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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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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

Will become your constant musical companion. Order today.

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WashburnRover Travel Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 130 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (5)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (42)
  • Stays in tune (38)
  • Good feel (36)
  • Consistent (28)
  • Good audio (14)

Cons

  • Flat sound (9)
  • Not consistent (3)
  • Requires constant tuning (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (43)
  • Jamming (23)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Travel (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Novice (13), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cool little thing.

The Washburn Rover...what a cool little travel guitar. First off, do NOT buy this thinking you will get a full-sized guitar sound...you will be disappointed. I like the Rover's...Read complete review

The Washburn Rover...what a cool little travel guitar. First off, do NOT buy this thinking you will get a full-sized guitar sound...you will be disappointed. I like the Rover's tone. It's different...kind of like a cross between a 3/4 size guitar with a sound hole cover installed and a dulcimer. Before ordering the Rover, I tried both it and the Martin Backpacker locally. I preferred the Rover's sound and feel over the Backpacker. The more traditional body shape of the Rover makes it sit more comfortably than the Backpacker's triangle body. The neck has a really nice, solid feel. The backpacker's hard foam case is a REALLY great feature as well.

It played OK out of the box (the neck's truss rod needed an adjustment). Then I did some tweaking to personalize it...as I always do. Lowered the action a hair, lemon oiled the fretboard, etc...all to bring it to my preferences. It's very solidly built. It has no problem staying in tune (I tend to strum aggressively at times) and isn't affected by weather/ humidity changes very much. The 24" scale is nice. The neck and fretboard have a nice, smooth feel, easy fretting of chords, little to no fret buzz, etc. Works well w/ a basic Kyser capo.

Wanting to "plus" it a bit, I installed a Fishman AG series saddle pickup. It sounds awesome. Very clean when run DI. I use an EQ pedal to help boost the signal and tweak the frequency levels. Now it's the ultimate travel acoustic/electric. I've used it live with great results.

It records really nicely using a single USB studio condenser mic and has added some excellent and interesting textures to recordings.

Again, don't buy this expecting a dreadnought tone...but it is a cool and unique instrument.

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It is what it is

I bought this Rover after traveling to the Caribbean for a month without a guitar and experiencing horrible withdrawal pangs without a git to play. I experimented with different strings and settled on silk...Read complete review

I bought this Rover after traveling to the Caribbean for a month without a guitar and experiencing horrible withdrawal pangs without a git to play. I experimented with different strings and settled on silk and steel, although there is no way to duplicate the sound from a full-sized guitar. The imbalance between the small body and full neck makes it very difficult to play; the included strap is a must. I'm not disappointed in my purchase, but it is what it is.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great deal

By Greg Bishop

from State College, PA

Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

For the price, this is the best travel guitar I've found.

I spent an evening filing down the included extra bridge, and replacing the strings with polyweb light accoustic strings, and that helped immensly. The action is nearly as low as my electric guitars, with very little buzzing and fretting out. I'm still experimenting with the setup, but I'm already very happy.

This guitar DOES NOT sound like a Ukelele. The bass tones come through loud and clean, and the high notes don't suffer for the small size of the guitar. It is very quiet, however, due to it's size.

It took me a while to find a comfortable way to hold this guitar. I've found playing it without a strap is very difficult because the neck is the heaviest part of the guitar. After adjusting the strap a few times, I finally found a sweet-spot, but this guitar will require some adjustment on your part.

I just wanted something to take camping, and use around a fire. At this price point, I won't be too upset if it gets a little rain on it, or smells like a campfire. I would buy another one at the drop of a hat if this one gets broken. I was worried when I first pulled it out, because the factory setup was terrible ... then I saw the spare bridge, and realized I could experiment without any danger of ruining my only bridge. I was VERY impressed by that little detail, and I'm sure I woudln't have tried for such a low action otherwise.The guitar continues to impress me with how level the frets are. I've played far more expensive instruments that needed fret work to get to where I like them.
This little guitar has an adjustable neck, and comes with a spare bridge. I was surprised by this considering the price and the size of the guitar. It comes with everything you need to set the guitar up and make it sound as good as it possible can.

The case fits the guitar very well, and I was able to clip a headstock tuner to the guitar, and still fit it in the case, with the strap on. It's very convienient that everything fits in the case, with plenty of extra room to spare.
Guitar: The guitar sounds very good for it's size, and it looked pretty well made. The soundhole could be sanded a bit, but the glue and binding on mine looked pretty good. The neck feels smooth and comforable. The included strings and strap are about as low-grade as you can imagine, and the factory set-up was terrible.

