Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller for Xbox 360

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  1. Alex says:
    54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic culture tool., November 16, 2010
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    Alex (T-Town, AL) –
    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller for Xbox 360 (Accessory)

    I have been a drummer for about 14 years. I have been around guitars most of my life, but by no means really felt like culture one, mainly produce hitting drums seemed simpler to me. I got this controller about a week ago and I have already learned 5 songs on expert. If you are not very excellent with rockband/guitarhero guitars, but still like the game for singing or drums, this may be for you. I can’t play a single song on the 5 button guitar controller on the expert difficulty setting. But in a week I can play 5 songs, simple songs, but full songs.

    SIZE — This this is slightly larger than a 5 button guitar, but weight wise feels the same.
    QUALITY — I haven’t had any problems with a button not responding and the strings are steel coated with nylon, which seem like cheap plastic from the sound they give off. But they are durable, they just sound like plastic. I don’t mind this because they are infinitely quieter than uncoated strings. But make no mistake, this IS a plastic guitar controller.
    NEW features — With songs that have Pro guitar/bass charting you can practice the song like normal. But there is a new trainer unique to each song below the “learn to play song” section. Here the song is kaput down to its basic components. For model the song “The Toughest button to Button” only had 3 components. You practice these components as you would a beat or fill in the drum trainer. Once you master the components you go to practice song and place them where they go and bahdabingbahdaboom you now know a song.

    CONS — None that I have noticed so far. But I am not too familiar with guitars so I may by no means notice. A friend of mine that came by to give it a shred said that with strings you can feel which string you are on simpler produce on a “real” guitar the strings are different thicknesses. On this its just 17 frets of buttons, all the same size. (thickness, not width) But he loved this anyway, produce he learned to play a song he likes and has by no means tried to play before.

    If anyone has a specific question about this, or even about the software (the game rockband) just question here and i will answer asap. :)

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  2. superdeeduper51 says:
    32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    An fascinating experience, and an absolute blast to play., November 24, 2010
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    superdeeduper51 (USA) –
    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller for Xbox 360 (Accessory)

    First off let me just get this out of the way. I did not hold this from Amazon, I bought it from Gameshark.com and have had it for about 2 weeks now.

    I was incredibly skeptical about this guitar when I first heard about it. “A plastic six string guitar? How’s that supposed to work?” But, I heard nothing but excellent things about this guitar over at the Rock Band forums so I knew I had to really try this for myself. So essentially this is a plastic guitar that has 102 buttons that is supposed to mimic a 6-stringed, 17 fretted guitar. The neck has numbers on each edge by the 3rd fret,the 5th fret, and so-on, similar to real guitar so you have a guide to where which numbered fret is where. As far as the rest of the buttons are concerned, you have the A, B, X, and Y buttons on the right side of the pick guard, and you have your start, back and guide buttons on the left side of the pick guard. If you are left handed like me, this layout is unfortunately terrible because instead of the buttons being located directly below the strings where they’re simple to reach, they are instead located below your arm pit essentially. This isn’t a huge deal, but it’s incredibly annoying if you’re a south paw. One of my absolute pet features of this guitar is how you can disassemble it into three pieces. You can easily pull the entire neck out of the body of the guitar, and you can also easily take the head stock off of the neck, unlike the RB3 Stratocaster where tiresome to remove the head stock is a chore.

    Now down to playing the guitar. Like I said before it has six plastic strings that are all the same gauge or thickness, which is different from a real guitar of course, but I’m glad that they took this route so us leftys could try pro mode. This unfortunately is a bit of a problem, because on a real guitar you can tell what string you’re playing by feeling how thick it is, but now since both the strings and the buttons are all the same gauge, it’s harder to tell what you’re playing without looking at the guitar. Another thing that’s lost in translation with this guitar is the lack of vibration from the strings. Again, when playing a real guitar whenever you pluck a string it vibrates and you can tell if you’re putting your fiddle with on the right string on the fret board based on the vibration. Since this obviously can’t happen with this plastic guitar, unavoidably there will be situations where you’ll have your fiddle with on the right button, but you’ll be plucking the incorrect string. This isn’t a deal breaker, but it can produce some confusion. And now for my last small gripe about playing this guitar, the strumming. This may vary from person to person, but I find that tiresome to strum a string quickly can be quite hard when done endlessly. On a real guitar, yes I’m a kaput record, when strumming a string quickly you usually only graze the string when you play it, but this technique won’t work particularly well on the Mustang since it’s wont pick up light strums most of the time.

