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Guitar Hero 2 Guitar Controller

Platform : Xbox 360
Rated: Teen
3.8 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews

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The Guitar Hero 2 Controller feels just like a real guitar, making it the ultimate way to jam on your Xbox 360. Players press the fret buttons in sync with scrolling "notes" on screen that indicate the rhythm of the song. Players activate these "notes" by flicking the strum bar on the Guitar Hero 2 Controller. With a second Controller, Guitar Hero turns into the ultimate party game!! The dual guitar action on songs like Iron Man and More Than a Feeling will have the crowd going nuts. Stylized Start and Select buttons that look like volume knobs off an actual guitar

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  • ASIN: B000NUIYK0
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 24 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Of the seven guitar controllers I have used, this one, even after four years, is still number two on my list.

The reason this guitar really works is the same reason that newer models of guitar controllers don't: nothing fancy was done. The guitar is hard plastic, single body construction. No detachable neck, overly large whammy bar, long or wide neck, silent strum bar, loose frets, too heavy, and so on.

This and the controller that came with Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (my all time favorite) are both about the same weight, but the GH:A controller was wireless, and when it finally gave out it just became too expensive to keep buying it on its own to justify using it as my primary controller. So since that one isn't economically viable, I have gone to my number two to fill the void, and it does so beautifully.

I think the state of current guitar controller models can be summed up in a short story that took place a couple weeks ago. I had recently purchased the Logitech Xbox 360 Wireless Guitar Controller, and when I showed the couple of friends I frequently play Rock Band with, they were both blown away at its beauty and realism. But over the next few hours (I brought the Logitech and the XPLORER) over which both were handed around and used quite a bit, the unanimous conclusion was that the white XPLORER guitar controller was far superior. And so my conclusion is that if what gamers wanted was the heft and look of a real guitar, they would learn to play a real guitar (or try out the upcoming Pro Mode in Rock Band 3 using a MIDI guitar controller). All the bells and whistles and wirelessness in the world can't compete with results.
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This is one of my favorite guitars to use for guitar hero as well as rock band. The strum bar is right on as well as the notes. The only downfall that I would say is that it quit working after a year of some really heavy playing.
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I bought this when GH2 first hit xbox 360. My friend and I both had these guitars, stood playing for 4 hours to beat the game in one day. Next we continued to the next difficulty, and the last. This guitar has been played by little kids to strong adults and it has always worked perfectly for me. It is easily the most durable without any removable parts that may break like other guitars often do. The fact its wireless means no battery fails midsong. Also its timing for notes is perfect. NOTE (If you have an HDTV or LCD it will need to be calibrated which ALL GH guitars are required. So if you playing on an HDTV and not hitting notes it is not the guitars fault. Sorry for killing your excuse!!) After constant abuse from GH 2,3 Rock Band, to being borrowed, to 3 year olds slamming on it. It has never failed me and still lives up to my intentions. The only thing that has been negative was the whammy bar no longer stays up on its own its slightly loose and will hang down. However I have been told I beat that thing harder than anyone before me.
Short summary, I have done research on every guitar, this is several years after the first game came out. Been playing since GH1 days. Every other guitar has had basic problems such as detachable parts not registering or notes failing. I have never once encountered a problem with this one.

GH2 Wired Xplorer is simply the best for the money!
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NONE of the guitar controllers available for Guitar Hero/Rock Band games get it all right. All of them have drawbacks and you have to pick your poison, but the old GH2 controller gets my vote for the least amount of trouble overall. It's wired, it doesn't have solo buttons or anything fancy, it's a bit smaller than other controllers, the clicking is pretty loud, but it's durable, reliable, and easy to play. The only serious flaw besides not being wireless is that when playing online there will be a constant hum emanating from any headset plugged into this controller (even when the headset is muted!)
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I bought this guitar as a second guitar so we could play multiplayer Guitar Hero. The guitar itself works great and the game is a blast. My only complaint it that I have to sit closer to the TV then I would like because of the cord length. They really need a wireless version of the Guitar. My kids are always running around the room and trip over the cable as well. That said, it's still a great guitar for the game.
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I own the PC version of Guitar Hero III. The game comes with one guitar and I wanted another to hook into the multi-player option. This guitar has a USB connection and was recognized by Windows XP with no trouble.
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The X-Plorer Rock Band / Guitar Hero Wired Guitar is a solid piece of gaming equipment. We've used ours for years and they play as well now as the day we bought them.

The design for this guitar is simple. Five colored buttons up high. A strum bar and whammy bar. A tilt sensor inside. No special buttons, no fancy silver knobs - and it WORKS. It is a true workhorse. When other guitars we own fail and fall apart, these Xplorers keep on trucking.

The unit is wired, and it has a breakaway connector at the end. One end of that connector has a mouse-style input and the other side is USB to go into the XBox. So make sure, if you're buying used, that it has that connector - otherwise you won't be able to plug it into the 360.

The full length of the cable including that connector is just under nine feet. So fairly short. If your living room is long, or if you have a lot of people moving around between you and the TV while you play, you might want to consider going wireless instead.

It's recommended you don't get an extension cable because that would mess up the timing of your button presses.

The unit is sturdy. You can hammer the buttons and they stay responsive. The strum bar and whammy bar both hold in there. Most impressively, the tilt sensor is sturdy! We have the Stratocasters as well as these Xplorers and the Strats are notorious for having their tilt sensors fail. We've never had any problem with an Xplorer tilt sensor failing.

Are there any down sides here? Well certainly the Xplorer cost a bit more than the Strat does - but there's a reason for that. It lasts longer. So if you're really into the Guitar Hero / Rock Band games you probably want a guitar that will stand up to your pounding.
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