Rogue RA-090 6 String Acoustic Guitar

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Street Price: 

$90
Rogue RA-090 6 String Acoustic Guitar

Some people are dismissive of Rogue instruments because they’re unabashedly focused on beginners. But it is what it is, cheap enough to be accessible for those who want to test the waters of guitar playing, with enough quality to keep them playing.

Note that this guitar is a full-sized dreadnought, which is quite big, especially when considering the price, which means it has fuller acoustic sound, the downside being it maybe too bulky for aspiring guitarists with smaller frames.

The nut-width (how wide the guitar is towards the headstock) is also standard sized, which may make it hard for musicians with smaller hands to play.

Just about any guitar that sells new in the sub-$200 range is going to require a set-up to play and sound at their best, which on average can generally be done for somewhere between $30 and $60 depending on your area. Guitars that have had a quality set-up, regardless of the initial price, will generally feel the same to play as instruments that occupy the $200 to $300 range. With that in mind, this means that (going by this instrument’s street price) you could pretty easily get a guitar that feels like a $300 instrument for as little as $100 (before tax).

Editor's Note: Many beginners don't get a set-up done and usually don't have any major issues. Occasionally the strings will be a bit too high making them a bit harder to play, or a bit too low causing fret buzz. If you're unsure about getting a set-up done, you can show it to someone with experience, like a guitar teacher, and they'll let you know whether or not a set-up is worthwhile for the guitar you bought.

Rogue is a store brand for the Guitar Center group of companies so you'll find it at Guitar Center, Musicians Friend and their other related outlets.

Specifications

  • String Type: Steel String
  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Not specified (probably laminated whitewood)
  • Body: Whitewood
  • Number of Frets: 20 - 14 open
  • Scale Length: 25.375"
  • Nut Width: 1.67”

Pros
Value for money is it's main stand-out feature - at the time of publication there were no more highly rated dreadnought acoustic guitars available at a lower price.

Cons
Unfortunately, this guitar is never really going to sound awesome because it’s not made from a wood that’s going to give it a rich tone. But really, if you’re buying this for a beginner they’re not going to know enough to worry about it.

Overall
If you're looking for something affordable to test the waters of guitar playing on, then check this guitar out.

If your budget can stretch a bit further then check out the alternatives, which are more highly rated, in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars For Beginners.

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