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A marvel for its price, the traditional dreadnought design makes for one very playable guitar with a great, full tone. Perfect for strumming or finge...Click To Read More About This Product

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A worthy starter guitar.

A marvel for its price, the traditional dreadnought design makes for one very playable guitar with a great, full tone. Perfect for strumming or fingerpicking any style of music, it's no wonder this guitar has been so highly rated by our customers. Features a genuine spruce top, die-cast tuning machines, 25-1/2" scale nato neck, and bound rosewood fretboard. It's easy to tune and stays that way. Rich, resonant sound and excellent projection and intonation make this a first guitar to be proud of. It's also great for camping or as a second guitar. Each guitar ships with genuine Martin strings for a quality sound right out of the box.

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Case sold separately

FEATURES
  • Genuine spruce top
  • Die-cast tuning machines
  • Nato neck
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • Martin strings
  • Case sold separately
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RogueRA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 492 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (340)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (104)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (52)
  • Fun to play (50)
  • Good audio (45)
  • Stays in tune (43)
  • Consistent (33)

Cons

  • Poor quality (9)
  • Requires constant tuning (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (60)
  • Jamming (42)
  • Small venues (19)
  • Recording (11)
  • School bands (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Novice (31), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Surprised!

I have been playing guitar for 34 years. I have quality expensive guitars. I'm giving this 5 stars, because as an instrument, and at this price, my expectations were not very high...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar for 34 years. I have quality expensive guitars. I'm giving this 5 stars, because as an instrument, and at this price, my expectations were not very high at all---and I was pleasantly surprised.
I expected a cheap, flimsy, poorly made "starter" instrument...but this didn't fit that category in my opinion. It is well built...and with new strings and a proper set-up, plays and sounds just as good as more expensive instruments.
I got the Natural guitar, and it is beautiful.
Was looking for an inexpensive guitar that I wouldn't worry about taking in a canoe, camping, and rugged outdoor activities. After removing the "tinny" steel Martin strings, oiling the fretboard, filing sharp edges on the frets, and restringing with quality Phosphor Bronze strings, (string height and neck bow was fine, so no truss rod, bridge, or nut adjustment was necessary on mine), I'm not sure I wanna let this guitar get beat up in the outdoors any more.
It showed up with no visible damage, or missed 'quality control' issues (I don't count the sharp fret edges on the guitar, because at this price they're NOT going to "roll" the edges like Fender, Gibson, Taylor, etc...)
It is the less expensive, less resonant woods used to make this instrument that make it so affordable NOT the construction. Even as an experienced player, I wouldn't be afraid to recommend this to ANYONE looking to play. If you want to get the best out of it be prepared to do a proper set-up, or know someone that can do it for you (if you wanna get the best out of it).

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Intonation off otherwise a killer deal

I got a Musicians Friend gift certificate as a Xmas gift from one of my many students (I teach guitar full time)that just about paid for this guitar. What a deal, right?...Read complete review

I got a Musicians Friend gift certificate as a Xmas gift from one of my many students (I teach guitar full time)that just about paid for this guitar. What a deal, right? They used to be, but sadly not anymore. Years ago I could recommend this very model to students and they would always be great. Guitar looks great, straight neck, good tuners, and great tone! But their manufacturer can't seem to place the nut accurately in the last two years, making it impossible to tune well. I know this because my students who have bought this very guitar all have the same issue- poor intonation, all because of the same manufacture's defect. The problem is ABSOLUTELY that they place the nut in the wrong position by about 2 mm. I know this because it is impossible to tune this model now with open strings and no capo- the dead giveaway is you can get the chords in one key to sound good, then switch to chords in another key and tuning is just awful- that indicates severe intonation problems. However when you place a capo on any fret on the guitar and then play from there, tuning with my Snark tuner is successful and tuning is PERFECT with all chords in tune in all keys- perfect intonation. After I narrowed down the problem I noticed that the nut on this guitar was placed about 2 mm. to the left too far vs. all my other identical sized, but more expensive and professional, dreadnaught sized guitars in the same scale size. That's it! So I knocked out the nut, routered out 2 mm. from the end of the now exposed fretboard to match the distance between the nut and the first metal fret with my good guitars, re glued the nut into the new position and presto- perfect intonation! Musicians friend is SO close to having a perfect and inexpensive beginner guitar in their lineup- please just call the manufacturer and ask them to recalibrate their CNC routing machines to place that nut correctly- it's a manufacture's defect that would be EASY for them to correct!

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5.0

Great guitar for the price!

