Anyone who has ever picked up a plastic guitar to play Rock Band or Guitar Hero has likely been mocked by someone who can play an actual guitar. Well, this product likely isn't going to completely win them over, but you might be able to convince them that the guitar skills you're learning on the All-Star Guitar are at least transferable.
The All-Star Guitar by ION Audio lets you turn your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch into a full-sized electric guitar. Place your iPad directly into the holder (which also accommodates the iPhone or iPod touch when the included adapter is used), open up a guitar-playing app and start on your way to being a rock superstar.
While you can use the All-Star Guitar with several different music programs, including Apple's Garage Band, ION offers a free app in the App Store designed to work with the guitar. The app offers three modes: Free Jam, which lets you play whatever you like without instruction; Learn Basics, which provides instruction on basic guitar chords and skills; and Learn Songs, which teaches you how to play along with instructional songs. Ten songs are included free, and additional tracks are available to buy in-app for $1.99 each.
The guitar was on display earlier this year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Watch ION's spokesman give a little demo on the show floor, including two of the different guitar modes, Electric and Acoustic (you can also switch to Bass):
Who would love it: Anyone who wants to learn the guitar and already owns a compatible device, but doesn't want to commit to a real guitar. Or, for the person who doesn't yet have every bizarre accessory invented for the iPad.
How much it costs: $129.99
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