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Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought Natural

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Beautiful, playable, and amazingly priced.

A fantastic guitar for a modest price. It features a beautifully grained Honduran mahogany top and back, traditional dreadnought body shape, die-cast tuning machines, rosewood fretboard, and Martin strings. A fine guitar to get started on, or to stash at the office.

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  • Dreadnought body shape
  • Honduran mahogany top and back
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Die-cast tuners

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RogueHonduran Mahogany Dreadnought
 
4.6

(based on 67 reviews)

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  • Good audio (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

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  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

FINE guitar for anyone!!

I have been playing guitar (and other stringed instruments) for 50+ years, and decided to order one of these Rogue Mahogany dreads from MF to have around for inpromptu jams and as sort...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar (and other stringed instruments) for 50+ years, and decided to order one of these Rogue Mahogany dreads from MF to have around for inpromptu jams and as sort of a "beater" guitar. At the price it was being offered, how could I lose? Anyway, I've had other Rogue guitars and was always impressed with their quality for the $$$. No exception here!! It arrived in fine condition. Upon unpacking, I examined the guitar carefully and found only a few minor finish flaws (abrasions and nicks) on the edges of the body and fingerboard, and of course the usual ponding of thicker varnish near the end of the fingerboard at the soundhole edge, Otherwise, the quality of finish is striking for a budget instrument - - perfectly smooth and even with no runs or globs. Not too thick, surprisingly, which is a good thing!! The color of the wood is a nice even & dark Mahogany brown, not as red as I was expecting, and just reminds one of an old mahogany dining room table or piano, but very glossy - - and very pretty, with a tortoise pickguard that goes well with the body color. No body or neck binding, and the joints are all slick and expertly done around the edges. The neck is fairly narrow, with a 1 11/16" width, but comfortable and very nicely made, in a shallow "C" contour. The fingerboard is a dense Indian Rosewood of good quality, and the frets are nice and even with only a couple of rough ends (due to shrinkage in the wood on the trip from overseas) and easily dressed with a file and emery cloth. I did have to file one fret a bit to level it down to alleviate an 11th fret buzz, but that's all part of a good setup anyway. The truss rod was loose, but again that's to be expected and is always attended to at intial setup. The strings were a bit dark and dull-feeling, so they got replaced immediately. Looking inside, there were no obvious globs of glue or splintering of the wood. Nice neat curfling and the spruce bracing was scalloped, more or less, and were of generous proportions and clear quality. Smelled good, too. The soundhole was inlaid with a very attractive single "herringbone" celluloid rosette, very classy!!

I am experienced at guitar setup, so all the normal "tweaking" is no problem for me, but if you order one of these import guitars just be ready to probably do a complete setup before it's remotely playable. Anyway, I noticed the saddle was just right for me in height, but I took it out to polish down a rough corner or two and imagine my shock to find that it was made of BONE!! At this price point, unheard of!! So, after polishing I replaced it in the nice-fitting bridge slot (left the 1/32" plastic shim underneath it) and proceeded to take off a bit of the underside of the fingerboard nut, which was a tad high - - again I was pleasantly surprised to find that it, too, was BONE!! A couple of hits on the sander and a touch of super glue and it was perfect in height!! Then, after a good polishing of the frets with 0000 grade steel wool, and a treatment of Lemon Oil to the dry fingerboard and bridge, it was ready to string up with a fresh set of light D'Addario's. The tuning pegs worked like a charm and were tight and well-made, of SEALED construction with chrome finish. After a slight tightening of the truss rod the fingerboard was arrow-straight, and free from twisting and warps. I may invest in some "Tusq" bridge pins eventually, replacing the cheap plastic pins that came with the guitar, and that should further improve the tone and volume.

