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Washburn Rover Travel Guitar  Satin Natural

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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 119 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (84)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (36)
  • Stays in tune (32)
  • Good feel (28)
  • Consistent (22)
  • Good audio (13)

Cons

  • Flat sound (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (34)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Travel (9)
  • Small venues (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), 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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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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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

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from Western Massachusetts

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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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4.0

A nice musical companion

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from Nebraska

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • Carryon Backpacking

Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

This is a great little travel guitar in an inexpensive but complete package. The carrying case is compact enough to fit in an overhead bin, and very durable constructed. Some reviewers have complained about the head stock being a tight fit, but the foam is compressible and can be molded to accommodate the tuners.
The guitar is well constructed and with proper attention to the important details: the neck is well proportioned, binding is neatly applied, and the satin finish is comfortable to the touch. Unlike Martin's Backpacker, this guitar has a fully functional trussrod, so setup is no problem. A spare bridge blank is supplied, so feel free to adjust the action. The smallish frets are consistent and feel good. The small, shallow body is well constructed, but it does contribute to the instrument's two drawbacks: tone and balance. Don't expect concert tone from a travel guitar. It just isn't going to happen. The balance issue is a problem if you want to play seated without a strap. The strap (included) is pretty essential to playing comfortably. The body could have been designed with another inch all the way around without sacrificing portability, but it is what it is. Overall a good value, and it does what you expect from a travel guitar.

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5.0

Value for money

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from England

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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

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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 

    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 

      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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      3.0

      Rover Travel Guitar

      By 

      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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          5.0

          Travels well

          By 

          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

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          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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