This guitar controller came bundled with my copy of Rock Band 2. It is fully wireless with no need for a dongle and is fully compatible with the first Rock Band. It has a good range and simply switches on and works. I have also used it with the guitar hero games. Like the Xbox controller, the guitar takes two AA batteries and lasts for a considerable amount of time.
The guitar features two sets of five fret buttons used to control the game. The top set is used for normal game play while the bottom set is used exclusively for solos. In a very basic way this simulates hand positioning whilst playing a guitar. They are color orientated at the side of the neck, with the top being a wood color. This adds to the real guitar aesthetics of the controller. The strum bar has a smooth action and does not click like other guitar controllers, which I prefer. A whammy bar is well situated at the bottom of the controller and is very satisfying to alter long notes in the game. It comes packed with an adjustable strap and there is an option to flip the guitar for left handers. However, when you flip the controller the whammy bar can sometimes get in the way.
Calibration is a must for these controllers and it couldn't be easier. You just hold the controller up to the television at the calibration screen and it does it all for you! I have never had any problems with the controller being out of sync. Overall, its a well made piece of kit that will have you rocking for hours.
For all you Rockband fans who like to play in wireless mode then this is the device for you.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Rockband concept it involves you pressing a set of buttons on the controller as the coloured bits come down your screen.
You can choose to play songs in practice mode or form a band and tour the World unlocking new songs along the way.
The Fender Stratcaster controller is black and white shiny plastic with a light brown fret board.
A different feature to the standard controllers is the fact that it has two sets of buttons one is at the top of the fret board and one at the bottom, this is to help little hands play along to the game.
The controller runs on three AA size batteries and does run for quite a while on them (obviously that depends on how much you rock out)
You will need either a Rockband game or Guitar hero game in order to use this to its potential (unless you wish to play air guitar in front of the mirror)
This is my Husbands favourite guitar as I seem to find it is a bit big for me as I do have small hands and arms.
This guitar comes in the band in a box which includes drums, and a mic or you can buy it seperatly although its probably just as cheap to get the band in a box and sell the bits you dont want on ebay.
Great for people like me who were never blessed enough to be able to learn to play an instrument.
Available from game gears for £39.99 with free delivery.
This guitar compares relatively favourably with other options in the market. For use with games from both the Rock Band and Guitar Hero series, this accessory is design to replicate the exact look of the iconic Fender Stratocaster guitar, as used by Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and countless other famous musicians around the world.
The controller certainly looks great, branching from the more toy-like appearance of its "Guitar Hero" series counterparts, and instead going for a more realistic and sophisticated look.
The guitar itself feels great during gameplay, and the buttons and strummer are very responsive. It comes complete with an over the shoulder strap facilitating play while standing up, and has several additional switches to activate various in game effects, as well as the mandatory "whammy bar".
In conclusion, this is a very good, comfortable-feeling guitar, which performs as expected and looks excellent. It is compatible with a range of games from the Guitar Hero series and all games from the rock band series, and can also be used as a bass guitar controller for these games.
The rock band guitar controller is a great accessory for the game.
As you can tell it is based on and even has the Fender logo on both the guitar headstock and strap.
The guitar is very well built feeling solid even though being made of quite thin plastic.
The guitar fret buttons on the rock band guitar are uinbeliveably noisy, everytime you press them they click,which is really annoying. In comparison to the guitar hero contorller which makes no noise at all. The rock band guitar buttons are quite big too which i find being more difficult to hit.
The rock band strummer bar is very good though, making no noise or click when strummedup or down.
Comparing this to the guitar hero controller it actually is betteri feel.
The rock band guitar also has the same five buttons right up by the body of the guitar which is useful for solo parts in the songs. These buttons dont click very much which is great. Its a shame the bigger normal buttons arent like this.
But overall the guitar is a great controller, with the pitch selector being used to control the sound the whammy bar makes during the songs.
It looks cool and is actually a lot bigger than the guitar hero controller, which isvery weird when you are used to guitar hero.
If you could use the guitar hero controller instead of this i would.
The guitar does what it should, and i have never had any problems with it at all so far.
This came as part of the "Rock Band: Band in a Box" set of instruments (without the disc, for some strange reason) that my girlfriend got me for Christmas. I had played various Guitar Hero titles in the past, and consider myself quite an expert at such games. Anyway...
The guitar is fairly well constructed (it is a plastic toy after all) and I've not had many problems with it so far. However, it has some major design flaws. Firstly, the fret buttons are extremely noisy, and oddly shaped so that one slip of your finger will result in you losing your streak in the game. On the contrary, the strum bar is almost silent, which I find a disadvantage as I like to hear the strum bar while I'm playing to keep me in time.
If you are considering getting an extra guitar for your Rock Band or Guitar Hero game (it is completely compatible with both), I would recommend the standalone Guitar Hero: World Tour guitar, which works out at about the same price, and even cheaper if you buy the Guitar and Game bundle (around £60). The GH:WT guitar is of much sturdier build, has an elongated strum bar and silent fret buttons. Some people may prefer this to be the other way around, but not me. However, the Rock Band guitar is endorsed by Fender and really looks the part, but I suppose this isn't too important whilst playing.
I have not yet tested the Rock Band 2 Guitar controller, but intend to do so soon, so expect a review for that in the near future.
Not a bad peripheral at all, and it does the trick. Most people probably won't notice the difference when playing on the lower difficulty levels, but for a "veteran" player like me (sorry for blowing my own trumpet), the Guitar Hero World Tour guitar controller is a much wiser purchase.