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The most versatile rock guitar on the planet.

There's truly never been anything quite like the You Rock Guitar™ YRG-1000. The sheer number of devices with which it is compatible – Mac, PC, PS3™, Wii™, Amps, and MIDI, to name only a few – distinguish it as the singular music solution for today's generation of guitarists.

A professional-grade musical instrument, the YRG provides electronic musicians with the first ever non-button based, latency free guitar device for MIDI sequencing. Its unique, patent pending neck and fretboard provide a pain-free playing experience for the beginning musician.

Its 25 built-in guitars (none of which will ever need to be tuned) and 50 built in synths provide an unprecedented flexibility for performance – everything from folksy, nylon string acoustics to shredding, stadium leads are quite literally at your fingertips.

And with its Gameflex cartridges, the You Rock Guitar presents gamers with the Holy Grail of video game controllers – something that not only transforms the experience of playing games such as Rockband™ and Guitar Hero™, but that finally bridges the gap between the worlds of rhythm gaming and real music.

The YRG-1000 comes with neck strap, mini-USB cable (6'), guitar cable (9'), guitar picks, and quick start guide.

NNT - Never Needs Tuning™
Imagine never having to tune your guitar again. With the You Rock Guitar™, you never will.

You Rock - No Matter What
The YRG's innovative You Rock Modes help to allow the beginning guitarist a smooth transition into the world of musical expression – ensuring that embarrassing wrong notes are never sounded and teaching scales crucial to the world of the guitar.

Game ON
The revolutionary technology behind Inspired's Gameflex™ Cartridges allows for an unprecedented level of video game compatibility. No longer does the multi-console gamer have need of a different guitar controller for each of his systems – simply insert the appropriate Gameflex™ cartridge into your You Rock Guitar™, and get rocking!

At your fingertips
Fret Select™ makes switching between alternate tunings, guitar sounds, synthesizers, MIDI channels, and virtually every other feature on the guitar a breeze.

FEATURES
  • 99 preloaded, fully customizable presets for selecting and blending sounds, tunings, backing tracks, and more
  • 25 professionally sampled guitar sounds
  • 50 synth sounds – organs, voices, strings, pads, and more
  • 65 open/alternate tuning presets – plus customizable tuning slots
  • USB connectivity for use as a MIDI controller with programs such as Logic™, Reason™, and Garage Band™
  • Dual-direction whammy bar
  • Bridge Mute and exclusive finger-release mute
  • Record your own creations with the on-board MIDI recorder
  • Gameflex™ port expands connectivity to additional gaming platforms wirelessly
  • A truly mobile digital guitar, folding up to just under 19" in length
  • Standard guitar cable output for use with amplifiers
  • Stereo mini-headphone output for use with headphones/computer speakers
  • Stereo mini-headphone output for iPods™/iPhone™/iPad™
  • High Speed USB to MIDI
  • Legacy MIDI 5 pin connector
  • Uses 4 AA batteries or USB power.

Get ready to conquer new sonic realms with the innovative You Rock Guitar! Order yours now!

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You Rock GuitarYRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 41 reviews)

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Fantastic MIDI Controller for Guitar Players

DON'T buy this if you are looking for another guitar! This is NOT a guitar, but a MIDI controller that is built like a guitar. Lot's of reviewers obviously didn't pay attention to...Read complete review

DON'T buy this if you are looking for another guitar! This is NOT a guitar, but a MIDI controller that is built like a guitar. Lot's of reviewers obviously didn't pay attention to that fact before they bought it.

The built in sounds aren't that great, but you can plug it into your amp and practice with them to get used to the feel of the controller before recording. Playing through an amp is a great way to make sure you have it setup properly for your playing style.

DO buy this if you are a guitar player who hates trying to make music in their DAW or music software with a keyboard controller. It won't play exactly like a guitar, but it's close enough to lay down great tracks right away. It's easy to adapt to the whammy bar and modulation joystick. I can do better parts with this guitar controller than I could in the last 10+ years with a keyboard controller (or decades before with a synth or piano). I can't develop the speed with keys that I can with a stringed instrument.You Rock makes this easy and affordable.

