Wii - Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller - Cherry - Wireless Edition
- 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: Nintendo Wii
- ESRB Rating: Rating Pending
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Color Name: Blue
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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The wireless USB dongle is included, even though it is not mentioned in the description. Everything you need is in the box, unlike the Wii Guitar Hero 5 Stand-Alone Guitar which cannibalizes a regular controller.
The main plastic case has gone to a cheaper looking, matte finish, but they've also dropped the price $20, so I'm more than willing to make that tradeoff, especially when it comes with superior control. Not worth buying as a replacement for a working guitar, but an excellent way to add a guitar to your band.
1. Works with all Rock Band & Guitar Hero Games!
2. The strum bar is totally silent and very responsive.
3. You can feel the quality! It's like your holding a real Stratocaster.
4. Light weight.
5. Pretty much forces you to hold and strum it like a real guitar.
1. Takes some getting used to (actually can be frustrating) if you don't actually play the guitar.
2. Can be uncomfortable to hold the buttons if you have short fingers.
Ok, first about the cons.... They actually become Pro #5!
I bought this guitar when it first came out. When I first tried playing it I hated it. I always played with the Guitar Hero World Tour guitar, and this is definitely a Rock Band style guitar. On top of this the strum was totally silent. I never realized how much I depended on hearing the click of the strum bar until it wasn't there. I was missing bunches of notes that I was sure I was hitting. I through it back in the box, just a little more than unhappy. About 2 weeks later I decided to learn to play with this guitar or else. After all I just spent $60 on it. After about a month of frequent playing I finally got fairly comfortable with it, after I figured out what my problem really was. I have pretty short fingers. With the fret button setup on the guitar taking up the entire width my fingers would hit the bottom of the buttons causing me to hit 2 colors thus missing notes. When I figured out how to hold the guitar so I could play using only the tips of my fingers my scores steadily improved. When I got used to the silent strum and learned to up strum with my fingers instead of just down strumming with my thumb I'm consistently beating the high scores I had with my old Guitar Hero guitar.
Now that I've played with this guitar for a while I'm glad I stuck with it. I now have 4 other Guitar Hero guitars just collecting dust (Including Warrior of Rock). A couple more month with this guitar and I'll be ready to shell out the $150 for the pro guitar with actual strings. It really forces you to play the right way. Simply put apart from the above mentioned pro guitar, there is no guitar that comes close to this one! Buy it and put some time and effort into it and you will not be sorry. It's a game changer!
In function - it is identical to the older Rock Band 2 Strat but the Wii version of this guitar is missing the sound effects slider (can't speak for the other consoles).
It comes with the USB dongle and is backward compatible with Rock Band 2 (and I'd assume RB1 as well but cannot verify).
All in all - a decent replacement guitar, but nothing groundbreaking. If you liked the Rock Band 2 Strat - you will like this one.