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Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar Natural 

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Overview
  • Mahogany top, back, sides, and neck
  • Hard maple biscuit bridge
  • 9-1/2" hand-spun aluminum cone
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $499.99
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    - $250.50
  • On Sale Today:
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  • Sale Price:
    $21999

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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 58 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (3)

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    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      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.

      VS

      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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      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.

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          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Highly recommended for working guys

          By Tahoeworkindude

          from Reno/Tahoe

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          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.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            You will be surprised at the quality

            By Ray Leon

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Rogue Resonator...Great value for the money!

            By SRVSteve

            from Wisconsin

            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!

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Okay for the price

            By Bob

            from BC, Canada

            Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

            I shall have a lot of fun with this, and if I find myself playing it a great deal, then I'll eventuially get a better one to use for gigs.
            I received the Rogue squareneck promptly, and started playing it. It was set up well, and sounded good. The main problem is that the nut is not high enough. There's no room to use a capo, and firm hammer-ons will hit the fretboard. So I've had to order a new (higher) nut. In the meantime, I have put a spacer under the old nut. The nut was fixed in there quite firmly, and I chipped the finish a little getting it out. The neck is quite thick -- I have a Shubb capo which will not go around the neck above the second fret, so it's not much use. I also noticed that the grooves in the nut (for the strings) were rather deep. I'm not sure what strings are on there, but I'll be putting on some d'Addario EJ 42s. It is amazing for the price, though -- mine was on special for $159, so you can't complain about it
            The resonator mechanism seems to be of good quality -- it sounds pretty good. Obviously, you're not going to get really high quality tuners at this price, but they quite adequate, and very good considering the low price of the guitar.
            For $159, I won't complain about the value! I don't know how they do it for the price...

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not sure

            By clayton chandler

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

            This Model of a Responator I would not recomend on my test run.
            Recivied the the Resonator on time and great condition,Just had to tume it up. The Tuners are not to good and it was hard to play at least for me. Open tunings in my opinion did not sound to good either. This was the round neck. I resturned it for the Spider that had much better reviews.
            For the money its a deal Providing you can get a good sound

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            (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

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

            By Bull

            from Ostrander, Ohio

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone resonator review

            By Gary--A5gE

            from NJ, USA

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Sounding!

            By jhens76

            from Fullerton, CA

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            NIce, but not nice enough for me...

            Comments about Rogue Triolian Biscuit Cone Resonator Guitar:

            I always wanted a resonator, so I took a chance on the Rogue. Based on all of the reviews and the price of the guitar, I knew that this was going to going to be an "entry" level resonator and the likelihood of cosmetic imperfections was high. Unfortunately, I was proven correct. While the guitar played and sounded rather well after I put on my own strings, I could not get over the glue leaks and finish imperfections. Moreover, upon closer inspection, some of the braces had broken off inside the body. As I tend to keep my guitars for many years, I realized that it was probably better for me to return the item and upgrade to something I would be more comfortable with for the long-term. Fortunately, MF made that process easy and I look forward to getting my new Dobro.

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