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The small-bodied Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar is an amazing deal for a starter guitar. Its smaller profile (7/8" scale) makes it very playable for k...Read More

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A value guitar that plays sweetly.

The small-bodied Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar is an amazing deal for a starter guitar. Its smaller profile (7/8" scale) makes it very playable for kids or aspiring guitarists with smaller body frames and hands. It has a maple neck and rosewood fretboard and Martin strings which help.give you a nice tone.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select from one of five colors.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Smaller body style ideal for kids
  • 7/8 scale
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Martin strings
  • Case sold separately
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RogueStarter Acoustic Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 510 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (263)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (160)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (29)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (171)
  • Good feel (165)
  • Stays in tune (112)
  • Good audio (106)
  • Consistent (86)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (24)
  • Flat sound (13)
  • Poor quality (9)
  • Not consistent (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (165)
  • Jamming (70)
  • School bands (40)
  • Small venues (26)
  • Recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (111), Experienced (92), Professional musician (25), Child (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not just for kids!

I bought this guitar for my wife for her birthday, and she loves it! I have played guitar for 15 years now, and she has always expressed interest in playing, and from time...Read complete review

I bought this guitar for my wife for her birthday, and she loves it! I have played guitar for 15 years now, and she has always expressed interest in playing, and from time to time picks my guitar up (which is another model by Rogue) and plucks and chords around. However, being slightly smaller framed than I am, she has to stretch out a bit to get to the first few frets.
With this guitar, which is only slightly smaller than my full size, fits her great. It's comfortable for her, made with great quality and care, and best of all it doesn't look like a toy. I am also a full size man, and it is comfortable for me to play to. I'd recommend this to almost any slightly smaller size framed person in a heartbeat. It plays well, comfortable action, and incredible sound quality!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Starter guitar

Pay for the next Rogue up and right now it is the same price and the one above it is a dreadnaught and it survived a tour in Iraq and is now used in...Read complete review

Pay for the next Rogue up and right now it is the same price and the one above it is a dreadnaught and it survived a tour in Iraq and is now used in a church in Uganda. Awesome piece of art.
It's that, a starter guitar. Like the other raters said, some got good action some don't. I ordered two, one had good action, the other did not. I now see cracks in the back finish giving the impression it is not solid wood or plywood even, it is particle board and veary easy to break. Both guitars have chunks broken out of the back of the guitars and hardly even used. I put them in my classroom and my students are rough on them, but one looks like it was kicked, but I didn't see it. The back of the guitar is fragile and proven when a chip broke off the back of the second guitar with just playing for five minutes. The students are afraid to play them because they fear getting blamed for the crumbling backs.
CHeap is cheap and these are cheap. I had a Rogue guitar free with guitar strings and thought these were like that one, but not so.
High action and fragile wood.

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5.0

Excellent guitar

By Bob

from Deville, Louisiana

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

    I have been playing guitar for 40 years. I bought this guitar to get my granddaughter interested in music. I had no idea how good this guitar really was. I find myself playing it more than any of my 6 very expensive guitars. I thought this was for young novices, but this is a full-blown professional quality guitar to be used by Anyone for any venue.

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    5.0

    Here is the real deal on this guitar

    By Mr.Tom

    from Lexington, S.C.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Cheap Materials

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

    Since 1984, I've been a singer / songwriter and multi instrumentalist, and I record my original songs. As an indie artist, I also sell my music commercially to companies.

    Here is my breakdown on this guitar:

    1) I bought the natural color matte version of the acoustic guitar. I had to only slightly make a very slight adjustment to the neck truss rod (yes, it "does" have one) and the saddle on the bridge and its a really nice "parlor" sized guitar to play.
    2) This guitar uses a "classical" style bridge with "extra light" gauge strings "remember that" ! Do not use heavier gauge strings on this guitar. Also note, that this guitar because of the parlor sized shape, classical bridge and cheaper wood (feels like pine, all around) The guitar is going to have a more bright sound to it, "plus" more sustain in regards to the strings, as again.. it is using a classic bridge.
    3) This guitar is "awesome" in regards to finger picking, and it records well over the air. Recording finger picking on my original songs sounds awesome.

