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Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo   (Open Box)
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      OVERVIEW

      18 brackets; high-quality, vintage-style head; open back; satin finish; and first-rate string tuning machines make this a hot little instrument for fancy pickin' on the go or in the office. It's lightweight and super sturdy, perfect if you're just starting out and don't want to spend a lot.
      Case sold separately

      Great sound and fine feel for banjoists on a budget!

      FEATURES
      • 18 brackets
      • High-quality, vintage-style head
      • Open back
      • Satin finish
      • First-rate string tuning machines
      • Lightweight
      • Super sturdy
      • Great price
      • Case sold separately

      Order today and you'll soon find yourself pickin' and a grinnin'!

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      RogueTravel / Starter Banjo
       
      4.6

      (based on 37 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (28)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      93%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (12)
      • Consistent (8)
      • Well built / quality (5)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (12)
      • Back-up (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (7), Novice (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Rogue 5 string starter/travel banjo

      Bang for the buck, the best.
      It's so small and light, looks and sounds great. I own 4 banjos, found that I was grabbing this one more than the rest. You...Read complete review

      Bang for the buck, the best.
      It's so small and light, looks and sounds great. I own 4 banjos, found that I was grabbing this one more than the rest. You will not be disappointed. Been playing 30 yrs.
      If they beefed it up, it would be worth less. nice (ALL) geared tuners
      Can't do better for the price

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Seemed Decent until...

      This banjo seemed pretty well made and nice for the price and that's the only reason I'm giving it 3 stars but there were other issues:

      I've never purchased a Banjo before...Read complete review

      This banjo seemed pretty well made and nice for the price and that's the only reason I'm giving it 3 stars but there were other issues:

      I've never purchased a Banjo before but since this was intended to be given as a gift I guess I was out of the banjo lover's loop when it arrived 'unassembled' with no bridge on it. But I'm guessing that's a normal shipping thing(?). I didn't notice this at all since there was no note that it was needing to be installed or adjusted but found it later when a string snapped on my arm when I was trying to tune it.(OUCH!) I called MF to tell them that 1) The case I bought for it didn't seem to hold it properly and 2) the string broke before even one use! They told me the case was fine and it was meant to be 'off' that way so the banjo has to be arranged weirdly to fit/shut the lid. They also said that these strings are NOT for playing but only to stabilize the neck during shipping and I'm meant to replace them immediately after arrival. WHERE IN THIS LISTING DOES IT SAY I NEED TO BUY NEW STRINGS BEFORE PLAYING? I've purchased guitars from GC before and Muscians Friend and they played perfectly with the factory strings for months! But the phone operator did offer to place me an order for strings at 10 more +shipping. I can't believe how unhelpful the customer service rep was and don't intend on buying from MF anymore.

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      5.0

      Best Deal for a Banjo- Low Price, Good Quality

      By 

      from Southgate, KY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Holds Tune
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Playing in Groups
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

        I've never written reviews for things before, but this banjo deserved some recognition.

        I've played guitar for 7 years. A few months ago I fell in love with the sound of the banjo, so I knew I had to get one. This banjo is the cheapest one I could find brand new, and it had a large body of highly favorable reviews, so I decided it was worth the risking of buying it sight unseen. I could not be more highly pleased with this banjo. It is beautiful to look at, it has good tone, it stays in tune, and it's super lightweight and portable. The banjo is now my main instrument.

        I love this banjo like I've never loved an instrument before. When I'm at school and work, I miss my banjo and want to get home and play it. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to play banjo. I haven't had this banjo for too long, so I can't offer any strong proclamations on its reliability or durability, but I can say that it's presented zero issues in the couple months I have had it.

        I have used this banjo with many other musicians, and they have been very impressed by its quality and were surprised that it was cheap and not from a brand-name. I've just started playing this banjo in a band, I just started with them so I haven't gotten to gig with it yet, but I'll be doing that pretty soon, and I have all the confidence in the world that this banjo will be up to the task.

        This may not be the single greatest banjo ever made, but it is a very good instrument. For its price, it's about as good a deal you can get. If you are starting out or are on a budget or you just don't like shelling out your coin, this is perfect for the role. This is my first and so far only banjo, but I've played other banjos, all of them at least slightly more expensive, and I prefer this banjo to all others I've played so far.

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        5.0

        Excellent starter banjo

        By 

        from Ann Arbor, MI

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Starter
          • Travel

          Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

          Excellent first banjo. Bridge installed and tuned in minutes. Holds tuning well. Will be replacing with better strings soon. Trying to learn clawhammer, and it sounds great even as a fumble along. Highly recommended.

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          5.0

          Starter banjo???

          By 

          from Toledo, OH

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

            So I have had this banjo for about 4 years. My dad picked it up for at a yard sale, and gave it to me for a Christmas present. Honestly, I have never had a single complaint about this. I don't consider it a starter banjo at all, as I play in clawhammer style and that is almost exclusively open back territory. Sure, there are prettier, more expensive open back banjos out there, but this way less. My only complaint is that I had to buy a arm rest myself, and do a bit of mods to it to get it to fit properly. I hated playing it without the arm rest. Love this instrument, and it will probably be the only open backed banjo I own!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Starter Banjo

            By 

            from Columbus, GA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Quality
            • Good Tone
            • Light To Play
            • Soft Enough To Practice

            Cons

            • Not A Strong Player

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

            After reading the mostly positive reviews, I bought this for practicing at the office & taking on trips. Knowing it would not be as loud or as heavy made it perfect for my uses. The fingerboard seems a little more cramped, but I have a fat ring finger. Everything I wanted for a great price.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great starter

            By 

            from Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy Set Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Tone
            • Stays in tune
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Knock Around Banjo
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

              This is a great starter banjo for the price it can't be beat. Easy set up, sounds great and stays in tune. Order processed and shipped fast. Thank you MF

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great starter banjo!

              By 

              from Vancouver, Wa

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Beginner
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

                After having it "set-up" by my local instrument store, this has been a very nice banjo to learn on. It has a good feel and a good sound for such an affordable price!

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent choice

                By 

                from Mt Holly, NC

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

                  Having bought "bargain banjos" in the past, I was not prepared for the quality and attention to detail of the Rogue--and it sounds great, too!

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Don't be afraid to send it back

                  By 

                  from Gainesville, FL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

                    OK once you get it set up. I bought mine used and the neck is off. Had to shim up one side of it to get the strings to parallel the neck, otherwise the high d was falling over the side of the neck. If I had bought it direct, I could have sent it back and would have, MF has always been cool like that. But for what I paid for it, I can live with the flaw. Gig bag that comes with it isn't too bad either.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo

                    By 

                    from Cape Cod, Ma

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Great Starter Instrument
                    • Holds Its Pitch
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • None So Far Starter Ints

                    Best Uses

                    • Good For Beginner
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

                    Great beginner's instrument,with good tone, and holds pitch. It was shipped almost ready to go- just add included bridge and tune. Two suggestions- 1.set it carefully on it's back as the angle puts pressure on the neck. 2. a small suggested pencil mark on the drum could help beginners locate bridge position.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great banjo for the price

                    By 

                    from San Francisco

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                    Pros

                    • Light weight
                    • Tuners At The Price

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Clawhammer Style
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

                      Good starter banjo for clawhammer style playing. It isn't set up when it comes,the head needs to have the tension adjusted and the bridge has to be properly set. If you don't know how to do this find someone who can do it for you. After proper setup it is a fine banjo for clawhammer (frailing). It is very lght and you will appreciate that for long practice sessions. I got it for my grandson and I am extremely happy!

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