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Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Science

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      12.11.2012 21:30
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      But it at your peril!

      My daughter received the pink version of this guitar for her third birthday. In my opinion it is a pretty horific toy, but I am going to review it as objectively as possible!

      The guitar has 8 'frets' (black buttons) each of which play about 3 seconds of 'music' (noise!), obviously the idea being that the child presses one button after another to create their own tune. There are also 4 strings so the child can pretend to play the instrument. The strings don't actually do anything other than make a tiny high and delicate noises....which are drowned out by the noise the rest of the guitar makes. As well as the 8 black buttons there are 5 pink buttons along the bottom of the body of the guitar. The first of these is the dreaded demo button. This plays a rock solo, I cannot tell you how long this goes on for - I have just pressed it in order to provide you with accurate information but could only stand it for 30 seconds before I had to press my favourite button.....the stop button! Which is the last of these 5 pink buttons. Between the demo button and the stop button are 3 rhythm buttons which play a slightly more preferable noise than the fret buttons. If you have a rhythm playing then the fret buttons will only play a single note when pressed. This is when you can really go to town and use the swing bar! (otherwise known as a whammy bar). This extends the note and changes the pitch to give it that true rock music sound! The only other button is the on/off dial, this does just that 'on' or 'off', unfortunately there is no volume control which would be a very nice addition!

      The guitar comes complete with rock star glasses with attached microphone, these plug into the guitar and amplify the voice so it comes out of the speaker on the front of the guitar. Like my children need their voices amplified?!?!

      The guitar also has a strap so the child can 'wear' it. The strap is in two halves which are joined together with velcro, presumably this is (very sensibly) for safety reasons.

      When my daughter received this, which is around 18 months ago, I remember there were a lot of tears. The glasses kept falling off and the strap didn't hold the guitar in the right place for her to reach the buttons, or it kept coming undone. After a while she just gave up and it sat in the corner of her room for a while only really coming out when friends came to play. My now 2 year old son has enjoyed playing with it for several months now, he just lies it on the floor, presses the buttons and dances round to the noise it makes. ELC have the age range for this toy as suitable from 3. At 3 my daughter found it very difficult to use 'like a real rockstar,' she is now 4 and a half and can manage this now, but rarely chooses to do so! Thank goodness!

      This guitar is currently on sale with ELC for £10, which is half price. If you like this sort of toy then this isn't a bad price. Personally I don't like it! I have no objection to my children making noise (which is a good thing because they both have mouths like fog horns!) but I really don't like press a button/make a noise toys. We have a big box of musical instruments - tambourines, shakers, drums, kazoos, harmonicas, etc. We also have a piano, some pans and some wooden spoons! All of which are preferable to this guitar! However, after 18 months of a reasonable amount of use the guitar is still looking pretty good, all the buttons are still working and it does get picked up by the children every now and then so must appeal to them more than it does me. We have not had to change the batteries so it's not a battery drainer.....so I suppose I have to give it some stars, it's not ELC's fault that I hate toys like this!

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        01.09.2010 09:34
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        My daughters have recently become obsessed by the program Zing Zillas and were desperate to have a guitar after I saw one of these retailed at £29.99 I decided that was a definite no!

        I happened to pop along to my local car boot sale on Sunday or as my daughter call it the big toy shop! I happened to find a Early learning centre rock star guitar and instantly new she would love it just like Tanna (Hannah Montana and the big Zing!

        My daughter was ecstatic by this purchase and has spent all weekend singing and dancing proving to be great entertainment to her Aunts and Uncles and when they got bored her aunt's horses!!

        What is it?
        The guitar is a rock guitar and comes with cool dude shades and microphone that is fitted to these glasses I thought at first the glasses were rather unnecessary but my daughter loves them and every time the guitar makes a noise they flash really fab!

        The guitar has 8 buttons along the fret work ( body) these make tunes and sounds it also has a swing section , three different songs as well as a demo and more besides.
        My daughter has really got the rock star pose sorted and the best thing about this is that as it has so many different combinations it isn't that irritating! And maybe she will be female Jon Bon Jovi!

        Stockists
        As this is from the early learning centre you can get from their stores or buy from early learning centre online www.elc.co.uk you can also find where your local store is by going onto the website.

