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PS3 Rock Band Wireless Fender Precision Bass - Hot Rod Red

by Mad Catz See the Amazon Page for this brand
PlayStation 3
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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  • Patent-pending dual/split Strum Bar for two-fingered Bass action
  • Doubles as an in-game Guitar with Whammy Knob & solo Fret Buttons
  • Premium Fret Buttons and Strum Bar / Right or left handed gameplay
  • 30 Ft. (9.2m) wireless range / Includes official Fender Bass Strap
  • Compatible with Rock Band, Rock Band 2, The Beatles: Rock Band, and Guitar Hero 5
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Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002LCVONW
  • Product Dimensions: 33.7 x 2.6 x 11.4 inches ; 4.6 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 11, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,549 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Mad Catz’ officially licensed Wireless Fender Precision Bass Replica is the must-have bass guitar for every Rock Band enthusiast. The custom finish and strap both ensure your bass axe will look as good as the real thing on and off stage. With the premium-quality dual/split strum bar you can hit notes like never before. Its two-piece design allows for two-finger flicking like no other bass can offer, meaning the patent-pending technology provides the extra edge you need to excel in the game. A Whammy dial and an additional set of Fret Buttons for strum-free finger tapping allow the bass to double as a guitar, making it all you need to jam either role in-game. If you had to choose only one bass guitar for throwing down in Rock Band, this feature-rich Wireless Fender Precision Bass Replica from Mad Catz would be your only choice.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing bass is even more fun now. November 9, 2009
By drblk
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I might be one of few, but I've always liked playing bass guitar on Rock Band. Having the right giant plastic instrument makes it even more fun! The guitar comes mostly ready to go right outta the box...you just snap on the top. I had no problem getting it to work on my PS3 and was playing bass on my new Fender within minutes of tearing open the box. The way you play the bass guitar took a little getting used to, but now I like "plucking" while playing better than "struming". (You can still "strum" if you want to, but why would you want to?) It also has the nicest included guitar strap of any plastic guitar out there.

The only downside is the RB Wireless Fender Precision Bass feels lighter and more "plasticy" than I was expecting; it's not a bad thing, I was just expecting it to be heavier. It actually feels lighter than my RB2 Fender Strat guitar.

The RB Wireless Fender Precision Bass works great with Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and is perfect with Beatles Rock Band. It doesn't, however, work with any Guitar Hero game I've tried.

Get this guitar! It's fun to play, works flawlessly, and looks impressive when you have friends over to play Rock Band!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'm lucky, but my 1st one works fine! November 10, 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Keeping in mind: (1) I currently play RB2 for PS3 mostly on EASY level - starting to move towards MEDIUM, yet (2) I actually play guitar and bass and I can play several of the RB2 and DLC songs on guitar (chords at least, some leads depending on the song) and/or bass (yet I LOVE playing RB2 - go figure, eh? It's fun to me!), and (3) I have my PS3 on a standard def TV which I'm about 6 feet from when I play, here are my observations on this controller:

While I was looking for a BASS controller to play BASS on, and this controller looked similar to an actual Fender Precision Bass that I own (albeit with a simulated maple fingerboard as opposed to my actual bass's rosewood fingerboard - I do prefer maple btw) I was concerned about the early reviews about connectivity, etc., but finally went for it and bought this.

When the controller arrived I had NO problems with connectivity (NOTE: I connected the USB dongle directly to the PS3, not to a USB hub or piggybacked onto the guitar dongle, and no other instruments were connected). I then played a few of the shorter RB2 songs in Quickplay mode, using this controller as both a bass and a guitar - no problems with the fret buttons in the lower register or in the upper "solo" register, nor with the strum/pluck bars. Last night I spent more time (about an hour) playing songs in Tour mode mostly on bass, and had no problems with anything - except my dexterity!

