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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 . . . Any...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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Play it anywhere, anytime.

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
 
4.5

(based on 127 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (41)
  • Stays in tune (37)
  • Good feel (34)
  • Consistent (27)
  • Good audio (14)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (41)
  • Jamming (22)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Travel (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (35), Novice (12), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great deal

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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5.0

Cool little thing.

By JTSolo

from East Windsor, NJ

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

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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    4.0

    Quality is 2nd, but playable and sounds good.

    By Trucker

    from Logan, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      I ordered Blue.... it's more of a Teal. I like it though, it's OK. Just doesn't look like the picture. A few imperfections in the finish. I can live with those. I drive a truck and can easily sit in the drivers seat as I'm waiting. Perfect size and sound for practice on the road.

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      5.0

      I bought it as a gift, and they loved it.

      By Merabelle

      from Punta Gorda, Florida

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

        Just hanging around the house relaxing and playing.

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        4.0

        Sweet litytle insturment

        By Rusty

        from Rocky Point NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

          Don't look for a rich, full sound from this piece, but a sweet almost lute sound. Comfortable to play and easy to transport. Well made from top to bottom.

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          1.0

          Not what I expected!

          By Buck

          from Houma, La

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          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Not Consistent
          • Requires Constant Tuning

          Best Uses

            Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

            I could not get this guitar to tune right. For the small construction I knew it would not have a sound of a regular guitar, but this thing is terrible! I am actually waiting on the return label to send it back. But, I will continue to do my business with Musicians Friend for all my needs. Awesome company to do business with. No questions for me sending it back.

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            3.0

            not the best choice

            By DaveBob

            from Asheville, NC

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

            If you are only looking for smallest travel guitar, able to fit into overhead on airplane, you are looking at Martin Backpacker or this Rover. Rovers' total length w/ case is shorter than Backpacker by a few inches. Rover guitar is well made, tuners are OK, but not as good as Martin. Neck plays easier than Martin. Rovers hard case is outstanding. Truss rod is a great feature. However, sound really is lacking. I thought I would be able to live with it, with limited use, but sound is barely guitar like. Needs body redesign

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Washburn rover blue

            By Raf

            from Rancho Mirage, CA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

            Overall good, fun travel guitar. My model came a little scratched, however, which I was not happy about it, as if someone had already been playing it or using it before me. I like the travel case it comes with as well.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great small body guitar

            By Steve

            from Punta Gorda FL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

              Great take anywhere guitar, for it's designed purpose it is great. !

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              4.0

              A nifty little thing

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              from Spanish Fork Utah

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Convenient
              • Fun To Play
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Weird Smell

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Traveling

              Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

              This little thing is fun. I got it years ago on sale. Comes with a nice sturdy hard/soft case. Everyone was spot on about the weird smell on the strap but if you let it air outside, it should dissappear. I would only recommend this for small, fun little jams. It's small construction doesn't leave room for a large tone but of course that is to be expected. Overall for the price and construction, I'm impressed.

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              3.0

              It is what it is

              By Jamoof

              from Western Massachusetts

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Excellent Practice Guitar
              • Full-length Neck
              • Great Construction

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Hard To Hold

              Best Uses

              • For Travel

              Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

              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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