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  • Full size 24" scale
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany body and neck
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Play it anywhere, anytime.

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.


Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (79)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (28)
  • Stays in tune (25)
  • Good feel (24)
  • Consistent (18)
  • Good audio (13)

Cons

  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (28)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Travel (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Novice (10), Professional musician (6)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK, but not comfortable

Got one of these several months ago. Sound is what you would expect from a small body but I knew that from the start. My problem with it is that you cannot keep it...Read complete review

Got one of these several months ago. Sound is what you would expect from a small body but I knew that from the start. My problem with it is that you cannot keep it on your thigh when playing -at least comfortably anyhow. The guitar keeps wanting to slip away from you unless you get into a perfect position. (I haven't been able to find it). I suppose the strap would help but I never even unraveled it. My guitar spends a lot of time in my trunk because I use it when I travel and it seems to keep in tune pretty well in spite of the temp changes etc. Decent value but because of the design of the body I gave it a lower review. If you can figure out a way around the playability easily it is an excellent buy especially because of the case and everything else that comes with it. I recently purchased a Samich ST6 to replace it because of the playability problem. It's a 3/4 scale guitar but seems to be well made. The Samich cost less, sounds much better and can be played easily. Also has Grover tuners. Seems that this one will work better for me.

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5.0

A Fun Guitar!

By Rich F.

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Secure Well Made Case
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Trips Via Plane

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    It's great an extra bridge saddle is included, filed a sixteenth off it for improved action. Removed the partial shim from the bridge. Has a minor elliptical buzz off the 5th and 6th strings at the 12th and 13th frets. Just needs some minor tweaking. Neck is nice, tone is acceptable, finish is flawless, no problems with tuners. Fits in overhead compartment- Freedom! Capos well. This purchase exceeded my expectations!

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    2.0

    Rover Travel Guitar

    By TB222

    from IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      Kind of lame sounding, but will suffice for what I intend to use it for. Nice case tho.

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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Big let down

      By Cayugajg

      from Palestine TX

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Requires Constant Tuning
        • Terrible Tone Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

          I was so excited to receive this guitar but was severely let down. As I began to tune and play it all I got was a cheap plastic feel. If I were to buy this again I wouldn't spend more than 20 on it much less 160.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Big bang for the buck.

          By Rusty nutz

          from Wharton, NJ

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Go Anywhere Guitar
            • Practicing

            Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

            I am blown away by this little gem. I have owned and sold a Martin Backpacker but this Washburn Rover blows the backpacker away as far as sound and playability goes.I would recommend this to any guitarist who wants a travel guitar to add to their arsenal.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it!

            By RevRand

            from Spring City, PA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Awkward At First

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Travel

            Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

            You can read my pros and con above. I was able to overcome the awkwardness by installing a strap retainer at the back of the base of the neck and by just picking it up every day to play. Now I love it! My first reaction upon playing it was that it sounds kind of like a banjola. It would be interesting to hear it through a pick-up or miked. (Haven't tried that yet.) The case is first-rate!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            GREAT DEAL, GOOD GUITAR

            By Kane

            from USA

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Fun To Play
            • Solid Build
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

                This guitars really a great deal, you can't buy it and complain about it being awkward to hold, I mean what did you expect ? I actually don't need to wear the strap when I play it, like ever, even when I stand it. Mine didn't have any chemical odor, at most it smelt SLIGHTLY like glue, but nothing worth complaint about. Mine stays tuned pretty well and I like its unique sound. If you're looking for a budget guitar this is perfect in my option but I don't think this should be used to learn on for brand new beginners, just to have fun with.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice little guitar

                By Paul

                from Upstate New York

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

                  Great little guitar for the price. With a few minutes of adjusting with the supplied tools it has great action. If you buy any travel guitar for the sound you'd be disappointed but this sound is quite adequate. Fun and easy to play. Nice and handy to keep by the chair for practice and for traveling. The case is sturdy. You can play all frets and the neck is thin with a truss rod. As with all travelers, you must use the strap since the neck is heavier than the body but the strap sets on the head and not the bottom of the neck like others which limit fret usage.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  hard to hold rover..?

                  By the BillyGoat

                  from @ Seattle Center

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Hard To Hold

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

                      Hey guys.. I hear a lot about the Rover being hard to hold and play because of the small size .. and ..it's just a weird fit! I have owned this guitar for awhile now and I totally love it! here's what you need...
                      place a neck strap nut just under the neck at the bottom where where the neck meets the body..
                      ..the strap will then hang in support of the neck and weight of the guitar and sling to the back of the neck and still allow forward neck movement with ease..case solved!
                      This travel guitar is totally awesome! so with a little ingenuity you'll be rock'in!
                      hey I have a Martin Thin Line pick up in mine and play it thru a Yamaha THRc amp! Rock on Dudes!

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                      5.0

                      Love it!

                      By Flowback Hand

                      from Jal, NM

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

                        This perfectly fits my needs for practicing guitar while I'm away from home. I can play this guitar while sitting in my truck on location with plenty of room to spare. It's nicely built, holds it sound well and is quite a lot of fun. The biggest challenge is that it is a bit awkward to hold in position sometimes but you adjust pretty quickly. GREAT GUITAR for those on the go!

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                        5.0

                        ..light that baby up!

                        By the BillyGoat

                        from @ Seattle Center

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Blow'in Away Your Friends
                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

                          I've had this little guitar for awhile.. I'm retired..so yea..I get bored.. so I thought what if this great sounding guitar ..were amplified?!!
                          Woa!..I purchased a Martin Thinline saddle pickup.. 2 hours for the install.. (saddle needs .05 inch off.. and the coupler needs to be drilled thru the bottom 'waist' of the body due to
                          limited clearance thru the sound hole..) Freikin!! playing thru my Acoustic Loudbox amp is totally awesome! Washburn is going to find out about this.. I can see their R&D already thinking this thru..

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