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Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural 

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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 music...Read More

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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 272 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (186)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (137)
  • Good feel (136)
  • Good audio (127)
  • Stays in tune (88)
  • Consistent (81)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (25)
  • Poor quality (11)
  • Flat sound (7)
  • Not consistent (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (153)
  • Jamming (97)
  • Small venues (42)
  • School bands (26)
  • Recording (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (84), Novice (84), Professional musician (22)

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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5.0

Pretty fantastic guitar!

By musicdadof2

from Aspen, CO

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Just received this guitar in the mail and all I have to say is...NICE! I had been mulling over buying this guitar for a few months now, mostly in part because of its low price. However, the reviews are true. This guitar really is a great find for being so cheap! It came packaged very well. Wrapped in cellophane, strings wrapped in oil paper, put in the original box, then put in another box and stuffed tight with paper. Plus, it got here fast (thanks Musiciansfriend)!

    The guitar itself has some great playability. The action isn't too high (so your fingers can play for hours), the standard strings give this guitar some serious tone (deep and rich), the tuners stayed put after I had played for 20 minutes (cheap build, but holding so far), and the body had a great paint job.

    I've played in numerous bands, but acoustic is my forte. This plays just as good as some other high end acoustics I've owned. Great guitar for a beginner or someone who just enjoys having a quality guitar around the house. I have two kids, so this is perfect to keep around.

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    5.0

    Great guitar for the value

    By Joepgardner87

    from Sparta tn

    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:

      Great guitar definately worth a lot more than what you pay for great sound easy to play holds a tune comfortable feel everything you would want in a guitar i think this is guitar is great for beginners or experienced musicians

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      4.0

      Nice birthday gift for a new learner

      By Tee

      from Grove City Ohio

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Not Consistent

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Looking forward to learning to play this.

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      4.0

      worth, if you know how to do a setup

      By Djsammysam

      from abq, new mexico

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      So i got this for a friend that is learning. The action was super high. I had to shave the bridge with sandpaper. I took a good 37 percent off the plastic saddle, took about 30 mins.Beware of taking to much off the saddle. The saddle has a curved radius. I got the string height to were u can put a quarter snugg under the 12 fret. I prolly could of got it 100 percent perfect if the plastic saddle was straight across. The neck was too straight, so i gave it a small turn for relief. I tuned it once and played for couple days and let it sit. It stayed in tune and NO buzzing!!! There was no hump in the neck. The angle of the neck polly could of been better when it was glued on, otherwise i wouldnt have to shave so much off the saddle bridge. i didnt notice any deflection around the bridge. After setup, this guitar was amazing!! Sounded better than some of my higher end acoustics. The friend i gave it too was amazed how easy it was to fret the notes. I wanted to give them a good easy playing guitar to get them through the difficult time of learning, so that they wont give up! For being a chinese guitar, I was surprised. I dont know how this guitar will hold up over the years being chinese. My advice to my friend is too maintain the guitar with a humidifier since we live in a dry climate. I was worried about the guitar getting a deflection under the bridge overtime. Only get extra light gauge strings 10-47. With a good setup and a proper maintenance during the years to come, this guitar is a winner!!

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      5.0

      Great beginner guitar

      By J.Y

      from Chicago

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I'm a beginner and this is my first guitar. so far so good. good price!

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        4.0

        Not bad for the price...

        By Old Guy

        from Denver, Colorado

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Rich Sound

        Cons

        • Requires Constant Tuning

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        The quality of the guitar is somewhat better than expected, except for the tuners, which need constant attention. I'm going to replace them very soon. The "natural" finish is a pale birch plywood top, with black back and sides. In this particular instrument, the top had a rather unfortunate flaw in the grain of the wood, but that's no great deal breaker anyway. this is a fairly loud instrument, and cuts through the sound of others nicely. For an economy guitar, it's probably as good as any similar inexpensive one.

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        5.0

        Great guitar for players with artritis!

        By Beaver 21

        from East Alburgh Vermont

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          It feels much easier to play than my full size models due to artritis in my hands. My son has this guitar, so I bought one for myself. Looks and sounds much richer than the low price I paid.

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          5.0

          GREAT!

          By amaaazzie

          from New York, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            This is a very good guitar if you're looking to learn how to play. very reliable product!

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            5.0

            Awesome!

            By 5SOSFan

            from Louisiana

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Requires Constant Tuning

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I wanted a cheap acoustic guitar to practice with, and this is amazing! It looks great, and it doesn't feel cheap at all. It does require a bit of tuning, but I believe that it will get better once the strings are broken in. I plan on getting some better strings, but the ones provided are good enough! The guitar sounds great! I love it a lot!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unsurpassed value - you can't beat this!

            By Closet singer.

            from San Jose, Ca

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None Value Is Great

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            Got it for my son. I was amazed how good this guitar is for the price. I am blown away on the value of this guitar.

            Very very nice.

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