Nevertheless,as is, the tone of this thing is, in a word, NICE!!! Not particularly "loud" in volume, but just nicely balanced and smooth - - really impressive for a laminated guitar - - and the playability (after the proper setup) is remarkably good. Smooth frets and fingerboard, and plays like butter. This guitar would be well-suited for fingerpicking and strumming, but probably not for flat-picking. But, then again, it's not a Martin, either!! I imagine after an initial break-in period (say a year or so of playing) she should open up nicely and begin to take on a much more woody tone, and the volume should improve drastically. Can't say when I've been more impressed with a guitar, and for the money how can they do it?? Straight neck, smooth fretwork with no buzz, BONE nut and saddle, smooth sealed tuners that work just fine, stays in tune forever, and simply beautiful finish!! Now, a Martin, Gibson, or Taylor it's definitely NOT - - but if you're looking for a good, solid kick-around guitar just to have handy when inspiration hits, or even a gigging guitar that you won't worry about getting beat up, this one is for you. I've played hundreds of guitars for many years, and I'll be honest - - I've owned good high $$ instruments that didn't play as well or sound as good as this little Rogue - - and believe me, I know what sounds and plays good!! Pick up one of these before the price goes up - - just be prepared to do a good setup, as is the case with any guitar that you buy online.
Beautiful Honduras Mahogany body (laminated), Rosewood fingerboard & bridge, sealed chromed tuning machines, BONE nut/saddle!!!, D'Addario strings, gloss finish, Dreadnought body shape (no body or neck binding), Ivory (plastic) bridge pins, attractive "herringbone" soundhole rosette, chrome strap button (rear body)
VERY NICE quality import guitar - - - would make a fine beginner or intermediate student guitar, or a great guitar for a more seasoned player looking for a second or utility instrument.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

quality lacking

I bought the Rogue Honduran Mahogany in March 08 and had to return it. The frets were rough and uneven, the body was full of microscratches, the action was high, and a loose...Read complete review

I bought the Rogue Honduran Mahogany in March 08 and had to return it. The frets were rough and uneven, the body was full of microscratches, the action was high, and a loose brace rattled when the guitar was played. Additionally (!), the nut, saddle, and bridge pins were scuffed with a black substance.

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(32 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FINE guitar for anyone!!

By Fiddle&GuitarMan

from Mars Hill, NC

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Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

I have been playing guitar (and other stringed instruments) for 50+ years, and decided to order one of these Rogue Mahogany dreads from MF to have around for inpromptu jams and as sort of a "beater" guitar. At the price it was being offered, how could I lose? Anyway, I've had other Rogue guitars and was always impressed with their quality for the $$$. No exception here!! It arrived in fine condition. Upon unpacking, I examined the guitar carefully and found only a few minor finish flaws (abrasions and nicks) on the edges of the body and fingerboard, and of course the usual ponding of thicker varnish near the end of the fingerboard at the soundhole edge, Otherwise, the quality of finish is striking for a budget instrument - - perfectly smooth and even with no runs or globs. Not too thick, surprisingly, which is a good thing!! The color of the wood is a nice even & dark Mahogany brown, not as red as I was expecting, and just reminds one of an old mahogany dining room table or piano, but very glossy - - and very pretty, with a tortoise pickguard that goes well with the body color. No body or neck binding, and the joints are all slick and expertly done around the edges. The neck is fairly narrow, with a 1 11/16" width, but comfortable and very nicely made, in a shallow "C" contour. The fingerboard is a dense Indian Rosewood of good quality, and the frets are nice and even with only a couple of rough ends (due to shrinkage in the wood on the trip from overseas) and easily dressed with a file and emery cloth. I did have to file one fret a bit to level it down to alleviate an 11th fret buzz, but that's all part of a good setup anyway. The truss rod was loose, but again that's to be expected and is always attended to at intial setup. The strings were a bit dark and dull-feeling, so they got replaced immediately. Looking inside, there were no obvious globs of glue or splintering of the wood. Nice neat curfling and the spruce bracing was scalloped, more or less, and were of generous proportions and clear quality. Smelled good, too. The soundhole was inlaid with a very attractive single "herringbone" celluloid rosette, very classy!!

