Guitar Hero MiscellanyFirst, there's this:
That's a link to the cherry SG Guitar Hero controller. It's a beauty, and it ships December 12. If you wanted to pick up a second guitar for dual rocking, it looks terrific.
I guarantee you that someone is going to offer an aftermarket mod that will be a Guitar Hero controller in wood instead of plastic. We'd be lining up to buy one.
DQ reader Ian Dorsch sent in a clarification of my comment about a real guitar having 70-132 frets.
I know what you are getting at here, but the terminology is still not quite right. A fret on a guitar is the narrow metal band that spans the neck. On an electric guitar, you typically have somewhere from 20-24 of these metal bands, and that dictates the range of the instrument.
The number of possible single-note fingerings on the guitar= number of frets * number of strings, counting the nut (the last little ridge at the top of the neck before the headstock) as a fret.
So it would be more accurate to say that an electric guitar has 20-24 frets, and 6 available notes per fret (7 if you are rocking it with a 7-string). That doesn't count techniques like harmonics, artificial harmonics, string bending, etc, which all provide additional possibilities for a single note.
To paraphrase Tenacious D: "That's why we are classically trained to rock your f***ing socks off."
I'd like to thank Tenacious Ian for that clarification.