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Cheap beginner acoustic guitars are often a cat in the bag. You never know what you get, even if a certain model has a decent reputation. reason for this is poor quality control, materials differing in quality from batch to batch and other. However, once in a while a champion appears who delivers consistency. One such guitar is the Rogue RA-090. At the moment, this is one of the cheapest and also best value beginner acoustic guitars on the market. Let’s take a closer look.
What we have here is an unbelievably cheap dreadnought made of whitewood, which is a very rare type of tonewood to be used, even in affordable guitars. As you’d probably expect, seeing solid pieces of tonewood goes out the window at this point. However, that isn’t all that important in this price range. The neck is a nato piece, featuring a colored maple fretboard. Again, a very unusual practice. Rogue went to extremes in order to keep the price of this guitar as low as possible.
For the most part, the hardware is relatively decent. Instead of a rosewood bridge, we have a painted maple one, which gets the job done but isn’t too generous on sustain. Tuners are run of the mill die cast units, and work pretty well as long as you don’t mess with them too often. So far so good. Once we reach the nut and saddle, we might run into some problems. Using cheap synthetic materials brings a risk of breaking either the saddle or the nut. Unfortunately, this is the reality with guitars which costs as little as this Rogue RA-090. One way to minimize the risk of damaging these components is to pay extra attention when changing strings. If something does happen, the best course of action would be to replace both with something more reliable.
All of the shortcomings we’ve mentioned so far are leveled out once you tune the guitar and strum the first chord. For an instrument that costs as much as a couple of pizzas, Rogue RA-090 sounds simply amazing. Rogue isn’t a brand that is known for quality, but this time they’ve certainly done it. The tone is pretty balanced, full of that trademark dreadnought vibe we all love. While the color is a bit on the brighter side, there is still enough warmth to go around.
Rogue RA-090 is one of those surprises that no one expects, and everyone finds hard to believe. Sure, it’s not a top tier Taylor, but it was never meant to be one. For the money you are asked to pay, this dreadnought brings a performance that is well worth the investment. Whether you’re a beginner or someone looking for a beater acoustic guitar, Rogue RA-090 is definitely worth checking out.