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Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin Sunburst

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  • Maple neckRosewood fingerboardAdjustable compensated rosewood bridge12th-fret neck jointChrome tuning machinesNickel-plated fretsHigh-gloss finishF holesCase sold separately
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Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin Sunburst + Alfred's Teach Yourself to Play Mandolin: Everything You Need to Know to Start Playing Now! + D'Addario J74 Mandolin Strings, Phosphor Bronze, Medium, 11-40
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0002H0KG0
  • Item model number: SO-069-RM100A-SN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 7, 2005

Product Description

Sporting a gorgeous finish, the Rogue RM-100A is a well-built, traditional A-model mandolin. It features clean workmanship throughout and projects a bright tone with lots of bark. With an easy-to-play neck and adjustable bridge, the RM-100A is perfect for beginners who wish to play bluegrass or any other style of music. Finishing touches include chrome tuners and nickel-plated frets.Case sold separately

Customer Reviews

It has a beautiful finish and a good sound to it.
Craig Sixta
I definitely would recommend this for anybody wanting to learn how to play the mandolin.
E. Enfinger
This is an excellent beginner mandolin with surprisingly great sound.
Nonfiction Steve

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

170 of 177 people found the following review helpful By The Bruce on December 25, 2005
Not sure why purists froth at the mouth over this little fellow. It's meant to be an entry-level instrument...if you want a $500 Gibson this isn't for you. But for beginners or someone who wants a cheap mandolin to try it's ideal. Sound is pretty good, intonation is proper at the 12th fret and the stain and lacquer finish are high-quality, almost embarassing at this price.

The tall bridge is the only caveat, which makes the action way too high. So I used a dremel tool to grind the bridge lower as well as the back of the nut on the neck, with great results to the action. I also used a file across the frets to level everything out. I had never done this before but read how to do it online. So along with spending so little on it I learned how to be a mandolin luthier(!) Very satisfying.
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209 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on September 8, 2011
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I was strumming songs on this less than 5 minutes out of the box. The two finger chords make it easy to pick up, with so much room for improvement, it's also hard to get bored learning this thing. It is a beautiful instrument and holds a tune suprisingly well for such an inexpensive instrument.Johnson Mandolin A-Style with F Holes Sunburst
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By gitpicker on April 22, 2005
For $39.99 you might as well get one. Here's some things to evaluate.

- The sunburst finish on the one I bought was awesome. It was better than some really high dollar mandolins.

- The action was higher than I like and there isn't much room to adjust. It's OK right now, but in months or years to come, this will probably get worse.

- There is NO adjustable truss rod. Once this baby goes out of whack, you're gonnas have to toss it or turn it into a project to try to retrofit an adjustable truss rod and get some more life out of it.

- As with any new mandolin, it takes a few iterations to tune it since once you get through the one pair of strings, then the previous ones need adjusting again until there is the right tension on the top via the bridge. But once it's in tune, it holds pretty well.

- The tuning keys are actually much better than I expected. Comparing to other beginning mandos, this is easier to turn the tuning hardware compared my more expensive beginner with the adjustable truss rod.

- the all important sound. It sounds good. it's about the same as the other more expensive beginner brand.

Comparing to the price of other beginner models, you can buy 4 of these for the price of the other popular beginner model. So, buy a few, use one and put the other in the closet. When one goes bad, ditch it an break out another one.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on October 7, 2007
I've been playing guitar for 20+ years and I wanted to try something new, so I figured I would give mandolin a try. Knowing how much the quality of low-end guitars had increased over the past 10 years, I figured that for $100 I could get a good enough instrument to figure out if I wanted to play mandolin or not.

I spent $50 on one of these and I have to say it's served my needs. It looks and sounds like a mandolin. It's playable. It looks pretty nice as longs as someone doesn't know anything about mandolins. You can use it to learn once you set it up right.

Here are some of the cons:
- not set up out of the box. I had to set the intonation and lower the action
- no truss rod so if the neck warps, you are out of luck
- laminate top, so the tone won't improve with age
- thick finish
- tuners on my were of varing quality. Some work well, some bind or are very loose
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By MultiMusician75 on June 24, 2012
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I've never owned a Mandolin but have always been curious about them since I play guitar and a few other instruments. I figured for $49 bucks if it sucks it sucks and it won't effect my wallet at that price. Well it doesn't suck. Sure you have to adjust the bridge a little and the action is a bit high but if you already play guitar and have callouses on your finger tips then you should be good to go. I'm happy with this purchase. This Mandolin sounds and plays well in my humble opinion and I would definitely recommend it to beginners. See and hear for yourself! This is an original song my band plays called From Me by the way. Thanks for listening!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Craig Sixta on August 31, 2005
As an accomplished pianist and decent guitarist, I was not expecting much for forty dollars. It is a much better product than I expected. It has become a bit of a game having other musicians guess how much I paid for it. They consistently guess in the $150-$250 range. It has a beautiful finish and a good sound to it.

The only negatives were that the action was ridiculously high (what's the point of an adjustable bridge when the lowest setting is half an inch off the strings??) and the strings were a little dead sounding. With some aggressive sanding of the bridge and a new set of strings, it sounds good and plays great.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Uriah Rose II on June 20, 2012
I got one of these years ago as a starter mandolin. Do they sound as good as a 5K Gibson F5? Not hardly. Do they sound good for a 40-50 dollar Chinese built instrument out of the cheapest materials they could find? Actually, yeah, they do. This is one of those instruments where a case can cost as much or more then it does so I wouldn't worry about that. When you get it, the action is likely to be high and if you can't lower the bridge enough with the wheels it's easy enough to sand some off the bottom. Also, like most cheap instruments the strings that are on it are trash. Just throw them out or strangle the cat with them or something. Decent strings don't cost very much.

Depending on what they sent you and how the labor force was the day it was built, you actually might have a piece of firewood or a pretty playable (after you fix the bridge and strings...) little instrument. The hardware isn't the best and the tuners suck but hey, if you're just starting out, tuning is part of the game.

For $49.99 (and I've seen new ones 10 bucks less from time to time) it's worth the investment. You can spend more on dinner and a movie, and after you ate and watched the flick, it's gone. With the money spent here, you'll have something to keep you entertained until it falls apart and that will be much longer then one evening. My 7 year old boy owns mine now and he beats the hell out of it, so far, so good. It's been holding up well.

BTW, if $49.
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