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Power Gig handmade six string guitar controller rocks

Power Gig handmade six string guitar controller rocks

I have played my share of Guitar Hero and Rock Band and playing the guitar is a lot of fun. I would bet there are a lot of people out there who wish they could play a real guitar as well as they can play Rock Band. A music game called Power Gig for the PS3 and Xbox have been out for a while now, and the game is notable for the real six string guitar controllers it uses.

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AmpliTube iRig puts a guitar amp in the iPhone

AmpliTube iRig puts a guitar amp in the iPhone

I have no musical talent. The extent of my musical ability is to load tracks on my iPhone and listen to them in the car. If you are the musical type who likes to play the electric guitar and you want a portable amp that you can use wherever you may roam, the AmpliTube iRig is perfect.

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Guitar concept has no strings but fingers don’t know

Guitar concept has no strings but fingers don’t know

I received a guitar for Christmas when I was from my parents and then they sent me to lessons to learn to play the thing. That was all fine and good until I realized you had to practice a lot and I lost interest, plus I kept breaking the strings and losing picks. The one thing that most guitars have in common is strings. A concept guitar at Yanko Design has no strings and isn’t intended for playing Rock Band.

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Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Xbox 360 announced [Video]

Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Xbox 360 announced [Video]

Logitech have announced their latest Guitar Hero peripheral, a wireless controller for the Xbox 360.  Like the company's existing guitar controller for PS2 and PS3, the new Xbox 360 version has a wood neck, rosewood fingerboard and metal frets.

Video demo after the cut

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Rock Band guitar dumps strum-bar for IR

Rock Band guitar dumps strum-bar for IR

There are quite a few Rock Band guitar controllers on the market, ranging from the cheap to the surprisingly expensive, but one thing they generally have in common is the plastic strum bar.  It doesn't have to be that way, though; one enterprising gamer has swapped out the plastic for a beam of infrared light which is recognized as a strum whenever you break it.

Video demo after the cut

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Höfner bass guitar controller for Rock Band revealed

Höfner bass guitar controller for Rock Band revealed

If you're excited for the upcoming release of The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle, then you'll be pleased to hear that you're going to have yet another guitar controller option on your hands. This time, it's a Höfner bass guitar controller.

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KORG Kaossilator gets the Guitar Hero treatment

KORG Kaossilator gets the Guitar Hero treatment

So, if you love KORG Kaossilators and want to make them even easier to use, you might want to try on this crafty DIY project for size. No, you're not seeing things. Someone has really wired up a Kaossilator to a Guitar Hero guitar remote.

How can it be, you may be wondering? Well, James Haskin got inspired when seeing Wayne Coyne's double-necked Guitar Hero creation and decided to change up his Kaossilator just a tad.

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Disney’s Star Guitarist teaches you to play

Disney’s Star Guitarist teaches you to play

Are you sick of playing "fake guitar" on Rock Band or Guitar Hero?  Do you want to serenade the ladies through song, but don't know how to play guitar?  Fear not - Disney's Star Guitarist might be able to help you out.

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Ovation iDea puts first MP3 recording in a guitar

Ovation iDea puts first MP3 recording in a guitar

Techno-guitarmaker Ovation has just announced another breakthrough in the music world. The Ovation iDea is the first ever acoustic guitar to be equipped with a built-in MP3 recorder for laying down tracks at the touch of a button. Not only can the iDea record tracks, but it can also replay the song so you can play along.

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Logitech Premiere Edition Wireless Guitar controller

Logitech Premiere Edition Wireless Guitar controller

Logitech have set out to show Starpex that they're not the only people who can make a more realistic, wooden controller for Guitar Hero, with the launch of their Premiere Edition Wireless Guitar.  Licenced by Guitar Hero publisher Activision, the controller has a wooden neck, a rosewood fingerboard and metal frets and tuners.  Integrated 2.4GHz wireless gives it a 30ft range.

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Starpex Guitar Hero & Rock Band controller now available

Starpex Guitar Hero & Rock Band controller now available

Peak Products have finally released their Starpex Guitar Hero and Rock Band controller, made from high-gloss lacquered wood and including both wired and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity.  The first model to hit shelves is the Obsidian, which as the name might suggest is black; that will be followed on October 31st by Dead Rose and Black Sunburst versions.

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Peak Products Starpex full-size wood Guitar Controller

Peak Products Starpex full-size wood Guitar Controller

Our own Chris Scott Barr would likely never forgive me for saying it, but one of the reasons I've never really gotten into either Guitar Hero or Rock Band is because it all looks a bit naff.  Plastic instruments end up looking like kids toys, unless you're willing to invest some serious hack-time in them.  So Peak Products' Starpex could actually bring new gamers like myself onboard; styled after a real guitar, it has an instrument-quality, high-gloss lacquered finish with a hardwood body, neck, and headstock handcrafted by a leading guitar manufacturer.

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