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Washburn Rover Travel Guitar Black 

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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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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.


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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 116 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (84)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (34)
  • Stays in tune (30)
  • Good feel (27)
  • Consistent (20)
  • Good audio (13)

Cons

  • Flat sound (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (33)
  • Jamming (17)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Travel (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), 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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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

Value for money

By Luckguy88

from England

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Decent sound
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Reasonable Price
  • Stays In Tune
  • Truss Rod

Cons

  • Prefer A Smaller Carrying

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

Well, I just got this guitar, nylon string version, and I must admit that it sound way better than the steel one. Since it has a truss rod and also it is a nylon stringed so it will definitely last long and I hope to bring around with me.

I would highly recommend this instrument for times when you have no access to the regular size.

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5.0

Best of it's kind

By Jimdave

from W.Tennessee

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    I am a Harmonica player and needed an occasional guiter that packed small and carried well on a motorcycle. This little guitar is great. Best I have found. Comes with carry case and packs small and compact with small cash for capo, and strap. Outside pouch for cord, etc. It sounded kind of like a banjo when I purchased it. I added a cheap under saddle pickup with preamp and the sound changed and became flatter and less tinney. Not sure why. Harmonica players and others that have played mine couldn't wait to buy their own. It is kind of a challenge to get used to holding it due to the small size but if you always put the strap on it stays in place and becomes quite comfortable, and with the added pickup, just plug it in and it really rocks. Get one.

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    5.0

    Travel Size and Ready to Play

    By travellingcollegekid

    from Pennsylvania

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hiking
      • Practicing
      • Travel

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      This guitar is much more user-friendly than the Martin Backpacker when it comes to sitting and playing and intricate finger work - I have played both and find that this is easy to stand or sit with. The full sized neck and durability of this guitar is what drew me to it in the first place. It is very comfortable, has a great sound for such a small body, and has proven to be durable for hiking and travel. What you see is what you get, I am completely satisfied.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Feels like an old pal right away

      By Brocken Jr.

      from Yokosuka, Japan

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Comes With Quality Case
      • Consistent
      • Extra Bridge And Allen
      • Fun Banjo-like Sound
      • Fun To Play
      • Perfect Shape And Feel
      • Stays In Tune
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • Case Kind Of Smells Funny
      • Open Tuning Keys

      Best Uses

      • Folk Tunes
      • Jamming
      • Parties
      • Slide

      Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

      Love this little guy. It comes with a decent setup and pretty good strings, as well as picks, an instructional DVD, strap, extra bridge, Allen wrench for the truss rod, and case. Far better than the Martin Backpacker---which does not even have a truss rod.

      Stays in tune a lot better than I expected. It gets a lot of attention whenever I bring it out. I am US Navy deployed to Japan, and this thing is small enough to bring on the ship while out at sea. Wish I would've bought one far sooner.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Rover Travel Guitar

      By Jeri

      from Hi

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Not Consistent

        Best Uses

          Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

          I will be looking for something bigger, like a nylon string guitar. I still want a traveling guitar but I want more pure sound from it. Thanks, Jeri.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Travels well

          By Moon

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Convenient
          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • String Height

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

          As advertised, this guitar travels well. The case fits perfectly in the overhead compartment of an airplane, straps down on the back of a motorcycle and you can wear it as a backpack with the included straps. Does get a little finicky in regards to tuning with temperature/humidity changes. String height takes some getting used to. Lots of looks and questions when it's out of the case (which is great for this price point). Sound is unique, somewhat banjo-y.

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          5.0

          Rover - Travel and Everyday

          By El Michelobo

          from USA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

            I've had this for 7-8 months. Excellent companion for the guitarist roaming the house. Sling it behind you when something else needs attention, squeeze through tight places, and swing it back around to try a few more chord progressions. Stays in tune (generally) and even sounds good in recordings, if well placed. The sound is often like a banjo, so country and porch-stomping blues stuff sounds spot-on with this guitar. Use a capo from the 7th to 10th frets and it becomes a second cousin to the ukulele. The only downside is that you can't sit and put it on your hip to play - just the nature of its shape. My main caveat: careful you don't play it too frequently, because adjusting back to your full-size acoustic will be like crossing into the Land of the Giants. Comparisons to regular guitars miss the point. If you want an interesting music maker that can go just about anywhere and let you dip into sounds that are off the beaten path then get the Rover.

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            5.0

            A Fun Guitar!

            By Rich F.

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Professional Musician

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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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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Big let down

                By Cayugajg

                from Palestine TX

                About Me Experienced

                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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