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Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular

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Add a touch of bluegrass to your musical blend with this Rogue mandolin starter kit. The RM-100A mandolin is crafted with an arched spruce top and ma...Click To Read More About This Product

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Add a touch of bluegrass to your musical blend with this Rogue mandolin starter kit. The RM-100A mandolin is crafted with an arched spruce top and maple back and sides to deliver clear, sweet, homespun tones. The kit also includes a set of Martin strings, a padded gig bag, and a beautiful Cognac mandolin strap by Planet Waves!

FEATURES
  • Rogue RM-100A mandolin
  • Set of Martin strings
  • Padded gig bag
  • Mandolin strap by Planet Waves
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RogueMandolin Starter Kit Regular
 
4.3

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (17)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (18)
  • Back-up (9)
  • Learning (6)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (15), Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Rouge Mandolin

Very impressive for the price. Even the finish was better than expected. Most important it didn't play like a toy, the action was great and easy to play. The tail piece didn't stay...Read complete review

Very impressive for the price. Even the finish was better than expected. Most important it didn't play like a toy, the action was great and easy to play. The tail piece didn't stay on right but they are taking care of this for me. I love the instrument !

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Really poor quaility

I gave it a two rating because it was playable...barely.
I bought this Mandolin package because I thought it was the exact model I had played that belonged to a friend...Read complete review

I gave it a two rating because it was playable...barely.
I bought this Mandolin package because I thought it was the exact model I had played that belonged to a friend of mine. I later found out his was a Harmony...not a Rogue.
The long and short of it...It would not stay in tune and the cheap wood bridge broke the second day.
This Mandolin would be great for hanging on a wall or for use as firewood, but as a musical instrument, it fails.
If you can't afford a lot of money for a mandolin, I would go with an Epiphone.

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(23 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Really poor quaility

By james hildebrand

from Athens, Georgia

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Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

I gave it a two rating because it was playable...barely.
I bought this Mandolin package because I thought it was the exact model I had played that belonged to a friend of mine. I later found out his was a Harmony...not a Rogue.
The long and short of it...It would not stay in tune and the cheap wood bridge broke the second day.
This Mandolin would be great for hanging on a wall or for use as firewood, but as a musical instrument, it fails.
If you can't afford a lot of money for a mandolin, I would go with an Epiphone.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rouge Mandolin

By Sigh

from Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

    Very impressive for the price. Even the finish was better than expected. Most important it didn't play like a toy, the action was great and easy to play. The tail piece didn't stay on right but they are taking care of this for me. I love the instrument !

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this again !!!

    By Mandolin medic

    from North Carolina

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

        Very nice, clean sound and easy to play

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        great bang for your buck!

        By Mama C

        from Warsaw IN

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Looks good

        Cons

        • Touchy To Tune

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Learning
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

        Always wanted to learn this instrument, but without investing a ton of cash. This mandolin is perfect for getting a taste of how it feels. Amazed by the tone from such a low priced instrument. Get one- just because it is fun! You'll be glad you did. ..

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good product

        By jrw

        from NC

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • As Expected Good Value

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Learning
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

        perfect for entry level or for traveling

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Super deal

        By Jimmyjuju

        from Northeast

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Camping
          • Practicing
          • Travel

          Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

          I bought this package because I wanted to see if I would like playing the mandolin. The gig bag is of decent quality, and makes it convenient for storage and protecting the instrument. The Martin strings are a must, as the ones that come on the mandolin are junk. The strap is useful, as it is hard to hold otherwise. All in all, a great bargain as long as you're not expecting a professional grade instrument. It will need to be set up in order to be playable. I adjusted the bridge height and sanded it to fit the contour of the arched top, and relocated the bridge for correct intonation. I have not yet cut the nut slots because they are pretty close right out of the factory. The improvement in tone and playability was amazing. I plan to get a more expensive mandolin in the future, just because I can't put this one down! I've found that I really enjoy playing the mandolin, and I have this Rogue to thank for my introduction. I will keep this one for a travel and camping companion.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          So I do I put the strings on?

          By Estes Park Guy

          from Estes Park, CO

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Bright sound
          • Good Tone
          • Nice Looking Finish

          Cons

          • Need to change strings

          Best Uses

          • Learning
          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

          I read music, but don't yet play strings. I have had NO problem with tuning. The instrument had to be tuned when I received it. I am playing the original strings right now and I KNOW that strings stretch and go out of tune ESPECIALLY when they are new. I start my day by tuning my mandolin. After about a week of stretching and settling in, the tuning is staying much closer overnight. I will have someone help me put on the good Martin strings that came with the set. Now if I can get the hang of a stringed instrument!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Value

          By Excalibrrr

          from Maryland

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

          A little buzz in the G strings that will have to be dealt with, but the tone is good and it is a good instrument for a beginner. The gig bag is nice. Action is probably a little high, but not so much that a novice (like me) should care. Price is right for what you get.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good beginner

          By orolo

          from Fargo, ND

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

            I used this is in a performance this weekend. It was great; real bright tone and held its tuning. I did almost no setup. So, for the price, this is a 5 star product.

