Originally Posted by DanLW
So, anybody here get their hands on the Fender guitar yet? I've seen some videos online, and looks very promising.
I started with Guitar Hero 3, which I think had the best song list of the Guitar Heroes I bought (Aerosmith, 4, 5) I wish 4 players could play on GH3... but I digress. GH is now dead, and I think that may be in large part to Rock Band's inclusion of the ability to play a real guitar.
So back on point, this is definitely of great interest to me. The only reason I got into Guitar Hero was a friend brought it over one night, and we played it a lot ever since. But from the first time I saw the game, I thought it was kinda silly if it didn't teach you real guitar.
Well, now Rock Band does!
One concern I do have is that I have a colletion of 4 plastic guitars for the Wii. I'm thinking that if I want to start learning real guitar via Rock Band, I may want to get RB3 for the PS3 so that the fret numbers show up more clearly. Do the numbers show up clear enough in the Wii version? I know that for Rock Band 2, lyrics on the Wii were at times hard to read.
Ultimately jumping to the PS3 version would be a no-brainer if I didn't already have a collection of Wii guitars which would work just fine for Rock Band 3 Wii... Perhaps I could help finance the PS3 setup by selling off all the Wii stuff and buying RB3, the Midi adapter, a Fender, and two PS3 "standard" Rock Band guitars...
Not sure where others stand on this, but to me they lyrics on RB3 Wii are in fact "clearer" than they were in RB2. I'd say rent a copy of RB3 for Wii first & see for yourself.
While you could sell off the Wii gear to help finance PS3 stuff, you are pretty much resigned at this point to Craigslist, EBAY, etc - places like GameStop no longer take RB/GH gear in trade. Game discs? Yes. Plastic instruments? Not any more.
As well, outside of keys & microphones, new RB gear is hard to find in brick & mortar stores. Many retailers simply will not stock this stuff anymore (particualry drums & traditional RB guitars). Best bet would be Amazon, where all RB gear for all platforms is normally stocked.
I've messed around a bit w/ the RB3 Squier Strat @ my local Best Buy (also the only retailer I've encountered that stocks this outside of online). It's an interesting guitar - basically a low end Chinese Strat w/ some crazy electronics inside (incl under the fretboard, which is a weird plastic material). Keep in mind, I am biased when it comes to electric guitars as I have played guitar for over 25 years & am accoustomed to far better built instruments. This guitar will also ONLY work for Pro tracks - traditional RB guitar playing will not work here (however, the "fake" Pro Fender plastic Mustang can serve double duty for regular & Pro RB guitar and is a tad cheaper)
That said, RB3 Pro guitar is kinda cool. Will it make you Eddie Van Halen? NO! But it does a decent job of illustrating the basics of playing. Some of the easier tunes from the game (Ramones, Joan Jett) will, with practice, have you playing those songs "for real". However, the Pro Strat does not track or account for things like bent/sliding notes, whammy bar (Pro Strat lacks one), harmonics, notes beyond a certain fret, etc. Needless to say, there are a number of RB3 pro guitar tracks that, if playing thru an amp simultaneously, will NOT sound much like the original track at all.
In terms of "pro", I find drums being the closest to the real deal. Plus, EVERY RB song is Pro Drums ready. Guitar makes for a decent introductory learning tool. Keys, to me at least, are more akin to RB parts on a keyboard cranked to a crazy difficulty level as opposed to a legit piano trainer. My brother in law, who has played piano/keys for 30 years, found pro keys to be NOTHING like actually playing the parts - but did find it challenging & sorta fun.
As well, do you already have RB2 for Wii? Have you purchased any songs from the RB2 store? If so, switching to PS3 means you LOSE all those purchased tracks. RB3 Wii, OTOH, will work with existing RB2 store tracks.
ON Wii, what you really lack is the ability to export most all RB content into RB3. Wii users can import about 75% of the RB2 disc tracks & all of Green Day RB into the RB3 library. For PS3, the above is true as well as importing most or all of:
AC/DC Live track pack
Any & all track pack discs
Granted, you gotta BUY all those game first & then pay AGAIN to load 'em into RB3 - but you do have more import options on PS3.
But as any huge RB fan can tell you, if you want the "full" RB experience, you should be playing it on XBOX360, the preferred console of Harmonix. If it's something one can do in/with RB, it's doable on 360. PS3 & Wii have some "limitations" in terms of available content. & whatnot.