Reviewed for Middle School, 2007

Musical genius has to start somewhere, and this electric guitar might be just the string. Don't let the cute looks fool you. Underneath its playful print, this instrument's got an ash wood body capable of some serious resonance. A rosewood fret, multiple dials, a slider, strap, picks, a stand, and a cable complete the picture. And did we mention it can be personalized with a name or monogram? Studies show that kids who learn to play music receive higher test scores, do better in math, and gain self confidence. Rock on! (Pottery Barn Kids, guitar $179.00, amp $69.00)