The upper-backside and front-right of the guitar have slanted cuts, making it an extremely comfortable axe to play. The fact that the neck is a bolt-on may take away some potential warmth from the guitar and instead lend itself to somewhat of a twangy response.
The single coils are a bit buzz and overly bright, but the thumbsucker is pretty good and surprisingly hot. The white tortoise shell pick guard adds a vintage aesthetic to the guitar and definitely makes it look more expensive than it actually is.
Despite the helpful addition of a coil-splitting thumbsucker in bridge position, the low quality of the pickups means that I can’t fully back the Rogue Racketeer and recommend it with a super high rating. The versatility of the Racketeer is really its greatest appeal, sounding presentable across a variety of genres from jazz to rock, funk to metal, and so on.
The pickups respond best with some overdrive or distortion, but the clean tone production is not bad and is passable for a beginner. Opt for something a little more pricey, in the $200-300 range even, and you will be more satisfied with the reliability and quality of the guitar.
Our writing team has deep experience in the musical space, specifically with guitars and “other lutes”. Posted by Lina on Fri, 12/07/01 – 17:19:51.
I own four Rouge guitars and both an “A” style and an”F” style mandolin made by Rouge. I have an acoustic twelve string, six string and a four and five-string bass by Rouge. These instruments, though inexpensive are relatively well-made. These instruments are serviceable, dependable and with a little set up perform just as well as higher priced instruments. Personally I can't see paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars for an instrument if all you're really buying is the name.
Source(s): Mr. “I got it at wall mart” needs to wise up the guitars they sell are made by the same factory that makes fender guitars ...read the box Though I'm a beginner, my dad purchased for me a Rogue Dreadnought RA-090, and it was pretty good for something that only cost us around 50 bucks.
If you don't want to spend your 200 bucks on a Fender or Yamaha or whatever, get a Rogue. You'll save a lot of money and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
They are cheap for a reason but if you're looking on Craig's list try to score an Baez or something better. When I first started playing bass I bought one, and It was a mistake.
Before this, I owned a hollow-body shorty in the 90s by a company Applause -- sort of Ovation knock-off I guess. And more recently when I picked it up again, a no-brand P, just to see if I was serious about getting back into playing bass, keyboards having been my first love.
I feel the Rogue is pretty versatile without a lot of buttons and switches; one volume and one tone pot per pickup. And what I really like is how you get great response as you play different places on the string.
I don't know about your string choices, but I have turned into a flats' player, in particular Dun lops. You can get these strung on this bass, you're not stringing through body or anything, but the High Mass bridge they have has pretty small holes.
I had to shave a bit of the silk near the ball end of the string to make it fit through the bridge, the part where the silk thickens right before you get to the exposed core near the ball. As to the High Mass bridge: I know some people will complain that these don't have as much sustain or sound metallic, I have not found that to be so on this bass.
I get plenty of sustains for what I want, have mostly played it dry or with some fuzz, only recently been experimenting a bit with chorus. I know Rogue is kind of an off brand, and some of their products have pretty awful reviews.
Another often overlooked cheap 5 is the Squire Affinity Jazz V. The pop up on the GC used site pretty often for about that price. I was never in love with it- super quiet and made more static than tone, and not exactly beautiful to look at.
When I tried to get rid of it, Guitar Center told me I'd have to pay them just to take it off my hands. If I remember correctly, there were only two factories making the viola basses in China.
The other Rogue models often aren't of the same quality- I've had two where the necks went south and pretty much unusable. Also, to get it to sound good requires upgrading the pickups and electronics.
Squire, Baez, Yamaha and as mentioned above is Rondo music are some inexpensive options. Rogue is the house brand of budget basses for Musician's Friend.
Before this, I owned a hollow-body shorty in the 90s by a company Applause -- sort of Ovation knock-off I guess. Minor FYI, Applause was/is not a knock-off, but the budget line of Ovation, being made in Korea as I recall.
Minor FYI, Applause was/is not a knock-off, but the budget line of Ovation, being made in Korea as I recall. Another often overlooked cheap 5 is the Squire Affinity Jazz V. The pop up on the GC used site pretty often for about that price.
My cousin has a Rouge 6-string bass he bought a while back similar to what you show for a 5er. If much prefer SO basses because of the decent wood and usually fixable/moldable jazz clone designs.
Some Squire models can be great too, but they tend to cost just a bit more than SO or Rogue. On the contrary, when you buy a Beatles bass you want a cheaply-made, fully-hollow-body with thin wood that vibrates like crazy because that's basically what the original Beatles basses were, and it's part of the thump, hollow tone recipe.
Otherwise, for Rogue money I'd look at the “Brice” brand from Rondo music or more likely check my local Craigslist. One exception is that I might buy a rogue used locally if I found one that played well.
Even lesser known brands can sometimes turn out a pretty good instrument so in general I'd always prefer to buy cheap basses in-person. Another often overlooked cheap 5 is the Squire Affinity Jazz V. The pop up on the GC used site pretty often for about that price.
I checked out two of the cheapest ones when my younger guy was interested and ended up with Silver tone instead. He fills out of love with the idea of playing bass and I gig with it often.
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