Play unplugged at home ” go electric with the band!
The handsome AB-304 Acoustic-Electric Bass by Rogue is ideal for acoustic living room concerts and electric extravaganzas onstage or in the studio. Mahogany sides, back, and neck give it a rich, articulate tone. A built-in piezo pickup with volume and 4-band EQ makes it easy to fine-tune your electric sound. Features built-in tunerdie-cast machine heads; abalone rosette and dot markers; and top binding. This bass guitar is a pleasure to behold and play.
- Mahogany sides, back, and neck
- Select spruce top
- Piezo pickup
- 4-band EQ
- Built-in tuner
- Die-cast machine heads
- Abalone rosette
- Abalone position markers
- Top binding
Reviewed by 5 customers
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Well, I bought this bass as a cheap acoustic for solo practice without an amp and to be able to play plugged in when I wanted to. This bass does a great job of both!
Everything works great!! The strings sound okay but mine came with almost some grime on the part over where the hole is on the body. Definitely should get a spare pair of strings to change quickly! Also, the tuner is very good! It is quite accurate and you can change the standard setting on it with ease to your own! Further more, The body is smaller than I anticipated, but it turns out to be the perfect width so its not bulky at all! Luckily, the neck is standard scale!
The electronics on the instrument are really good for the price! The input jacks work great and are perfect for either amp play or into a mixer! The pickup is POWERFUL and only needs to be put on maybe 1/2 volume for my walls to shake with my 150 watt amp!
Now, time for a con or two... I have noticed the neck attachment seems a little ummmm choppy? the cut just doesn't look right to me but it is very stable! Also, Expect the neck to be similar to a precision bass. Not really a con but it is a change if you aren't used to it!(expect to also play it like an acoustic, not an electric!)
Overall, worth the money by far(I tried the comperable Dean and Ibanez models myself and this is the best!)
This is a good instrument and I would always recommend this!
This is my first bass guitar. I wanted something that I could practice with unplugged but then be able to plug in while playing with others. This bass had the best reviews overall for the various low end acoustic-electrics and I agree. It had a great sound right out of the box and even better when I replaced the strings with Elixir Nanoweb light strings. Unplugged this bass is not very loud and you will be downed by a guitar, keyboard or drums. The equalizer works well and the on-board tuner is a plus. Also the option to plug in with an XLR cable is great, you don't need a direct box and you can plug directly into a sound board. The construction seems to be sound and the appearance is nice but nothing spectacular. Overall I think this was a good purchase considering the price. I would recommend this bass to any one who wants to learn to play with out spending a lot of money.
I tried this Rogue AB304 bass out and set it back immediately. I wanted something for strictly acoustic output and this model greatly disappointed. The body of the unit is smaller than, and I got better low end volume from my Taylor Grand Auditorium guitar! How are you going to get significant bass volume out of a body that small? So if you want something where you are going to need unamplified bass volume, then skip the Rogue. I would recommend instead the Dean EAB. That unit has a very large body and puts out some satisfying volume. On the plus side, the Rogue has a powered pre-amp and tuner, which the Dean doesn't have. Bottom line, if you need unplugged bass volume, skip the Rogue.
I have 3 Rogue basses - 2 electric and this AE bass and I'm happy with them all. They're not top of the line for sure, but for those on a budget, it's hard to find better quality for the price. This aeb is lightweight and shorter scale (the only real drawback for me since I'm a bigger guy). It's basically an acoustic guitar modded to a bass. That's ok though, since the electronics are really the main attraction here. Solid preamp with onboard digital tuner. You can get a good variety of tones onboard with the eq, too. It's got both hi and lo z outputs which is nice. The cratsmanship seems solid, tho the rosette isn't seamless - very slight gap all the way around. That, along with very dark abolone fret markers (almost invisible, in fact) is the only real negative with appearance. Bottom line soundwise is that you can't really hold your own unplugged with this but I guess few aebs can. Overall, nice bass for the money if you plan to play plugged or by yourself.
Been interested in obtaining an acoustic bass for some time. Not many to choose from in this price category, but I had good luck with the Rogue products in previous buys and this AB seems to follow suit. Nice overall appearance and construction - natural spruce laminate top with really striking mahogany laminate back and sides (the linear 3D graining fairly glows in bright light). Good fret fitment, fair intonation, decent tuning machines, and robust, ivory-hued plastic nut and saddle materials. Interestingly subtle use of abalone inlay fret dots to match the rosette and top perimeter binding. The bound split back and bottom binding are above and beyond the price. Prener LC preamp with tuner is a nice piece on the upper bout. There's a separate patch plate offset on the lower bout that contains a 9v batt box, 1/4" and 3 prong plug-in for amping. The single gold strap button is left alone to just hold the strap. Strings are brassy looking roundwounds which match the gold hardware. Sound warm and plucky played acoustic (good) and scritchy-scratchy amped(bad). More likely the preamp's character coming through. A switch to stainless flatwounds dulled the acoustic, but cured the amped sound. In time I'll find the perfect string compromise and fine tune the setup. Rather than just another cheap AB, this Rogue's a well made acoustic four string that is simply made cheaply. That's a good thing in this price category. The matching Rogue (TKL) hard case fits it perfect and is worth the extra hunge.