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Washburn's Rover is the ultimate travel guitar! Bring your Rover with you when you're on a plane, a boat, a car, the beach, camping, hiking . . . Anywhere! Comes complete with case, instructional CD R... Read More

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Washburn's Rover is the ultimate travel guitar! Bring your Rover with you when you're on a plane, a boat, a car, the beach, camping, hiking . . . Anywhere! Comes complete with case, instructional CD ROM, strap and 3 picks. Includes case.


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  • Full size 24" scale
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Quality geared tuners
  • Professional binding and inlay
  • Sized to fit airline overhead storage
  • Includes case
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WashburnRover Travel Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yeah, but...

The guitar is actually pretty well made and sounds pretty good. A bit tinny maybe but that's a travel guitar for you. The scale is full length which is nice, so they had...Read complete review

The guitar is actually pretty well made and sounds pretty good. A bit tinny maybe but that's a travel guitar for you. The scale is full length which is nice, so they had to give up body behind the bridge. The big difference between this and other travel guitars, and acoustic guitars in general, is fret access. You can reach ALL the frets because of the generous cutaway at the point where the neck and body meet. Well, not cutaway really, they joined the body to the neck between frets 15 and 16. But the net effect is: reach every fret easily. Huge bonus. The fretboard has binding all the way around it and they seemed to have used quality tuners because it stays in tune quite well. They even included a truss rod key and clear instructions on how to do the adjustments properly, and the truss rod is easily accessible through the sound hole. No truss rod cover to mess with. The case is well made, compact, well padded. Passes TSA requirements for a carry-on bag. Great so far. On the downside, the strap came without one of the ends being glued properly, as though there were supposed to have been two ingredients for the glue to work and they had only applied one ingredient. I had to glue it together myself. And I don't know if it's the glue they chose to use or what, but the whole thing smells a little like gasoline. Also the guitar is neck heavy, with the entire guitar's center of gravity being around the 11th fret of the neck, and that fact, combined with the fact that the cut for your leg is where it is, makes it kind of hard to find a comfortable position to play in. Put it on your right leg and it feels like your right arm is way out behind you, and your left arm will start to crowd your body as you get to the upper frets. Put it on your left leg and it feels like there's a mile and a half of neck out in front of you. Also it would've been good to have two pegs for the strap. Instead you have to tie the neck end of the strap to the neck behind the nut. Also, you know that feeling when you hit a baseball with the funny side of a bat and it sort of shocks your hand and leaves it numb? You'll get that with this guitar after just a half hour or so of playing. Or maybe I just got a bad luck of the draw with this particular guitar. I can only play it for short periods of time before numbing out and have to put it down for awhile. Normally, I can play for 4 hours straight without any problem whatsoever, but this one is hard to play for long without the shock. Overall, well done. I would've gotten a baby Taylor if they had sold it with a protective case, but they didn't, so I ended up with this Washburn for half the money, and I gotta say I'm pretty much pleasantly surprised overall.

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It's a good option for what it is

I ordered one of these after reading the reviews and watching some demos on youtube. When I received the guitar, I found that the Bridge was already separating from the body. So I...Read complete review

I ordered one of these after reading the reviews and watching some demos on youtube. When I received the guitar, I found that the Bridge was already separating from the body. So I imediately had to return it. When I returned it to the store they didn't have any others in stock so I just got a refund. I then found a lightly used one on craiglist for $100 and bought that. It didn't have the issues that the other had. After messing with it a bit, you will have to live with all the limitations of a travel guitar. It sounds very metallic, and like a banjo in some cases. I changed the strings to Silk and Steel and it helped a bit but still sounds like a banjo on the higher strings. The full size neck is nice, but the small size of the body will throw you and will take some getting used to. That said, if you can't haul along your full-sized guitar, your options are limited. In any event, it meets its purpose and if you must have a travel guitar, this one is likely as good as any and about the bottom of the line pricewise. If you don't expect too much, you will be happy with it.

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4.0

Sweet little sounds

By 

from St Louis

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Out Performs Martin Back
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

Way out performs the Martin back packer. Shocked by the sound that this little guitar has. Great travel guitar, fun to play. I am very pleased.

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5.0

Washburn Rover

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from Greenville New York

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    Well constructed, great case, terrific sound quality for a travel guitar

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SNACK-PAK JACK

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    from HOAM

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      These ??? Unusual !!!

