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Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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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 332 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (228)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (180)
  • Fun to play (178)
  • Good audio (161)
  • Stays in tune (118)
  • Consistent (108)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (33)
  • Poor quality (16)
  • Flat sound (8)
  • Not consistent (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (202)
  • Jamming (123)
  • Small venues (54)
  • School bands (35)
  • Recording (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (115), Experienced (103), Professional musician (30)

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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2.0

I do not recommend this guitar

By Brent

from Oregon

About Me Novice

Pros

    Cons

    • No quality control
    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Learn how to set up guitar
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    The strings and frets were tarnished and rusty. Too much bow in the kneck that truss rod could not counter. Saddle too high.

    Best thing about this guitar is learning how to set up a new guitar.

    I also learned to never buy a guitar without inspecting it in person, first.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Guitar is as expected

    By Newb

    from Carmel by the Sea, CA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    4 stars, because it is pretty much what I expected...maybe mores. Beginning guitar player, I wanted a guitar that was affordable because like many people who pick up an instrument I may get quickly discouraged. Thankfully that hasn't happened. Guitar looks and sounds good. Clearly cheap materials are to build this guitar, but my gosh what do you expect for the price. Tuners aren't great, but at my level it is just fine. Actually has a nice tone. Don't hesitate if you are looking for an inexpensive yet playable guitar. Plenty of youtube videos of good players using this guitar for travel and practice.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar well worth the cost!!!!!

    By Merle Jr.

    from Tn

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar is awesome, I returned 3 others from various vendors before finally getting this for my Granddaughter. This is a guitar and no toy, I love the sound, tunes well and the neck is perfect for a beginner. Finish(Sunburst) is amazing. My Granddaughter will be as surprised as I was.(Christmas gift) I want to thank Musicians Friend for selling this guitar at the price that a beginner can get a great guitar. I have played for 46 years and this is a great deal. Thank you.

       
      5.0

      Great for a beginner

      By Perpetual beginner

      from BC, Canada

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I am a beginner player. I have been trying to learn to play guitar for about the last 5 (or more) years. I have bought 2 electric guitars and 3 basses plus amps, bags, cables, cases, books, lessons, etc. and found out that no matter how much you buy, it doesn't make learning easier. I would just start, quit, restart, repeat. So I decided to try an acoustic guitar. I didn't want to spend a lot, given my history, and to be honest I did not expect much from this guitar. When I got the guitar, I was pleasantly surprised. It looks good. It tunes easily and I like the sound. I'm definitely NOT a musician but it sounds perfectly fine to me, especially to learn on. The strings are light and easy to fret. So far I love that the neck is wider than my electric which makes it so much easier to pick the correct string. I am having a lot of fun with this guitar and for the price, I have no complaints at all. I am confident that this time I will finally begin to be able to play actual music.

         
        3.0

        RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

        By Guitar buyer

        from Kentucky

        About Me Child

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Requires Constant Tuning

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            This guitar was bought for a small child that was not going to have anything for Christmas. The looks and feel of the guitar is great. When the guitar was painted there was a black blotch of paint and also around the body circle of the guitar most of the circle had been scratched.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent deal

            By Chunks

            from Port Angeles, WA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I've played guitar for 22 years, mostly electric, and I've been meaning to pick up an acoustic for a long time but could never bring myself to spend the money on one when I had it. So, when I saw this for such a low price and read all the positive reviews and videos, I knew it was time. I made the right choice. Looks, sounds and feels great. I can't believe how good this guitar is for the money. Like I said, I wasn't really an acoustic guy, but to me this guitar feels very good to play. I play it all the time now. Highly recommended.

               
              4.0

              I would buy this guitar again.

              By rocker man

              from Kentucky

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                Guitar sounds great. Good for practice, beginner, or as a backup.

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful guitar

                By Ajay

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  Its my first guitar & it was love at first sight. Amazing quality & sound especially for the price. I couldn't resist!

                   
                  5.0

                  It is so beautiful.

                  By Shiyu

                  from Philadelphia Pennsylvania

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                  • Poor Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  It is so beautiful but a little rough.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Incerdible bargain!

                  By Mongo

                  from Syracuse, N.Y.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    I've been playing for 30 years, mostly electric/metal. My old acoustic died on me after too many camping trips leaving it out in the rain. Saw the guitar-mandolin pack on MF and figured I'd spend a hundred for a new acoustic, and try the mando. Both are excellent for the price. The guitar is perfect for throwing in the car, and mandolin is way fun to play. Buy it.

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