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First glimpse at ten-button Rock Band guitar controller


Harmonix was just getting us warmed up, it seems. Instead of the five fret buttons we've grown accustomed to on the past Guitar Hero series, the Rock Band official Stratocaster-based guitar controller displays ten fret buttons. On the second pic embedded below, you'll notice the five new buttons down at the base of the neck. We can only imagine what kind of sick guitar solo action Harmonix has in store for us with these.

The pics arrive courtesy of a Gamestop newsletter, which also details the new features embedded into the guitar controller. As we reported earlier, guitar effects will play a large role, allowing the player to flange, wah, reverb and delay their way into guitar gaming bliss. No official pricing was included at this time, though we wouldn't be surprised to see something closer to $79.99 or thereabouts for the controller alone. Price be damned, we're still going to have to give this bad boy a spin. Anyone else?


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1. Wow, that thing looks pretty damn good. Is it the same size as the GH guitar was? Somehow the proportions look different...

Posted at 12:30PM on Jun 19th 2007 by mccomber

2. Is it just me or do those extra "solo" buttons seem tiny. It looks smaller then this guys finger and I have big hands :(

Posted at 1:27PM on Jun 19th 2007 by SKI

3. Having never played GH (because I'm a drummer) I don't know if this is already an option I just don't know about, but I'm kinda hoping that the extra buttons not only allow enhanced game play, but also jam sessions, i.e. not following a predetermined or prerecorded song. If I could play a v-drum set along with my guitarist in Buffalo, NY, and our old lead singer living in Northern CA, all while I live in the south of Arizona, would kinda rock.. We used to do this GREAT cover of the reading rainbow theme song...

Posted at 1:45PM on Jun 19th 2007 by SlavedHeart

4. i... can... go... anywhere.
take a look.
its in a book.
the reading rainbow!

Posted at 2:12PM on Jun 19th 2007 by pete

5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLEEtoJJ_Fs

Posted at 2:36PM on Jun 19th 2007 by massive_98

6. This is epic news! I can't wait for this game to come out. My only question is they've said in the past that the current Guitar Hero controller would be compatible. But with the addition of these new buttons, I don't see how. Anyways, I was so excited about this news that I wrote a post about it on my own blog. Check it out if you get a chance. Thanks!

http://www.tonightwemakesoap.com/2007/06/shredding-is-in-my-future.html

Posted at 3:07PM on Jun 19th 2007 by joeymack

7. I already have a controller with ten buttons. I bought from here http://www.theguitarmania.com/servlet/Detail?no=25

The other buttons are exactly the same as the top ones, and are just used to show off to friends during guitar solos.

Posted at 4:20PM on Jun 19th 2007 by bob davey

8. Eeek! =o Ten buttons?... TEN??? o=
i can barely handle 5...

Posted at 9:19AM on Jun 20th 2007 by Consolcwby

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