I am experienced at guitar setup, so all the normal "tweaking" is no problem for me, but if you order one of these import guitars just be ready to probably do a complete setup before it's remotely playable. Anyway, I noticed the saddle was just right for me in height, but I took it out to polish down a rough corner or two and imagine my shock to find that it was made of BONE!! At this price point, unheard of!! So, after polishing I replaced it in the nice-fitting bridge slot (left the 1/32" plastic shim underneath it) and proceeded to take off a bit of the underside of the fingerboard nut, which was a tad high - - again I was pleasantly surprised to find that it, too, was BONE!! A couple of hits on the sander and a touch of super glue and it was perfect in height!! Then, after a good polishing of the frets with 0000 grade steel wool, and a treatment of Lemon Oil to the dry fingerboard and bridge, it was ready to string up with a fresh set of light D'Addario's. The tuning pegs worked like a charm and were tight and well-made, of SEALED construction with chrome finish. After a slight tightening of the truss rod the fingerboard was arrow-straight, and free from twisting and warps. I may invest in some "Tusq" bridge pins eventually, replacing the cheap plastic pins that came with the guitar, and that should further improve the tone and volume.

Nevertheless,as is, the tone of this thing is, in a word, NICE!!! Not particularly "loud" in volume, but just nicely balanced and smooth - - really impressive for a laminated guitar - - and the playability (after the proper setup) is remarkably good. Smooth frets and fingerboard, and plays like butter. This guitar would be well-suited for fingerpicking and strumming, but probably not for flat-picking. But, then again, it's not a Martin, either!! I imagine after an initial break-in period (say a year or so of playing) she should open up nicely and begin to take on a much more woody tone, and the volume should improve drastically. Can't say when I've been more impressed with a guitar, and for the money how can they do it?? Straight neck, smooth fretwork with no buzz, BONE nut and saddle, smooth sealed tuners that work just fine, stays in tune forever, and simply beautiful finish!! Now, a Martin, Gibson, or Taylor it's definitely NOT - - but if you're looking for a good, solid kick-around guitar just to have handy when inspiration hits, or even a gigging guitar that you won't worry about getting beat up, this one is for you. I've played hundreds of guitars for many years, and I'll be honest - - I've owned good high $$ instruments that didn't play as well or sound as good as this little Rogue - - and believe me, I know what sounds and plays good!! Pick up one of these before the price goes up - - just be prepared to do a good setup, as is the case with any guitar that you buy online.
Beautiful Honduras Mahogany body (laminated), Rosewood fingerboard & bridge, sealed chromed tuning machines, BONE nut/saddle!!!, D'Addario strings, gloss finish, Dreadnought body shape (no body or neck binding), Ivory (plastic) bridge pins, attractive "herringbone" soundhole rosette, chrome strap button (rear body)
VERY NICE quality import guitar - - - would make a fine beginner or intermediate student guitar, or a great guitar for a more seasoned player looking for a second or utility instrument.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!!!

By Musiclife32

from U.S

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

    This guitar was impressive, especially for the price. I would definitely recommend this to musicians from beginner to expert, it has a nice rich sound and clear tone. Good feel to it, especially when first taken out of the box.

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rogue Mahogany Acoustic Guitar

    By STEPHEN MEIER

    from Southern California USA

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

    I have some good $300 guitars and this is at least as good as those...not real special guitars but solid sitka spruce tops. This guitar is as beautiful as any acoustic guitar I have. For the price, this is the best thing going. In all honesty, I had to send the first one back because it was damaged in the shipping process, but it was beautiful as well. For a beginner or even someone that is experienced, this is just one great guitar for the price.
    Just opened the guitar package and have not played it much other than tuning the instrument. The action is high but it sounds as good as guitars 3x's as expensive.
    The finish has a couple of slight indentations. I opened it outside and so I could see if there were any aberrations. The wood is beautiful and the finish is a high gloss. The flaws probably could not be seen inside because they were so small. Just tiny 1/16" indentations where the finish material was not evenly applied....I mean very minor. The nut and the saddle look good with equal string spacings. If someone would have shown this guitar to me without my prior knowledge I would have guessed maybe a $300+ price tag. The wood is really beautiful and the sound clean and resonant.
    Amazing value for the money....no question about that.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful guitar