You can plug into a synth module or a synth with a 5-pin MIDI cable (not included), or go directly into your computer with a USB cable (included). You Rock has thankfully chosen to use a standard mini USB jack so you don't have to buy a weird expensive cable if the included cable breaks.

Overall, I think this is the best guitar MIDI solution to be had for the price for home recording applications! You will need to read the manual to get the most out of it, but it works well for what it is.

Just remember - it is a guitar MIDI controller - not a guitar!
The You Rock Guitar is loaded with more features than I will use. I could care less about using it for video games, but as a MIDI controller it is exceptional! I set it up in less than a minute in Reason 6, and it has never had an issue since then. That said, the onboard sounds are pretty much useless as this product really shines when used to control software instruments.

As a guitar player for 30+ years I always struggle with MIDI keyboard controllers. Now I can plug in the You Rock Guitar and play what I want to hear without having to figure out where it is on a keyboard. Make sure you download the setup software from the You Rock Guitar website though to tweak the instrument to your touch, and get the latest firmware upgrades.

It has dozens of alternate tunings as well. That's great if you prefer to play in non-standard tuning, and don't want the hassle of transposing.

The controller is well packed (it took forever to unpack it with all the twist ties). The double sided poster is informative and well presented. The manual is straight forward and easy to follow. Just in case you are like me, you need to know you will have to read the manual...

Another great feature is that it can be plugged into an iPad 2 or later using the camera connection kit with a USB cable to control most music apps like Garage Band, Nano Studio, Sunrizer synth, etc. It seems to work with any Core MIDI compatible app. The fact that the neck is easily removable makes this good for making music when you don't have time, or room, to break out your laptop. Just remember that it is made of plastic and doesn't look like it will take a lot of abuse so be careful.
I don't think this unit will handle much abuse. It's mostly plastic and doesn't seem like it would take rough playing for long. I won't gig with it though, so it should be fine in the home studio. The strings were too tight for my playing style, but that was an easy fix after reading the manual. Also, the tap mode is a great way around using the strings. Press the tap button and just tap your fingers on the "strings" and play on from there.

The "strings" themselves feel like silicon. I don't know how durable they will be in the long run. I don't have a problem with the lack of a headstock, but they are making plug in headstocks as an accessory for those who want them. The metal strings in the picking area are thicker than regular guitar strings and all the same size. For a fingerpicker like me that is distracting and weird feeling, but after adjusting the tension of the strings (and the gain in the software), I am getting used to it.
A guitar style MIDI controller for under $200 that works great! How can that not be a value?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but not great

I bought this for the midi controller component.

the good:
-it feels surprisingly good though the string tension needs to be tweaked to triggering accuracy and not feel
-It's...Read complete review

I bought this for the midi controller component.

the good:
-it feels surprisingly good though the string tension needs to be tweaked to triggering accuracy and not feel
-It's portable
-The software is easy to use
-it works out of the box
-the tracking is fairly accurate

the bad:
-triggering is not perfect
-the pickups for the strings aren't accurate for velocity triggering.
-The strings on the fret board need more pressure than a real guitar to get the right note. So inversions and advanced chord shapes are hard to play
-Leaving hammer on mode on will cause double triggering
-slide mode defeats hammer on mode and is useless as you can't actually slide. It just uses the pitch bend instead of triggering a new note.
-The tremolo bar is not removable.

Don't expect to be "wowed". It's a little over priced for the accuracy it is capable of. I'm interested in seeing what future firmware will do.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic MIDI Controller for Guitar Players

By Riverdog

from Undisclosed

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

DON'T buy this if you are looking for another guitar! This is NOT a guitar, but a MIDI controller that is built like a guitar. Lot's of reviewers obviously didn't pay attention to that fact before they bought it.

The built in sounds aren't that great, but you can plug it into your amp and practice with them to get used to the feel of the controller before recording. Playing through an amp is a great way to make sure you have it setup properly for your playing style.

DO buy this if you are a guitar player who hates trying to make music in their DAW or music software with a keyboard controller. It won't play exactly like a guitar, but it's close enough to lay down great tracks right away. It's easy to adapt to the whammy bar and modulation joystick. I can do better parts with this guitar controller than I could in the last 10+ years with a keyboard controller (or decades before with a synth or piano). I can't develop the speed with keys that I can with a stringed instrument.You Rock makes this easy and affordable.

