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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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Overview
  • 6-string
  • Dreadnought design
  • Whitewood body
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $129.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $70.00
  • Your Price:
    $5999
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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 rosewood bridge and fretboard 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.

Case sold separately

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • 6-string
  • Dreadnought design
  • Whitewood body
  • 25-3/8" scale length
  • Nato neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • 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 229 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (159)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (102)
  • Good feel (102)
  • Good audio (97)
  • Stays in tune (72)
  • Consistent (63)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (17)
  • Poor quality (8)
  • Flat sound (6)
  • Not consistent (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (116)
  • Jamming (72)
  • Small venues (34)
  • Recording (20)
  • School bands (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (65), Novice (64), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

First Guitar

By 75stingray

from Southern Outer Banks

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Recommend this guitar for the beginner just learning to play. Full size.

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3.0

The Rouge Acoustic is a decent guitar

By Rocknrolldrywall

from Grand Junction CO

About Me Experienced

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Buzzes When Strummed Hard

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I am a drummer but I like to strum sometimes. I sold a nice guitar to a friend and needed something to replace it. Musicians friend always delivers. The right price point, Fast and free shipping and decent quality keep me coming back. Dont have a lot of money to spend but I get a lot of bang for the buck. The guitar plays nice, a rich full sound. It looks good. Tunes right up. Not at all disappointing.

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4.0

Guitar class

By musicteacher

from Idaho

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • School Bands

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought a set of these guitars (RA-090)and Rogue Starter acoustics for music class at our school. While both guitars are a good value, the RA-090 guitars are far superior in quality. We haven't had any problems yet using the guitars daily. I was a little nervous that the quality would be poor because they were so cheap, but they are pretty solid. I'd definitely recommend these for a starter guitar.

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    WHAT TO SAY? MISLEADING

    By IMSINGINDOUG

    from PORTLAND OREGON

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Not Consistent
    • Poor Construction
    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    THIS IS NOT A REAL GUITAR FOR EVEN BEGINNERS. A GOOD TOY FOR LITTLE KIDS AND ONE YOU DON'T CARE AT ALL IF IT GETS BROKEN.

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    4.0

    Great guitar for the price

    By Mario4

    from Arizona

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Value
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • BEGINNER
    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This is a great beginner guitar for the price. Sounds good and plays well. I bought this for my 14 year old beginner and he loves. His teacher said it was a nice guitar for the price. Overall happy with this purchase. I would recommend it for beginners.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By Justhere

    from Ma

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Perfect For Beginners
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Starter

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Rich sound great first guitar all around 3 thumbs up

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Don't judge a book by its cover

      By NK

      from NJ

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Requires Constant Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I was hesitant to buy a cheaper priced guitar, but bought it seeing the positive reviews. Glad I bought it. I am basic beginner never held a guitar and wanted to try out a cheaper product before investing too much money and this product is worth it. I showed this to my friend who is experienced and he said its good quality product. Just needs constant tuning. So it is definitely worth the price. Not recommended for experienced, excellent for beginners.

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      5.0

      Better than I thought!

      By NicoleXO

      from High Desert, Ca

      About Me Experienced

      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 am teaching my boyfriend how to play guitar. I have two of my own, a Fender acoustic electric & a Johnson acoustic. His birthday was coming up & I thought it would be a great gift. So after browsing on this website & reading reviews, I went with this one. I am very happy I choose this. He was super happy, too! For the price, I was thinking it would be an okay guitar. But it definitely exceeded my expectations. The package got here on his birthday (: Thank you MusiciansFriend

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        4.0

        Great for the price

        By darkhorse909

        from Alabama

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Plays Good Sounds Good
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Sharp Burrs On Frets Edge

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Great for the price. Bought several for my students most are really good but some have sharp burrs on the edge of the frets. Other than that I have no complaints.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        For cheap guitar it plays well

        By Alfunso

        from Brick, NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Plays well

        Cons

        • Plywood Construction

        Best Uses

        • Beach
        • Beach Guitar
        • Camping
        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Great for the price. Why take your expensive guitar camping or to the beach, this will do the job and it was very playable right out of the box and the is not bad for the price. So if your looking for that knock around guitar, this is a deal and you can't go wrong!

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