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Rock Band 3 Pro Guitar - $35, Keyboard - $25 (PS3, Amzn), Band Hero - $40, + MORE


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#1 Ndolger

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:27 PM

So I'm a pretty big Rock Band fan and have been looking for any good deals during Christmas season and have found quite a bunch...all of these are the lowest or near the lowest they've ever been (according to camelcamelcamel and camelegg).

$35 - Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller
http://www.amazon.co...nd 3 pro guitar - shipped and sold by Amazon.

- Only PS3 version. Camelcamelcamel says it's only been cheaper during Black Friday week (don't see a post on it though). Picked one up for myself...seems like a good deal.

- Just to be clear, this is the PRO GUITAR made for Rock Band 3 only. It emulates a real guitar, it can be used to hook up to a computer or other device to transmit MIDI data as well (if you wanted to make your own music for example). Mad Catz is the official creator for all of Rock Band accessories.

$52 - Mad Catz Rock Band 3 PRO-Guitar Bundle ? Includes: Red Hot Chili Peppers Bonus Tracks, Full Game, and Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller for Xbox 360

http://www.amazon.co...nd 3 pro guitar
- from a third party seller fulfilled by Amazon.

- Not interested in it myself as I don't own a 360, but it's essentially the deal above + the game + RHCP tracks for $7

$40 - Band Hero: Band Kit (PS3 and 360)

DEAD http://www.newegg.co...N82E16879221183 on Newegg for $40 + FS.
DEAD http://www.tuesdaymo...360/1278209.jsp at Tuesday Morning for $40 + Shipping

- Only the PS3 version is still in stock. This set previously went for $25 a month ago, but is back in stock for $40. Still an insane deal considering you get: the game, drums, a guitar, and a microphone for $40 shipped...ordered a set for my nieces and their family.

$24.99 - Wireless Keyboard for Rock Band 3 (PS3)
http://www.amazon.co...ard rock band 3 - shipped and sold by Amazon for $26.38.

- Cheapest it's ever been has been $25.

$13.59 - Mad Catz Rock Band 3 Midi PRO-Adapter
http://www.amazon.co...idi pro adapter

- It's been a couple bucks cheaper, but these were rare for quite a long time and $40+ to boot. These allow you to hook up any *other* MIDI instrument for use in Rockband 3 (drums, guitar, keyboard). Xbox version is available too.

- You can actually use any *USB* instrument as well. I wrote up a blog post on this a long time ago on my website: http://www.ndolger.c...th-rock-band-3/. It's kind of complicated, but it can be done...

$19.99 - Mad Catz Pro Cymbal Expansion
http://store.gamesha...&idCategory=323

- Cheapest I've ever seen this is $10...currently the cheapest I see this right now though; allows you to convert your wireless drums to "Pro" mode in Rock Band 3. Shipping seems to kill this deal though...$10 basic ship?? Anyone have a free ship promo code?
- Thanks to SevereTireDamage

Hope that helps!

Edited by Ndolger, 24 December 2012 - 05:35 AM.
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#2 whitereflection

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:53 PM

Thanks. Do you know if the pro guitar is any good? I have the keyboard and pro mode is a mess. I don't know why they didn't just use sheet music but it's pretty difficult to play the way they set up the highway.

#3 Ndolger

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

Yes, pro mode keyboard is pretty much impossible...you have to have memorized the song or be a piano master...

I've heard mixed things on the pro guitar, some people say it's very helpful to learn, others say it's terrible. I can't comment directly as I just bought one myself. I think the consensus has been: if you know how to play guitar, it's terrible; if you don't know how to play a real guitar, it's fun and helpful in getting used to playing a real guitar.

Does that help?

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#4 whitereflection

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

Yes, actually. Hopefully my musical ineptitude lets me rock out on pro guitar. Thanks again.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:20 PM

others say it's terrible.

Put me in the others' camp.

#6 trunks982

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:21 PM

what happen to Rock Band 3 game for the PS3? i cant seem to find it anywhere. did it become rare?

#7 Ndolger

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:27 PM

Glad I'm not the only one who noticed the lack of Rock Band 3 (PS3) being available anywhere! It's like $70 on eBay...with only two sellers. I can't imagine it's more than $10, I guess it's just been wiped off the used market for Christmas? Beats me!

