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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 353 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (240)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (199)
  • Fun to play (195)
  • Good audio (178)
  • Stays in tune (132)
  • Consistent (119)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (35)
  • Poor quality (16)
  • Flat sound (8)
  • Not consistent (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (219)
  • Jamming (134)
  • Small venues (63)
  • School bands (38)
  • Recording (36)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (128), Experienced (110), 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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(38 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Can this price buy a usable guitar?

By Cliffsnotes

from Cleveland

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Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic 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 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.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

RA-090

By Jason Beeman

from Tulsa

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Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

The Rogue RA-090 is a great beginner or practice guitar well worth the money with great sound. However you do get what you pay for so dont have high expectations. It does have small flaws that are visible but do not affect playability. .
Rogue RA-090 guitar has stanard features like adjustable truss rod, pickguard and rosette.
Decent quality for the price. It's no higher priced guitar. There are some visual imperfections in the finish and not a perfectly smooth sanding job before the finish.
I dont think you can find a guitar this cheap anywhere else. I even looked for awhile for used guitars but couldn't get one for the price. I wasn't as concerned about the quality or sound because this is just a practice guitar I leave at work and will probably get beat up anyway.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Starting Guitar

By David McCann

from Virginia

Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I really enjoy playing this guitar, especially since it is my first guitar and I am a beginner player. It was very inexpensive and a good instrument to being playing on. I can play good music, while not being afraid if I drop it or break it somehow. I have no complaints about this great guitar!
There are not a lot of special features, but beginning accousitic guitars rarely do. This guitar has all the features to play great sounding music.
I have had the guitar for 8 months now and has held up well. I have not had to replace any strings since I got it. The pick guard has gotten some scrates in it, but that is to be expected since that's what the pick guard is designed for. Nothing has broken on it and doesn't look like it will anytime soon! The sound is very great quality while I've played many songs with and without a pick.
This is an extremely good value guitar. It sounds great and is a very good price compared to many guitars. This is my first guitar, but I am very satisfied with the cost, as well as the instrument I received for the cost.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasantly Surprised

By SP

from NY, NY

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Travel

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    After EXTENSIVE research (via reviews and youtube) I took a risk and purchased the natural guitar as a starter for my tweenager. What a pleasant surprise when it exceeded not only my expectations (which I admit were guarded because of the price), but that of the 4 pros who broke it in for me when it arrived.

    It arrived in great condition out of the box; no dings, scuffs and I was told required no set up at all. The action was low and even, the neck didn't need adjusting and the frets/bridge/nut were playable as-is. Just the same it's always a good idea to have someone who knows what to look for to give it a good once over should you buy one. After a good workout from the guys, the intonation remained quite good all things considered and it held tune better than expected.

    The RA 090 had a lighter lacquer finish than your average guitar which seemed to work in it's favor in producing a nice clear sound. The higher registers of the fret board also produced little to no buzz. Even the tuning pegs, though obviously not high-end, were a nice presentable polished chrome.

    As a novice, I wouldn't know what to look for, which is why I had it delivered to my job, where I work with various levels of guitar players, including one who builds guitars (and a few self professed "guitar snobs"). I was very pleased with their reaction. All had a great time taking turns playing and looking it over, and agreed that for this ridiculously low price point, it had a nice sound, and for what it was worth, turned out to be a nicely constructed attractive guitar.

    They felt it was most suitable as a starter for a beginner, or a travel guitar to jam with, leaving the much nicer high end guitars safely at home for bigger and better things.

    I can't speak for the other Rogue models, but this particular one had the best reviews pound for pound and can't be beat for the money. Time will tell how well it will hold up.

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By Avery.95

    from West Bend

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I am only 15 years old, but ive been playing guitar for about eight years now, and I bought this guitar about a week and a half ago, and it is awesome. Like it says in the description, you can hear it across the room, you really can hear it from far away. My neighbor even complained to us about how I was being too loud. I would recommend this guitar to almost anyone because of its feeling, and its sound. And for its cost, it is amazing. You couldnt find a guitar that is this good, anywhere else :)

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not bad

    By SkipDal

    from Gulf Breeze FL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Glue Finish

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Knock around
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    The other reviews are pretty spot on, so I won't waste your time repeating them.

    I will say that 2 experienced guitarist LAUGHED at the guitar but did say it was a great deal. It doesn't compare to a $1000+ guitar but who would expect it to.

    The ONLY bad thing I would say, which should be EXPECTED is... The finish... Looks extremely cheap and has a strong glue smell.

    Good guitar overall, stock strings are OK, stays in tune (surprise) and has a rich almost bright sound, with some warmth. Great Deal.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow!

    By Bennett Myhran

    from Orono, MN

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    First of all, I am a snobby, critical electric guitar player. I've been playing for about a decade and am very particular about my equipment.

    I ordered this guitar totally impulsively. I've never had an acoustic. (That's not true, I had a Songbird for about two days before I returned it because I was afraid of screwing up the humidity or temperature or something... like I said, I'm anal about my gear.) I figured that I couldn't go wrong with such a low price, no tax, free shipping and all 5 star reviews. Turns out I was right. I expected a piece of junk, to be honest. But at least I'd have something that I could play unplugged. I got it yesterday and it far surpasses those expectations. I'd price it at about $400, just judging by the sound and construction of the guitar. One thing not mentioned in other reviews is that this thing is loud. You'd typically expect a cheap guitar like this to sound tinny and subtle but instead, it is loud and bright. It even came with some nice strings on it. This thing is awesome, thank you! Did you send me the right one?

    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Absolutely Recommend it

    By cwisor

    from Curwensville, PA

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    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I ordered this guitar for the primary reason of putting my infant son to sleep when he arrives in June. I was looking for something very inexpensive, when I stumbled upon this guitar. It is a great sounding acoustic guitar, but I believe it is limited to a practice instrument. The neck seems to be all one piece, and the fretboard is carved just fine. Just please understand that you get what you pay for, and that it is in no way a Taylor or PRS acoustic. It sounds great, plays well, and I'm sure it will put the baby to sleep many a night, if it doesn't do the same for me. Buy it, you will enjoy it and be surprised by its tone.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Buy

    By Owner and happy

    from Port Charlotte FL

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    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This is the second time I bought this guitar. Sold the first one and missed have an easy to play low cost guitar. I don't think you can find a better guitar for this kind of money anywhere. Looks good and has low action out of the box. All metal tuners and a very good sound. The guitar is light in weight with a small neck which helps make it easy to play.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Pound-per-Pound Guitar out there!

    By Oscar Magnum

    from USA

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Best guitar value I have seen so far.
    This is a very basic dreadnought based on the Martin d-28 design. It's a pretty accurate replica even down to the large dot inlays on the fretboard. (The only thing that sets it apart is the rosette inlay and that it's not made out of solid spruce/rosewood)
    I bought this guitar when it was on sale. I didn't expect much at all, but when the guitar arrived it looked beautiful and sounded surprisingly good. Yes it's made out of a laminate, but the dreadnought body really gives it a good volume.
    I own a Taylor GS5 which is 45 times (!) more expensive than this guitar. Well let me tell you, I enjoy playing them both equally. I have played a lot of guitars that were much more expensive than this, but didn't sound as good. I am also not worried about bumping this one or scratching it.

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