Xbox 360 Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller - Wireless Edition
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- Auto-calibration sensor easily and accurately syncs to any type of TV
- Improved strum bar for greater precision and accuracy / Faster, quieter smooth-action fret buttons
- Extra set of fret buttons for finger tapping solos or just showboating / Tilt sensor for Overdrive activation
- Supports Electro-Harmonix Overdrive Stomp Box (sold separately)
- 3 AA Alkaline batteries included / Wireless connectivity
- Platform: Xbox 360
- ESRB Rating: Rating Pending
- Media: Video Game
- 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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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.
-The fret buttons are faster and quieter.
-The headstock is removable.
-It feels more durable than the original Rock Band Stratocaster.
-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.
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:
Works fairly well as a guitar controller (except overdrive)
Quiet, accurate fret buttons
Overdrive deploys with slightest movement
Wired Xbox headset unusable with this controller