You can plug into a synth module or a synth with a 5-pin MIDI cable (not included), or go directly into your computer with a USB cable (included). You Rock has thankfully chosen to use a standard mini USB jack so you don't have to buy a weird expensive cable if the included cable breaks.

Overall, I think this is the best guitar MIDI solution to be had for the price for home recording applications! You will need to read the manual to get the most out of it, but it works well for what it is.

Just remember - it is a guitar MIDI controller - not a guitar!
The You Rock Guitar is loaded with more features than I will use. I could care less about using it for video games, but as a MIDI controller it is exceptional! I set it up in less than a minute in Reason 6, and it has never had an issue since then. That said, the onboard sounds are pretty much useless as this product really shines when used to control software instruments.

As a guitar player for 30+ years I always struggle with MIDI keyboard controllers. Now I can plug in the You Rock Guitar and play what I want to hear without having to figure out where it is on a keyboard. Make sure you download the setup software from the You Rock Guitar website though to tweak the instrument to your touch, and get the latest firmware upgrades.

It has dozens of alternate tunings as well. That's great if you prefer to play in non-standard tuning, and don't want the hassle of transposing.

The controller is well packed (it took forever to unpack it with all the twist ties). The double sided poster is informative and well presented. The manual is straight forward and easy to follow. Just in case you are like me, you need to know you will have to read the manual...

Another great feature is that it can be plugged into an iPad 2 or later using the camera connection kit with a USB cable to control most music apps like Garage Band, Nano Studio, Sunrizer synth, etc. It seems to work with any Core MIDI compatible app. The fact that the neck is easily removable makes this good for making music when you don't have time, or room, to break out your laptop. Just remember that it is made of plastic and doesn't look like it will take a lot of abuse so be careful.
I don't think this unit will handle much abuse. It's mostly plastic and doesn't seem like it would take rough playing for long. I won't gig with it though, so it should be fine in the home studio. The strings were too tight for my playing style, but that was an easy fix after reading the manual. Also, the tap mode is a great way around using the strings. Press the tap button and just tap your fingers on the "strings" and play on from there.

The "strings" themselves feel like silicon. I don't know how durable they will be in the long run. I don't have a problem with the lack of a headstock, but they are making plug in headstocks as an accessory for those who want them. The metal strings in the picking area are thicker than regular guitar strings and all the same size. For a fingerpicker like me that is distracting and weird feeling, but after adjusting the tension of the strings (and the gain in the software), I am getting used to it.
A guitar style MIDI controller for under $200 that works great! How can that not be a value?

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good but not great

By Zach

from CA

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

I bought this for the midi controller component.

the good:
-it feels surprisingly good though the string tension needs to be tweaked to triggering accuracy and not feel
-It's portable
-The software is easy to use
-it works out of the box
-the tracking is fairly accurate

the bad:
-triggering is not perfect
-the pickups for the strings aren't accurate for velocity triggering.
-The strings on the fret board need more pressure than a real guitar to get the right note. So inversions and advanced chord shapes are hard to play
-Leaving hammer on mode on will cause double triggering
-slide mode defeats hammer on mode and is useless as you can't actually slide. It just uses the pitch bend instead of triggering a new note.
-The tremolo bar is not removable.

Don't expect to be "wowed". It's a little over priced for the accuracy it is capable of. I'm interested in seeing what future firmware will do.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great start for MIDI Skip the GTR

By sam feldman

from Los Angeles

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

For GTR/Synth it is a very poor job - the sounds are indistinguishable, the string response is not good enough and the pull off properties are not there. The Volume is utterly nonexistent

GOOD:
The "tap" feature lets me just play intricate left-hand lines or both and is very responsive - if you give it a chance there are some interesting features (eg. Mod wheel changes my DAW rotary S>F) so under phones or audio to amp you can get a great workout and ideas with one hand.