By Montana Ed

from Helena, Montana

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I was all prepared to have to lower the action and really scrub the frets because of some of the previous comments on this guitar, but I was pleasantly surprised to find my guitar was in great shape (no dings or dents), the action was good (no adjustment needed) and the frets, while VERY dry, were not dirty (but I still gave them a good cleaning and oiling when I restrung the guitar.) The strings were better than I expected (some said they sounded "dead") but mine were fine, but I did notice some paint on the B string, so I put some Elixir Nano Lights on it anyway (because who knows how old those original strings are?)

The sound of this guitar is amazing, considering the price! I was worried that it'd be "toy" sounding, but it's really nice, with good low and high end (with the new strings). It's not as nice as my thousand dol lar Yamaha A3R, but it's less than 10% of the cost!

I bought this guitar as a back up guitar, and as one that I could take places where I wouldn't dare take my Yamaha or seventeen hundred dol lar Martin for fear that it'd get damaged or stolen. It'd make me sad, of course, because it IS a nice guitar, but it wouldn't take me much to replace it.

I play in the worship team at my church with the Yamaha, as it's an electric-acoustic, but I hope to use this Rogue 100D to play at the Gospel songs and hymns at the local homeless shelter. This may or may not come to pass or work out like I've envisioned, but with this guitar, I wouldn't worry about it being damaged or stolen, and it sounds very respectable.

I have noticed that it always needs a significant amount of tuning before playing, but you have to consider that the tuners were probably beyond bargain basement quality, and it's amazing that it works at all! The strings do seem to be settling in (even though I do stretch them), and seem to need less tuning that at first.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good starter guitar, but I returned 2 of 3 guitars

By Robert

from Long Beach, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Good starter guitar, but I returned 2 of 3 guitars because of nicks and dents. I kept the last one because it only had a few minor ones.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not Worth the Effort

    By PM

    from Saint Louis, MO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Low Cost

    Cons

    • Cheap Boxy Sound
    • Poor Fret Work
    • Poor Intonation

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Musician's Friend gets 5 stars for fast shipping and customer service. I purchased this guitar because I own a Rogue RD-80 that I played and purchased from GC. That instrument was a surprising good guitar for what it was and I would recommend it. To make the RD-80 playable for a goof around guitar a setup was certainly needed. I removed the strings immediately, took 0000 steel wool to the fretboard and frets to remove the horrible overspray on them. Lemon oiled the fretboard. Removed some of the gloss on the back of the neck and lemon oiled it. I further polished and leveled a couple of high frets. I then sanded the extremely cheap plastic saddle and adjusted the truss rod for the proper neck relief. Strung up with Elixir Nanoweb lights. It sounds and plays great.

    Based on this and the positive reviews I thought I try this with the RA100D. It's supposed to be the better model. Well even after putting in a bunch of time to set the guitar up it was just not worth it. Over half the frets had issues with buzzing and needed attention. The sound was that of a very cheap dreadnought made of plywood. I know that's what it's supposed to sound like. Well the RD-80 sounds close to a Yamaha FG700 or some other cheap spruce top/laminate guitar. The nut width is not as large as the RD-80. I could not get the intonation to be acceptable on this guitar. I changed the saddle to a compensated saddle with little improvement.

    The lesson learned is that when buying cheap guitars like this you're playing with fire. Sure there are the occasional good sounding ones that play well. However, you can find the Yamaha FG series for a little more and get an infinitely better instrument. Because I modded mine rather than return it I smashed it and tossed it in the dumpster. Life's too short to mess with junk and that's what this one was despite my efforts to set it up correctly. The cheap sound alone makes this guitar unworthy of all the praise.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar

    By Matt

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Great guitar for anyone just starting out. Perfect for jamming and practicing. Sturdy construction and good sound. Overall an excellent guitar for it's price point.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Surprisingly amazing

      By Lauren

      from PA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I thought it would be child size, since I am very tall and have long arms, I didn't expect it to fit so well. It stays in turn, great quality

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My old HS friend recommended this website

      By AK

      from Harlingen, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Very nice for the price.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Total Junk

        By danessah

        from Knoxville, TN

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Construction

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought this guitar for my daughter and she never even got a chance to play it before the piece of junk broke. We bought it at the end of April and middle of July and its broke. I took it back to see if they could do something with it or if there was some kind of warranty but of course no. I wouldn't recommend this poorly constructed piece of junk even at the cheap price it is totally not worth the money.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great guitar for the price!

            By Jrutt

            from Fayetteville, Tn

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              This a great guitar for a beginner and is a nice throw around for camp fires and jamming at get togethers.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              i love this product

              By shuykike1088

              from yuma az

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                i love using this product

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great tone.

                By RevBlue

                from Henderson

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  The color is more green/blue than the picture shows.

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