ELEVATION 3/4 SIZE ELECTRIC GUITAR £22.99 + £2.99 Express Delivery @ ARGOS-EBAY
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ELEVATION 3/4 SIZE ELECTRIC GUITAR £22.99 + £2.99 Express Delivery @ ARGOS-EBAY

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Found 7th Aug 2012
New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging

WITH A 12 MONTH ARGOS WARRANTY

The stunning black and white 3/4 size Electric Guitar by Elevation is all any enspiring enthusiast needs to begin their musical journey. The smooth 3/4 size body on this guitar makes it both comfortable and easy to play without compromising on sound quality. This dynamic guitar is perfect for getting to grips with a terrific new musical hobby!
Ideal for beginners.
3/4 size electric guitar
Maple top.
Rosewood sides and back.
1 single coil pick up pick ups.
Volume control.
Accessories included
Guitar lead.
Strap.
1 plectrum.

36 Comments

As an alternative can get an air guitar for FREE! oO

Seems inexpensive.

A cheap way to find out if your child has the aptitude for this instrument.

A cheap way to grate the ends off your kids fingers and put them off the guitar for years. An instrument which feels wrong and sounds wrong is not a good place to start. Look for something like a Yamaha Pacifica as a starter guitar, would be my advice.

Unless you *want* to put them off...

if a kid wants to play then a crappy guitar shouldn't stop them imo
can't even describe to you what i learned to play on...
this is dirt cheap, it has to be hot

Ordered.

Badgie - It's nice to have a sorted instrument from a recognised manufacturer but..........

The Pacifica is, so far as I can tell, a full size guitar and........

It is at least five times the price.

That puts it out of my price range for my smallish daughter who has recently expressed an interest and already has plasters on her fingertips.

I'll let her have a go at this and then, if she does alright, she and I can save up towards a decent entry level adult guitar in a year or two.

We all start somewhere - my first guitars were the equivalent of acoustic orange boxes but I still enjoyed playing them until I was able to get something a bit more METAL.............in the form of an Aria Pro 2, all spiky and wicked!!


Ahh, memories..............

Badgie

A cheap way to grate the ends off your kids fingers and put them off the … A cheap way to grate the ends off your kids fingers and put them off the guitar for years. An instrument which feels wrong and sounds wrong is not a good place to start. Look for something like a Yamaha Pacifica as a starter guitar, would be my advice.Unless you *want* to put them off...



I learnt to play on a £20 acoustic from Argos. I'm still here.

xeroc

I learnt to play on a £20 acoustic from Argos. I'm still here.



And how many more started on a £20 guitar and gave it up?
I'm with Badgie. There are reasonable entry level guitars that will give anyone the best chance of actually enjoying their playing. This doesn't appear to be one of them.

By giving them something they want but going for something that will probably put them off you essentially save yourself the costs involved if they actually took to it. So on that strand of logic it's probably not a bad shout, and a great money saver. If you're buying for less devious reasons however and actually want your kid to enjoy it then either spend a bit more for something reputable new or try looking second hand. There are a lot of barely played guitars out there, and some aren't half bad.

3/4 electrics do not play well at standard tuning and are therefore will be no use for learning as the teacher will be at standard tuning.

The shorter scale means the strings need less tension to bring them up to pitch resulting in the strings buzzing on the frets unless you either :

Tune these to G tuning instead (non standard and different to teacher on full size, confusing to kids!)
Or raise the action, making it HARD to play.

3/4 classicals do no suffer the same issues which is why almost everyone buys classicals for kids that need a 3/4.


I've had the misfortune to work on these elevation guitars and their other main flaws are that the springs in the trem are too weak and the trem raises up on tuning making it hard to tune and raising the action. Also the gearing in the machine heads wears out and breaks quickly.



Edited by: "cRuNcHiE" 7th Aug 2012

It doesn't look like it has a tremelo.

xeroc

I learnt to play on a £20 acoustic from Argos. I'm still here.