        Cost
        This costs a whooping £23.00 but having said that I do think it is a good value toy I luckily got this for £1.00 and the cost of three AA batteries which was a total bargain I do think this is a great toy and my two have had so much fun playing with this and indeed I am a "lovely mummy".

        Recommendation
        I really recommend this toy my two have had loads of fun playing with this and indeed are at this moment being stars!

        I asked my 4 year old why she liked and she has advised because it makes lots of sounds and has lots of buttons I like the glasses and microphones so I can sing like Hannah Montana!

        I really do like this toy and it has proved a real hit as there really isn't anything quite like Row row your boat sung at the top of their voices alongside a swing section!

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          15.06.2009 12:16
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          Really not worth the price

          My daughter received the pink version of this for her Christmas from her Aunty. She got this when she was 6 and although the age range is 3-6 years I just felt she was a bit old for it. She had a slightly different one when she was younger and that has been away in the cupboard now for a good few years.

          My daughter on the other hand loved this present at the time but has only played with it a couple of times since Christmas so I think it was just the novelty at first.

          This guitar in my opinion is very disappointing. Now I am not an expert on guitars so forgive me if I don't give the parts the correct name. At the end of the fret board are buttons which appear to be just for show, you can't move them and they don't make any sound. On the middle of the fret board are a number of black buttons but they only play the start of a tune and then stop, you can't even continue the tune by strumming so that all seems a bit pointless. There are three rhythm buttons under the strings which do play for longer and you can strum along but the strings only pay one sound no matter which string you use. The only good thing I would say are the glasses which have a mouthpiece attached and they flash which I thought looked quite good and so did my daughter. It also comes complete with a strap so that you can carry the guitar easily.

          I thought all the ideas were there for a very good toy but it is certainly not as good as it looks. I would also say it is not suitable for up to age 6.

          This guitar at the moment is available in either pink or red at a price of £22.50 from the Early Learning Centre.

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          20.05.2009 21:41
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          A good concept but let down in reality

          We got this guitar for my daughter as my son has one from argos that is blue but it has real strings.

          We thought that if she had this she would leave his alone. This was very poor judgement on our part. I think it may have worked if this product had been any good.

          The version we have is pink unlike the one pictured above but that is when the good points end. It has 8 buttons to press to make sounds, unfortunately they dont make different sounds, they only start a tune which is pre recorded. It has 3 differnt rhythm buttons but it just changes the speed of the same tune. The whammy bar that it has broke quickly and the flashing glasses, although they are cool in them selve, have the hands free mic attached but it doesnt come anywhere near my daughters mouth so is therefore useless.

          I think it would have been much better if the buttons actually allowed the child to make there own tune and if the whammy bar was better quality and didnt just snap off.

          Other people have raved about these and that is why we bought it. I have wondered if ours was faulty in some way as we were so disappointed.

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          14.10.2008 23:37
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          Great musical toy for any budding rockstar!

          Our eldest daughter just received the ELC Rockstar Guitar for her third birthday. She loves music and we already have a box full of basic instruments (shakers, tambourines, etc) so my parents thought a guitar should be next! She absolultely LOVES it!

          So how does it work? The guitar has 8 buttons on the fret board which play various sounds and the strings can also be strummed. The guitar also plays various songs (the demo song being our daughters favourite - and mine too really!) and even has a whammy bar! It also comes with a pair of sunglasses with attached microphone which plugs into the guitar via a jack - the glasses then light up as the music plays. The guitar is available in pink (which we have), blue and red.

          Disadvantages? There is no volume control!! This really is a handicap and I'm sure every parent who has the guitar arrive in their house is wondering why on earth ELC, who are normally reasonable, thoughtful toy makers, have decided to punish parents in this way!! This really does take the edge off of what really is a good toy as it's just so loud (especially when it plays the demo, etc) and since my daughter usually decides to play with it at her little sister's nap time it really is a huge drawback! I'd also add that this really isn't a musical instrument at all - although the strings can be strummed, it's not really able to be played as a guitar so it's more of a musical toy than an instrument. If you're looking to broaden your little one's musical horizons I'd buy a cheap real guitar instead (also available from ELC for around £20).