    Look for the following:
    1) The natural matte finish that I went with, may be better than the others because.. remember.. the front of the guitar.. the top wood "vibrates", painted or heavy varnished woods vibrate less.
    2) Check the neck and frets! Also the bridge most likey will need to be lowered as well. if you don't know what to look for, ask a seasoned guitar player or pony up a little bit of money and get the guitar setup by a music shop. If there is any defects, return it to M.F. right away.
    3) Also note, that the sound hole is small.. while I use a great USB studio microphone to record this guitar over the air, my standard sound hole magnetic pickups do not fit. Sometimes I'll use a peizo stick on pickup made by Dean Markley (M.F. sells them here). I may permanently attach it at some point.
    4) Another thing, is the tuners are "open backed" style, If your strings are not staying in tune after a month, "slightly" tighten those philips head screw

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    4.0

    Excellent value for beginner

    By TN Mom

    from Kingsport TN

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought this guitar for my 9 year old to begin taking lessons. It is a bit large for him but not too large. It is working out great for lessons/practice.

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        5.0

        Good guitar

        By Ima

        from Utah

        About Me Child

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

          I'm new to guitar but this does seem like a good guitar.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Looks good, doesn't play great

          By Jesse

          from PHX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Not Consistent

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

          I purchased this as a campfire, take it with me on a whim someplace type of guitar. I had purchased the Rogue full size RA-090 for a family member and that guitar is a fantastic value for quality and sound. So, my hopes were high for the Rogue Starter.

          Here are my pros and cons. Pros: The finish looks great. It's light and fits the bill as a a campfire take with you type of guitar.

          The cons. The sound quality when strumming and playing sounds muffled and the further down you play on the neck, the notes are either too sharp or too flat. There's no consistency. I changed the stock strings to some D'Adarrio's hoping it would improve the sound quality and I didn't pick up on any noticeable difference.

          I have a Fender acoustic folk guitar about the same size and my Fender folk guitar by far and away blows the Rogue Starter out of the park for note quality and projection of sound. That guitar is significantly higher in price, however, the Rogue full size RA-090 in my opinion plays on par with guitars significantly higher in price. So, that's what I expected from the smaller sized Rogue Starter.

          You get what you pay for in this: A guitar with a nice finish that looks the part, but one that doesn't have a professional sound. My advice to anyone thinking of buying this particular model who's just starting out should consider purchasing the full size Rogue.

          If you're just starting out and don't want to make a heavy investment in a guitar, playing a guitar where the notes and intonation isn't correct will only frustrate you because what you're playing won't sound good. The RA-090 is the way to go if you're looking in this price range. If you're looking for a smaller sized guitar, I would recommend buying a different brand and model.

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          4.0

          nice starter guitar

          By larry

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

          I bought this for my 10 y/o daughter to learn on.
          ok it looks pretty. but what junk! cheap tuners, cheap bridge lows aren't bad but high's are terrible, kinda heavy, defiantly a plywood guitar.
          But then i remembered my first guitar, you could drive a truck under the strings they were so high! it was all i could do to make chords on it and my fingers bled after playing it...

          This Guitar is everything it claims to be, a Beginners Guitar, small enough for a little person to get their arms around the action is nice- easy to press down, and the guitar looks like it will put up with some rough handling. The only thing i don't like is that the neck is kind of wide, a narrower neck would make this a Perfect beginner guitar IMO. But, I'll tell you what when she made her first clear sounding G chord that guitar sounded great! hopefully she will keep up with it and get the "bug" like her old man.. if not, well i'm out the price of a dinner out.

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          4.0

          good for youngsters..

          Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

          good for youngsters..

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          5.0

          AMAZING GUITAR

          By Maddy

          from Parker Colorado

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands

            Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

            Amazing guitar. For the low cost, y
            ou would never expect a guitar this good. I love it and it looks like it should last me a couple years until I am ready to buy a more expensive one.

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            4.0

            Great Guitar

            By DJS

            from Hazleton, PA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

                Great price! Beautiful instrument! Sounds great!

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                5.0

                Excellent starter guitar

                By Brad G

                from Acworth GA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beautiful Finish
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Flat Sound
                • Not Consistent

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands

                Comments about Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar:

                I ordered this guitar with the hopes of upgrading my daughter who has been frustrated by trying to learn on a really bad instrument. I was encouraged by the high number of really good user reviews. However, when it arrived, I was very disappointed with sound quality of the guitar and the playability. The strings were really too high off the fret board for little hands to be able to play. Even though I was able to get it in tune, I found that fretting the strings did not produce clear notes; they were all really sharp. I spoke with customer service and expressed my disappointment was ready to send the guitar back. However, I kept it for a couple days to have it checked out by a local shop. Turns out that a quick adjustment of the truss rod was all it needed. Also the strings are very low-end so I just replaced them with Martin strings and the guitar now sounds and plays great. You will not find a better guitar for the money.

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