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Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar

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The 12-string you've been waiting for.

It's an unbelievable price for a 12-string guitar that doesn't skimp on features. Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, dovetail neck joint, scalloped bracing, rosewood fretboard with dot markers, die-cast tuners, plus herringbone binding and rosette. Best of all, it's a 12-string!

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FEATURES
  • Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Scalloped bracing
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Dot markers
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Herringbone binding and rosette
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RogueHerringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 162 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (124)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Stays in tune (11)
  • Consistent (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Jamming (13)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (7)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better than Expected

First, a few things to let you know where I am coming from:
I bought the Rogue and mandolin pack a few years back. The mandolin is fun to play around with...Read complete review

First, a few things to let you know where I am coming from:
I bought the Rogue and mandolin pack a few years back. The mandolin is fun to play around with and I keep the guitar next to my computer desk in the basement where I infrequently work from home. The 6 string guitar in the pack needed lots of "Tweaks "like truss rod adjustments, sanding the saddle down very rough frets etc. It was fine to use to learn a song with, take camping, and let my drunk friends use without really worrying.
I have a 12 string that I keep in my living room and play almost daily for fun. It was a gift from my wife. Over the 14 years I have owned it I have had the frets dressed twice and a full fret replacement once, and added a pickup. I love the guitar and will never get rid of it. The cost of maintaining it has well exceeded the cost of purchase. My frets are just starting to show signs of wear again and I figured it may be worthwhile to get a second 12 string to keep in the living room for routine playing and keep this one off to the side. I did not want to spend a lot of money.
Already having experienced with Rogue I was fully expecting to do a few hours of tweaking just to get it to a satisfactory level. I was very surprised in a good way. I took it out of the box, tuned it up, and put it on the stand where my other guitar has been for years. The action at the 12 fret was respectable, tuners were fine, no sharp fret edges, no defects and the sound was OK. It is almost a perfect copy in body and style to my beloved 12 string which means that playing either is the exact same experience except for the sound.
Out of the box the sound was a bit week, tuning slipped and the strings really were not great (but not bad) . After a month, I put my regular strings (D'Addario phosphate Bronze). That pretty much solved all of my little niggles. The guitar sounds significantly better, looks great and plays great.
If you are a casual player, even a really good player, this guitar is fine for practice, jamming and song writing – get it. If you just wanted to play around with a 12 string - get it. If you are a gigging/recording musician you already know to go elsewhere.
Once I wear the frets down I'll just give it away and purchase another one (next time in black).

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for the price, but .. .

I kept this for a week before exchanging it for an Epiphone DR-212. I found it unsatisfying to play and own a guitar that just plain looked cheap. The Epiphone sounds better,...Read complete review

I kept this for a week before exchanging it for an Epiphone DR-212. I found it unsatisfying to play and own a guitar that just plain looked cheap. The Epiphone sounds better, though not dramatically so, but the fit and finish are so much better.
No special features
Sound quality and playability are surprisingly good for a guitar this inexpensive. However, the cheapness shows in the build quality. The finish was poorly done where the neck meets the body. The two halves of the herringbone trim did not always line up well. The color of the natural finish has a yellowish tint that I didn't like. Also, there was a lot of play in the tuners, though that was easily fixed by tightening the screws.
If you're looking to spend as little as possible on an acoustic 12-string, this is a pretty good deal. I can't say anything about long-term reliability, though, because I kept it such a short time.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome

By tenac

from Charlotte Michigan

About Me Experienced

Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

Click on this link to my video...says it all

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Better than Expected

By Jam12String

from New York

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

    First, a few things to let you know where I am coming from:
    I bought the Rogue and mandolin pack a few years back. The mandolin is fun to play around with and I keep the guitar next to my computer desk in the basement where I infrequently work from home. The 6 string guitar in the pack needed lots of "Tweaks "like truss rod adjustments, sanding the saddle down very rough frets etc. It was fine to use to learn a song with, take camping, and let my drunk friends use without really worrying.
    I have a 12 string that I keep in my living room and play almost daily for fun. It was a gift from my wife. Over the 14 years I have owned it I have had the frets dressed twice and a full fret replacement once, and added a pickup. I love the guitar and will never get rid of it. The cost of maintaining it has well exceeded the cost of purchase. My frets are just starting to show signs of wear again and I figured it may be worthwhile to get a second 12 string to keep in the living room for routine playing and keep this one off to the side. I did not want to spend a lot of money.
    Already having experienced with Rogue I was fully expecting to do a few hours of tweaking just to get it to a satisfactory level. I was very surprised in a good way. I took it out of the box, tuned it up, and put it on the stand where my other guitar has been for years. The action at the 12 fret was respectable, tuners were fine, no sharp fret edges, no defects and the sound was OK. It is almost a perfect copy in body and style to my beloved 12 string which means that playing either is the exact same experience except for the sound.
    Out of the box the sound was a bit week, tuning slipped and the strings really were not great (but not bad) . After a month, I put my regular strings (D'Addario phosphate Bronze). That pretty much solved all of my little niggles. The guitar sounds significantly better, looks great and plays great.
    If you are a casual player, even a really good player, this guitar is fine for practice, jamming and song writing – get it. If you just wanted to play around with a 12 string - get it. If you are a gigging/recording musician you already know to go elsewhere.
    Once I wear the frets down I'll just give it away and purchase another one (next time in black).

