I’m wondering if anyone has picked this up and if it’s worth the pretty steep price of admission. I’ve grown to really like playing guitar on Rock Band and I’m contemplating shelling out for this sucker as a Birthday/Christmas gift to myself.
I was wondering if anyone has any first hand experience since I can’t find one in stores around me to see it first hand. Is this the sort of thing that you can play around with at PAX (I think I will go to the one in Boston)? It’s a bit more than I usually like to spend on something like this sight unseen.
Decide in advance whether you prefer the Rock Band (flat face) or Guitar Hero (embossed) buttons. To me, that’s the biggest difference in these premium guitars. There are some slight variations in the strum mechanisms, but nothing serious these days (IMO).
My Fender replica came today and to be honest I absolutely love it. The feel of the thing is just fantastic. The fret buttons are buttery smooth and seem to have about half the amount of travel of the Rock Band 2 guitars. Absolutely fantastic for solos.
Two negatives to note are that the yellow and orange buttons are switched. While this has no effect on playing at all, it seems a bit sloppy for a premium guitar. Also the strum bar is fairly stiff and is “clicky”. I prefer the soft silent feel of the RB2 guitar’s strum bar, but after a bit of playing I adjusted to it. (The fantastic fret buttons, which are far more important, more than make up for the strum bar however)
Also the thing is just gorgeous and a ton of fun to use. I definately recommend it to anyone who plays a lot of guitar. I don’t think it improves the experience enough to justify $300, but for about $150 it’d so be worth it. (I paid $100 for mine and at that price it is more than worth every penny)