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Review as a Midi Guitar
Pros: Connects and works easily with both Mac and PC
Cons: Instrument exhibits some flex on the neck.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this hoping it would work as a midi guitar. I am a recording musician who mainly plays guitar and bass, so I struggle when adding synth sounds on my keyboard. I plugged this in and used it with Garageband and I was immediately adding a piano part to my latest song.
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For Newbies Only
Pros: Of a higher quality than most Madcatz accessories I've used. Easy to assemble and, from a video gamer perspective, very fun to play. The rock band 3 pro mode notation system is, IMO, very intuitive and the tutorials bring a player up to speed quickly. (Disclaimer: I've been fooling around with guitars part time over the last 3 years)
Cons: Since I have spatially memorized the distance between, and specific location of, each string/fret, this product was very frustrating for me. I had zero feel for where my hand was on the neck and for which "string" my fingers were pressing. The pro guitar mode does provide you information with respect to which strings/cords are currently being pressed but a player's focus cannot be split between currently pressed notes and those notes upcoming in the song...you're Neo or something.
Other Thoughts: Pro Guitar mode is amazing. Good job Harmonix.
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Pros: - Pretty decent build quality.
Cons: - The 'string buttons' and strings, are all the same thickness so it can make it difficult to figure out which 'string' you're on since they all feel the same.
Other Thoughts: Its pretty uncanny valley if you've played an actual guitar before. However, if you haven't, this thing is perfect.
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Pros: It shipped!
Other Thoughts: This review is in place not to comment on the product, which I have not received, but rather to acknowledge that this posting is in fact real - I put in the order, it processed and charged, and has provided me with shipping tracking. So if you (like me) were skeptical that this was really being stocked since no retailers seem to know how to obtain this item, it is a legitimate posting. Give Newegg your money for being one of the few folks to really deliver this on release day. :)
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Awesome Learning Tool
Pros: Amazing learning tool. Being able to run through supported songs at various speeds is amazing enough, but the game shows you the correct fingerings for each and every chord when in the 'learn a song' mode. I've successfully transferred skills learned in the game to a real guitar, and I couldn't be happier.
Cons: The buttons, while great, aren't actual strings. You can't bend them like real guitar strings. The body of the controller is very light, unlike a real guitar. I found that it moves around more than a real guitar when played.
Other Thoughts: Not so much the controller's fault, but I do wish the game would tell you the tunings for each song. Some are played standard, a few in drop D, and others still in other non-standard tunings.
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“Amazing learning tool. Being able to run through supported songs at various speeds is amazing enough, but the game shows ...”— James 11/13/2010
“Connects and works easily with both Mac and PC— buffytvs 2/13/2011
Good response and dynamics
comfortable to play”