Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
If you were looking for a beginner’s or young player’s guitar, the Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar might just be what you need.
The listed price makes it ridiculously approachable, and a fairly insignificant investment, so you drag it along with you on camping, and play around campfire without too much fear of sparks flying.
- 25.375 scale
- 20 frets
- Whitewood body
- C-shape nato neck
- Painted maple bridge and fingerboard
- Covered tuners
- Nickel hardware
- Weight: 8.8lbs
- Dimensions: 41 x 5 x 20 inches
The Rogue RA-090 is so ridiculously low-priced partly because of the material going into its making. Whitewood is usually found in low-end guitars, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if this puppy doesn’t measure up to the big-league, but it’s more than adequate for its price range, and even gives mid-range models a run for their money.
This body takes the iconic shape of a dreadnought, which adds to the appeal. Sides and back, as well as the top, are full whitewood, whereas the neck utilizes nato wood, which is often called “Asian mahogany”, though it’s not as common.
A definite bonus when the neck is concerned is that it feels super comfortable, given its C-curve, 1-2/3" nut width and 16-inch radius.
As far as fretboard goes, it’s made of painted maple, as is the bridge, which in the sense of the build doesn’t really contribute all that much, apart from making a sturdy board. However, it does give a nice touch in the aesthetic department. Sound-wise, maple contributes with lots of clarity and brightness, which sort of counterbalances the punchiness of the whitewood.
Despite being made of whitewood (which, incidentally, doesn’t necessarily have to be white), or because of that, the Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar features a matte black finish. Far from making it unassuming and unattractive, the finish actually adds to its appeal. In any case, it guarantees you’ll be asked a lot of questions.
Action & Feel
The string action might feel somewhat high, and you need to apply some pressure. However, you can try to resolve this by adjusting the truss rod and lowering the strings.The feel when playing is, at best, amazing, and at worst, adequate. It’s a great guitar for bonfires, traveling, or when you want to introduce yourself to one.
The sound can best be described as adequate, leaning towards nice. It has decent sustain, as well as clarity, especially in the highs. The classic dreadnought design of this guitar allows it to resonate deeply and project powerful sonic blast to fill the room, or be heard over the chatter around the campfire.
The body delivers a good deal of punch in mid-range, while nato wood neck adds an impressive amount of sustain without sacrificing the strength of the note. The painted maple fingerboard and bridge contribute to the overall sound with lots of clarity, as well as to the overall aesthetic moment of the guitar.