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great 12 String Guitar

    By Sometimes Stratman

    from Undisclosed

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

    The Rogue Herringbone 12 string acoustic guitar is an excellent value. I got the natural model and the top color is paler than the picture but thats OK. The workmanship and cosmetics are excellent - no problems, looks beautiful. The guitar is easy to play - all I did was tune it up. The nut is cut properly - not too high with good string spacing. Neck width at the nut is 1 & 57/64". The action at the 12th fret is 6/64" on the bass side and a little less on the treble side. The frets are properly dressed - no sharp edges and no string buzzing. No need to make any adjustments at all - very comfortable all around. I tuned the guitar when I got it and then again the next day. Now 2 days later it is still in tune. The guitar sounds great and full and gives me the exact sound I was hoping to get with a 12 string. I am very pleased with this purchase.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rogue Herringbone 12-string

    By Spider John

    from Lumberton, MS

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

    I picked one of these things up 3 years ago in a pawn shop and fell in love with it. By the time I had the money it had already been sold. I have been trying to get one ever since. Well, it came in today and I got to tell you, I am so glad I finally bought one. One of my friends came over and played it and said he was going to get one ASAP. Don't let the name or the price fool you. I now own 3 Rogue guitars: a bass, the 000 acoustic, and the herringbone 12-string. Honestly, If any of them ever broke, I wouldnt hesitate for a second before buying another. Rogue guitars are economically priced and quality built. They are tough AND they sound good. I highly recommend these guitars for the beginner, and for the seasoned player looking for a good sounding guitar that they can go anywhere with without worrying about it. Bottom line: Get One of These Guitars, you won't regret it.
    The features of this guitar include 12 strings slung between a bridge and a nut. What more features can you ask for. It has nice light colored binding and a paler colored top than pictured. But don't let that worry you, it looks nice enough. The strings that come on it are crap, switch to your preferred string set when you get it. I have Martin Marquis lights on it and they make it sing.
    It has a few bumps and bruises on the finish, but what reasonably priced guitar doesn't. I've never been a stickler for looks anyway. As long as the defects don't affect the sound I'm fine with it. But honestly I think this guitar could pass most people's inspection. Put some quality strings on it and all physical defects go away and this guitar just sings. Its not a Martin, nor a Gibson, but if you want a 12 string that you can actually afford, this little thing is just the thing for you.
    This is the cheapest 12 string your going to find, but it certainly isn't the worst. I've played guitars that cost much more than this that play only as good as this thing. Best valued 12 string I have found so far.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very Happy

    By Jeffrey Alwine

    from South Carolina

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

    Tuned fairly easily and holds it fairly well. I was always told 12 strings are hard to tune and keep tuned, this was only a little more work than a 6 string. Found some good online tuning tools and tips. Decent sound, I suspect the body is a bit smaller and shallower than more expensive models so doesnt have as rich a sound, but its acceptable for a occasional player like me. Action is good and doesn't tire my fingers like I thought a 12 string might. Neck is wider than I expected which is actually good for my fat fingers.
    I've wanted a 12 string for a long time but didn't want to spent a ton of money. Bought this used "mint" Rogue. It really was mint, the only nick I could find was one that I'd have put on it within a few weeks anyway.
    Good quality for the price. Finish is good, fit is average but great for the price.
    I figured for the price I paid for it if I wasnt happy I could use it for target practice. But its a great guitar for the money. Time will tell if it holds up, but I try to take good care of my equipment, I have a 20+ year old Peavy electric and a 20+ year old Fender bass that play as good as the day I bought them.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A beautiful instrument