FOR MIDI - that's what it is for - and after some good reviews I tried it, hated it, then tried it again - I love keyboard but I am 1/50th the keyboardist, I love my GR synth which plays like a gtr but it's not hooked up for MIDI - BUT this is the first inexpensive way to input MIDI and use trumpets, synths, whammy and fast licks - worth it to me, worth it for MIDI tracking or practice -
DO NOT bother as a Guitar unfortunately they emphasize this feature too much and its a shame
REMEMBER it is not a guitar but a relative of the guitar like any synth
****AND it never goes out of tune!!!
Some of the features are interesting and usable in MIDI mode. The "tap" The wammy bar and modulation work with DAWS. Some features are lacking like the mute strip, the sounds are worse than bad but great for headphone practice. The gaming stuff makes it look like a toy - its not
MIDI - light, very responsive (in tap mode), solid but simple - Not sure if it would last - No reason to use live
GTR/Synth - the sounds are bad 80s sounds but for headphones it is fine - the sounds of MIDI depend on your software this controls it well for a good price.
For a GTR/Synth it isnt worth much but the tap feature (the strings and control panel don't cut it for me) allows me to finally use gtr scales with DAWS (Mixcraft, Live, Logic) and only left hand too! that's worth the money but it is a tossup whether to wait for the improved or expensive spinoff. I'm having a blast

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great, but not quite a guitar

By mardick

from MN

Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

Had this for a couple of weeks. It takes awhile to get used to (or perhaps it takes a bit to "break in.")Lots of fun and extremely capable.HOWEVER, there seems to be no way to play "broken-string" or jazz chords, e.g.6-4-3-2 correctly. You can't mute the 5 and 1 strings while letting the others sound. For me, that's a fatal flaw. It also won't let you bend strings. That's not terrible; the whammy bar is excellent and can substitute for that somewhat. If it could play jazz chords, I'd be in heaven. Sadly, I'll have to return it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

YRG-1000

By Gachiman

from NC

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

I bought this for recording purposes. I do like to use midi backing tracks on some of my recording projects, and I'm an okay keyboardist, but far from spectacular. I've played guitar for 25+ years so my skills as a guitarist are much more refined. On many midi tracks that I've recorded, I've found myself actually having the manually edit the score to compensate for my lack of performance on the keyboard. This thing, though far from perfect, allows me to be much more expressive in my compositions than I can be on a keyboard. In that aspect, it works pefectly for the purpose I intended when I purchased it. It is also just actually really fun to play around with

The irony however is that I will probably never use this to lay down a guitar track. I will always get better results and tone using a real guitar. I would recommend this to any guitarist who likes to use backing midi on their recordings, or if you just want a fun toy to play with on the side.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Terrible Disappointment

By Nick

from Northeast US

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

I play acoustic guitar and have experience playing electric guitars as well. The You Rock guitar is a poor representation of either. The on-board guitar sounds are terrible, and sound like they were mastered back in 1995. The sensitivity of the "strings" doesn't have enough range, as each played note is just loud and blends together. There's no way to get a nice smooth sound from this guitar. When changing between chords, the sound is broken up and lacks any real guitar sound and feel.

I was excited to check this guitar out after seeing the positive reviews on YouTube, but it appears as if they got it for free or were paid for the reviews, because I can't imagine any professional endorsing or rating this very high. Expensive toy.
They worked a bunch of features into this guitar in order to compensate for its over feel and tone. Yes, it does have a ton of features, but for a casual guitar player or someone wishing to lay down some midi tracks, you'll never use most of the features.
Quality is good. It's made of durable plastic and has a decent weight. The buttons are responsive.
For $200, it's just an expensive toy.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disappointment.

By KONG

from Atlanta, GA

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

I was very disappointed by this product. I read and watched many exciting videos over this product, and thought, "Wow! This is too good to be true!" and ordered it as soon as I had some extra cash. When it arrived, I found out quickly, that it truly was good to be true. I began to play it as soon as I got it. I immediately noticed some major design flaws. The strings were not all tuned to the same sensitivity and the first and last stings were too sensitive. The A string wasn't responsive at all. So I went to the website and downloaded the firmware update. Maybe this might fix things. No, it did not. So I followed directions on the website to adjust the tension because allegedly this will change sensitivity. But when I did, the A string became too wobbly, and the last strings became too tight, which makes it impossible to play. The problem still exists. Maybe I got unlucky, maybe the product sucks. Maybe the product is still patent pending because it sucks. I'm returning mine.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely Amazing For its price!