    At the end of the day, the Mustang is a really fun peripheral to use. It’s dreadfully similar to a real guitar, and it’s incredibly fun to use. I really wish this guitar wasn’t so darn expensive though. $150 seems dreadfully steep for a plastic guitar, but it does have over 100 buttons so I suppose it’s sweet expensive to make. If you have any desire to learn guitar or bass, then this is easily one of the most entertaining ways to do so. I know Madcatz has a sweet terrible reputation when it comes to their products, but this guitar is a quality item. I will certainly update this review if anything goes incorrect with it but.

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  3. D. Frost says:
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    No Mere Toy!, November 25, 2010
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    D. Frost
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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    This review is from: Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller for Xbox 360 (Accessory)

    I was a bit worried when I heard that Madcatz was doing the hardware for this RB3 Pro Guitar. Although Madcatz has improved their hardware over the years, I knew this pro guitar needed to be solid and with this many buttons, it had to have excellent quality.

    Well the quality is very excellent by and large and the body, buttons, and strings have a solid feel. The one area where the design is a bit weak is in the knobs that hold the strap, especially the one you screw is directly in the seem of the body and can easily push apart the seem of the guitar and not lock tight. To fix this, I just used a helping of Duco Cement. Now this means that I can no flip the strap to the lefty side but I can live with that and I don’t have to worry about this knob popping out.

    I also had to screw in a few of the top screws of the body (this was why the knob did not fit right) because it seemed one of the body screws was not fully seated. But I suspect this manufacturing hitch may not be that common.

    Other than that, the guitar feels very solid for a plastic game controller. Much more solid and polished feel than I would have expected. Sure its an expensive game controller but its honestly complex piece of hardware and they did a very excellent job with making the buttons, neck, etc all feel like a guitar. Lighter and not quite as huge as a guitar, but the fret distances are sweet much spot on.

    One thing to note is that this guitar can be used in standard guitar modes and thats a excellent way to get a feel for the different fret spacing but the main purpose of this guitar is using pro mode to learn guitar. If you just want to play Rock Band with the best standard controller, this is not it. This guitar is for pro-mode and pro-mode has a much steeper culture curve than the standard Rock Band game. And for that purpose, this guitar delivers!

    Pro-mode is very well done with fantastic pacing where you go from culture basic clarification and slowly advance to culture cords etc. And although they do not use tab for the notation, they have come up with a notation that is similar to tab but work well with the highway sight and quick scrolling that will come with playing songs. I still reckon it would have bee nice to include a full tab mode but my guess is they tried that and found the new notation to work best.

    So, although you will not learn tab reading skills, you will learn the chord names and shapes needed to play all the RB3 pro mode songs and that is impressive. Honestly, the pro mode trainers are much more complete than I would have thought. They really spent some time putting this together. Also, when you miss a chord, it can automatically stop the song, show you the right fingering, and let you get it before you continue. It works very well and if you don’t like it, you can turn it off.

    Back to the hardware… Right now, I give it 5 stars because it just works. Now, for those that play guitar, you will quickly find issues here because, and this needs to be clear, this is not a guitar. Its a guitar trainer. It has some very basic differences that make some things hard to transition from real guitar to this trainer. First and most obvious is the lack of strings on the neck. What is the effect here? Well, you don’t have the same feel for the string/fret so its a bit of a different feel as far as the coordination of your hands on the strings and pairing that up to the fret that pairs up with that string. But, since a real guitar give you more feedback, it may be simpler to transition TO A REAL GUITAR, then FROM A REAL GUITAR. Which is sort of the whole point of a guitar training. So, if already know how to play a real guitar and you don’t want re-learn a trainer, you should doubtless wait for the Fender Squier ($250-$350) to come out. But if you are just culture guitar, this makes one impressive trainer.

    The only remaining question is how well the hardware hold up after months of use. So far, it feels like it will hold up well. But that is nearly impracticable to predict. So, come back here in a few months and see if the review change. But for right now, this thing is a fantastic guitar trainer.

    UPDATE: I have since upgraded to Rocksmith for culture real guitar. At the time I did this review, RB pro-mode was the best choice. But today, I have to say that getting an inexpensive guitar and getting Rocksmith is a much better choice. It does not change my review or notch but I will say that I will not go back to Rockband Pro mode because I feel that Rocksmith has nailed the real-guitar trainer.

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