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Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Review (2019) | Things you need to know

Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Guitar | 2019 Review

Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

When it comes to beginner guitars, there is always going to be one which is cheaper than the rest, and this one from Rogue is it. The wonderful thing about it, though, is that, while it is cheap, it still has some quality. Rogue specializes in entry-level guitars, and this is evident in the construction of this beginner masterpiece. Let’s take a closer look.

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Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural
  • 6-string
  • Dreadnought design
  • Whitewood body

Body & Neck

This entry-level guitar is modeled on the original RA-090, which had a concert body and a 25.4” scale length. The concert body shape has a single-cutaway at the neck, resulting in a guitar with easier to play high notes; your fingers can more readily get onto the higher frets.

The top, back, and sides are all crafted from basswood, a laminated whitewood, which keeps the price down but does not add a lot to the overall sound. For what you are paying, though, you cannot really complain about that.

The neck is crafted from nato, has a natural c-shape, and features a simulated rosewood fretboard with 20 frets.

The guitar is finished in a variety of finishes. Some completely cover the guitar, such as the black or sunburst, while others show off the natural grain of the wood. Each has some beauty and is finished in a semi-gloss.

Hardware

There are some electronics with this guitar, which was surprising, given the price, but also welcome. There is an under-saddle pickup, allowing you to plug and play if you wish, adding something to the acoustics. Again, the affordability holds the guitar back a little, and you are not going to get the quality of some other guitars, but there is still something here. There is volume control, 3-band EQ, phase control, and a built-in digital tuner.

On top of the electronics, you have pretty standard hardware. The strings are good quality, and about what you would expect for a guitar at this price, and the tuning pegs get the job done. They are nickel-plated, which gives a nice look. The nut and saddle are plastic, and there are strap pegs for easy strap attachment. 

Sound

You are not paying a lot, so do not expect a lot. Saying that, you do get a lot of balance from this guitar, and there is some volume there too. You will notice that you do not have as much bass like some other guitars, and that is mainly down to the use of basswood in the body. When hooked up to an amp, you get decent clarity and note separation, but you can find a little fret buzz, not that that will hamper your playing.

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Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural
  • 6-string
  • Dreadnought design
  • Whitewood body

Conclusion

If you are starting out and do not want to invest a lot of money in an acoustic guitar, then this is the guitar for you. It may not have the most quality, but it is reasonably priced and gets the job done. For beginners, there is a lot to like, but you will eventually want to upgrade.