Star MG50-BL Kids Acoustic Toy Guitar 23-Inch, Blue, reviews, comments

Star MG50-BL Kids Acoustic Toy Guitar 23-Inch, Blue

This beautiful Acoustic Guitar is the ideal toy for toddlers and children. It is a steel string Acoustic Guitar, which is perfect for "pretend" play. This Guitar is 23 "in length and features a hardwood body, lindenwood binding, and 15 frets. Please note that this is a TOY Guitar and may NOT tune properly. To tune the Guitar, we recommend tightening the screws on the tuning knobs. These screws are located on the tuning knobs on the back of the Guitar tuning machine. This guitar is everything your child needs to get started playing. This 23 "Acoustic Guitar set makes a great gift for kids and is a great value for the money. This Guitar comes packaged in the original manufacturer's box. The box has a full color photo of a Guitar on the front. Please keep this in mind when purchasing this Guitar as a gift. The Guitar Includes an E extra String and guitar Pick.


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 Let me start by saying this guitar is actually a pretty good deal. I am serious, 18 dollars for a full 6-string guitar the size of a ukulele? Awesome! I bought this for myself as a joke not really expecting much. I saw the low reviews, many of them being 1-star and was a bit hesitant, but seeing it was 10 dollars I decided to drop the money as I would not be losing too much. Many of the reviews complained that this was just a toy and not a real instrument, I beg to differ.
Now I play guitar (an electric and acoustic) and have been playing for the past 10 years. I am quite knowledgeable in the workings of a guitar and how to set it up. If you notice, many of the 1-star reviews state that this is a bad product because the strings broke and the replacement strings broke too. Let me start off by saying that this is totally expected. Even when buying a high-end guitar, many players if not all, replace the strings with ones they prefer for both sound, quality, and the how long the string will last. Saying that a string broke is not a reason to say this is a bad product. That is like saying a 5000 dollar Gibson guitar is rubbish because its strings broke. As soon as you get this guitar, replace the strings, I suggest with actual guitar strings than the rubbish wire they give. Might I recommend (I am not an affiliate of this company) D'addario Classical Nylon High-Tension Strings. Any type of high tension nylon string will be perfect for this size of guitar and will be easy on the guitar. Reviews have stated that the tuners can't not stay in tune at all, that is also a big lie. There are screws behind each tuner that can be tightened as to stay in tune. Also, THIS CAN HANDLE STANDARD TUNING, YOU NEED TO HAVE THE RIGHT STRINGS.
MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE: IF YOU BUY THIS FOR YOUR KID OR FOR YOURSELF, PLEASE, TAKE THIS INSTRUMENT TO BE PROPERLY SET-UP BY AN ACTUAL GUITARIST OR SPECIALIST. IT WON'T COST A DIME (EXCEPT FOR NEW STRINGS, BUT THEN THE NET COST WOULD ONLY GO UP A FEW DOLLARS) TO BE SET UP PROPERLY AND YOU WILL HAVE AN INSTRUMENT THAT WILL SOUND GREAT AND PLAY WELL.
P.S. As to address reviews that talk of structural integrity, I cannot weigh much opinoin on this as I am a musician and know proper care and maintenance if you are to give this to a child I think it should be able to hold up. However if at any case this does get broken, I wouldn't really blame the product as said THIS IS AN INSTRUMENT NOT A TOY. Depending on the repair, wood glue designed for wooden instruments should handle any break.
AGAIN, THIS IS A REALLY GOOD INSTRUMENT FOR ITS PRICE. HAVING THE KNOWLEDGE TO SET IT UP PROPERLY WILL GREATLY IMPROVE THE USEFULNESS OF THIS AND WILL TAKE THIS "TOY" AND TURN IT INTO AN INSTRUMENT OF MUSIC.

EDIT: You'll notice there are fret markings on the guitar. I etched them in there myself.

My 20 month old son loves guitars. We bought a super cute Hape ukulele for him that he loved strumming and singing out loud, but we found out it had loose screw that would not stay in, so we had to return it. Gave this 6-strings toy guitar a try, thinking for a 20 month old he just enjoys "playing" with it, we were not expecting him to learn to play guitar on this. So that's our expectations.
The instrument arrived in a flimsier box (than the Hape), and the finish is far from the shiny, glossy paint job on the Hape. But hey, he is only 20 months old and he enjoys the sounds he makes when he hits the strings. It takes a lot of beating, being dragged around the house, brought to an outdoor concert so he could play watching the band playing live, being sit on, tripped over on.....two months out, the strings hold, and he plays with it every single day. The instrument is poorly constructed as a "musical instrument", a couple reviewers actually did some impressive work to make theirs good enough to play music. I did nothing but tuning it the best I could (it does not hold the tunes very well), it sounds decent enough, just can't really play chords with the frets so oddly spaced. Overall it serves as a toy for our little boy to make his own music, that is good enough. When he gets older we will look into another Hape or Hohner for a change.

My wife and I bought this for our 2 year old son as a gift based on the video review where the guitar is shown as being playable. I was also able to get our guitar to hold pitch and "play" but only because I am familiar with the basics of guitar setup and simple woodworking.

