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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.
      Case sold separately

      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 38 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (29)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      93%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (13)
      • Consistent (8)
      • Well built / quality (6)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (13)
      • Back-up (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (7), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

      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

       

      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 38 customers

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      5.0

      Great deal

      By banjo ken

      from fallbrook, ca

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

        this banjo is just what I needed. light weight, easy to play. very surprised to see that it has truss rod,
        bound finger board, good bridge and decent tailpiece

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Deal for a Banjo- Low Price, Good Quality

        By Clawhammer in Kentucky

        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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent starter banjo

          By AJ

          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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Starter banjo???

            By Zombiefolly

            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 Bob's Your Uncle

              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 banjobenny

              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 banjo zanetti

                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 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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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Don't be afraid to send it back

                    By gregmo

                    from Orlando, 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 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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