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Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar   

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With its slotted headstock and natural finish, this all-mahogany resonator guitar has a classic look and feel. The hard maple biscuit bridge and hand...Read More

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With its slotted headstock and natural finish, this all-mahogany resonator guitar has a classic look and feel. The hard maple biscuit bridge and hand-spun spiral cone make it really sing. A larger body style, mother-of-pearl dot inlays, and a nickel-plated cone cover make it distinctive.

Incredible projection and authentic tones you'll love.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany top, back, sides, and neck
  • Hard maple biscuit bridge
  • 9-1/2" hand-spun aluminum cone
  • 12th fret neck joint
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Inlaid M.O.P. position markers

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RogueTriolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Highly recommended for working guys

First of all, I've played 3-7 nites a week for over 35 years, every week, with a short respite when I broke my hand 10 years ago.
I've destroyed enough expensive...Read complete review

First of all, I've played 3-7 nites a week for over 35 years, every week, with a short respite when I broke my hand 10 years ago.
I've destroyed enough expensive guitars, thanks, so I buy for sound, durability and price. While I have some expensive wonderful pieces, they don't leave the house when it's 10 below zero and nine feet of snow. I play guitars I can afford to replace.
I bought the spider Rogue resonator several years ago, and my ex got it in the divorce just to inflict pain. (I have visitation rights.) I replaced it with the triolian because the spider was an excellent guitar with a ton of personality, and frankly I couldn't find anything within a grand of it that I liked the sound of any better.
I am equally pleased with the triolian, with only a few caveats;
Okay, this is an inexpensive guitar, so don't expect Elixers, or Waverly tuners. The strings had to go instantly, and the keys ASAP- even a cheap set of Pings were a vast improvement.
The remaining hardware is reasonable quality enough to keep til it breaks.
Cone is good- sounds great. I may replace it with a National someday, but no hurry. Cool, nasally-blues-lonesome-howl.
The neck is a very nice piece of mahogany, and the finish is excellent for a guitar in this price range, and it's a very pretty piece. Want better? spend more money for cosmetic details.
Fretwork is reasonable- I went over them with steel wool and polished the ends a bit. Hard to tell if they're leveled for the truly picky when it's set up high enough for bottleneck work. If you're really picky this guitar probably isn't suited for your gig (or your collectibles stable). Roewood in fingerboard is very nice.
Read a review elsewhere on one of these that the nut was cheap plastic, but I'm not sure where they found plastic this dense and heavy- I'd intended to replace it, but instead lowered it to my liking and trim-sanded it, and I think it will be fine.
I also lowered the bridge saddle to bring the action down to a nice slide/chord playing compromise.
Sound wise- I've played Nationals and old Dobros and even some high-end imports this thing wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, but we're talking 5-15 times the cost. This guitar is very pleasing in the living room, I'm sure I will get what I need from it in the studio.
And live? I'm going to slap a Lace Sensor on it, so it's like every other live situation I ever play in- a compromise of instrument, PA, pickup, room shape, ambient noise, blahblahblah- I'm sure it's going to sound just great, as long as everything else in the room works out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone resonator review

The action of this resonator is very good for fingering and slide. Mine was shipped with extra light gauge bronze-wound strings (.48"-.10"). The tone is loud, bright, and...Read complete review

The action of this resonator is very good for fingering and slide. Mine was shipped with extra light gauge bronze-wound strings (.48"-.10"). The tone is loud, bright, and clear, with just a hint of reso fuzz. You can easily adjust your playing for the degree of growl you want to achieve. I can't put this reso down for very long.
As far as features are concerned, this reso has mojo! I love the retro slotted headstock and open-gear tuning pegs. The funky stained finish is just the right image for representing the Delta heyday. The reso cone, cover and biscuit are as they should be.
The Rogue Triolan resonator now has a radius fingerboard profile, a smaller 1 5/8" width at the nut, and a thin neck. The previous generation had a flat fretboard, 1 3/4" width at the nut, and a more substantial neck. The body is now bound on the back and front.
The final body finish detail could be improved, but it's not a show-stopper.
The only current competition at this price-point are the Rondo SX resonators.

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5.0

Guitar and company, both get high marks

By 

from Houston, Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

    Am quite surprised by the good tone and quality for this priced guitar. The resonator pushes enough sound that a stand mic will work fine for a large venue. I take the Rogue when I play outdoors or anywhere that my ax might get damaged or stolen and leave the expensive guitars at home, it comes through for me and I enjoy playing it.

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    4.0

    Grooves blues and picking

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    from Los angeles

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

        Good aoustic no pickup

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Rogue Triolian

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        from Catawba, NC

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Nice looks

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

          This is my first resonator. I like the look of this guitar and it sounds really good. Looking forward to lots blues on this. I bought this open box and there was small place in the finish on the back. I called Musician's Friend and the person I talked with was very helpful and offered a replacement. However, I chose to keep this one.
          A friend wth 20+ guitars checked it out and he agreed it a great guitar for a great price.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Love It :D!!!!

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          from Kansas city, MO

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Great sound
          • Quality Materials
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Daily Player
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

            Very pretty, Sounds nice. Needed to be set up, no big deal. It's a nice daily player. you can't buy better (new) for the price. I've never been a fan of Rogue guitars, cheap is cheap, but this guitar made me, if not a fan at least willing to consider them. I have since bought a Rogue bass and mandolin. While I probably wouldn't play them in a concert, they are great for playing jam sessions with friends. The price makes it easier for new players to get started and it makes easier for players to pick up and learn a new instrument.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Can't beat it for the price

            By 

            from Quebec, Canada

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy On The Eyes
            • Sings Like An Angel

            Cons

            • Can't Fit A Wedding Ring

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

              After minor adjustments to alleviate a slight metallic buzz not unlike the sound of a Sitar, the guitar played fantastically. Did not require any saddle or nut adjustments, came with the action set for easy finger picking and slide playing which is exactly what I was looking for.