You only bought it last week!

scrumpypaul

It doesn't look like it has a tremelo.


This guitar? Tremolo neck!

scrumpypaul

It doesn't look like it has a tremelo.


If you look at the slightly larger image from Argos or amazon website you can see the hole for the trem arm.
Edited by: "cRuNcHiE" 7th Aug 2012

Something much better to start on would be this amazon.co.uk/Val…I_1 Also available in 1/2 size. Okay it's £41 instead of £26.98 but it has a really nice sound and nylon strings which aren't as taxing on little fingers.
Edited by: "montblanc" 7th Aug 2012

Great for smashing up at the end of a gig.

cRuNcHiE

3/4 electrics do not play well at standard tuning and are therefore will … 3/4 electrics do not play well at standard tuning and are therefore will be no use for learning as the teacher will be at standard tuning. The shorter scale means the strings need less tension to bring them up to pitch resulting in the strings buzzing on the frets unless you either :Tune these to G tuning instead (non standard and different to teacher on full size, confusing to kids!)Or raise the action, making it HARD to play.3/4 classicals do no suffer the same issues which is why almost everyone buys classicals for kids that need a 3/4.I've had the misfortune to work on these elevation guitars and their other main flaws are that the springs in the trem are too weak and the trem raises up on tuning making it hard to tune and raising the action. Also the gearing in the machine heads wears out and breaks quickly.


I made a comment a few months ago similar to yours and got slated for suggesting a low cost classical would be better for a beginner then an extremely cheap electric guitar. Nice to know my opinion is shared by others.
Edited by: "yubious" 8th Aug 2012

My niece got one of these and it was impossible to stay in tune. Pretty impossible to play as a result.

I can't vouch for the 3/4 classical guitar approach mentioned above, but it can't be any worse than this POS instrument.

I used to be a part-time guitar teacher but it got harder and harder to find students as guitar music hasn't been 'in' for a while. Now if I did dubstep producing lessons.... I'd have to kill myself. The guitar I linked to at Amazon above is from Normans, who are fantastic normans.co.uk/

scrumpypaul

It doesn't look like it has a tremelo.



Quite right so maybe a no-go for van halen crowd..sorry where's my manners...perhaps a Hank Marvin fan like yourself?

In the Argos Q & A someone asks if it has a "whammy bar". The answer is no.

Can't see a lefty option

Let's face it, it's a toy. Argos is not big on musical instruments. However toys now look more like the real thing due to improved technology in China. If you want a toy this is fine, if you want a musical instrument, then listen to the advice of those on here who have made the effort to give it.

In answer to 'lagigolo'. I suspect that your comment is a little tongue in cheek, but I doubt toy makers are going to make left handed versions.

BE CAREFUL with argos ebay they DO NOT have the same level of customer service and I personally had a VERY bad experience with them. I would not recommend them to anyway ! + never use them again!

scardwel

Great for smashing up at the end of a gig.



By far the best suggestion here.

If someone desperately wants to play, then you don't need to spend that much on a guitar. But a bad electric is a lot less manageable than a bad acoustic.

I would recommend that those wanting to start learning guitar DO start on acoustic and then progress to electric. There are too many 10 year olds who bash out the most awful power chords on the highest distortion setting, and think they are "good".
Edited by: "xeroc" 8th Aug 2012

^^^^^^^^^^

Oh you don't half sound old!!

That's the fun bit!!

scrumpypaul

^^^^^^^^^^Oh you don't half sound old!!That's the fun bit!!



Not if you have to listen to it in a yearly "battle of the bands" affair. BTW, I bet I'm younger than you!

HankMcSpank

You only bought it last week!



Haha. It was about 10 years ago!

I bet you are younger. I'm a grizzled old fart, but let the kids have their fun, the kids just wanna rock......

scrumpypaul

I bet you are younger. I'm a grizzled old fart, but let the kids have … I bet you are younger. I'm a grizzled old fart, but let the kids have their fun, the kids just wanna rock......



