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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 315 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (216)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (170)
  • Fun to play (169)
  • Good audio (152)
  • Stays in tune (111)
  • Consistent (104)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (29)
  • Poor quality (14)
  • Flat sound (8)
  • Not consistent (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (189)
  • Jamming (114)
  • Small venues (52)
  • Recording (31)
  • School bands (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (106), Experienced (98), Professional musician (29)

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

Very good guitar

By daifuling

from Texas Panhandle

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Little larger body than I had before.

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar was an upgrade from a pawn shop special I had. Although I am just learning to play, I am impressed with the quality of the guitar, especially the sound. I am having to adjust from a smaller guitar to this standard size, but I am happy with this guitar and would recommend it.

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5.0

Product was exactly as described!

By Zsa Zsa

from Benton, LA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      As a first guitar for my grandson, this is an affordable option.

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      5.0

      Great Beginner Guitar

      By CG

      from East Bay Area

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Bought this for my beginner student. For half the price, this guitar is much easier to play and sounds better than the Jasmine my student bought from a local store.

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        5.0

        By far My Favorite Acoustic Guitar

        By Chadwick Seets Jr

        from Stanley,Wi

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          All around Awesome Guitar , Fell in love with it at first site

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Like It

          By Gunner

          from Monroe, Oregon

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            It is therapy for my PTSD from Nam. It tunes easily and stays tuned. It looks good and sounds good with full rich tones. I changed the strings as soon as it arrived. I just sold my Yamaha C7 grand and wanted something to help me keep my fingers moving that did not take up an entire room. It will be my only guitar until I master all the chords I want to use, then I may upgrade. It works for me.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            decent guitar

            By joe

            from Florida

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands

            Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            A pretty good guitar, you get what you pay for. It is a great guitar for beginners, however there is one flaw and that is the action. The action is a little high so it may be hurting your fingers when you just start out, other thatn that great guitar.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worth more than the price!

            By Geoff

            from Sonoma, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I've been playing guitar for 20 years... I don't believe in investing in expensive equipment because I've learned that a better instrument doesn't make you a better player. This was the cheapest acoustic in the catalog, which is why I bought it, and the tone and playability is fantastic... I'm also stunned by the sustain, it really rings out forever...

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar at a very good price!

              By CJ

              from Oneonta, NY

              About Me Novice

              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:

                This was purchased for our teenage granddaughter. Her grandfather has played a guitar since he was 16 and has owned a variety of guitars over the years. He very much likes the guitar as it has a low action but narrow neck - good for a girl! She says it is a pretty guitar and likes the sound and action on it - just has to get used to a narrower neck.

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                5.0

                This guitar is great

                By Josh the noob

                from Covington Georgia

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                • Requires Constant Tuning

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I use this to practice every few days learning new notes.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great buy

                By Dman

                from Tn

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  Easy to play and great sound

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