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#8 SynGamer

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

If only I could find Rock Band 3 for the PS3...I just want the game.

EDIT: the lowest I've seen it in the past two weeks is roughly $50 on eBay...and those prices have jumped. It's such bullshit that this game is going for those prices.

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#9 SevereTireDamage

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

Bear in mind Madcatz's official store is having a sale right now on all of this stuff through tomorrow:
http://store.gamesha...?idCategory=323

#10 Ndolger

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 04:51 PM

Didn't see anything in that sale that beats what's on Amazon...other than the Pro Cymbal Expansion for $20, I'll add that to the first post, thanks!

I added it, but shipping at the Mad Catz site is atrocious! =E Is there a free ship minimum?

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#11 whitereflection

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:00 PM

Oh, that reminds me, the cymbal kit is also $20 at Gamestop. They also sell the PS2 Band Hero Super bundle for $20; the PS2 and PS3 instruments are the same. You then just need to pick up a PS3 copy of Band Hero which should be cheap everywhere. It's $6.99 used at GS.

They also have the PS2 GH World Tour kit for $20, but I'm not sure if those instruments are compatible with PS3.

#12 Ndolger

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

Doesn't look like it's online though; so I guess YMMV for Gamestop.

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#13 trunks982

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

If only I could find Rock Band 3 for the PS3...I just want the game.

EDIT: the lowest I've seen it in the past two weeks is roughly $50 on eBay...and those prices have jumped. It's such bullshit that this game is going for those prices.


i waited for most music games to drop. they usually drop around $20 or less. I was hoping for RB3 for PS3 to drop but it sold out before it happened.

#14 Ndolger

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:16 PM

Anyone see the guy selling a copy of Rock Band 3 on eBay for $3000? :rofl:

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#15 whitereflection

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:19 PM

Doesn't look like it's online though; so I guess YMMV for Gamestop.


True, but the Gamestops in my area has tons (NYC). I also found out that the instruments in the PS2 World Tour kit work on PS3 except for the guitar since it has a PS2 port and the others are USB.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

Thanks Ndolger! I happened to check the used section for the Pro-Guitar and there was a Good condition guitar from Amazon Warehouse for $27! The Warehouse had a like-new Keyboard for $19.50 too :)

#17 Ndolger

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

Thanks Ndolger! I happened to check the used section for the Pro-Guitar and there was a Good condition guitar from Amazon Warehouse for $27! The Warehouse had a like-new Keyboard for $19.50 too :)


Cool, glad I could indirectly help! I'd probably get berated if I posted "used" deals on CAG though. :)

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#18 Kolma

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:46 PM

Excellent timing, I had yet to tell my mom what i wanted and since I'm visiting for the holidays already, she ordered for it instantly.
Thanks op
Went with the Pro guitar bundle for 360, already had the game but free dlc is nice

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#19 Enigmatticus

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:28 PM

$15.58 - Mad Catz Rock Band 3 Midi PRO-Adapter



Thanks and great find OP. I've recently been in the market for one of these and this is the best price I've seen so far. :applause:

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:54 PM

I've heard the Mustang controller is really bad. I wanted to get the Squier guitar made for RB3, but that's like a unicorn, you only hear about it, never see it.

Now another thing, from my understanding you CANNOT use a "real" guitar with RB3 which isn't the Squier made specifically for RB3. It's not like Rocksmith.

The Midi Adaptor only works with MIDI keyboard and/or drums, not with a Midi guitar.

Then there are negatives even with the Squier made for RB3: no whammy bar, and it's expensive. I can't speak for how well it functions in-game, but the early reviews were positive, I actually wanted one.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

what happen to Rock Band 3 game for the PS3? i cant seem to find it anywhere. did it become rare?


Here's a link to RB3 for PS3 on Amazon Warehouse, $14.
http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B000TSZADA/

These aren't had to find, you just have to look every so often.

If you don't have the other RB games, it's also worth borrowing them or buying them cheap just so you can import the songs into RB3 (there's a fee for the import pack, and a few songs don't import).

#22 IamPro

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

What is the best Guitar Hero game for Xbox360?