Case: The case is light, durable, and very comfortable and convienient. However, there are areas where the glue could have been a bit straighter, and the inside lining could have been better fit to the case. Also, as mentioned in every other review, the guitar strap and case smells like kerosine when you first open it. Mine has been airing out for about a week, and it's still noticable, but not nearly as bad as when I first opened it.
For the price, this is the best sounding, easiest to play, easiest to set-up accoustic travel guitar I've found. I've tried several travel accoustics, and some sound like a Ukelele and some are just less compact and more expensive.

The case was a big selling point for me. I got this guitar for camping, and it's nice to know I can throw everything I want in one case, and forget about it. It has room for my slide, capo, tuner, strap, picks and extra strings.It also comes with two straps, so you can use it as a backpack, or as a shoulder-bag.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good job Washburn!

By Dogbone

from Charlottesville, VA

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Pros

  • Attention Getter
  • Durable
  • Fit and Finish
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Size

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business trips
    • Camping
    • Car Guitar
    • Couch Guitar
    • Jamming
    • Office Or Cubicle Guitar
    • Practicing
    • Vacations

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    Wanted one for a long time, FINALLY got around to getting it.

    Fit and finish way beyond what a travel guitar should be expected to have, typical excellent Washburn neck, great case, and it's filled with goodies (truss rod wrench, picks, dvd, guitar strap, case straps, and an EXTRA SADDLE- so NO excuses for not getting it set up to your liking).

    Guitar came with light guage strings, and moderately high action. Good intonation up and down neck and across strings. Yes, if you want you can put on heavier strings and/or sand the saddle down and get it dialed in perfectly based on your playing style.

    My Rover is a joy to play, I'm constantly looking for an excuse to sit down with it - I play it at work during breaks, at home on the couch, sitting on my front porch, and anytime I expect to have time to kill (waiting in car, waiting to pick up kids, etc).

    The best part is it sounds just like a full size Taylor/Martin/Gibson acoustic!

    Just kidding. ;o)

    Hey, it's a travel guitar - with the body about the size of a mandolin - so I will just say in my opinion it sounds DANG good for a travel guitar. Sorta a cross between a guitar and a mandolin, with maybe a sprinkle of banjo twang. A small fun sound perfectly suited for a small fun guitar.

    Bottom line: It plays VERY well, the convenient size makes it just so handy and accessible, which leads to more playing time, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

    P.S. I ordered natural satin, and I want to say it looks better than the MF picture. My headstock is stained a dark brown with nice grain showing - it is not black like the MF picture sorta kinda almost looks like.

    P.P.S. Lots of previous reviews talk about some odor from the case or strap. I want to say mine did not have any odor of any kind, so I assume Washburn took care of whatever that issue was.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    my 'go to' guitar...

    By the BillyGoat

    from @ Seattle Center

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    I've played for 45 years on some 10 different guitars.. some of them rather expensive.. and I didn't want to take them out 'into the wilds..' so I bought this little thing on a whim.. just out of curiosity more than anything else.. man..
    was I ever so pleased! this little thing tears it up! it has a really kool vibration when you are playing the rhythm that I never got in any of my more expensive guitars.. like it is right there with you man! doing it's part.. This little guitar has been my 'go to' for the past 6 months now. I use it when I write..when I practice.. when I just want to show someone a new song.. fact is, if it sounds good on this little thing, it's going to sound great on my Takamine's...
    ..sometimes when I'm playing my Takamine at a venue I think about this little guitar..
    Totally a great buy! I was so pleased I turned around and bought one for my grand daughter for her birthday!

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ROVER IS A GREAT LITTLE GUITAR

    By JIMDAVE

    from West TENNESSEE

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Sound Projection
    • Light
    • Nice Case And Strap
    • Rich Sound
    • Small
    • Stays In Tune
    • Well made

    Cons

    • Small Body-use Strap
    • Tinney Sound

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues
    • Travel

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    Tried others was gonna buy a Martin Backpacker untill I tried this one. Get questions and compliments everywhere I go. Full size fretboard, nicely finished with white binding everywhere. Great price. This little darling plays like a regular guitar and packs so small. Foam case is perfect for any kind of traveling. I find it just right for carying like a back pack, stoying in the overhead, straping onto a bike. Yes, it sounded a little like a banjo. I like banjos. This was corected when I installed an electric pickup and stuffed the 9v battery into it. A little quieter-less tinney but plugged it I can play with the rest of the band. Small body size takes a little practice. Always use the strap to help hold it in place. Yes! I'd recomend it and would buy another one in a heart beat.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best travel guitar

