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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 327 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (226)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (178)
  • Fun to play (175)
  • Good audio (159)
  • Stays in tune (116)
  • Consistent (107)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (31)
  • Poor quality (15)
  • Flat sound (8)
  • Not consistent (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (198)
  • Jamming (123)
  • Small venues (53)
  • School bands (34)
  • Recording (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (112), Experienced (103), 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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(1 of 1 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 Guitar Nerd

    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 1 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.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect First Guitar

          By Ahahaha

          from Los Angeles CA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              My first guitar.. I wasn't sure but for the price why not? And now I've played it every day for 2 weeks!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Truly surprised .

              By Chunks

              from Port Angeles, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              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 been playing electric guitar for 22 years and thought it was finally time to have an acoustic in the house. Was planning on spending quite a bit more (when I have it) but this thing jumped out at me and I decided to try it out. Excellent decision, I must say. I got the black one and it was perfect out of the box. I can't believe how good it is for such a low price. Outstanding deal. I'd recommend to anyone. It's a solid guitar that looks, sounds and feels great.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Guitar! Highly Recommended!

                By Josh

                from Arizona

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                • Requires Constant Tuning

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands

                Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I bought this guitar because of its price, and I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. It sounds nearly as good, especially given the low price. The build quality seems excellent, and the paint looks great!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Guitar for the Price, Very Pleased with our purchase

                By Happy customer

                from knoxville, TN

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  Bought this guitar to keep at my work office for practice sessions during breaks and at lunchtime. Was a little anxious about buying a guitar site unseen, but I trusted the many reviewers that gave this guitar good marks and was very pleasantly surprised. Had a fairly good tone with the original strings. Had a much better and brighter tone after swapping out those strings and replacing them with new D'Addario Phosphor Bronze. This guitar has certainly been well worth the price and it is a joy to play. MusiciansFriend was easy to work with and quick to ship the Guitar. Good customer service and overall this has been a very pleasant experience. Will certainly consider working with them in the future as my needs arise.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  would recommend to a person just starting guitar

                  By N/A

                  from honolulu,hi

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                  • Requires Constant Tuning

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • School Bands

                  Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  tuner keys out of tune quite a bit!! This guitar is smaller than regular guitar less frets to play! Made solely for a beginner or practice guitar and nothing else!! Definitely needs adjusting of truss rod and saddle to optimize finger playability and stress factor on fingers! Overall great buy but needs a lot of work done on it!! I might even change the tuning keys if i can find a great one for a low price!!!

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