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Product of the Day: Starpex Guitar

Posted on Wednesday, November 12 @ 18:07:29 Eastern by
In what may be as “real” as you can get to a “fake” guitar, the Starpex Guitar by Peak Products supplants all other would-be guitar controllers by sporting a body made of genuine wood. Like any good aftermarket controller compatible with Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Rock Revolution (and whatever else), the “Starpex” has everything a budding axe-ripper needs: ten fret buttons - five near the top of the neck and five near the bottom (though of the same size and not small like the Rock Band solo buttons), wireless or wired connection via a 15-foot USB cable, and a tilt sensor for activating star power.

Some notable features are a whammy bar that presses up and down the way an actual whammy bar should, as if it was springloaded (not sure if it actually is), and a button for activating star power that rests on the side of the strum bar, much closer than the star power button for the official Guitar Hero World Tour guitar. Guitar Hero veterans will applaud the thick, sturdy, audible strum bar and the lifelike weight of the guitar, while bona-fide guitarists will appreciate the classic electronic rock shape of the body and the pick guard, the white position markers on the black neck, and the metal pegs on the head. Now all we need is a metal bridge, perhaps some pickups, and a handful of green, red, yellow, orange, and blue strings.

The unfortunate downside of it all is that it’s only for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 2, two consoles that not many Rock Band and Guitar Hero fans use to play them on. (At least we at GR are having trouble thinking of anyone who does; from what we can remember, only Duke has been to a Guitar Hero or Rock Band press event that even had the PS3 peripherals… and that was just once). The other looming caveat is that it’s gonna cost you. In the way that only $179.95 can. That’s almost half a PS3, so you’ll have to gauge how much you’re willing to set yourself back for a fancy-pants faux-real guitar.

But if you can score the Starpex Guitar, it will definitely make a better first impression than ye-ol’ plastic guitar. If you’re a riff-lovin’ fan that has the dough and a PS3 or PS2, consider getting one for yourself, or if you’re really nice, get one for your best friend as a Christmas present (and then borrow it forgetfully).
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