is awesome!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Mine caved in under the bridge.

      By ScareCrow

      from Phoenix

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      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      I bought mine back in May 2006 and November 2006 the face of the mandolin warped inward under the bridge! It did it slowly over a months time but it did it none the less. The thing is I really liked this Mandolin until that happened. So it lasted 6 months! Not much of a deal if you ask me. Also it sounds much better if you take the pick guard off.

       
      4.0

      Great product, great price

      By Marcuvius

      from Bismarck North Dakota

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

        I've enjoyed this mandolin. The tone is great. It stays in tune, I might have to do some minor tuning but this can be expected just like guitars or my banjo I have to tweek the tuning pegs. I feel this is a great product and the price is right.

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