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Washburn Rover Travel Guitar  

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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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Overview

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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Features
  • 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
 
4.0

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Can't really go wrong for the price.

By Donald

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rover Travel Guitar:

Practice, sitting in an easy chair. Pros: real easy to hold in any chair I've tried, action was nearly perfect out of the box. Cons: Strings are too light, I like medium .57 strings that will probably rip this guitar apart. The sound hole is not round and not big so my low E string is not well over it and thus sort of hard to hear. Otherwise this is a great instrument.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect to play on my lunch break at work!

By Gabriel

from Lake Elsinore, CA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    I bought this so I can practice on my lunch break at work. I love the portability of this guitar!! And it's fun to play!! It doesn't sound like a full size acoustic, but that's not what I was looking for. I have a full size dreadnought (it's just too big to take everywhere). Be sure to use the strap when playing because it doesn't balance on your leg due to the small size. I love this guitar!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Do not buy

    By Bill

    from Buffalo

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

    • bridge rises up, no trade value
    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    Went to trade up and GC tech slid a piece of paper behind bridge and basically told me it was worthless. Only had for a few years of light playing.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I enjoy this guitar and fast delivery, thank you.

    By jammer

    from moorpark ca.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      easy to play and fun

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exactly what I wanted

      By BlackJeep

      from Dallas TX

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      I bought the Rover so I could practice in the front seat of my jeep while I wait for my daughter to get out of class. It is the perfect size and still has a standard fret board, so what I'm playing on the Roger translates perfectly to a full size acoustic. It also allows you to recline in a chair and play. Only drawback is you can't steady it with your playing arm because it's so small, so you have to use the strap if you want to shift up and down the neck. Very pleased with it for what it is.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very portable

      By Don

      from Sebring, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Requires Constant Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      I bought this little wonder to keep handy in my motorhome. Living in an RV, there's not enough room to keep a full sized guitar handy to play on a whim. This little thing fits in the corner and I grab it and play several times a day when I might not practice for days if I had to drag my Martin out of the storage bin. It might be new strings, but it seems to need tuning more often than other guitars, no big deal. The sound is more like a banjo than a guitar. Don't expect to be able to jam along with "real" guitars and sound like a conventional acoustic. However, for practicing or figuring out songs, it's fantastic. The neck is like a full size guitar and is very playable. The action is fine. The best surprise was the case, very rugged for a canvas case with hard styrofoam protecting the guitar. I'm glad I bought it.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sweet little sounds

      By Tyemingo

      from St Louis

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Washburn Rover

      By Art

      from Greenville NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SNACK-PAK JACK

        By Z

        from HOAM

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

          These ??? Unusual !!!

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Torn between 3 and 5 Stars

          By George Brandt

          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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