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Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Black 

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From Rogue comes this amazing deal in the RA-90 dreadnought acoustic guitar. The Rogue guitar is an ideal instrument for the beginner, or young music...Read More

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A great introductory acoustic, priced for anyone to afford.

From Rogue comes this amazing deal in the RA-90 dreadnought acoustic guitar. The Rogue guitar is an ideal instrument for the beginner, or young musician. The body depth and width bring out balanced tone and plenty of projection to be heard from across the room.

This ultra-affordable dreadnought acoustic guitar features a whitewood body, which brings out lots of mid-range punch. The nato neck adds sustain without losing any strength in tone. The painted maple bridge and fingerboard add clarity to each note, and a striking look to the front of the guitar. The RA-090's C-shape neck, 1-2/3" nut width, and 16" radius help with intricate fretboard movements when running up and down the 20 frets. The RA-90 also features nickel hardware and covered tuners. This Rogue acoustic guitar will certainly get the job done, at a price that anybody can afford.

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FEATURES
  • 6-string
  • Dreadnought design
  • Whitewood body
  • 25-3/8" scale length
  • Nato neck
  • Painted maple bridge
  • Painted maple fingerboard
  • C-shape neck
  • 20 frets (14 open)
  • 1-2/3" nut width
  • 16" radius
  • Covered tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Case sold separately

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RogueRA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 239 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (166)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (110)
  • Good feel (110)
  • Good audio (103)
  • Stays in tune (76)
  • Consistent (65)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (19)
  • Poor quality (9)
  • Flat sound (6)
  • Not consistent (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (125)
  • Jamming (78)
  • Small venues (35)
  • Recording (21)
  • School bands (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (72), Experienced (67), Professional musician (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can this price buy a usable guitar?

Everything about this guitar is cheap and lightweight....except its tone and playability. That's saying a lot for a bottom-of-the-market offering. Some background: ROGUE "Fine Instruments" are a generic...Read complete review

Everything about this guitar is cheap and lightweight....except its tone and playability. That's saying a lot for a bottom-of-the-market offering. Some background: ROGUE "Fine Instruments" are a generic housebrand. These guitars generally sell to the entry levelers because they are priced attractively. The instruments are contracted to Chinese (and Korean) manufacturing entities such as Samick and Daewon instrument corporations for design and assembly. This dreadnaught model originates from a China factory, as do so many other name brand instruments. How they can cover costs and profit margins from halfway round the globe for this price is a mystery to me, but nonetheless a bonus for the underfinanced customer.

Regarding this instrument: I have a fairly large collection of stringed instruments and merely bought the RA-090 to use up a soon-to-expire credit coupon. Curiosity about what a low priced guitar would sound and play like drove my purchase more than anything else. It was received double-boxed and in good (new) condition. The strings were slacked about 3-haltones to reduce shipment stress and wrapped in oiled paper. A chromed allen wrench was included for truss rod adjustment. This was not needed as the neck was straight and I detected no fret buzz once tuned to proper pitch. Sight down the neck and note that the brassy fret wires are quite even. There is just a slight hint of edgy-ness to the fret ends, but fine, really.

I measured the body, neck, headstock, and bridge dimensions against my Martin D-28: almost identical. Heck, the bridge, the headstock shape, and the pickguard look almost exactly like Martin's. The Rogue weighs several ounces less though and sports a single full sheet of (birch?) plywood for its top. Probably the same for the back and sides which are concealed by a piano-black coat of laquer paint. The outer finish is polyurethane, glossy but thinner than usual. There are no edge bindings anywhere, no ivoroid heel caps, no sound hole or seam marquetry. There are also no noticeable glue globs, bridge-to-top gaps, or generally nasty finish details to chastise. I rather like the soundhole surround decal - sort of a Greek urn style roping, gold over black to match the finish colors and wires. The tuners are unmarked Schaller-ish clones, but they are decently chromed and held tuning after the strings stretched a bit. The headstock nut is robust and cleanly cut. Nicely polished and rounded edges. The saddle nut is similar material with no discernable compensation chamfers. Surprising accurate intonation when checked at the twelfth (bit of sharpness in the B and high E).

Playing the guitar was a surprise. I expected high action, dull or wooden tone, and bad intonation. Instead I found reasonably low action (could be a smidge lower, but not bad) and a pleasant overall string tone with nice ringing treble notes. The midrange and lower notes are slightly muddy, but benefit from the dreadnaught size. Fingerstyle and picking both work pretty well with it. Hard strumming with a heavy pick might reveal its weaknesses, but I just don't go there. The brassy looking strings have a comfortable softness to them. I think the tone secret with this cheapie lies in its light, light construction. The design eschews the usual additional layer of spruce top veneer and back and side mahogany veneers which tend to damp other entry grade non-solid wood guitars. It has a perfectly reasonable neck shape (probably because it copies Martin's shapes) and string spacing. Dot position markers are traditional but well executed. The fingerboard (if it is rosewood) has been stained like the bridge to resemble black ebony. All the blackings probably hide various flaws in the wood surfaces, but they can't hide bad tone. I won't say this guitar has great tone, but it does have pretty darn GOOD tone. Perhaps as a happy accident of its lightness and cheapness.

