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Xbox 360 Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller

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Xbox 360
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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
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  • Media: Accessory
  • Item Quantity: 1


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Break free from cables and add another guitar to your band with the Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller. Upgraded from the original, notable improvements include faster, quieter fret buttons-which promote the feel of actual guitar frets and allow sliding chords-plus advanced Overdrive deployment. Featuring an additional set of fret buttons on the base of the neck, now you can finger tap through the speediest solos without the need to strum.

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same as the old boss Oct. 20 2010
By Spaced - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I write this review as someone who has gone through both the original rock band guitar and the rock band 2 guitar, and this review is mainly aimed at people who are already familiar with these sort of things. In a nutshell, this guitar can be exactly described as a rock band 2 guitar that looks like a rock band 1 guitar. It retains all the upgrades of the RB2 guitar, including quieter frets and a sensor to auto-calibrate game lag, while looking like the original black RB1 guitar (a step backwards IMO, as I much prefer the wood grain sunburst design of the RB2 guitar).

I can't find any improvements or differences besides the rock band logo being emblazoned on one end of the guitar strap. The product description advertises quieter fret buttons "over the original" which must refer to the RB1 guitar since I feel and hear no difference compared to the RB2 guitar.

Overall it's still a solid guitar controller... it's just disappointing that no effort was made to improve it in any way.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a redress of the RB2 Stratocaster, but not a bad thing. Nov. 19 2010
By Matthew Mushall - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
In case you haven't figured it out based on the other reviews, the Rock Band 3 wireless Fender Stratocaster guitar controller is simply a less colorful carbon copy of its Rock Band 2 predecessor, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. You won't find any extras here. It doesn't work with the much-hyped exclusive RB3 pro-mode. It doesn't add anything that wasn't already there, and it certainly won't improve how well you play. It is, quite simply, a monotone redress with some new branding and a nicer instruction manual. That is, however, fine by me. Harmonix almost perfected the standard RB2 Stratocaster, so there wasn't much room for improvement aside from some minor user preferences. While many liked the colorful wooden sunburst finish, I have always been a fan of the traditional black and white Stratocaster popularized in the movies and used in the first Rock Band. The original Rock Band Stratocaster wasn't wireless and had a colorless plastic neck among many other early deficiencies, but I always liked the monotone color scheme. There really isn't any legitimate reason I can recommend this over it's Rock Band 2 counterpart aside from the new branding and updated instruction manual, but it's certainly not a bad controller. It is fully compatible with every version of Rock Band and most Guitar Hero games. If you like to collect fake plastic guitar controllers or simply want the traditional RB3 version, this is the one to get.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid guitar, with a few quirks. Nov. 1 2010
By superdeeduper51 - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I ordered the Rock Band 3 Fender Stratocaster because all of my other guitars were wired, so I thought it was time to trade up. Surprisingly the Rock Band 3 Stratocaster is just a carbon copy of the Rock Band 2 Stratocaster. This guitar is head and shoulders above the original Rock Band Stratocaster which was a piece of garbage.

Pros-
-The fret buttons are faster and quieter.
-The headstock is removable.
-It feels more durable than the original Rock Band Stratocaster.

Cons-
-The start button can be difficult to use. It only seems to work when it feels like it.
-The tilt sensor makes a lot of noise when you move the slightest bit.
-The Xbox 360 version of this guitar only comes in black and white, so it doesn't really stand out from the original Rock Band Stratocaster.

At the end of the day, this is a solid guitar. I still prefer the Gibson Xplorer because of its fast frets, but this guitar definitely gets the job done. I really wish they offered it in different colors than just black for the Xbox 360 version, and I really wish the start button would work when I wanted it to.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strum bar was extremely loose, unusable. Feb. 1 2011
By J. Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I got one of these thinking it would be the same as a RB2 strat. From what I could tell this guitar controller is like a cheap copy of the RB2 one. I don't know if mine was defective or they are all made like this but the strum bar was horrible. It was very loose and didn't spring back up hardly at all when playing with down strums. So unless you want to up/down every note, it will not work. Even up/down strum still didn't seem like it was working properly every time. I sent my back to amazon for a refund.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Experienced Rock Band Player Review Feb. 8 2011
By C-ROCK - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This is my first review on Amazon. Before I get into it, let me say that I play Rock Band once a week and have been doing so for several years. I felt compelled to write this because I wanted to make sure others would have the information I wish I had before making this purchase. I have used many video game guitars over the past few years, beginning with Guitar Hero 1 for the PS2. When I bought RB2, I got a guitar bundled with it at Game Stop. This was a wireless Rock Band guitar with the tan neck and no automatic sync. The fret buttons were noticeably louder than my friends RB2-branded guitar with the dark brown neck. Over the course of a few months, my guitar's yellow button became difficult to press down until it became unplayable. I went online and found how to fix it but once I got the button off, I found that any fix would only be a temporary one. I went on here to find a new, more superior guitar controller.

My friend's RB2 guitar works pretty well as long as you don't use the lower/smaller fret buttons. I came on here and found the RB3-branded guitar and read a few reviews. It seemed that it was the same guitar as RB2 but just re-branded.

The first thing I noticed with this new guitar was that the fret buttons were quiet and worked well. The strum bar is typical of a RB-branded controller. That's about it for the good things. I found that Overdrive is deployed with even the slightest movement of the guitar. This made some of the RB3 in-game challenges quite difficult because you need to hold your overdrive until the meter is full to complete some of them. Also, using an XBOX 360 wired headset with this guitar is nearly impossible. I have 3 separate headsets and each one had the same issues. Poor sound quality, distorted, high-pitched noises on the other end, and loss of audio communications altogether. My headsets work fine with standard wired and wireless controllers.

As of now, the only RB guitar controller that I can recommend to anyone is the MAD CATZ Bass replica controller for RB2. It has the best fret buttons by far. It has absolutely no tendency to deploy over drive unless you really want to use it. It has knobs instead of a typical whammy bar, which eliminates any chance of hitting the start, back, and XBOX guide buttons accidentally. The only downside to that guitar is that the batteries need to be yanked once in a while because it will freeze.

To sum it up:

Pros:
Works fairly well as a guitar controller (except overdrive)
Quiet, accurate fret buttons

Cons:
Overdrive deploys with slightest movement
Wired Xbox headset unusable with this controller
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