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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
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (4)

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

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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!

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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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(0 of 1 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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    (1 of 2 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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      (1 of 1 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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        (1 of 2 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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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            (2 of 2 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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            (7 of 13 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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