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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.

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