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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 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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A great introductory acoustic, priced for anyone to afford.

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 306 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (209)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (74)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (162)
  • Good feel (162)
  • Good audio (144)
  • Stays in tune (105)
  • Consistent (99)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (28)
  • Poor quality (13)
  • Flat sound (8)
  • Not consistent (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (181)
  • Jamming (110)
  • Small venues (50)
  • Recording (29)
  • School bands (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (100), Experienced (97), Professional musician (27)

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 buy

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from Tn

About Me Novice

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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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    5.0

    excellent beginner guitar, or addition to your collection!

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    from gassville,Ar.

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I got this guitar to play and practice on. I couldn't be more happy!! I've already recommended this guitar to two other friends! Rock-on!

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      5.0

      Surprisingly Well Made - Great Value

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      from New Jersey

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought this guitar basically as a sub 100 throwaway for my children to bang on while learning their cowboy chords. My expectations on quality and playability were fairly low based on the price so I was pretty surprised to find a solidly built guitar with a straight neck, polished frets and strings that were actually close to the fretboard past the 12 fret that stayed in tune. The guitar even has a nice round even tone. I was going to buy them an Epi DR100 at twice the price but this guitar is a better value and I dont cringe every time they accidentally bang it against something.

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        3.0

        Not bad once it's set up

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        from Northeast Ohio

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        Pros

        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          Right out of the box it was not so great. After I did the following, it was much better: 1) tightened truss rod to straighten neck; 2) sanded a bit off the bottom of the bridge to lower the action; 3) sanded a bit off the bottom of the nut to lower the action; 4) put new strings on it; 5) hammered down a high fret wire (2nd fret). These are all easy fixes and I expected that I would have to do 1-4. I was amazed at how much hammering force I had to use to get the fret wire down - I covered the fret wire and fretboard with a thick cloth so as not to cause damage and checked the fret wire after each hammer blow. After these adjustments, it was much easier to play and it sounded better with the new strings. I use it as a practice guitar that I keep at my parents house. The build quality and tone are not in the same league as my Zager guitar, but it should be fine for someone new to playing guitar or for anyone needing a practice guitar that they don't want to spend much money on.

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          5.0

          CANT GO WRONG

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          from SHARON PA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            IM NOT A PRO BUT I HAD ONE PLAY THIS -- AND THEY THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT ALL THE WAY AROUND- I DID RESTRING IT WITH ERNIE BALL EARTHWOOD ULTRA LIGHT STRINGS --THAT GAVE IT A SMOOTH MELLOW SOUND.

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            5.0

            Nice guitar...for the beginner and beyond.

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            from Lexington, KY

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              This is really a great guitar for the value. I have played others costing3-4 times as much that I do not like any better than this one. It really is a shame that when our group performs The Who's song "I Can See For Miles" that at the end of the song I smash the guitar on stage and set it on fire. It splinters and smashes up quite well and then it is really good at starting and sustaining a blaze. I'm on my 12 guitar. the other cheaper guitars which I have purchased for this purpose have not nearly sounded or played as well for the same money. It really is a shame to destroy it but that is what is called for. the secret is to allow some lighter fluid to be applied and dry on the guitar overnight and then using a nice guitar string polish and wax for it to catch on fire easily. It really gets the crowd going with a lot of whoops and fun.

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              5.0

              Great Value

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              from ugly

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              Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              great starter guitar

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              5.0

              Good product and service

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              from Atlanta, GA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                Good quality for the price

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                3.0

                Have purchased 2 as gifts

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                from North San Diego

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  For the money, you simply can't beat this guitar. I have purchased 2 to give to a friend's children who are interested in learning to play. There were no flaws in the finish, the frets were smooth and the sound is way better than many of the other lower budget acoustics by bigger names. For a starter acoustic, this is easily the best.

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                  5.0

                  I would recommend this guitar to any beginner like me.

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                  from Texas

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    I am 31 and just beginning to learn. The guitar was able to be tuned easily by my husband using a google app. The guitar feels nice and I like the sound. I am a very very beginner. My Brother in law played it for a while and he is in a band and he really liked it. It was amazing what he could do with it. I am impressed and excited to start to learn more and more about playing.

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