"Big Tone In A Small Package"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
This is the most innovative product I've purchased in years. It was a bit of a fluke, but I was at a music store and saw Kerry King (Slayer) of all people signing autographs. As I browsed the store I noticed the Washburn Rover and was thinking in terms of a guitar I could have with me (since I travel so much) to work on my chops during the long nights in hotel rooms.
The first thing I noticed was the "big" sound it makes. The sonic quality for the size is definitely something to behold. Just stick with it a few times until you find the right playing position for you and your forearm will be in shape in no time! Once you can run up and down the full scale 19 fret neck with ease (the action is awesome!)you will go play your electric and be able to shred!
Being able to work on writing and keeping the arm in shape is invaluable if you travel (and the airlines let you carry it on too!) It comes with a nice case that also holds my MP3 recorder and metronome. Great job Washburn!
p.s. I did get in line and had Kerry King sign it (made him laugh since all these kids had been bringing in their various electrics, but he could see the practicality of it for the serious musician).
Includes nice carry-on travel case with optional strap or handle. This case will protect your guitar!
Nice woods, quality tuners that actually stay put! If you take care and you keep it in the case (these woods are high quality)I think this guitar will last a very long time.
I still own a Washburn G-IV (Force 4) from the eighties. Although I have changed the pickup a few times over the years, the rest of the guitar is original and in great shape. I believe the Rover will last too. Washburn makes high quality products that last, and they were made in Buffalo Grove, Illinois!
You will never ever find this caliber of a travel guitar for this price, guaranteed!
The Wow Factor:
It is practical but also a lot of fun. When I play in the corner at the airport (long layovers) or just around friends or family, it definitely catches people's attention and has generated a lot of very interesting conversations.
My search is finally over! I plan to give one to my "nomadic" brother and I would replace it with the same model if something ever happened to mine.