    By Amy Goodsell

    from NC

    Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

    The look, price, and quality of this instrument along with the amazing service when ordering has done nothing but please me. I would recommend Musican's Friend to anybody looking for anything from affodable, good quality instruments, parts, accessories, and music to the most extreme instruments.
    This guitar is a gift for my daughter's 18th birthday. She has been wanting a 12 string for a long time so we did a LOT of shopping for the right one. I really think we hit the mark. This instrument is absolutely beautiful and was a great deal. The salesman, Jake, that helped me was amazing and so helpful with all my questions.
    This may not be a top of the line instrument but for the money it is an excellent quality, good solid guitar.
    The low cost of this guitar is the only thing that allowed us to get our daughter a good quality instrument for an affordable price.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great 12 string guitar

    By Dan Smith

    from New England

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

    I have owned four 12 string guitars, and this is my favorite. I am a fan of Rogue guitars, but they really did well with this one. Strong materials were used to make this guitar, very good action, a neck that doesn't bow, and wonderful sound. I have nothing bad to say about this guitar. except, buy it.
    This is a solid and very playable 12 string with a strong neck and body. Grerat sound. Great action.
    The quality of this instrument is unbelievable. Very well constructed with great intonation. Wonderful action with little adjustment, and a strong neck. You can feel the quality when you hold this instrument.
    For the money, or any money, this is simply a wonderful guitar. I am a stage musician, and I play this guitar as often as I can.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good for the price, but .. .

    By Jeffrey Kassel

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

    I kept this for a week before exchanging it for an Epiphone DR-212. I found it unsatisfying to play and own a guitar that just plain looked cheap. The Epiphone sounds better, though not dramatically so, but the fit and finish are so much better.
    No special features
    Sound quality and playability are surprisingly good for a guitar this inexpensive. However, the cheapness shows in the build quality. The finish was poorly done where the neck meets the body. The two halves of the herringbone trim did not always line up well. The color of the natural finish has a yellowish tint that I didn't like. Also, there was a lot of play in the tuners, though that was easily fixed by tightening the screws.
    If you're looking to spend as little as possible on an acoustic 12-string, this is a pretty good deal. I can't say anything about long-term reliability, though, because I kept it such a short time.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Took a Chance . . . Pleasantly Surprised

    By TheKing

    from Ottawa, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

        I have a 30 year old Norman 12-string. It was showing its age and needed too much work. I saw the Rogue Herringbone-12 online, read the reviews, took a chance, and ordered one. I've been playing it for about 10 months now and have come to treasure it.

        When it first arrived, because of the very reasonable price, I was expecting some issues, but was pleasantly surprised. It's been a real treat. I usually use intricate finger-picking which can sometimes be a challenge on a 12-string. But this guitar has the right balance of string placement. Even the standard strings are good quality.

        The blend of natural harmonics is quite remarkable (where a dominant string generates sympathetic harmonic overtones on adjacent unplayed strings . . . something that contributes to the richness of a 12-string sound).

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        3 years now

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

        3rd year with the black finish 12 string that I cannot stop playing. People said you cant do this on a 12 or that on a 12. I show them wrong bar chords, power chords, single notes(though this is a bit tricky) it all sounds good. Gave away 2 other guitars sold my electric all I have is this 12 string and a Dean Ak48 both of which are OUTSTANDING instruments. With any guitar you run the risk of bad ones infact I had returned 4 other rogue 12 strings because of faults but I saw the beauty that this thing could bring and finally got one that was set up low low out of the box. Changed the string to a silk and steel set. Purely jaw dropping sound that can be loud enough to be played in a bar with a full band.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Rogue Herringbone 12-string guitar

        By Kathleen Crump

        from Tennessee

        Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

        If you are looking for a cheap but decent 12-string guitar then this is the one for you.
        Good action, no buzz, decent tone, great price.
        Pretty good. Mine was fine right out of the box. The sound was tinny at first but mellowed out quickly and strings held their tune.
        A very good value for the money.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        4 years and going strong

        By guitarpicker7

        from Ohio, lower left corner

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        Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought mine about 4 years ago- I was shocked at what I got for a crazy price! Better, extra-light, strings made a huge difference. Some easy truss rod adjustment, bridge lowering and some time spent carefully filing the nut slots made it even better... I eventually put in a mag/piezo pickup with equalizer and reversed the string pairs (ala Rickenbacker) to get some of that Rick 12-string zing. If I had any sense, I would buy another...