              It is a beauty to behold and people who don't know much about guitars all seem to assume it is a very expensive one (maybe it's the shiny chrome plate?) which means it will impress most of the average people who see me play it.

              Easy to pick up, hard to put down... I'm thinking about getting one for each hand.

              A thousand thank yous to musicians friend, your staff was a pleasure to deal with and I received the guitar before the charge even showed up on my credit card!

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              4.0

              Worth the pice

              By 

              from San Bernaghetto, Ca.

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              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

                This instrument has better resonator tones than instruments i tested costing two to three times more. The only problem i have with it is the quality of the tuning machines. Stoll, it stays relatiely in tune. New machines will remedy that.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Almost too nice

                By 

                from Edmonds, WA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Beautiful
                • Good Tone
                • Nice Bass Tone

                Cons

                • Medium Volume
                • Poor Tuning Hw
                • Warm Tone

                Best Uses

                • Acoustic Guitar Replaceme

                Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

                There are three types of resonator guitars: tricone, biscut, and spider. This is a biscut. It dosen't have quite the "nasal" sound of a spider. If you want a more mellow sound (closer to an amplified standard acoustic guitar) then this is the guitar for you. At this price point, the tuning hardware is inexpensive (but works OK) and the finish has a few flaws, but otherwise this is an excellent guitar. It's not as loud as some other resonators I've played, but for the price point it is amazing.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Perfect bargain platform for upgrades.

                By 

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

                    I highly recommend this guitar if you are capable of modifying and setting it up yourself. The skeleton of this guitar is fantastic for the money, and the cone is amazing at this price. The setup is awful, but that's why it's so cheap.

                    Out of the box is was nearly impossible to play, but I was expecting that and was not at all disappointed. The bridge was several mm too close to the nut, so it could not be tuned properly. The intonation was so bad that the tuning was horribly off by the third fret, and only got worse at higher frets. I found a piece of maple at a local home improvement store and made a new biscuit and bridge with lower action and correct intonation. I also lowered the action at the nut because I want it to play well for both fingerstyle and slide. Now it intonates perfectly, plays great, and sounds fantastic.

                    I spent about 10 hours working on it, but spent almost no extra money (the cost of the hunk of maple was less than a cup of gas-station coffee), and now it plays and sounds like something that would cost four times as much. After lowering the action, I understring the bridge to get proper tension (I didn't think it was worth resetting the neck), but it doesn't buzz or rattle at all. It definitely could use a new set of tuners (the gear ratio is too coarse and they tend to stick, but I lubed them up with graphite and they'll do the job for now) but at this price I really can't complain. I could not be happier with my purchase. I'd gig with it in a heartbeat.

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                    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Highly recommended for working guys

                    By 

                    from Reno/Tahoe

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                    • Crummy Keys

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

                      First of all, I've played 3-7 nites a week for over 35 years, every week, with a short respite when I broke my hand 10 years ago.
                      I've destroyed enough expensive guitars, thanks, so I buy for sound, durability and price. While I have some expensive wonderful pieces, they don't leave the house when it's 10 below zero and nine feet of snow. I play guitars I can afford to replace.
                      I bought the spider Rogue resonator several years ago, and my ex got it in the divorce just to inflict pain. (I have visitation rights.) I replaced it with the triolian because the spider was an excellent guitar with a ton of personality, and frankly I couldn't find anything within a grand of it that I liked the sound of any better.
                      I am equally pleased with the triolian, with only a few caveats;
                      Okay, this is an inexpensive guitar, so don't expect Elixers, or Waverly tuners. The strings had to go instantly, and the keys ASAP- even a cheap set of Pings were a vast improvement.
                      The remaining hardware is reasonable quality enough to keep til it breaks.
                      Cone is good- sounds great. I may replace it with a National someday, but no hurry. Cool, nasally-blues-lonesome-howl.
                      The neck is a very nice piece of mahogany, and the finish is excellent for a guitar in this price range, and it's a very pretty piece. Want better? spend more money for cosmetic details.
                      Fretwork is reasonable- I went over them with steel wool and polished the ends a bit. Hard to tell if they're leveled for the truly picky when it's set up high enough for bottleneck work. If you're really picky this guitar probably isn't suited for your gig (or your collectibles stable). Roewood in fingerboard is very nice.
                      Read a review elsewhere on one of these that the nut was cheap plastic, but I'm not sure where they found plastic this dense and heavy- I'd intended to replace it, but instead lowered it to my liking and trim-sanded it, and I think it will be fine.
                      I also lowered the bridge saddle to bring the action down to a nice slide/chord playing compromise.
                      Sound wise- I've played Nationals and old Dobros and even some high-end imports this thing wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, but we're talking 5-15 times the cost. This guitar is very pleasing in the living room, I'm sure I will get what I need from it in the studio.
                      And live? I'm going to slap a Lace Sensor on it, so it's like every other live situation I ever play in- a compromise of instrument, PA, pickup, room shape, ambient noise, blahblahblah- I'm sure it's going to sound just great, as long as everything else in the room works out.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      You will be surprised at the quality

                      By 

                      from Nevada

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Chimes are crystal clear
                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Stays in tune
                      • Strong
                      • Tone is good
                      • Very well constructed

                      Cons

                      • No problems at this time

                      Best Uses

                      • I just play at home
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

                      Recently returned to the guitar after several years on a banjo. I thought I would use this guitar for slide. While playing around getting comfortable with the guitar I played a little slack key. What a beautiful sound. I may play a little slide sometimes but this guitar has rekindled my love of slack key. I think you could play any type of music and the guitar would sound good, not just limited to slack key.

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