By Cruz V

from Chicago

Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

As being an actual guitar its only OK, but as a midi controller with using a DAW like Logic it is (in a guitarists opinion) the coolest Midi controller out there. Especially using it for synth sounds or any type of world instrument. I could only dream of copying a piano or violin sound with a guitar instrument, until now.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My wife didn't see me much either!

By Unnamed User-fQkxf

from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

I also spent a weekend getting to know my new YRG. Once I got it hooked up and playing, I downloaded the software and opened up the control panel. It was quite impressive for controlling/adjusting all aspects of the instrument. I didn't have a problem with string tension, and was easily able to adjust the low volume of my "G" string through the control panel. After spending the weekend getting to know my new YRG, I'll share my thoughts. First and foremost, it seems to be a very sturdy, well built piece of equipment. Second, it's very technical with a host possibilities. A few cons:The neck is too wide and gets even wider towards the body making playing it difficult there. Second, the whammy bar needs alot more range for drops and pull backs. And the necks "fret" technology is good, but has a ways to go before it will ever compete with a real guitar. However, I didn't buy this to replace my strat, I bought it to use as a midi controller for my East/West Quantum Leap music software, and for that application, I couldn't be happier.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Bad, Not Great

By Eric Heard

from L.A.

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

I have several midi guitar rigs. So far the technology is limited and poorly executed. This unit is as good as they come, but still riddled with problems, tracking slow, no bends, no string muting and other problems. If you need a midi guitar tracker this one is as good as any, but its still a poorly executed technology. I hope I live to see the day when midi guitars reach a realistic level of functionality. I bought it because I had read a lot of the reviews that said, it was the best thing since sliced bread, well its bread if you don't have any; (not grinding wheat on stone), but far from ready made slices. I would call it a raw loaf of bread, and hey that's better than none! ;) Not sure if I am sending it back or not yet, probably will. And for gosh sakes please, no one get this as a child's first axe. Its suited for those who already play guitar, not to learn guitar with. Its not the unit, the technology just isn't totally there yet as far a midi guitar. Regards e

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Fun For Any Guitarist

By Lou Solomon

from new york city

Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

Very Nice.
Truly is an amazing device. I'm purely an amatuer, I don't record, but from just being able to pick it up and, well have fun, and for this price, again, amazing.
From a basic comparison point of view, think of it as an electric guitar with a built in headphone amp. The comparison ends when you realize:
- you can change the guitar sound it produces to one of 25 built in
- or make it sound like 25 different synth sound
- or overlay both guitar and synth sounds
Then add:
- ability to play along with a bunch of built in backing tracks
- ability easily set various tunings, including transpose to any fret
- never goes out of tune
And if you more professional, you can use it as a MIDI controller into a bunch of devices (computers/iPads/synts), record your sequences on-board the guitar, etc.

My basic use for it. Early in morning, before work, have 10 minutes, pick it up, put on headphones, pick a guitar/synth/both, pick a backing track, and jam.

To be realistic: It is a "guitar" but initially, it helps to think of it as a sort-of-guitar. Your fingers will do things like try to bend strings on the fretboard (there are none, just sensors), and you will hear lots of wrong, or misfired notes. You have to adjust to its quirks and dependencies on how you pick & press your fingers, but once you do, you can really get a clean sound.

Some honest cons:
* not having a 'headstock' at end of fretboard is lame
* had to return one as headphone jack was broken. They should replace all jacks with industrial strength ones.
Very solid.
Equivalent in price to cheap electric guitar, but 20 times more fun.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

YRG grows on you

By Daniel Montoya

from Fayetteville, NC

Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

The YRG is a great entry level instrument. In that sense, after playing guitar for years, it was kind of a step back, but some of its feature more than compensate for it. A friend of mine and me got the guitar in the same week. Hes experience is very similar in the sense that it is a very easy and fun instrument to play. I love its portability and the fact that I can plug it in in my computer at work and haul it around easily.
On the positive side, this instrument gives your the opportunity to experiment with open tunings in a way that no other instrument can. For example, I would never have the time or the inclination to fiddle around with a guitar and change its tuning to a Fripp tuning, for example. You can do that in the YRG with a couple of buttons and you are ready to explore new sounds.