          Price? The guitar costs £20 which I would say is quite reasonable really. It does a lot and does seem to entertain our daughter quite a lot! It's also very well made so I'm sure it will last really well - like all ELC things seem to.

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          04.03.2008 10:33
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          Jimi Hendrix look out

          Harry loves his music and a good boogie in the sitting room to the music channels. So when it came to Christmas presents a few months ago, I knew I wanted to get him something a bit musical as he would enjoy it! We saw this guitar in the Early Learning Centre on a sale price so we thought it would be a nice litte extra present for him, so we bought it. I've had a permanent headche ever since.

          As I mentioned, this guitar came from the Early Learning Centre and is a product exclusive to them. You will find it in most ELC stores around, and it will usually be with toddler toys or in the musical instruments section of the store. They sometimes have one on display for your children to try as well, which is nice because sometimes I like to see how these things work and sound before I pay for it! Nothing worse than taking something home and finding out its pants, is there?

          Okay, to the noise machine...I mean the guitar itself. It is blue in colour, so is really aimed at boys. It also comes with a set of glasses like you can see in the picture above which attach to the guitar via a normal headphone jack. This is because there is a microphone with the headset and you can sing into it, and the sound comes out of the speaker on the front of the guitar! Harry hasn't quite mastered this yet, but likes to chant "daddy daddy daddy" into it occasionally. Also, when you 'play' the guitar and wear the glasses, red, yellow and green lights flash above the lenses of the glasses, funky stuff!

          The guitar has a plastic main body, again made of blue plastic. They have put 4 metal strings on it, which do nothing so don't expect any noise! However, when they are pushed down a bit, they start the music of the guitar off so children can 'play' it this way. In the bottom corner of the guitar are all the buttons to make the music. If you can call it that. Firstly, an off/on switch, easy to use and Harry figured it out in about 5 minutes. Oh joy. There is a large demo button which plays you a 30 second long demo of the music you can play on it. There are 3 drum buttons which have 3 different drum sounds, and are LOUD. There is a stop button, which makes a little guitar riff then shuts the thing up. And finally, there is a swing bar which speeds up or slows down the music according to which way you swing it.

          As well as those functions, there are the main music buttons which are on the long arm bit of the guitar. In total, there are 8 music buttons, which are just black and run up and down the arm of the guitar. Simply press one to make it do its thing, and the music will blare out for you. Each button makes a different sound, and Harry delights in pressing them all as fast as he can to make an enormous racket of screeching guitars and beats, which makes him laugh his head off. Very sweet, but my god the sound makes me ears hurt!

          Harry thoroughly enjoys this guitar as you can see, and loves making all the different sounds for hours on end. He also likes to put on the glasses and complete the ensemble, although he hasn't worked out the microphone yet! There is also a neckstraph which slots into the guitar, but Harry hates this and refuses to wear it, he just likes to carry it around with him like a true rockstar.

          I think this product is quite good but there are a couple of bits I would improve on it! Firstly, there is no volume control at all, so it is either blasting out loudly at you or completely silent. I wish I could turn it down a bit, as its volume is quite loud and disturbing sometimes, so that is a bit of a shame. Also, some of the guitar sounds are realy high-pitched and screechy and really give you a headache after a while. The drum sounds aren't so bad but the constant screeching gets on your nerves, despite how much your toddler will love it.

          The machine itself seems pretty sturdy and is made well. Harry hasn't caused it any damage since Christmas, remarkable really. The glasses are also still intact despite being a bit flimsy. The only thing we've lost is the neckstrap but Harry hated that anyway so it doesn't matter to us much. All the buttons still work, and we haven't had to replace its batteries yet either. It does say on the back it takes 3 AA batteries.

          You can get the guitar instore and online at the Early Learning Centre, currently selling for £20. We picked ours up in the sale before Christmas for £12.50 so I feel we got quite good value for money. The website states the age range for this product is 3-6 years, but Harry is nearly 2 and thoroughly enjoys the guitar, so as long as you supervise them with the glasses and cord, it's pretty safe.

          For more information, see ELC's website at www.elc.co.uk.

          Thank you for reading!

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          Play the buttons on the fret board and make tunes and drum sounds. Includes sunglasses with a hands-free microphone, and lights that flash in time to voice and guitar sounds. Ages 3-6 years.