    By becomann

    from Sacramento, Ca

    Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

    I bought this for my daughter for Christmas and checked it out when it arrived. Absolutely gorgeous! The finish is a little too glossy for my taste, but it is even and flawless. The tuners are solid and it came with D'Addario strings. Of course I had to test drive it and I was surprised at the full sound and rich tone. At $100.00, this guitar can't be beat. Thanks Musicians Friend. My "little girl" is gonna love it

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Guitar

    By Rogue dog

    from Pa

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

    Comes with good strings. Has a bone bridge. Tuners stay in tune . Beautiful guitar. Intonation right on. String height perfect.
    Great guitar.Great looking,great sounding.
    Weel built guitar.
    Most acoustic guitar you can get for your money.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT sound, Stunning looks!

    By Mr. Campbell

    from DETROIT (Rock City)

    Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

    The Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought looked good in the photos, but gorgeous in real life. I've never seen mahogany with such beautiful flaming. I always read that mahogany flattops were more "mellow" and less bright than spruce. Wrong. This thing cuts like a knife; brilliant highs but full and powerful. Two friends have told me to sell my other acoustics and keep this one. Sounds like a good idea.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great action

    By maine-nS.TR

    from maine

    Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

    i did find the finish kinda funky but it's easy to play,sounds good.if your kid want's a guitar buy this.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Rogue Mahogany

    By Rudy Stone

    from Utah

    Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

    Well worth the money. Since it was a scratch and dent model, I was a little concerned about what it would look like. But it looks great! There is only one small blimish on it. Very attractive. Decent action. Stays in tune very well. A little too bright on the sound for my taste, but not bad for a very inexpensive, knock around guitar.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    rogue guitar

    By Terry Cornforth

    from Oklahoma

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

    I would recommend this guitar for anyone. I bought for a campfire guitar but now hate to take it out.
    The tuners were smooth and operated well. The nut and saddle were of suprising good quality.
    The guitar had an excelent finish. The binding strip was very pretty and I did not know

    that it would have it by the picture-Nice suprise
    Purchased this guitar with coupon making it great value for low price considering how good it really

    sounds and plays

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Quality OK, Sound is great.

    By ShredHead90

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Finish

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

    I must admit that the finish on this guitar from far away looks great. The mahogany color on the guitar really stands out. Upon closer inspection, the finish around the corners are sub par. Some parts seem rubbed off and others just appear to have no finish whatsoever. However, for <100 (on sale), this might be the best sounding dreadnought in its price range. The tuning on the guitar also holds exceptionally well for a guitar this inexpensive. This really is a great guitar for starting players. It was the first acoustic I owned, having played electric for ~5 years prior. Playing acoustic is a lot of fun, in many different ways than electric. All in all, I am happy with the look of the guitar and how it plays, and will definitely recommend this guitar for new players who have their eyes set on an attractive, inexpensive box guitar.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME FOR THE $$!

    By Kevin

    from Grants Pass, Or

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Feels Great
    • Great Price
    • Nice Looking Finish
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Good All Around Guitar
      • Good For Practicing
      • Should Work For Recording

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      I GOT THIS JUST TO GET BACK INTO PLAYING. I USED TO OWN A MARTIN D15 SO I'VE WANTED TO COMPARE FOR A LONG TIME..WELL IT ISN'T A MARTIN BUT IT'S GREAT FOR THE PRICE--THE GLOSS FINISH TOOK ME BY SURPRISE, WAS EXPECTING SATIN. BUT I LIKE IT. FIT & FINISH ISN'T PERFECT BUT OVERALL VERY NICELY MADE. CAN'T WAIT TO GET SOME HOURS ON THIS THING!

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      my first axe

      By bob bordner

      from georgia

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      don't know jack about musicial instruments. just feel this guitar is a great place to start. price &amp; quality 8-ok
      went out looked and played variety of guitars this one is comparably nice
      built as nice as can be
      better than most in this range

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Its alright

      By aicdoug

      from LA.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Rich Sound
      • Surprisingly Great Sound

      Cons

      • Neck Warped

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      I like it, but the neck is warped

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Happy Birthday!