If you need a starter product to test the waters with without really committing to guitar investment, this is probably as cheap and good as its gonna get. If you're flying off on a business trip across the States and can't trust the fate of your precious American made flattop, you can ship one of these suckers (now free!) to your destination just ahead of you. It's a weird consumer world we're living in these days. Enjoy the options while they last. And on the other spectrum, save up for and support our American made products when the time is right. A fine Gibson, Martin, or Taylor are worthy investments in their own right and far beyond the tonal reaches of these starter-outers.
Everything you need, but nothing more.
Middling for guitars in general, but pretty darn good for this price point, and the criticism is focused more on the quality of materials rather than how it's put together.
I could have gone with 8 or 10, but only time will tell if it holds up.

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Nice little beginer guitar. Poor quality control at the factory

I purchased the Rouge C90 acoustic guitar. The guitar has a very full sound for it's size. Right out of the box the action was good. I was dissapointed that there were 2...Read complete review

I purchased the Rouge C90 acoustic guitar. The guitar has a very full sound for it's size. Right out of the box the action was good. I was dissapointed that there were 2 spots on the guitar that were smudged when it was painted. ( I ordered the black gloss finish.) One spot was next to the sound hole rossette, and the other was to the upper left of the bridge wood mounting. I bought the guitar as a gift for someone so It was embarasing when I opened it up in front of her and we both saw the smudge marks. The sound and ease of play were ok though. I wouldn't order this guitar again. No quality control I guess at the factory.
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4.0

Great for the Money

By RayG103

from Morton,Pa.

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Good practice guitar for the money

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5.0

Amazing for the Price

By Ruben

from Chicago, IL

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Great Begginer Acoustic! Great sound for the price, also good for more experienced players looking to add to their collection.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works well!

    By SomeRandomGuy

    from louisville, ky

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar is great for the money. It looked great, felt great and stayed tuned. I use this mainly for practice and relaxing. The strings on it sound good enough to not have to change them right away. I may use it for demo recording.

      I did notice that way high up on the neck it's a bit more difficult to play leads, I'm talking way up near the upteens frets. So no big deal.

      God has blessed me with a great working acoustic for my needs. I recommend this guitar if price is a concern and you still want to feel good showing it to friends and confident playing it without worry. I've had it for a week but i also take good care of my stuff. I foresee no manufacturing problem from this one.

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      5.0

      Great beginner's guitar

      By LordChanze

      from Anzem

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Requires Constant Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      First guitar, pretty good.

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      5.0

      Fantastic Buy!

      By champkarate

      from downingtown, pa

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • Requires some tuning

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I got this guitar to fool around with. For the money, you can't beat it. The sound is great and it's got a good feel. Tuners aren't the best, but for the money, I was expecting a lot worse. Great for taking to the beach, camping and overall knock around guitar that sounds great and your not too worried about it if you knock or ding it up. Actually, the dings give more character. Get one!

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      5.0

      First Guitar for an 8 year old

      By Nana

      from Seattle

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Great Starter Guitar
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Learning Tool
      • Practicing
      • School Bands

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      My grandson wanted a real guitar for his 8th BD. HIs dad, a musician, suggested this one. They are both very happy w/ the guitar, the 8 year old for obvious reasons and Dad was very impressed w/ the quality of the guitar for the price and how nice it sounds. We'll see how it weathers the beatings of an 8 yr old! BTW little brother was thrilled w/ the box! Shipping was super fast. Easiest present I've ever given. Thanks!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Value

      By Wink

      from Hannibal, MO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Nice beginner or intermediate guitar, also good for everyday use, I was surprised by how well it played and sounded. Have been playing guitar for over 40 years.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's legit

        By Shaun b

        from Austin

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I got the black one, it arrived without a scratch. It's really light and it obviously not a top shelf guitar, but it's also not a toy. Good sound, unlike some other reviews I've seen, mine came set up perfectly. I added a strap button to it. I bought a set of strings also, but I'm going to wait a while to change them as the ones it came with are decent.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My Favorite Guitar

          By caribootrail

          from Okanogan Valley

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Looks Fabulous
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I enjoy strumming and picking around on my 090 after work. Rich tones, stays in tune, it deserves to be in a case. I have a half a dozen other guitars including an old takamine but I prefer to play this one. Something about a great sounding guitar on a budget. I'll give it to someone one of these days, and guess I'll tell them it is my favorite. Incredibly nice sunburst finish...for not a lot of dough. Are you kidding me? Buy one.

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            4.0

            Great beginner guitar

            By Cannacrazc

            from Michigan

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Rich Sound

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            Action was off quite a bit off. buying a cheaper guitar I wasn't trying to be picky, but customer service had no problem exchanging it. The second guitars action was much better and also sounded much richer. But had some slight defects with the paint. Not wanting to go through the hassle of getting another guitar sent out for such minor imperfections on an inexpensive guitar I just decided to keep it and customer service gave me be credit for the trouble and sent a free shipping label for the return since my post office wanted to charge me almost the cost of the guitar to send it back. All in all very happy with my purchase.

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