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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 284 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (193)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (71)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (146)
  • Good feel (146)
  • Good audio (135)
  • Stays in tune (95)
  • Consistent (87)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (26)
  • Poor quality (13)
  • Flat sound (7)
  • Not consistent (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (164)
  • Jamming (103)
  • Small venues (45)
  • School bands (27)
  • Recording (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (89), Experienced (88), Professional musician (25)

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)

 
3.0

Cheap starter guitar

By Brit

from Missouri

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Cheap

Cons

  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Cheap guitar. Good if your not sure weather you'll stick with it. Invest in an electronic tuner every time you get it out you'll need to retune it.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good buy and well worth the money.

By Al "Speedy" G.

from San Antonio Texas

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    It's a good instrument for a beginner to start with without spending an arm and a leg to see if he really has the ambition to get through the first couple of months. Then the fun of making music really starts.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great for tertiary guitar

    By Bill

    from Sacramento Ca

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Can't Think Of Any

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Great as extra instrument. Already have several guitars at home. Bought this one to keep at my sons home. Perfect to keep playing for fun and practice.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LOVE IT

    By p90flex

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None That I Can Think Of

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Loved it, this is my first guitar and I'm completely happy with the choice I made.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME GUITAR! BUY IT!

    By Eden =)

    from lindenhurst ny

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Learning
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Love this Guitar! I'm a complete beginner and I figured I would learn after my cousin got a fender guitar. I figured that I would start off easy and get a advanced guitar later on.
    I am so happy I did!
    There is little buzzing, a full rich sound and is just a wonderful instrument! when we did a sound test with my guitar and my cousins there was hardly any sound difference!!! I love this guitar. Its going to go everywhere...

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rich sound quality

    By MRAMSO2112

    from Scottsdale, AZ

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Requires Some Adjustment

    Best Uses

    • Camps And Practice
    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I'm a experienced musician, have been playing guitar for since I was 10 years old - I'm 40 now - and I got this guitar as a gift to my dad. I'm really impressed with the sound quality, appearance and how this guitar stay in tune with such low price. Qualities expected just for more expensive models and brands.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A lot of guitar for the money

    By Novice57

    from New Richmond, WI

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This is my first acoustic guitar and I got a lot of compliments of fellow musicians for the good sound and the craftsmanship of the guitar.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Needed a little work

      By Rog

      from Tallahassee, Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This Guitar sounded good but had to have the bridge lowerd and the neck adjusted. The tunning keys are poor and sound like they need to be changed but they hold tune. The frets were sharp and uncomfortable when changing cords. I filed them down with a Dremmel tool and tapered them on the ends. It now plays great but this could discourage a beginner. I felt it necessary to include these remarks for someone who is unable to make these repairs themselves. A luthier would charge you more than you paid for the instrument to do this type of setup. You can also visit youtube on the internet and educate yourself on this procedure. It is not that hard to make these adjustments.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great beginner guitar

      By Fortunata

      from Chantilly, VA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Got the guitar for my son to start lessons. Beautiful look and feel for the price.
        Thanks.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I've bought over a dozen of these!

        By Holmes

        from Delaware

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Great Price
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Beginning Guitar Classes

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Teaching guitar to a bunch of kids who have never held a guitar in their hands before? Get this guitar. They holdup. Decent tone right out of the box with the original strings. Restring them with phosphorus bronze strings and they sound ten times better. You can't go wrong if you buy these for beginning guitar classes.

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