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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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Incredible projection and authentic tones you'll love.

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.

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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(18 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone resonator review

By Gary--A5gE

from NJ, USA

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Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

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.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Highly recommended for working guys

By Tahoeworkindude

from Reno/Tahoe

About Me Professional Musician

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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.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Disappointed but not discouraged. Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar.

    By Bull

    from Ostrander, Ohio

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    Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

    This instrument is a contradiction in terms. Despite the bad things I have mentioned here I actually like this darn thing. I see potential here. I plan to upgrade the cone and tuners. This should rectify the biggest problems. The materials used are pretty decent and all the flaws appear to be just sloppy assembly line work. On paper this things looks pretty good. If you require an instrument that doesn't require major "tweaking" then I would suggest saving your money for a better one.
    THE BAD: Meets bare minimum requirements for being a resonator. Cone is very cheaply made and offers very little resonance. Tuners are inconsistent and will not keep strings in tune. Strange "buzzing" sound produced from the cone while playing certain notes. Sound is very shallow and "tinny", however it is very loud. THE GOOD: Neck is actually very nice. Action is set about right and the fretwork is well done with no burrs or sharp edges. Neck is very straight and the intonation is right on the money. The instrument is very playable.
    Finish was very pooly applied. Some areas within the slotted headstock had no finish applied at all. Many rough spots in the finish on the body as well. After taking this thing apart I found that the cone was warped and did not sit flush in the soundwell with some areas of the circumference not touching at all. This may explain the strange "buzzing"sound. The inside of the instrument had glue running all over the place, however it was solid and all the bracing was attached very well. I guess the excess glue really doesn't hurt anything, but it indicates a sloppy assembly process.
    I know, I know, this is an entry level instrument and you get what you pay for, but it would have cost them nothing more to have just done it right using the materials they used. (aside from the cone and tuners). The thing is actually built like a tank and I cannot fault the body or the neck. It is put together well actually. The binding is flush and the neck joint appears to be very strong.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Perfect bargain platform for upgrades.

    By Joseph

    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.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sounding!

        By jhens76

        from Fullerton, CA

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        Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

        Used some of my Christmast money to buy this resonator while they had it on sale. When I recieved it the strings wouldn't even touch the bridge so I didn't reosnate and wasn't playable. The finish was horrible. I sent it back hoping the second one would at least work. I'm more concerned about it sounding good than I am it looking good... i mean, it is a cheap resonator after all!When I opened the box on the second one that was shipped it was like I had ordered a completely different guitar. The finish was actually really really good looking. No finish flaws. Bridge works perfectly and it sounds amazing.This guitar is surprisingly loud and I can't get over how great it sounds for such a cheapo. I have it tuned in Open D and it sounds great with both slide and doing chords.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Rogue Resonator...Great value for the money!

        By SRVSteve

        from Wisconsin

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        Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

        This guitar has a great finish, much nicer than what's shown in the web picture. The vintage style headstock and tuners keep the guitar in tune quite well. I took mine apart because i installed a humbucker between the neck and chrome pan and it's really well constructed. This guitar is much better than anything else you will find for under $200.00!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Value

        By Slideman-1aAo1

        from Indiana

        Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

        I bought this guitar recently and I am impressed. I don't have much experience with resonators, but I play several quality guitars so I know a little about them. My guitar came with minor finish imperfections, but nothing was bad enough to see without close inspection. The guitar sounds like I thought it should and, despite my fears, stays in tune very well. I would recommend this to anyone interested in playing delta-style slide guitar. This guitar matches the sound of that style very well.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Oh you Rogue you....

        By thedogatemyhomework

        from California

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        Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

        Got it yesterday and I promised my sales associate that I'd post the spec' since nobody has. 15" lower bout, 3 5/8" depth, body length 19 1/4", it appears the nut is 1 3/4"......ok that's over The Bad...... The guitar came with a chip in the back, the finish is funky and in some areas like the f holes, it files in the blanks spaces, there is a direct tape line where the finish goes from satin on the neck (nice) to gloss on the body, there are filled tuner holes on the headstock...huh?The good.....it's a great sounding resonator and I have vintage nationals, remember when original nat's came out they were 32 bucks...this is a people guitar, hope it lasts but if it dosen't, I'll buy another.........it will get used and played, I won't leave it out in the rain....great value...kicks Regals and the new imported Republic's that I've played....if you need or want to experiment with the blues, this will let you in the doorpeace

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I Love It :D!!!!

        By Chris

        from Kansas city, MO

        About Me Experienced

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        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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Can't beat it for the price

          By Marcolovich

          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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