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Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin   

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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...Read More

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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

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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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4.0

Great product, great price

By 

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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exactly What I Wanted and Needed!

    By 

    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!

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      3.0

      Campfire instrument with a very nice case

      By 

      from Seattle

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      Pros

      • Classic F Shape
      • Holds Tuning Well
      • Hold Tuning Well
      • Very Nice Case

      Cons

      • Bridge To Tall
      • Glue Stains On Top
      • Messy Finish
      • Nut Cut Too High

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Campfire
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      Sounds ok but difficult to play. The sound is midrangy and projects moderately well. Both the nut and the bridge are too high creating a 1/4" distance between the strings and frets at the 12th fret. The bridge does not have enough adjustment to go lower. It will need several hours of work to correct the action with a reslotted nut and shaving the wood where the bridge meets the body. From a distance, the Rogue mando is a nice looking instrument featuring a tobacco sunburst. Close up, there is little attention to detail. Smeared glue stains appear on the top near the top F hole and also on the scroll. The headstock inlay is well done and the finish on the back and the neck is smooth and glossy. The included case is very well designed and covered. It reminds me of a soft-shell trumpet case from the outside and inside has a form fitting cutout covered with short fur lining. Buy this for the case and get a campfire mandolin as a bonus.

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      3.0

      Rogue Mandolin

      By 

      from Canada

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      Pros

      • Strong
      • Very Well Built

      Cons

      • Won't Stay Tuned

      Best Uses

      • Wall Hanger

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      This was a beautiful Mandolin. Nice finish on it and it came with a nice case.
      I returned it because of the poor quality of tuners on it. There was no way to keep it in tune.
      As with any cheap Mandolin the sound was kind of just ho-hum but I got what I paid for.

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      2.0

      disappointing

      By 

      from Columbia, SC

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Blemished

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RM100F F-Style Mandolin:

      Already had A style Rogue. Thought this one would be a neat addition. Numerous blemishes without being advertised as a blemished product. Soundss okay, but not as good as my first one.

      Comment on this review

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not exceptional but well worth the price

      By 

      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.

        Comment on this review

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        BROKEN TUNING KEYS

        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.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Plunker

        By 

        from Tennessee

        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.

        Comment on this review

        (23 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Stay away from this mandolin

        By 

        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.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Instrument

        By 

        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.

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