I followed the advice given in the video review to use hard tension nylon strings and find that while they hold pitch, the 3rd string is too loose compared to the others to make a good sound. Perhaps this will improve as the strings stretch, but experimenting with other strings may be worthwhile.

My procedure:
1. Remove all strings, tailpiece, nut and bridge.
2. File the headstock to create a level place to mount the nut. The gap between 1st fret and nut was particularly large and uneven on the guitar we received so I also had to trim the fingerboard with a utility knife to make a clean, straight edge at the top of the fingerboard.
3. Reattach nut. (I used wood glue)
4. Drill new hole to center tailpiece on body. Reattach tailpiece using the same screw.
5. Place bridge (I lightly glued it without too much concern for intonation; securing it was more important for a two year old in my mind).
6. Restring guitar, loosening and then tightening Phillips head screws on the tuning machines each time while adjusting pitch. It simply won't hold pitch without them cranked down but won't turn without them loose.

I ended up with a guitar that looks a little better and sounds a lot better than what I had to start. There are certainly many things "wrong" with it (uneven frets, bad string spacing, lousy intonation) but as a means to get our son involved in "playing" a guitar of his own (instead of one of mine...) we're pretty happy with it.

Bought for 2 grandchildren, girls ages 3 &4. Stressed that it was NOT a toy. They have handled it with that in mind (somewhat). First step in setup was to tighten back brackets and glue on the stringplate. Does not tune fully, but good enough. Their first instrument so they just strum the strings--but really enjoy it. I Did buy additional "regular" strings (D'Addario Nylon) based on some prior comments on fragile strings sent. So far, 3 weeks, the original strings are working.Not sure how easy restringing will be--small, relatively inacccessible area.
Happy with the purchase so far and the girls also like coming in and strumming my regular sized guitar. A good kids gift for them. Must stress its not a robust toy and could easily be abused with rough handling. I'd buy it again. Good intro to music for the kids.

I bought this guitar for my daughter's upcoming second birthday. We have not given it to her yet but I have no doubt she will be thrilled as she's been asking for a pink guitar for months.
When I first found this guitar it was listed for almost $30. I checked the listing a few times a day and eventually the price dropped dramatically. I got it for $17 including shipping and I think that was a fair price. It arrived within the time frame amazon said it would also.
The guitar itself is tiny (23") but for a two year old it's perfect. It is VERY pink, but in this case that's a good thing. It arrived safely in it's box free of any damage. The strings are all there and work alright. It is not in tune, though you could attempt to tune it, but that's not terribly important to me. It's just a toy until she's older.
My only complaint is the smell. I had read other reviews before purchasing so I was aware this might be a problem, but when it arrived it stunk to high heaven of spray paint. I just took it out of the box to air it out and that seems to have helped. Just be forewarned, this toy needs to off-gas.
If your toddler is already shredding like she's in a metal band, this is not the guitar for you. But for a cute toy this one is pretty adorable.

UPDATE TO ORIGINAL ONE STAR: WE were sent a 2nd guitar to replace the one that broke and our younger son actually broke it, BUT that was completely his fault. we attached a bracket to the back of the one that had broken and used some wood glue to fix it and it has held up wonderfully. We can tighten the strings and its fine. Our 4 year old plays this guitar every single day and loves it :) We appreciate the good customer service to make up for what happened and it is still a very "cheap" wood but its also inexpensive SO plan to strengthen that neck a bit and you should love this like we do!!! :)

ORIGINAL POST:
SO UPSET.... I wanted to love this guitar, it was SO cute, the strings were better quality than expected, my son was over the roof excited.... after tuning the guitar (as instructions said and not too tight), the neck started to crack and broke from the little bit of tension from the strings. We are headed to the toy store to buy a new guitar asap because my 2 year old LOVED this and is so upset that it is broken. I am super bummed. It's absolutely adorable but even for the $22, the quality wasn't worth it, more like something I would pay $5 for in Mexico.... :(

This child sized guitar is adorable. It's also tune-able. Comes in a variety of colors too. You have to use a small eyeglass type screwdriver to tighten the tuning knobs. Having a problem with getting one string to stay in tune but as a first guitar this is ideal for my 3 year old grandson. He loves to open my guitar case and pick the strings. I taught him how to hold a pick and he listens to the sounds when I play notes and then picks the strings. Can't wait to see his face when he opens it on Christmas Eve! I predict lots of jumping and yelling "guitar!"

I knew it would be on the low end of quality but this is pointless. The strings will not stay tight enough to make any sound! Even after one or two "strums". This is just a waste of wood/time/space/ money.

UPDATE...I'M AN IDIOT.........so there were some screws that needed to be tightened....and even a big sticker on the back telling me so. Sounds great, happy with purchase:)

This Guitar!!! What can I say I am in love with it! Perfect size for my my little honey, he is four and always wants to string on every guitar he sees. And he is so gentle. Its a Christmas gift for him so he hasn't used it yet.However I wanted to buy him a small guitar to fit his size not a toy guitar. According to the reviews strings break easy and lots of other negatives. I don't know much about instruments but I am convinced that if I put good quality strings on it
This little guitar will work well enough to make real music. It does come with an extra set of strings. You can not go wrong with this little gem!

This guitar is MUCH ! nicer than I expected, you can tune it and then lock it in, fantastic paint job and well built.

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