    By Skyrover

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Big Case For Travel
    • Heavy Headstock

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    I purchased the Washburn Rover in order to take advantage of my layover time as a pilot. I needed a guitar that would slide into an outer pocket on my suitcase. The Rover will do just that with one caveat. The case it comes with will fit in an airline overhead, but won't slide into a pocket on a suitcase. The solution is to have your expert seamstress Mom make a soft case for you and give it to you as a birthday present, which is exactly what I did. It probably cost her more than the guitar cost me. I could not find a gig bag that would fit this guitar for sale. The sound is more than acceptable for practicing. In fact, sometimes I think it is a little too loud for playing aggressively in a hotel room. I have to use a strap to keep the headstock up as it is heavy. The shape works better than the Backpacker and it sounds better, too. Quality of construction is solid. 24" scale length is a definite plus. Most of the baby size dreadnoughts have a 22" scale length and are too big to fit where the Rover needs to fit. Great guitar for the niche that it fills.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    More than a travel guitar!

    By Kermite

    from Cocoa Beach, Fl

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

        Bought as a 'camping ' guitar, it has turned out to be one of my favorites. Washburn makes great stuff...the Rover is no exception. Action ok out of the box, fully bound, beautiful finish. Sound is somewhat mandolinlike, but absolutely is sweet. I use Daddario High Strung (Nashville tuning} strings and it sounds like a 12 string/ mando hybrid! Everybody wants to play it! Has held up amazing well! Did smell funky out of the box...take off the strap and hang it outside over a weekend...solved!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A good buy

        By campfireguitarist

        from Boise, ID

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Travel

        Cons

        • Finish

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Travel

        Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

        This little travel guitar is a good buy.
        Unfortunately none of my local stores carried it but after watching and reading several reviews, and considering the price point, I decided it was worth buying. I have not been disappointed. Overall the construction is good; not great but good. There was some minor detailing that could have used more attention to detail but what do you expect for at this price point and made in china travel guitar. Overall though construction is relatively solid. It's a solid top, though by no means premier woods. Sound is surprisingly good; relatively speaking. This is by no means a full size guitar so of course the sound is going to be a bit shallow, off, etc. Having said that, for how small the body is it produces a surprising volume of sound with surprising depth of tone. It even has a bit of low end. I also like that it has an adjustable truss rod - even the Martin Backpacker does not. Speaking of the Martin backpacker, I have played one of those. I find the neck on the Washburn more comfortable. The body on the Washburn, though still a bit awkward, is more comfortable than the Martin.
        End of the day this is great for exactly what I bought it for - playing around the campfire and not taking up a lot of cargo space like a full size or even 3/4 size guitar would. Though I of course take care of it, construction is solid (enough) that I don't worry about it getting knocked around. Playability and sound quality are good, or at least good enough that I enjoy playing it for extended periods of time while camping. Price point is cheap enough that if something does happen to it I'm not heartbroken.
        Having played the Martin backpacker, I found the Washburn to be of better sound, better playability, and a better deal. I do however recommend changing the factory strings right away but that goes for most any if not all new guitars.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        damn good for what it is intended for!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

        Have taken it on 2 flights already, this is a great guitar! You must understand that this is a "travel guitar" and by no means will it ever sound as good as your full size guitar. It has a tiny body and does not produce the full rich sound that you may be accustomed to, so do not buy this and expect it sound like your vintage acoustic full size big bottom guitar. Chords sound a little weak but pickin' is pretty damn good. This is the solution for the the debate: "do I want to tavel with my cherished vintage acoustic full size big bottom guitar and worry that some meathead baggage handler will be surfin' the conveyor with it" or it gets twisted and warped in the baggage hold of the aircraft. Worse yet is travelling without a guitar! Imagine trapped on the porch with the in-laws bored out of your mind! Not with the Rover. You can pick away while toothless grandma is babbling about hiding cans of beans in her purse. Flying is a cinch with the Rover, you just throw the strap over your shoulder (or backpack style), march on the plane and it easily fits in the overhead compartment. Simple, no extra charges, no hassles in security, its just too easy.. And if by some chance it gets lost or crushed by some overweight tourist's Graceland collectible cinder block souvenirs , its no great loss. Your only out a hun & a half. You will get a ton a people askin' about whats in the case, and at shows some know-it-all will be commenting on the lack of resonance quotient or some BS. Understand this, this thing works, its great to practice your tabs and keep your fingers nimble. You can play it the car (dont drive) or on the porcelain throne (dont let the wife catch you) or anywhere.... It comes with a few picks, a dvd, some straps and a darn good shag-lined (70's!)case. The case also has extra compartmens for a capo, extra socks or whatever, a few magazines and/or sheet music also fit nicely. When people finally finish all their "yours is so little" jokes and actually hear this guitar perform, they will be impressed. You will need to tune it regularly while traveling due to heat / humidity and it takes a good few hours of hard playing to get the strings to settle in but it works damn good for what it is intended for.