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

I've heard the Mustang controller is really bad. I wanted to get the Squier guitar made for RB3, but that's like a unicorn, you only hear about it, never see it.

Now another thing, from my understanding you CANNOT use a "real" guitar with RB3 which isn't the Squier made specifically for RB3. It's not like Rocksmith.

The Midi Adaptor only works with MIDI keyboard and/or drums, not with a Midi guitar.

Then there are negatives even with the Squier made for RB3: no whammy bar, and it's expensive. I can't speak for how well it functions in-game, but the early reviews were positive, I actually wanted one.



Lol unicorn. I actually pre-ordered one at launch and still have it to this day. You need the USB adapter to use it still which was rare at the time too.

It worked really well once you broke out your hex key and screwdriver and calibrated the shit out of it. A good percent of people were not willing (or felt they shouldn't have to - shocker) do this hence a lot of bad reviews for lack of accuracy.

I've used it in Rock Band 3 Pro Mode, in Rock Smith, MIDI'd up to my MacBook Pro (which requires yet another USB to MIDI adapter), and just to rocked out on a headphone AMP. It was overpriced as shit (if you know where Squiers fall in normal pricing categories), but I think I got my money's worth.

#24 SynGamer

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

Here's a link to RB3 for PS3 on Amazon Warehouse, $14.
http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B000TSZADA/

These aren't had to find, you just have to look every so often.

If you don't have the other RB games, it's also worth borrowing them or buying them cheap just so you can import the songs into RB3 (there's a fee for the import pack, and a few songs don't import).


That is a link to RB1, not RB3...

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#25 tilcfast

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:22 PM

I actually found a unicorn, I mean a RB3 PRO Squire at Best Buy yesterday. I saw it on the shelf and did a double take. I have wanted one since it came out, but I did not want to pay the original price. I even bought the midi adapter months ago because I figured it would become rare. Now I'm glad I picked that up.

If you happen to find one at Best Buy the price is $179.99, but marked down to $119 on clearance.

#26 Ndolger

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:22 PM

The Midi Adaptor only works with MIDI keyboard and/or drums, not with a Midi guitar.


Is this true? Because the MIDI Pro Adapter clearly has a setting for "Guitar". Can you post a link from somewhere?

Back OT...

I'd never even heard of the RB3 PRO Squire! =E

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#27 waldo21212

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:35 PM

What is the best Guitar Hero game for Xbox360?


GH3 Legends of Rock and GH5 are my personal favorite - I think they have the best combination of music selection and game play.

Warriors of Rock has an excellent music selection, but I thought the new power ups and other gimmicks were a little over the top.

GH Metallica and Van Halen are good too, but obviously a majority of the music in those games is from the band whose name is attached to it.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

I'm still looking for a decent drum kit without breaking the bank... Both of mine have long been broken, and unless you want to trust ebay, you can't find one for under $100. I'm starting to think they'll never make any more of them, which is weird considering that they break pretty easily and is the one thing for RB that is really hard to find... I'm kicking myself for not picking up a couple of those Beatles sets when they were on clearance a couple years back.

The articles I read seem to conjure up these images of Capcom executives sitting in a dark room with a cauldron and cackling about how no one will be able to buy this game used.


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#29 Ndolger

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

I'm still looking for a decent drum kit without breaking the bank...


Yeah, I don't understand it. The Rock Band drum kits have been over $100...forever! My original RB2 set broke and ended up finding one on Craigslist for $50...that was about a year ago.

For a Rock Band drum kit, I'd say Craigslist is your best bet, you may get lucky (most regular people don't know what they're worth!)...and honestly the shipping costs are what inflates the prices on eBay; the set weighs like 15 pounds!

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#30 Wildcat1080

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

Sucks for people like me who didn't have a 360 when the RB craze hit (played room mate's), but now have a 360 and want a full RB set-up...but it's impossible to find a standalone, straight up, RB guitar (or guitar bundle) that isn't this atrocious "pro" guitar. Like, the best deal is obviously to get the keyboard/game bundle for $40, but you're pretty much SOL as far as the guitar goes unless you either want to pay $130+ for a new/used one or want the "pro" guitar.