When Ive got the guitar, I immediately plugged it into my synth and it took control of the sound flawlessly. The same happened when I connected it to my computer where I have to specially tell Reason to find it, but, after that, the guitar works perfectly fine with all the internal patches. Perhaps this is the greatest selling point for this guitar since now I can control all this software and hardware without having to change to a keyboard every time I want to play my synth.
It doesn't feel completely like a guitar and it may take a while to get used to its "feel". For one, you don't have the sensation of an entire guitar body vibrating when you play a chord. It feels in the beginning like a toy designed to play Rock Band. The neck is a little bit thick compared to a Fender, for example. However, it is fast and your fingers need to get used to the lack of pressure into real strings. A drawback is that the lower body with the real strings produces a wooden noise when you use a pick which can be really annoying.
I guess the YRG is a great value for its price if you consider and explore all its MIDI features which gives you more than a simple guitar. However, I would like to see a more dynamic body or other options added to it ro make it feel more like a guitar.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

High Hopes for this Unit.... Oh Well!

By Eric Heard

from L.A.

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

1.
Read the reviews, bought it. I had really high hopes for it. I have not been able to use it, successfully in a pro situation, YET, in several months. It is a great idea, whose time has not yet come. Slow response time, mistriggers, more a toy than a pro unit. The technology just is not there yet. Maybe one day, I hope.... cool idea, poorly executed so far... It sits in my bogus/useless gear room now!
Poorly made.
Useless is useless!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My wife didn't see me much this weekend.

By WannaBossa

from Ventura county, CA

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

I just spent the whole weekend getting to know the YRG. The first thing I did was to download the software package and update the guitar's firmware, which worked seamlessly. Then I checked out the software control panel that comes with the download. It's very extensive with parameters for adjusting velocity, the pitch or each string, the volume of the guitar vs. synth sounds, and much more.As one reviewer mentioned, I could hear that some strings weren't quite as loud as the rest. I visited the forum at YouRockGuitar.com to get advice. By carefully loosening or tightening the various strings I was able to get the volume differences under control. I did notice that when loosening one string, the others got a little tighter, but by continuing to adjust them minutely as needed all the levels and string tension evened out. Then within the software control panel, I was able to further adjust the volume of the top E to bring it up a little more to suit my style of playing.While connected to my Mac G5, I tested the YRG with a tab notation program called "Progression." I set the midi send on the guitar to have an individual channel for each string. In this way I was able to play in real time, and see the program create accurate guitar tab for my performance. Next I tried running some software synth plugins. I set the signal from all of the strings to go into just one midi channel. That worked fine too.I got the wii game cartridge with the YRG and checked out that option. The wii recognized the guitar and I was able to navigate and play Guitar Hero with just the guitar. It's so much better having real strings to pick and a neck that feels "normal."Our band is having a practice this week and I'm supposed to play acoustic guitar on 2 songs. I spent a little time creating some patches that combine an acoustic sound with a touch of synth. The software control panel real helps for tweaking patches. I can't wait to see the guys' faces when I show up with the YRG. I don't know if I'll use it at a gig, but I might.I just want to finish by saying that the YRG is a very sophisticated. I've owned several Roland guitar synths before and expected with the YRG to have to adjust parameters and adapt my playing style to get things to work satisfactorily. After a weekend of adjusting and experimenting, I'm quite satisfied.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not bad, but no good enough

By Nick N

from Los Angeles, CA

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I bought this specifically to use as a midi controller for my DAW. I'm a guitarist who's been programming midi by keyboard for about 15 years. You'd figure I'd be better at it by now! Anyway, the YRG-1000 is built well and connected to my mac flawlessly. I was up and running in no time. The drawbacks were noticable from the start. In standard mode (picking notes with right hand, fretting with left), I was getting dropouts unless I played real hard and robotically (with vary little dynamics). Also, it wouldn't pick up any slides at all. I switched to "Tap-mode" (where the right hand isn't involved). There, you get a real quick midi response. The only problem, no dynamics. I could see myself getting some ok takes out of the YRG but then going in and editing like crazy to get it to sound like a real player. If you don't know how to play keyboard AT ALL and you are experimenting and making demos, this might work for you but don't expect pro-sounding results.

