Summary: I really did want to like this guitar, but it is probably the worst instrument I have ever picked up. While I know it was very inexpensive, I still had hoped for a bit more. The things that really bothered me were; the terrible odor that came from the guitar and case, the total loose truss rod and the rusted strings. I wish there had been more attention to detail. Unfortunately, I returned the guitar. I could not force myself into keeping it.
Summary: I purchased the Washburn Rover to take it sailing/motorcycling, etc. and received it a couple of days ago. To be Frank (or, I'll be John if you want)this is really a child's guitar. I think you could get one at Walmart for 2/3d's the price that would produce the same sound quality as this. The action is set very high though it does have a nice wide fingerboard and overall exceptable construction for what it is.
Summary: Returned the product in May 2011 because the smell was awful. I called Washburn and was sent a different strap which had an odor almost as bad. The case never did air out either. The guitar was well made but was difficult to hold and balance. I'm disappointed with Washburn for continuing to market this guitar package as is. It smells bad like gasoline. Amazon was very good and gave me a quick refund.
Go with the Martin Backpacker- you will be happier
27 April 2011
Summary: I purchased a Washburn Rover about a month ago and while changing the strings the nut cracked at the 6th E string and not being sure what goes into replacing the nut I took it to a Guitar store for repair. They quoted $40-$50 to replace the nut and asked why I was changing the strings I told them the action was a little high and I was getting buzzing on the 5th and 6th string.
Summary: The strap has an industrial glue that has not and will not cure. The result are noxious and dangerous fumes that get in your eyes and lungs. No amount of airing out will change this issue and I was forced to return not one but two guitars to Amazon, as the chemicals permiate the case, guitar and anything else that it comes in contact with. After my complaint Amazon was responsive and even took the product off of their inventory. But now it seems to be back on.
Summary: Unfortunately, when I opened this Christmas Day, the carry case was covered in mold. I assume it was stored in a humid, warm environment, which probably did some damage to the guitar itself. It is being returned and I am asking for a refund. I recommend buying this guitar in a store where it can be thoroughly inspected.
Summary: Read the reviews on amazon and other sites and decided to give this guitar a try. Figured for around $100 the quality of construction and sound would be decent for a portable instrument. When I received the guitar, I could not get it to stay in tune. I've been playing for 15+ years, so, it's not as though I've never tuned a guitar before. I also noticed rust all over the strings and wear on the tuning keys. Returned the guitar and got another.
Summary: Needed a travel guitar to practice while sitting in hotel rooms on business. I wasn't all that concerned about sound quality. Mainly wanted something that was playable and had a decent neck and string action. Very disapointed. String action was so high I consider this thing completely unplayable. Tried adjusting truss rod and it helped, but still very unplayable. Sound was about what I expected, not going to play a concert with it, but good enough for practice use.