Product Type: ELC Child Development
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Not a pleasant noise!
ELC Rockstar Guitar
Member Name: pootlegirl
ELC Rockstar Guitar
Advantages: It's not a battery drainer
Disadvantages: The noise it makes is horrendous and there is no volume control!
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!
Summary: But it at your peril!