            For a first mando to get your feet wet and even jam and play with a group, this is just fine.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Pleased!

            By Goff13

            from WV

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Looks good
            • Sounds Good

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Learning
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

              Gave this to my husband as a Christmas gift. The quality of all the items included in the kit were even better than I anticipated.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Perfect for beginners

              By Brockizm

              from Dahlonega, Ga.

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Enexpensive
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Beginner

                Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                I bought this for my son who plays guitar and wants to start exploring mandolin. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. It plays well and has no fret buzz or other problems found in lesser expensive instruments. It doesn't sound like a Martin, but for the price I don't expect it to.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great package

                By Drew

                from Flower Town

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                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                    I've had a great experience with this mandolin. Once it was set up properly, it plays beautifully and sounds good. I have recorded with this and got excellent results. Stays in tune and a great tone.

                    This package I think is the way to go. All things I would have bought anyway. Strings and strap are top quality. Gig bag is really well padded. I thought the other package was silly but this one is perfect.

                    So I would get this again, and I would get it in this same package!

                     
                    5.0

                    great buy

                    By john

                    from boston ma

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • excellent price, minimal setup

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • learning
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                      after reading some of the comments above having to adjust/alter the bridge, change the strings, adjust the action, set the intonation, buzzing, etc... I was very hesitant about purchasing. After discussing this with a friend who works at a local music store, who recommended it ,I plunged in. And ... I couldn't be happier. None of the problems were present. The strings are/looked new, and after positioning the bridge and tuning, the action and intonation was spot on, with no buzzing! It sounds great! It's been close to 2 weeks since I've been playing it, 20 - 30 minutes a day, - no issues, stays in tune. I'll be buying a couple more for presents.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great deal

                      By JP

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                      This is a really nice instrument for the price.

                       
                      4.0

                      Great starter mandolin!

                      By Zach

                      from WV

                      About Me Novice

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                          This is an excellent choice if you are just starting out and don't want to spend a ton of money. I had to change the strings and do quite a bit of tweaking to get it to sound right. But at this price what do you expect!?

                           
                          2.0

                          I would spend a bit more for another beginner mandolin

                          By Dino

                          from Wilmington, DE

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Not Consistent
                            • Poor Tone Quality

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                            It has an attractive finish and seems to be well made. It doesn't maintain tuning very well and needs re-tuning after a small time of playing. I find the first strings play sharp on some fingerings and require moving my finger further down to the center between frets for these notes to harmonize with the rest of a chord. It lacks any resonance and sounds 'twangy' like a ukulele. That could be my fault, since I'm just learning, but the other three pairs of strings sound fine. P.S.-Be careful ordering your package. I mistakenly took the one with extra strings rather than the one with the beginner's book and accessories. This mandolin is suitable for a beginner for instructional purposes, but I don't think it would be suitable for a performing musician. If beginners can master playing well on this instrument with its many quirks, then they will excel when the time comes to upgrade. It's not terrible, but I just would like a better tone and tuning.

                             
                            5.0

                            I would buy this Mandolin again!!

                            By Tink

                            from Jonesborough, Tennessee

                            About Me Novice

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                              I use it for my own entertainment! I am learning how to use it! I always wanted one!

                               
                              4.0

                              Good Starter Instument

                              By Stratmanforever

                              from Southington

                              About Me Experienced

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Economical
                              • Good Tone

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                                  I am a guitarist who records music in my home studio. I wanted a different sounding stringed instrument like the mandolin and this Rogue fit that need perfectly. Mine came fully assembled with strings. The bridge was set right as the intonation was pretty good as received. All I needed to do was to set my preferred string height and recheck the intonation. This starter kit came with a carrying bag, a shoulder strap, and an set of Martin mandolin strings (in addition to the strings already installed). I have yet to change the strings to the Martin's. The carrying bag is sufficient to protect it and the shoulder strap does it's purpose well. The mandolin itself looks and sounds pretty good. Especially for the low entry price. I am happy with this purchase and I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to try their hand at learning the mandolin. Enjoy.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  very good for the money

                                  By redman

                                  from ala

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Strong

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • Practicing

                                    Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                                    love the products

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great

                                    By Sebass

                                    from Camarillo Ca

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Good Tone
                                    • Strong

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backup
                                      • Practicing

                                      Comments about Rogue Mandolin Starter Kit Regular:

                                      Great, I really dig it. I play bass and guitar so I wanted to pick up on a new string instrument so mandolin seemed pretty groovy. I recommend it. It sounds great, it was affordable, and came with so many accessories. very pleased

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