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        good little guitar

        By Charles Cliff

        from Asheville,NC

        Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

        The Rover is a useful small guitar. It's resonant frequency seems to be A an octave above the open fifth string. For comparison, a dreadnaught or SJ200 type of guitar is G (6th string, 3rd fret) and a OOO is A (5th string open). This means there is no fundamental on the bottom three strings but this is also true of a violin. I am impressed with the clarity of tone and the sustain in the upper register. Many folks complained about the strings which are of excellent quality but too low tension to move the top and create much sound. This is acceptable if the Rover is used as a practice instrument to replicate an electric guitar. The strings feel very much like a Squire/Fender Jagmaster which has the same 24 inch scale. I tuned the strings up a half step and the guitar really came alive reminding me of a charrango, small but LOUD. The neck has had no problem with the higher tension. When the strings need replacing I'll go to .012 to .053 and tune to standared pitch. If that works well I might try .013 to .056 which would be ccomparable to .012 to .053 on a 25.5 inch scale guitar. Remember that the 24 inch scale is like capoing on the first fret of a 25.5 inch guitar.
        Some improvements I would like but don't expect are: adding a 20th fret since most steel string acoustics seem to have that feature and it wouldn't be too dificult with the fingerboard design. Next I would like to see a model with nylon strings and a wider fingerboard and fan bracing. 19 frets are normal in this case. I would love some simple pickup installation as an option. Lastly I would like to see the body a half inch to an inch deeper at the deepest point. I like the back desgn with the taper, a little like an Ovation. This should lower the resonant frequency to G or E.I can envision a whole line of Rovers with varying string types and maybe even in three scale lenghts, 24 inch, 24.75 inch, and 25.5 inch. There are lots of possibilities.
        I have had two Taylor Babies, a 1952 Gibson 140C, an Ovation Trekker, and a Mini Martin (which should be called a 5-38 Terz guitar). All have shorter scales than the Rover. I prefer the playability of the Rover over all of these. At the time I had to retire on disability from arthritis, my main working guitar was a Steinberger GL4TA which in my opinion is the ultimate full scale tiny body guitar. The Rover seems like a relative.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Cool little thing.

        By JTSolo

        from East Windsor, NJ

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Interesting Tone
        • Solidly built
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

          The Washburn Rover...what a cool little travel guitar. First off, do NOT buy this thinking you will get a full-sized guitar sound...you will be disappointed. I like the Rover's tone. It's different...kind of like a cross between a 3/4 size guitar with a sound hole cover installed and a dulcimer. Before ordering the Rover, I tried both it and the Martin Backpacker locally. I preferred the Rover's sound and feel over the Backpacker. The more traditional body shape of the Rover makes it sit more comfortably than the Backpacker's triangle body. The neck has a really nice, solid feel. The backpacker's hard foam case is a REALLY great feature as well.

          It played OK out of the box (the neck's truss rod needed an adjustment). Then I did some tweaking to personalize it...as I always do. Lowered the action a hair, lemon oiled the fretboard, etc...all to bring it to my preferences. It's very solidly built. It has no problem staying in tune (I tend to strum aggressively at times) and isn't affected by weather/ humidity changes very much. The 24" scale is nice. The neck and fretboard have a nice, smooth feel, easy fretting of chords, little to no fret buzz, etc. Works well w/ a basic Kyser capo.

          Wanting to "plus" it a bit, I installed a Fishman AG series saddle pickup. It sounds awesome. Very clean when run DI. I use an EQ pedal to help boost the signal and tweak the frequency levels. Now it's the ultimate travel acoustic/electric. I've used it live with great results.

          It records really nicely using a single USB studio condenser mic and has added some excellent and interesting textures to recordings.

          Again, don't buy this expecting a dreadnought tone...but it is a cool and unique instrument.

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