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar

        By Verrul-p94rS

        from North Port,FL

        Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

        I got the black one. WOW! I've had it for a year nothing beats the sound of this guitar for even double the price. You can even find a 12 string worthy of this one unless you go to the near thousand dollar range. Whoever built mine and put the strings on it fell in love with it as I did. It came set up very low action. The strings showed a lot of wear so I changed them off the bat to 11s instead of the 12s. I have a starter guitar that cost more than this that you can tell is a starter by playing it. People cant believe the price when I tell them after they play it. The sitka spruce top is unheard of at this price and it has mellowed nice and sounds better than when i got it. Buy one or two for yourself.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing for the price!

        By estevan medina

        from Los Angeles

        Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

        I had so much fun with this guitar right away it sounds and feels great for the price, you will not be disapointed! works great for lead guitar with a acoustic set
        I had so much fun with this guitar right away it sounds and feels great for the price, you will not be disapointed!
        The tuning machines can be a little tight but a little adjusting with a screwdriver fixes the problem right away
        A great product considering the price

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Owned mine for 10 years now, plays great

        By Chuck B

        from Miami, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • I Amplified Mine
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

          bought mine in the fall of 2004. S/N 40402 is stamped on the neck/dovetail block . Has a nicely natural finish. I keep it tuned to "D", to avoid any bridge damage/top bulging.Guitar sounds great, even w/ the (what looks likes a very thin 2-3 ply laminated top). I use a thin pick mostly on my twelve strings and the sounds compares to more expensive ones. Construction looks good on inside and outside. Only mods I have done on this one is to install an endpin jack/ w/ preamp w/internal condenser microphone. The string height at the 12th fret is still 2MM, which for me is "ideal" for me,as I can barre chord a "Bm" chord at the 7th fret real easily.This guitar is a great buy at this price. Great sounding also!!!!!!! It maybe 10 years old, but still sounds and looks ( and the present price is the same now as it was back in 2004).

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Phenomenal

          By Life As A Challenge

          from Carney's Point, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

            This guitar is everything I was looking for. I've been growing to widen my field in guitar for good practice, so I turned from electric to acoustic for a change. I came at the right time, because for the price, I was sold. I felt hesitant at first, as if the price would've left it with only adequate quality. But, it's has a strong, bold, yet punchy sound to it. It's very, "In your face," if you will. It requires a little more coordination and finger strength if you're coming from a 6-string, but I'd still highly recommend this.

            It was however missing a strap nut, but that's no where near important in my opinion. Strap or not, the quality is awesome!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Go for it!

            By Hal

            from Tulsa, OK

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy to play
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Low Action

            Cons

            • No Qa
            • Not Tested Before Shippin

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

            At this price tag you can't go wrong! I searched and tried many similar sounding guitars that sell for over double the price. I was hesitant should I pick this guitar or the Epiphone 212? I decided to give this one a shot, it arrived faster than expected. No cosmetic imperfections, looks great but has a minor problem in performance craftsmanship..the nut is lower than it should at the higher strings (B and E) and keeps on buzzing. I wanted to return it and by the Epiphonem but thought I can fix this problem. I loosened the strings, removed the nut and inserted a piece of plastic from an old credit card and glued things back. Now it sounds like a pro guitar with no issues. Stays in tune and always ready. I may replace the nut later with a better quality one but so far I am satisfied.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Surprised

            By sternbro

            from Bogue Chitto, Ms.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Good Gift
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

              Purchased for my Ex. She wanted a guitar. Looked good so I said good enough. I was surprised. Plays well and sound very good.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Solid deal for an entry 12-string

              By CasualGuitarist

              from Frederick, MD

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Not A Very Rich Sound

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • School Bands

              Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

              I always wanted a twelve string, but wasn't ready to invest a lot in one yet. So, I found this deal, and I don't regret getting it. It plays just fine, sounds fuller than a 6-string for accompaniment. All in all, it does what I want it too. But, it's just not a guitar that will blow you away. You have to spend A LOT more money to get that effect...

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Incredible Deal, Incredible Purchase

              By Ron (not tatter salad) White

              from Granite Falls, WA

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Beautiful finish
              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Rogue Herringbone 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

                WOW . . . I ordered this and received it in about 4 days (awesome). Unpacked it and was amazed at the finish on this beautiful interment. I tuned it up and the sound is incredible. This is my first 12 string guitar, I have played others Name brand guitars in stores and that friends have owned and this guitar compares well with all I have played. I have never been the type to get caught up in a Name, if it sounds good plays well and is reliable I am proud to play it/own it. Time will tell about reliability but at this time all I can say is I am so glad I made this purchase!!!

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