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Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo  

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18 brackets; high-quality, vintage-style head; open back; satin finish; and first-rate string tuning machines make this a hot little instrument for f...Read More

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Great sound and fine feel for banjoists on a budget!

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.
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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
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Not Bad, Good Cheap Banjo

    Decided to buy a banjo to play around with over my summer break. I didnt want to spend too much because I wasnt sure about my commitment .3 months out I find my self...Read complete review

    Decided to buy a banjo to play around with over my summer break. I didnt want to spend too much because I wasnt sure about my commitment .3 months out I find my self playing still playing with the banjo alot. There have been no design flaws or problems with the instrument itself. Open back is great and lighter then a resonator. Tunes well. I would suggest that you switch out the strings since the ones provided are extremely heavy (and rough on the nails). You will need to install the bridge yourself (which is easy-look on the internet). All around very good deal/quality for the price.On a side note, if you are having trouble learning the traditional bluegrass shruggs style (picking) like I did, do not hesitate to switch over to CLAWHAMMER. Read up on it, once you get the hang of it, it is quite easy and sounds very good. This banjo is great for clawhammer style because of its open back.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent for starter if you can work on your own instrument

    I am giving a rating of 5 because most new players will not be able to get this banjo to tune. I have built many guitars and I have played guitar for most of...Read complete review

    I am giving a rating of 5 because most new players will not be able to get this banjo to tune. I have built many guitars and I have played guitar for most of my life. I wanted to start playing banjo and decided to buy a cheap one before I invested a couple of thousand on a good instrument......just to make sure I would stick with it. All in all, I have seen worse and I have seen this banjo under other name brands also. Here is the main problem: The fifth string geared tuner on MY banjo would spin in the hole drilled in the neck. Basically you couldn't tune the 5th string. I resolved this by removing the tuner, roughing up the metal with heavy emery paper, applying medium viscosity super glue around the sides of the tuner and forcing it into the hole. Wait for the glue to cure. This works great. It isn't the proper way of making that repair but for a cheapo instrument that I intend to give away at some point after I learn, it is fine. I am working on geting rid of an annoying buzz/vibration on the 3rd/G string. It isn't the nut or the frets or saddle.....very agravating. I own thousands of dollars worth of gear and I think this banjo is a great value for a starter but you ill probably have to bring it to a repair shop if your banjo has the tuner problem. Beyond that, I don't think you can beat the value.........if you are handy, GO FOR IT
    It isn't bad. Has a truss rod and geared tuners which is better than a lot of starter banjos.
    I am amazed at the quality for the money but it has issues!
    You can't beat the value!

    Reviewed by 31 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent choice

    By chas27

    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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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Don't be afraid to send it back

      By gregmo

      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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        5.0

        Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo

        By ToppaToons

        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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        5.0

        Great banjo for the price

        By Picker

        from San Francisco

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          It is what it is...

          By Owen-OrZ3W

          from Madison, WI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Nice Head
          • Nice Neck
          • Nice Pot

          Cons

          • Terrible Hardware

          Best Uses

          • Playing

          Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

          I bought this banjo, knowing right off the bat to not expect anything extraordinary, and I was right.

          My only real complaint that I can give it that the hardware was garbage...literally. Two of the tuning machines didn't work right out of the box. No matter how low an instrument is priced, it should at least be functional if you're buying it brand new.

          On the plus side, everything else was far better than what I expected. The wood, the finish on it, that was all great. I put a nice set of planetary tuners on it, a better tailpiece, and now I'd use it on stage, in the studio, or anywhere.

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          (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Seemed Decent until...

          By Ibaneztalfan

          from Lubbock,TX

          About Me Novice

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Breaks Easy
          • Not Consistent

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

            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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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            easy pickin

            By pickin dude

            from whitney tx

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

              fast shipping. easy to play

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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would by this Brand again.

              By Robbob

              from Jacksboro Tx

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

                I own and have owned some very expensive Guitars in the 20 years of playing. I always wanted to learn the Banjo My playing Bud Surprised me with this starter kit for my Birthday. I was Surprised at how well it is made for the money and what is even more surprising is how well it stays in tune I recieved it in 2008 and have yet had to change the strings. some of my expensive instruments are hard to keep in tune during a nights gig. I am planning to upgrade to a Banjo with the resanator and am going to stick with this brand. Hey I stick with what works.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A good banjo for the price

                By Larry Oliver

                from New Jersey

                Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

                A great starter banjo without breaking the bank.
                Need to install the bridge, which is easy following instructions on youtube.
                Good quality for the money. Stays in tune.
                Plays as well as banjos costing twice the price.

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                (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Rogue 5 string starter/travel banjo

                By Frank D Simpson

                from Midwest

                Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter 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 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

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