Even as someone who does "pluck" an actual bass with the non-fretting hand (though I do generally play bass mostly with a pick - especially if the song is fast), the dual strum/pluck bars take some getting used to if you're "plucking" (playing with 2 fingers of the non-fretting hand)!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second one rocked. October 24, 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I have wanted this since I first saw the wired version for the XBox so I ordered one as soon as it was in stock. It started having issues almost immediately - about once per song the bass would lose it's connection to the PS3 and not respond to anything for a second or two. It was too frustrating to play. I skipped madcatz customer service and told Amazon I wanted to exchange it for another one. The second one plays great.
I have noticed that it clicks more than the standard rock band 2 guitars, but it isn't too obnoxious. I really like how much easier it is to play triples and fast parts. I wish the thumb rest could be moved for use in lefty mode; I'll probably modify the bass at some point to fix that. In general it's a great fake instrument to play, I would've given it 5 stars had the first one worked.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Takes abit to get used to January 14, 2010
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I received this as a Christmas gift and opened it up hook it in and it was DOA.
I got an exchange and it worked perfectly.

All I can say is that if you have played expert bass on the regular Rock Band guitar, this will knock you back down until you get used to it.

The fret is higher so you have to relearn where your fingers are. The double strum is tough to get used to if you have been downstrumming all the time and want to learn to use the thumb rest and upstrum with two fingers. The strummer on mine is alittle stiff so trying to use a finger on each strum made my hand tired very quickly.

The whammy knob is abit harder to use than the bar when it comes to trying to get the most out of a power-up. However, the start/select placed on a knob is a nice touch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to recommend but for some may work January 19, 2010
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The bluetooth part of the product is quite sub-standard. If you keep your Playstation within 10' feet you should be OK. If you go beyond 10' you'll likely have at least some connection problems. Since I exchanged my first one with only marginally better results on the second, I can only assume those who rate the product highly are close to their playstation. What a shame since otherwise Mad Catz really did a good job on the rest of the product. When in range, the sync was very accurate and the frets had a good quality feel to them. The artistic design and overall feel is excellent. The fun factor is also much improved over using the regular guitar and the double strum bar #although hardly deserving of a patent...please!!!# makes for a much better bass playing experience. So it really is too bad that all this good work is pretty much thrown out by someone deciding to use such a poorly working bluetooth connection. I don't know if the part was cheap or not, could be an expensive poorly working part, but it should have been obvious to the people at Mad Catz that it doesn't matter how great the rest of the product is if it has connection problems.

Other than the bluetooth, the only other compliant I would have is there is something in the guitar that makes a rather loud springy noise when the guitar is moved about. I doubt one could hear it over the noise of the game however.

So the bottom line is if you keep your playstation within 10', this product would be a great addition. If not, I would purchase a second official Rock Band 2 guitar instead. Not as fun for bass but I've experienced no connection issues with the Rock Band 2 guitar and it has great range.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice bass guitar for rock band
Published 2 months ago by Rhett Koehn
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work
Awesome looking bass, but the strum bars only worked intermittently so we returned it. Before we got our PS3 version, we bought one for our friends (non-PS3) and theirs worked... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sheila DeLong
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd issues but works
I ordered this controller after much deliberation. The DOA issues and connectivity being highest on my mind. It arrived very fast and I gave it a once over. Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by Gregory Demetrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Had a problem at first but fix was easy!
Bass looks great! When I first plugged it in I had no conectivity as I have read the other reviews and found that this seemed to be a problem so, I thought we were gonna have to... Read more
Published on May 9, 2010 by B. Heisler
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad, don't buy it
It can't hold a connection to the PS3, so it's basically unplayable. It's too bad, it was a waste. It is not working any more.
Published on April 7, 2010 by Andres A. Balcazar Lopez
1.0 out of 5 stars Too bad it doesn't work
I had the same experience with this product as most other reviewers. It can't hold a connection to the PS3, so it's basically unplayable. Read more
Published on April 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this product, you'll end up returning it
I was excited to see that this bass is available for the PS3 so I went ahead and ordered it sent Next Day for an extra $3.99 (Amazon Prime). Read more
Published on April 2, 2010 by K. Welty
4.0 out of 5 stars fender bass
I really like the bass, but it keeps disconnecting from the xbox while we are playing. What is the deal?
Published on March 20, 2010 by John D. Story
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Challenge
I picked up this base for a mix of realism and a new challenge.
If you're an expert bassist on Rock Band already, be prepared for a learning curve. Read more
Published on March 6, 2010 by H. DeRooy
3.0 out of 5 stars A bad product.. but a good company!
Update: I sent an email to a senior executive at the company that makes this guitar. He emailed me back immediately from London. Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by D. Hollands
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