Rogue Rocketeer Electric Guitar Pack Review 2020 – Before You Buy

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This Rogue Rocketeer is different than most guitar packs. Guitar has a unique look, it comes with a whammy bar, and it’s an absolute killer when we talk about staying in tune. But this pack has flaws too. Let’s look closer at this Rogue Rocketeer electric guitar pack.

Rogue Rocketeer Electric Guitar Pack includes

  • Rogue Rocketeer 100 guitar(with whammy bar)
  • G10 Amplifier
  • gig bag
  • picks
  • strap
  • cable

Note that this pack doesn’t include a tuner(it should).  I recommend either using Fender Tune-app (basic tuner features of the app are free and it’s really easy to use) or this Fender Clip-on tuner.

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Rogue Rocketeer Electric Guitar Pack Review

Sound

Rogue Rocketeer includes two Single-coil and one humbucker pickup. That’s add’s up the versatility of the sound. You have the possibility to get that spanky jazz and blues sound out of this, but you can also turn on the bridge humbucker and provide decent thick, and warm sounds.

This guitar is ideal for clean and low-distortion riffs. So, if you are into country, classic rock, blues, or jazz, this guitar is tonally a solid choice.

If you are into metal and hard rock and want to play with heavy distortion RR is not the best option for you. It just too muddy. Especially when you are playing with the amp that this pack includes.

My own opinion is that this guitar sound OK. Not great, not awful, but when I look at the price tag it all makes sense.

If you want to hear how it sounds, check this video out(note that in this video a different amp is used, but you’ll get dome idea how to guitar sounds):

Playability

The neck is ultra-thin, which makes playing easier for sure. Many owners state that it feels quite nice to play. I would say that this guitar is definitely fun to play. But it has some issues too.

Out of to box action is OK. Some like it, some don’t. But, you can adjust the action easily with a truss rod. So it’s just a small flaw.

The frets stick out a little, as you go down to fretboard past to 12th fret. Frets can feel too sharp, and even hurt a little. Yes, this can be fixed, but I think that this is annoying. You should not have to go and take a new guitar to the local music store to get it fixed just after you bought it. You can also try to fix it by yourself with steel wool or fret file.

Is this axe easy to play? Well, it’s not the easiest to play, but it’s definitely too hard to play either. From the beginner standpoint, this guitar is easy enough to play, it will get you started and you’ll most likely have fun when playing it.

Quality

The overall quality of the guitar is great. As I mentioned the one issue is frets sticking out. I couldn’t find any other issues that are hurting the overall feel and quality of the guitar. Maybe the neck looks a little bit cheap and plastic from the back, but that’s not too bad.

Almost everyone says that this guitar stays tune very well. That’s an awesome thing and a sign of good quality. Points to the Rogue Rocketeer for that!

I’ll get to the quality of the other gear that comes with this pack later.

Looks 

It is different from the rest of the beginner guitars, that’s for sure. Some think that it’s a good thing and some don’t. I think that Rogue Rocketeer looks great. 

Only if I look the neck from the backside, it looks a little bit cheap. But generally, I like the looks of this guitar.

Amp

This pack comes with Rogue G10 Solid State Amplifier. The power is 10W. So it’s practice amp and that’s means that it’s good for home use. It is possible to plug headphones to this amp in case you want to rock silently.

If you want to play with a clean sound, amp handles the job very well. I liked the spanky and clean sound that comes out of it.

But, f you want to play with heavy distortion….this amp kind of sucks. It’s way too muddy and noisy in a bad way. It sounds more like some kind of booster pedal than an actual distortion. So, if you want to play heavy distortion stuff with Rogue Rocketeer, you will need another amp.

Also, the amp is pretty noisy when it’s on and nothing is played.

The amp will get you started, but you’ll probably end up buying a be one pretty soon. I wished that this pack included a better amp.

Accessories

Oh boy, Guitar is good. Amp is OK if you don’t play with distortion. But almost all the other stuff….not so good. Remember that the guitar is the main thing. Amp is the second. All the other stuff is very easy and cheap to replace.

But let’s go through ‘’the other stuff’’. We start with the best. 

Picks are solid and basic. You are going to be just fine with these picks. My opinion is that the color of these picks is ugly as me in the morning, but you can definitely play and get started with these.

