RM-100A A-Style Mandolin review by Rogue

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 5
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 5
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 5.6 Decent
  • Users' score: 7 (1 vote)
Rogue: RM-100A A-Style Mandolin
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Price paid: $ 50

Purchased from: Musiciansfriend.com

Sound — 5
The strings that come on the mandolin are not worth much as they tend to snap under pressure fairly quickly (or so I've experienced). It stays in tune for the most part as long as you don't go past the 3rd or 4th fret. The sound holes are quite plain and you can see the low quality wood peaking out from under the finish.

Overall Impression — 6
I play alternative, folk, bluegrass, etc. This has been great for learning the mandolin. I've played other mandolins that have stayed in tune much better. If you are a beginner this is a great starting point. It all comes down to the age old phrase "you get what you pay for".

Reliability & Durability — 5
Could you use it live? I have. Not the brightest decision. Live and loud is okay but trying to record with this thing and keep it in tune for long periods is a fairly difficult job. I have had a few strings snap in my face using this thing.

Action, Fit & Finish — 5
There have been many poor reviews due to the instrument not surviving shipping. People seem to get upset that extreme shipping conditions can cause snaps and cracks... Any how, The bridge can be re-adjusted to improve the quality of sound. The tuner pegs might need to be adjusted to improve the ease of tuning. Over all, you get what you pay for.

Features — 7
This type A mandolin from Rogue is a great starter mando for anyone looking to learn. The quality is low but more than enough to start any bluegrass adventure. That is of course, if it hasn't arrived broken, cracked, warped. It has a 12 fret rosewood finger board attached to a maple neck. It comes in black or sunburst.

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    GypsyLizzard
    Rogue Mandolin 100A rebuttal to reviewer rating. Hello there, well I have to disagree with what you had to say for this particular product. By all means, you rate this instrument upon mere basis of it store product handling and not on it own merit of value and worth as an instrument. First of all, you may have received your purchased product in which you didn't seem to complain about only. Second knowing what you purchase isn't all that savvy with what you're looking for as this a starter or beginner instrument. As an is purchase well you should of consider the facts how was it shipped to which route it was ship to you and long it took to get there. All by far are elements on handling the instrument to you. more hands and more machine and more elements to being exposed to and therefore many ways of hurting said instruments. I personally have seen it and that has nothing to do with the manufacture sometimes even the store of purchase. I have seen people get reimburssed by the USPO or Fed EX, UPS, for the fact of thier damged goods"instruments" especially. Think about the next time when you chose free shipping, you were hell yea, huh I bet, well that what and to expect, you get man handle items plus more no sensitivty and caring there. Move in, move out, on trucks for days in heat in cold, imagine the hell it goes through. Point two it brings me up to. Why do you think it was out of tunerd when you got it. Why did it seemed that it wouldn't be good enough to even be worthy to play. Ok, first you were expecting something out of your range in value or expectations because if you researched or know what you want you would not have either purchase said instrument or would not put that much expectation into the instrument to let yourself down only, but blame the product for your lacking in common sense. again now way out of tuned well, it's been preplanned for shipping and the manufacture intent was to keep the instrument as pristine to it's naturally straight and prevention not perfection because nothing is perfect in the worlds. Perfection state when it was released to their buyers, not you, their buyers are the shops and store you purchase the instrument from. Yes, the leave in different packaging and most of all set up to point out of condition and functionality and minor set up. the strings are strung up on the mandolin to hold the bridge in place not as the set place in action as require but just as in general facility or placement of location as properness. Now knowing that do you think they actually put on a the best set of strings they can find for something that is mass produced. Check it out they are nickel wound they stay shinier longer and tiny sound, why because who knows how long it will sit around exposed and fondled in stores and more they tend not to stay in tune at all as long for the are nickel wound soft metal. Reason why also so that some stupid numb doesn't come along and wind up the strings so tight thinking it's out of tuned or doesn't know what they are doing and screws around with everything and then leave it that way for its future is only in demise to warp or twist even crack itself to Haiti's. yes. Now softer metal cheaper metal they never said it's manufactory select strings suggested like when you received a Gibson or other high-end brand. Even theirs is not up to most quality grade as when you get your set free in a package when received in the mail or courier. Why because it's it's own case not a BOX wrapped up like some trinket or car part. Yes, the third point is this, when upon receiving, you only mention you had to tinker with the "machine heads" (tuning post knobs), why? Were they too tight for your fingers to turn and tune the string tight enough. "BABY!". First, a mistake there, you screwed yourself out of the warranty, you altered the manufactory set up as design. Speaking of designed you also didn't think, why tight, well it's because the amount of pressure it takes to hold that string into place, is and can be over more than 400lbs psi yes. You call yourself a musician or appreciator. You would know these things entirely if you know your instruments, not just twang on them. Hence "machine heads" seemly tight to turn, throughout its life they will need to readjust and retighten to years down the road. depending how often you use alternate tuning and or change strings. Fourth point now brings back to the strings shipped earlier, well we have spoken of, how come you think they are not the best choice and material for suited purposes in those strings, So why didn't you know that and have the proper set of strings on hand ready for you to switch out those temporary strings and go with a higher quality. Like a set of Deam Markley, seriously? Next leads to changing the strings you do know how to set up your instrument, correctly right? Well, apparently not you went and screwed around and loosened your machine heads, Well, your bridge that I mentioned that was merely place on by the manufacture and in the placement of general proper area. ok if you look the general proper area is act