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      4.0

      Torn between 3 and 5 Stars

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      from Duluth, MN

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      The previous ratings were helpful in making a decision to purchase the Washburn Rover. The only issue is that I received an, obviously straight from the factory, package. When first removed from Washburn's packaging much of the material promised in the listing was not in the the package. All that was included was the Guitar, The strap and the case. All three were better than I had expected in appearance and ultimately in performance. The guitar had "gunk" (not sure what it was but spray on marine cleaner wax took it off). The strings were rusted and two of them broke before ever getting to enough tension to be in tune. I replaced them first with standard phosphor bronze steel strings. Was not happy with the sound, replaced them next with Elixer Nanoweb lights and was much happier with the sound and feel. The strap is really handy and effective the guitar looks great after cleaning it up. I have been fiddling with the setup and it is getting better have adjusted the truss rod and am thinking of pulling the bridge shaving it down a bit, to lower the action but have been waiting to see how it settles out with the local humidity and the humidification that is used in the case. The case is a real plus, given this is a travel guitar it is fitted, protective, and easy to carry and pack. Guitar Center customer service was responsive and followed up about the missing items and has arranged for Washburn to send them to me. Will trust the arrive in due time. All and all a good guitar for it's stated purpose.

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      5.0

      managing expectations is key

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      from St. Louis, MO

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      This is one of those rare times when function is more important than sound for guitar. If you're expecting it to put out a sound that even comes close to a full size guitar than look elsewhere. However, having looked at and played most of these travel guitars in the sub $200 range than was the best one by far. (the sound is very thin, bright, and tinny sounding but much louder than you'd expect) Especially when you take into consideration the case (which is amazing) and all of the accessories like the saddle shims, strap, and truss rod wrench. Unheard of at this price point. It came down to this one and the martin backpacker. The martin had a slightly better sound, but the rover's shorter length, amazing case, and what felt to be a more sturdy build won me over. Did I mention how amazing the case is? It's sturdy enough I'd have no issue throwing it in my luggage or strapping it to a backpack (without the case). Overall, I'm very pleased.

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      4.0

      easy to hold

      By 

      from Calimesa, CA

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      I love my little guitar, it is small and easy to hold, I am a beginner and I find it so much easier to learn on then my husbands full size guitar, the action is good, but I would rather have nylon strings instead of steel, easier on the fingers. all in all I love it. ps: the hardest part is keeping it out of my husbands hands.

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      3.0

      It's a good option for what it is

      By 

      from Columbus, OH

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      I ordered one of these after reading the reviews and watching some demos on youtube. When I received the guitar, I found that the Bridge was already separating from the body. So I imediately had to return it. When I returned it to the store they didn't have any others in stock so I just got a refund. I then found a lightly used one on craiglist for $100 and bought that. It didn't have the issues that the other had. After messing with it a bit, you will have to live with all the limitations of a travel guitar. It sounds very metallic, and like a banjo in some cases. I changed the strings to Silk and Steel and it helped a bit but still sounds like a banjo on the higher strings. The full size neck is nice, but the small size of the body will throw you and will take some getting used to. That said, if you can't haul along your full-sized guitar, your options are limited. In any event, it meets its purpose and if you must have a travel guitar, this one is likely as good as any and about the bottom of the line pricewise. If you don't expect too much, you will be happy with it.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good deal. Great quality. Lots of fun.

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      from Cleveland, OH

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      I was looking for something I can travel with to keep my hands moving while I'm on the road. I looked at a few of the mini guitars and felt that the quality was not as good as the full size stuff. In fact, they seem to be more like toy guitars. Not this Rover. The reviews I read were mostly positive, other than a few negs. The price was good on Black Friday so I rolled the dice and got a sweet guitar. This is not a toy. It has high quality parts and a really good sound compared to the other minis I played in the stores. Dont expect a deep rich sound because the body is only 12" long, 8" wide and 2" deep. But for that size, it has a really good sound. As someone else mentioned, there are some balance issues because of the size, but the guitar is so light its really not an issue. When sitting it really fits well. Once you add the strap, there's no question about the comfort. I liked the look of this more than the Martin Backpacker. This really has a cool look. There were lots of comments about the strap stinking like chemicals, but Wasburn must have corrected this, because mine was fine. The case is secure and light. Overall, I am super satisfied with this purchase.

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      4.0

      Solid Travel Guitar

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      from Orange, CA

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      I really like this guitar. It's compact, has a full scale neck, and it's convenient for me play when I'm on the road. In fact, with the free case, which protects the guitar well (backpack style too), it fits in the overhead bin on an airplane. I've done it and it's awesome! Now, is it going to sound as good as your standard dreadnought? No. Is it better than a toy guitar? Yes. As advised by others, I would recommend changing the default strings to the Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel acoustic strings. The ones that it has are very bright and give that tin sound. With such a small body, you really just need a nice mellow sound so it doesn't resonate the wrong way, whcih the Martins do. Overall, I love this thing. It's not going to fill up a concert hall, but it's good for filling up a small room and playing out in the park. Nice one Washburn!

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      4.0

      Nice Travel Guitar

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      from Seattle

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      My Harley road guitar, I play lead in a cover band and this guy is my work break / travel axe. The neck is like my strat, good access to above the 12the fret, tuners suck!, tone is bad, its unique, good price, better than those other lame travel guitars.

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