Guitar cable can handle the job. It looks a little bit cheap(and it is cheap), and it cuts some tones out of your sound. The reason for this is the low quality of the cable. So you probably have to replace it at some point, and here’s a post that will help you with that: Best Guitar Cable Under $20 in 2020 – Buyer’s Guide. I recommend that you bookmark that site for later use.

Gigbag that comes with this pack is OK. It really doesn’t offer a lot of protection(maybe from the dust). But it’s still better than nothing.

When I went thought customer reviews I find out that guitar strap holes are a little bit too small. So attaching the strap can be a little bit tricky. But usually, strap holes start to loose after some use. This strap hole thingy is a minor flaw. The next one is not…

Many people report that the strap broke. And that is a major flaw. The whole guitar can break when it drops to the floor when playing. It can break your toes too. So consider buying a real guitar strap if you want to play in a standing position.

Summary

Pros

  • Unique look
  • Includes both Humbucker and Single coil pickups(versatile).
  • Nice spanky sound(if you like that)
  • Guitar offers decent tones
  • Playability is good if you make little adjustments
  • Amp can provide nice clean sound

Cons

  • Frets stick out a little
  • You may need to adjust the action of the strings(not always, and it’s easy)
  • Amp’s distortion is useless
  • Strap is useless
  • No tuner included

Rogue Rocketeer is a good instrument. You can be happy with the guitar and learn to play with it. Amp is also good if you only play with clean and slightly distorted sounds. But the amp is completely useless if you want to play metal.

If whammy bar(note that this is not a floating whammy bar, so it only goes down) is a must for you, Rogue Rocketeer might be a good guitar pack for you.

Will this starter pack get you started with an electric guitar? Yes. Can you find a better starter pack? Yes.

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Alternatives

The Best Starter Pack  – Yamaha GigMaker EG Electric Guitar Pack

If you want comfortable to play guitar that sounds and good, and you also need an amp that is full of punch, Yamaha GigMaker is my go-to option. All the aspects of this pack, except the guitar cable are really strong, and the price is not too bad either.

You can read my full review of this guitar here: Yamaha GigMaker Electric Guitar Pack Review 2020 – Before You Buy.

This guitar pack has been available for 10 years. The reason is this: they got it right for the first time. At it has been a high-quality pack since then.

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Runner-Up – Squier Affinity Stratocaster Beginner Pack

Fender is known for its great guitars that are a pleasure to play. And for a beginner, this Squier pack offers some of that Fender magic. Great sounding and easy to play guitar, solid amp and 3-months Fender play learning for free.

You can read my full review of this guitar pack here: Squier Affinity Stratocaster Beginner Pack Review 2020 – Before You Buy.

Yamaha GigMaker pack is better in my opinion because it offers more value for money. But this pack is still a good choice.

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Best Les Paul Pack – Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack

If you are into heavier stuff, or you just love Les Paul- type guitars, this is a solid choice. The guitar is easy to play, and sounds great. You should still note that upper fret access is a little bit worse with Les Paul-type guitars, and this is no exception. But still, crunchy riffs and rock solos are made for this guitar.

An amplifier that comes with this guitar is slightly worse than amps coming with Fender and Yamaha packs, but this pack is still a great option for Les Paul and metal lovers.

You can read my full review of this guitar pack here: Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack Review 2020 – Before You Buy.

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Are Rogue Electric Guitars Any Good?

I’ve come to the conclusion that Rogue Electric guitars are decent guitars and especially fun to play. The value for money is also solid.

But sometimes these guitars lack some fine-detailed finish, for example, several models have frets that stick out and the fret edges are also pretty sharp sometimes.

The mics that come with Rogue guitars are OK, but not great. They offer great tones especially for beginners, but in the long run, you probably end up changing pickups or buying a new guitar.

Overall, I would say that Rogue Electric guitars are good instruments, but they are still not my favorite options.

 

Conclusion

While Rogue Rocketeer pack is not my go-to option, it’s still a decent pack and will get you started with the guitar. But I still recommend that you buy one of those alternatives I mentioned above.

Starter packs are a really good option for beginners. If you want to learn more about starter packs, check out these posts I made:

If you want to kickstart your guitar journey with the ”post I wish I had when I started”, check this guide I made: How to Play Guitar? Get Started Fast and Free!

I hope that this post helped you out! If you have any questions, leave a comment down below and feel free to share this post too.

I wish you all the best and keep rocking!

Teemu Suomala

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