Rock Band Rocks More With Real Guitars

Rock Band Rocks More With Real Guitars

I haven’t played guitar since university, and haven’t done science since high school, so the particulars of this are lost on me. What I do know, though, is that rigging up a real electric guitar to play Rock Band is awesome.

This isn’t a fancy controller made exclusively for Rock Band, it’s a real, honest-to-goodness electric guitar, running through a couple of converters that are able to take the notes and signal from the instrument and convert it to something the PlayStation 3 (and Rock Band) can understand.

Rock stars of a technical inclination can grab the necessary code from the link below. Everyone else who just wants to see how it’s done, turn your sound up, the volume on the clip is super low.

[g2ghpro, via Slashdot]


  • Is there really any point? Powergig, which based itself around using a real guitar for a controller seemed to do pretty poorly.

    Besides, when I played Guitar Hero for the first few months I felt like a rockstar, but I was content to live in the fantasy, rather than realise how terribly clumsy I was with a real guitar.

    Anyways, good peripheral for someone who enjoys doing both, that is, playing an actual guitar and Rock Band, but it seems a little unnecessary.

  • As an owner of the pro guitar controller for RB3 I know of my own experiences with the device and sucking HARD. I couldn’t get past the tutorials. Best left to people with talent! I’ll be sticking with the five button controller for the indefinite future methinks.

    • If by that you mean the Mustang, I have to say that when I bought it (as a guitarist but not a rhythm game fan) I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I got from Amazon without actually touching one.

      It’s weird, and it definitely takes some getting used to. I don’t think that it’s a good gateway into guitar though – you’re probably better off playing a five-button controller and getting some rhythm down, then picking up a cheap electric and learning some easy riffs.

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