Respect.

be warned ...its rubbish..doesn't stay in tune...wont put your kid of but it will just be left there...it's not really a proper guitar..the machine-head is odd never seen its' type before and there's only a volume button...better of paying more...looks so much better in the pic...im glad you posted this as i forgot to send it back but will now.

Couple of points

Seems a neat little thing.

Doesn't have a tremelo. It is fixed bridge. No hole for trem arm despite the photo as described by crunchie above - i think they may have used the photo from their full size version of this guitar.

Haven't had a chance to muck about with it yet - literally just taken it out of the box. Will need some work to reduce action but saddles seem about as high as they can go so it may just need some adjustment there.

No comment yet about tuning, strings may need to settle or may not even have been installed very well. In any event, I've bought these from amazon for less than £9 for three sets which should be okay

Will update further once I have had a chance to set it up.
Edited by: "scrumpypaul" 10th Aug 2012

daalphamale

be warned ...its rubbish..doesn't stay in tune...wont put your kid of but … be warned ...its rubbish..doesn't stay in tune...wont put your kid of but it will just be left there...it's not really a proper guitar..the machine-head is odd never seen its' type before and there's only a volume button...better of paying more...looks so much better in the pic...im glad you posted this as i forgot to send it back but will now.



Daalphamale - You may think it's rubbish - but I'm a bit puzzled and seriously wondering if you got the same guitar as is advertised here? The machine head that you think is "odd never seen it's type before" is, on mine, an EXACT straight copy of a standard stratocaster machine head? As for just a single volume and no tone pot, well plenty of guitars have a set up like that. Personally speaking, in terms of music that I make or music I listen to, I have never really faffed about with tone controls on my guitars - if I want a different tone I just use a different technique. Plus I always, always listen to my favourite music on a flat EQ.

As for staying in tune - well it seems to be settling a bit. I'm wondering if it just has crap strings on it. When I get the D'addario strings on it I'll be able to make more of an informed comment.
Edited by: "scrumpypaul" 11th Aug 2012

Ok - I can give a bit of a better comment now.

This is clearly a budget guitar, but it is far from unplayable and, certainly in terms of my own experience, I think some of the comments so far have been a bit unfair.

I've spent a couple of hours fiddling with saddle height and intonation and it is getting to quite an acceptable set-up, with an action
which is around bang-on 1/16" at the 12th fret on top or bottom E. It's pretty playable at that, and that's without making any effort to adjust the truss rod which I'm loathe to do as the neck seems in reasonable shape to me.

The guitar does lose a little bit of tuning after it's been thrashed for a little while, but nothing too massive, especially as the strings have settled somewhat. When I fit another set I'll make sure they're wound a few more times on the machine heads to give them a bit more stability. Can't do that with the fitted strings as they've been wound on and then cut once they're fitted.

Despite being a bit of a shorter scale, the guitar doesn't suffer too much from string rattle at standard tuning - certainly not as bad as I had feared - and I would maintain that it is still quite playable, and certainly good enough for a beginners electric. The smaller size suits my daughter perfectly (a shade over 5 foot tall and small build) and it means the guitar is far more comfortable than a full size which weighs about twice as much.

I'm looking forward to hearing it through an amplifier so if anybody spots any decent deals for 10-20W practice amps, post them.


In short, I think this is a perfectly decent little entry guitar and it is an utter bargain at £26.

Managed to pick up a bargain Line6 micro spider amp (plus a natty Pacifica 112 for myself) plus extras for £85. Bargain.

The Elevation guitar sounds canny through the little amp and my daughter is well chuffed.

I've been after the half size version of this for ages and didn't know you could get them from Argos!
I plan to drill out all the fret markers and replace them with LED's and use it as a lighting feature on the roof of our bands tour van!!
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