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Guitar Hero 2 Guitar Controller
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plug did not work in an Xbox 360 and the description says that it would.Published 12 days ago by Todd C.
The buyer I bought it from sold me a pretty bad guitar. The buttons stick and I had to take it apart because the strum was broken. Really small. Not happy. And he charged me $45Published 28 days ago by Korey Jones
DO NOT BUY THIS FOR $200. I recently bought this controller from my local gaming store (for $30), and it works great, it's lightweight, and it is amazing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by pamela cornish
At first when I hooked it up it was good. I had no trouble hitting notes or activating star power. After about 2 months I go to my friends to play some rock band in "which it works... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Juan
Guitar came in the mail fast but the breaker cable (necessary for game play) wasn't included in the sale. Wasn't made aware of this in the description before purchase. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Travis
Wire seems to be on its way out, but if held right it plays how it should.Published 2 months ago by Chris