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Guitar Hero 2 Guitar Controller

Platform : Xbox 360
Rated: Teen
3.8 out of 5 stars 156 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
Release date September 4, 2007
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3.8 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,195 in videogames
#1 in Video Games > Xbox 360 > Accessories > Controllers > Music Controllers > Guitars
#1,512 in Video Games > Accessories
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Product Dimensions 8 x 4 x 24 inches
Media: Video Game
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By R. Reining on August 17, 2010
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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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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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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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By N33N0 on January 23, 2013
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I did not receive an important piece as part of this package and I do not recommend this seller to anyone as he made no attempt to send me the piece that was missing even after I told him/her that it was missing.
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The "Euphoria" slam feature, you know when you're on a streak and whip it up to go into the blue mode. It is the first thing to stop working. This wouldn't be a problem but the physical button you can hit is in a bad spot, your hand ends up hitting the whammy bar. It's a mess. You can still play it just takes away a bit of the glory.
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First of all it's the one that has last me the most. Years after years of extensive play and it worked till the end. I ended up having 4 at one point, but now they are expensive. Super comfortable, the buttons feel just right, the strum bar is tight and the whammy bar is improved. It also helps that it's USB so it worked with Windows and my Xbox
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I asked for a refund immediately after opening it. & the guy threatened to not return my money unless I took down the bad review I gave him. So now I have to complain on here. It came not even close to as described. It didn't have the USB connector (dongle cable) or guitar strap. The end piece of the wire that connects to the dongle was damaged. It was a totally different guitar with stickers/scrapes and paint on body that were not shown. A picture was provided of a different guitar so I'd buy it and I am super disappointed in the guitar I received.
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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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