      By Beached

      from California

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      So, today is the 1st anniversary of when I received my beautiful Rogue. I haven't gotten around to replacing the stock strings that came with it but they're not bad for now. This guitar sounds great. But, I've found that if you don't play it daily the strings will come out of tune which isn't so bad for me because I do play it almost everyday. Overall, this guitar has to be a favorite of mine so if you want a good guitar you should consider this one.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      sure am glad

      By Dustytext

      from Camillus,ny

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      I have played a Yamaha FG 75 for over thirty years- I am a hack- no lessons- I saw this guitar and thought" the price range equaled my ability". I loved the guitar on the web site- Loved it even more when it arrived, the simplicity was stunning. I told my wife I wantd a case for it( i have spent my life relativily case free)- The case cost more that the guitar. I had someone play it that knows gutitars he liked the sound and said it played well. It feels so good that I may even start playing bar cords- but thy seem to be too nuch work. Six months later it no problems

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Sound

      By Pam Hooper

      from TX

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      In the price vs. quality department this guitar is a great deal. I has a great sound and an amazing price point. I'm a new player so I don't claim to be an expert, but I do know that in the time I have owned this I have only had to tune it once [the initial tuning after I got it] and a minor tweak after a few weeks. Great guitar for the money.
      The finish has one imperfection that I have found, but at the price I can certainly live with it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Not a Martin D-15, but great for the price

      By Whatshisface1911

      from Salisbury, MD

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      I foolishly assumed that because this guitar looks like a Martin D-15, it would sound like one. That was stupid. Still it was a chance that I had to take. The pictures also look like the guitar has a natural wood finish, but it's actually a laminate. It is still a very pretty guitar. I own the six string Rogue that comes with the Mandolin, and the Twelve String as well. The quality of those guitars is awesome for the price range and this guitar is no different. Anyone that is thinking about buying a Rogue from this website should definitely do it. There's nothing to lose. The guitar has better sound and playability than it's price range would suggest, but don't kid yourself. It is not a Martin, Taylor, Alvarez, or whatever. If you want one of those, it looks like you'll still have to sell your first born.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a surprise

      By Jammin Jimmy Jones

      from Virginia

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      I decided to learn to play the guitar and ordered this one because of the looks, great reviews and a gut feeling. I was completely stunned by the superior quality of this instrument when I first removed it from the box. This is the most beautiful item I have ever bought for myself. I spent the entire weekend looking for flaws and could find none. This is a masterpiece of workmanship and all it needed was a tuning and I still cannot believe I got it for such a low price. Very easy to tune and learn to play. Very satisfied. Highly recommend.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Surprise! Great guitar for the money.

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      Bought this for my son for Christmas because he was showing interest in guitars and I didn't want to spend a lot of $$$ to find out he loses interest in a few weeks. Right away was impressed with the good fit and finish. No runs in clear coat, and nice even stain. Ends of frets could have been filed smoother. But it is the full rich sound and really nice playability that really impressed me. String action is nice, not high, but could use lowering a tad. Will do that after we change the strings. Neck is straight, no fret buzz even under hard strumming. Intonation is right on the money. It playes and sounds much better than my Yamaha costing easily twice as much. And everyone agrees the mahogany color is beautiful. BTW, the guitar fits the TKL Traveline Dreadnaught case perfectly. It's a no-frills guitar that gives you solid good sounds and playability for your money.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't be beat for the prie

      By Scoutll

      from North Dakota (-40 keeps out the Riff Raff)

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Rogue Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought:

      For the price (with free shipping when I bought it) this guitar can't be beat. It is a all laminate mahogany dred without any binding. It is pretty striking visually with it's lack of ornamentation. The build quality is far above what I expeted, well put together with good components. great finish everywhere. Real scalloped brcing and a very nice little inlaid herringbone rosette around the soundhole. The tuners are standard fare, but hold tune well. The sound is a bit mellow like a mahogany guitar, but the sustain is very nice. I like it very well. Again, I don't think you can beat a guitar of this quality or the price MF is asking. I think you will be impressed even if you buy it as a campfire beater.

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