Stringed Things: MATTEL'S STAR MAKER TOY GUITAR (1980, super rare!)




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Published on Feb 2, 2017

MATTEL'S STAR MAKER TOY GUITAR: Super rare--and I have THREE! Deemed “the f**king greatest toy guitar on earth” by esteemed musical toy collector Eric Schneider (Mini Organ dot com). It has a built-in speaker, and only one string, but it creates incredibly gnarly feedback--all from its "optical pickup" (which "sees" the vibrating string). Dig its fingerboard with 20 color-coded notes (in this video, I'm playing it upside down; its intonation is much better when fretted "normally")! It's so rare there's only ONE other video of it on the entire 'Net!

I will modify this soon, to include a 1/4-inch output jack (so I can bash on it without the "mic" picking up physical "playing" sounds) and a more "user-friendly" tuning machine. The vid's slight "clipping" (on the left side, near the end) is not in the original audio file; iMovie did something weird to it--sad!

Big thanks to STEVE FISHMAN for introducing me to this super rare gem!

"Ode to the Maker of Stars"
© Dale Turner 2017


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