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Washburn Rover Travel Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# 511819
OVERVIEW

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 129 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (88)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (42)
  • Stays in tune (37)
  • Good feel (35)
  • Consistent (27)
  • Good audio (14)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (42)
  • Jamming (22)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Travel (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Novice (12), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

hard to hold rover..?

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Awesome little guitar!

By JDtatman

from South Carolina

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Traveling

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    Great guitar. Going to love having this one. The case is much better than expected. Overall good quality construction. My travel companion for years to come!

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    4.0

    Perfect playability and small too

    By chris

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Washburn Rover Travel Guitar:

    Nice acoustic I love it would buy again for sure only issue was high action out of the box but easily fixed by filing the bridge and adjusting the truss rod

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              not the best choice

              By DaveBob

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Experienced

              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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