Guitar Hero is a favorite among serious gamers and casual enthusiasts alike. The guitar controllers make us all feel like rock stars when we connect to our console and jam to our favorite songs. If you want to jam out with your friends, but they have different consoles, you may be wondering whether the Guitar Hero guitar is universal.
The guitar controller for Guitar Hero Live is universal. However, the wireless USB receivers are not compatible with every console and are designed to only work with one console. So if you’re using a PS3, you will have to buy the specific dongle for it.
Read on as we tell you how you can differentiate between the different dongles for your console, what to do with your old guitars, and even tell you how you can master special Guitar Hero tricks. Let’s strum off this article!
Compatibility of Your Guitar Hero Guitar
Originally, the guitar hero guitar had a 5-button configuration. However, after the release of Guitar Hero Live, the controller was re-configured to have 6 buttons.
Like the game, the original Guitar Hero controller was released only for PlayStation 2 and was not compatible with other platforms. For Guitar Hero II, the company released 2 versions of the guitar, one for Playstation and one for Xbox. The guitars had different features and designs and could not be used universally across platforms.
For Guitar Hero: World Tour, Guitar Hero 5, and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, the company redesigned the guitar to be the same across all platforms. However, despite looking the same, each guitar was still purpose-made for the specific console and could not be used interchangeably.
In 2015, Activision released Guitar Hero Live. This new game features the new 6-button controller and plays the same across all platforms. The senior designer behind the new guitar, Nick Coppard, explained the idea behind the controller: “We want everyone to get the same experience, regardless of the platform they’re playing on,”
The Guitar Hero Live controller features a wireless dongle that needs to be connected to the console you’re playing on. The dongles are made specifically for each console and can not be transferred. Each dongle is color-coded for the platform.
The table below shows the color of the receiver and the platform it is meant for.
|Gray||PlayStation 3 or WiiU|
What to Do With Your Old Guitar Hero Guitars?
If you’ve purchased the Guitar Hero Live and the new controller, you might consider the old guitar hero controllers to be a waste.
But don’t throw them away just yet!
Your old Guitar Hero controllers may not work with Guitar Hero Live, but they can still be used with the Rock Band video game series. Like Guitar Hero, Rock Band also features a guitar-centric experience where users can play their controller like they would an actual guitar.
The good news is that your old Guitar Hero guitars work for just about any Rock Band video game and can be used instead of their controllers. The only requirement is that you have the console-specific guitar.
How to Master Special Tricks in Guitar Hero Live?
Being the best at Guitar Hero means that you have to master some special skills that they don’t teach you in the game. Learn these moves and watch the crowd go wild as you shred.
This skill is one of the most valuable skills any shredder can possess. By mastering this technique, you will be able to play multiple notes without having to play each individual one.
To play a hammer on, simply strum the beginning note and then ‘hammer’ your finger onto the hammer-on note when it crosses your strum bar.
Pull-offs can be considered the reverse of hammer-ons. However, they are only possible when you move from the guitar’s body towards the neck.
To play a pull-off, you need to play the beginning note and then take your finger off the fretboard when the pull-off note crosses the strum bar.
Playing Down The Neck
This trick is similar to actual guitar playing and can drastically improve your game.
To ‘play down the neck,’ you must hold the keys furthest from the guitar’s body (the keys down the neck). You can then play frets closer to the guitar’s body. If you play down the neck, the guitar will only pick up on the notes on the body of the guitar and not the others (unless you are playing chords)
Q: Where Can I Find the Serial Number for My Guitar Controller?
The serial number for your guitar hero guitar can be found inside the battery compartment located at the back of your controller. It will be written directly below the batteries. The serial number consists of 19 characters (both letters and numbers) and begins with “S/N”
Q: Will My Older Guitar Hero Controller Work With Guitar Hero Live?
No. Controllers for older models of Guitar Hero will not work for Guitar Hero Live. The new guitar features a 6 button configuration compatible with the game. Older versions of the guitars only have 5 buttons and will not be compatible with Guitar Hero Live.
Q: Can I Use My Guitar Hero Live Controller on Previous Editions of Guitar Hero?
You shouldn’t use the Guitar Hero Live controller for the previous editions of Guitar Hero. The new controller features a 6-button configuration, whereas the game was made for guitars with 5 button configuration. Due to this, the older game may not be able to interpret the inputs correctly.
Although older versions of the Guitar Hero controllers are not universal, the guitar for Guitar Hero Live can be used across any platform. Just make sure you have the right dongle and get your rock on!