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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
Gave me another guitar will not recommend buying from him not even the right item listedPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It lasted 2 days past the return by date before one of the buttons (orange one to be specific) broke and was constantly pressed down.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was really fun at first but then all of a sudden the blue button on the guitar stopped working :( It would have been have 5 stars if they all worked.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was rigged. I bought this product for my nephew, he is autistic and super anal about the kinds of "guitars" he gets as presents. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brenda Withey
Looks good. Works alright. Does not strum down...very important necessity for playing the game. Was not mentioned when reading the review on this item. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer