Summary: This washburn guitar does indeed have a great sound and is really compact. However, the neck is really heavy compared to the incredibly light body of the guitar. And when i first opened it, it wreaked of chemical, from the laquer I'm assuming.
Good nice travel guitar - the strap however is incredible...
24 May 2011
Summary: The guitar definitely delivers what it promises and is very good quality for the price. I would have given 4 or even 5 stars of rating, if it wasn't for the straps (and the case, I fear): I thought some of the reviews were exaggerations but actually the stink of chemical products is incredible and hard to get rid of.... it is frankly disappointing that Washburn uses that kind of - probaly toxic, certainly disgusting - stuff.
Summary: I bought one of these for my mother and once I'd gotten it set up and tuned, decided I liked the sound so much (almost as good as a full-sized) I had to have one for myself. Unfortunately, it isn't available in a left-handed version, which is why I give it only three stars instead of five. I got mine re-strung with a new nut, but the intonation still isn't right because of the inclination of the saddle. A couple of other complains--like most people, I noticed an odour.
Summary: I received the Washburn Rover travel guitar today, and the smell of the case is overwhelming. It gave me a serious headache and I had to store it out in the garage- the smell is still lingering in my house hours after doing so. Guitar is good for practicing while traveling, however, the body size is odd and it is difficult to use without the strap. Hoping it serves me well abroad, however, I'll have to find another way to travel with it as the case is going in the trash.
Summary: This is a great guitar once you change the strings, as suggested. Great portability for the price. HOWEVER - having read reviews across multiple sites, I too am a victim of the HORRIBLE glue smell that so many others have complained about. I really liked the guitar, so I purhcased it from two separate retailers, but had to return both due to the horrific smell. I even tried contacting the manufacturer to send a "smell-free" case... And they sent a case. But it stunk too.
Summary: The sound of this little guitar is very good given it's size and the construction looks very good, but the smell of it could make you pass out! I don't know if it's the glue, varnish, or foam in the case, but it WILL make you ill if you're around it for more than a few minutes. The case is much worse that the guitar but I've put both out in the garage to "air out". If it's not better in a week, it will be going back.
Summary: I really wanted to like the Rover, but I returned it. Here's why: Pros: - Nice tone, when you get used to it. As everyone says, you can't compare this to a larger guitar. It sounds great on its own, however. - The neck plays nicely. Cons: - It's very, very hard to hold. I didn't install a front strap button as some people suggested, but I just couldn't get over having to deal with how to hold the Rover every time.
Summary: This guitar has a nice sound for such a compact package and the full size neck is great. However, due to the small body, the neck weighs much more than the body and requires the player to hold the neck up with the fretting arm while playing. Attaching a strap helps but does not eliminate the issue. For a camping / beach guitar, I say go for it.
Summary: Für den Preis eine wirklich ansprechende Gitarre für unterwegs. Die Verarbeitung ist, bis auf einige Kleinigkeiten, wirklich gut. Trotz des kleinen Gitarrenkörpers ist der Klang annehmbar und besser wie erwartet. Die Bespielbarkeit finde ich sehr gut und es macht Spaß auf ihr zu spielen. Der mitgelieferte rechteckige Koffer ist stabil und schützt die Gitarre gut. Bis hierhin hätte ich der Gitarre fünf Sterne gegeben.
Summary: Man muss sich natürlich im Klaren sein, dass die Rover klanglich längst nicht mit einer "richtigen" Gitarre mithalten kann. Der Korpus ist tatsächlich kaum größer als der einer Geige und hat vielleicht gerade mal ein Fünfzehntel des Volumens einer ausgewachsenen Dreadnaught-Akustik. Der Klang ist dementsprechend recht dünn und bassarm. Das ist aber ja nun auch logisch bzw. physikalisch gar nicht anders möglich.