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5.0

versatile

By Jeffrey Maye

from michigan

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Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

10
The YRG is a very versatile digital sound guitar/midi controller/game controller. With a good sequencer program to record midi tracks and some software synthersizers and maybe an old midi instrument that might be laying around you can do a lot of things with this instrument. You must download the update USB PC controller screen utility so that while the guitar is plugged into the USB and powered on! you can tweak the response and tuning which then becomes set into the instrument until you change settings. I use PG PowerTracks Pro Audio sequencer for midi and audio as well as notation and a guitar live screen of notes played on a guitar neck, PoiZone standalone software synth, Proteus X software synth which you can download for free at Creative Professional's website, and an old Yamaha CX5M music computer which has nice bass DX7 sounds that I like. The YRG controls all of these things at the same time. The PoiZone is voiced from the PG sequencer while tracks are midi recording on the program using the USB cord which also provides power. But what blew me away was when I plugged in a midi cable into my CX5M and the YRG while it
was already on doing the other things I told you about and with an amp monitoring the instrument and with a mp3 player playing in the stereo input which mixes with the guitar and synth module sounds which are built into the instrument and feeds both a mono out and a stereo out. So I can do many things at the same time and can control 4 layered sounds for a wide choice of mixes or just for the fatness of the sound. Then as a game controller it works for all the game boxes, with a plug in adapter that I would not be surprised if this works while the other things are being used!
Note for best tracking and voicing use the tap setting and playing style like Stanley Jordan. I'm just saying, nothing personal just an observation.

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4.0

Love it

By David Weddle

from Kansas City, MO

Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

It is great. I like mine, that is all I can say. Never tried a Roland, but I can't afford one.
You can be very expressive with this thing. Hammer ons. You can also make the notes tremble by wiggling your fingers, and control volume in MIDI mode by pressing harder or softer on the fret. The "strings" have the feel of a nylon classic guitar. I often forget they are not strings.

You can make the notes swell and vibrate with this techique, plus the whammy bar. I never worked with a MIDI controller before. I have Windows XP Home, w/ Athlon dual core, 2gb RAM and use standard, onboard sound (RealTek HD). Get Asio4all to make the programs work better. Reaper there was too much lag, but MuLabs worked right out of the box.

You can get some great sounds with VST plugins, for free such as DSK...they sound great, and can be really tweaked. There are so many features I have yet to try them all!
The build quality is good. It is plastic, but has a heft to it. The electronics worked.
A great bang fot the buck in MHO. You can be very expressive with this device. You will forget you are playing a MIDI controller sometimes! A GREAT VALUE. I have yet to try all of it's features. You can not only control sound with computer settings and devices, but also use the guitar just like a "real" guitar to shape the sound. The instrument has to be learned just like any other.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprisingly cool!

By Edward Wells

from Maryland

Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

This can be used as a serious MIDI controller. It looks like a toy, but it is not. Guitarists... it takes a little adjustment to your style. The response is a little different from a real guitar, and some things don't happen like hammer off to an open string (notes need a trigger). BUT... if you have a sampler system or are running VSTi's and are frustrated trying to make your fingers work a keyboard to get those riffs from in your head out to the world, then you need this. Especially for this price!
I gave this high of a rating not so much for the internal sounds, or the feature of using it as a game controller, but what it can do as a MIDI controller. It tracks surprisingly well, and allows me as a guitarist to play synth patches in ways I could never achieve on a keyboard.
Everything on the instrument works as advertised. The only reason I didn't give a "10" is that it is made of plastic.... so don't thrash it around. Make sure you store it in a safe place. That said, if you are reasonably sane with use it should last a long time.
This part is a no-brainer.... MIDI controller, game controller, built in guitar and synth samples, built in rhythm tracks, multiple tunings, able to tap and slide.... for this price????? There aren't many devices in the music industry that gives you so much for so little.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THIS THING KILLS

By robert sauls

from OHIO

Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

I have flushed money down the toilet for years thinking I was getting a controller that worked as good as this. Nothing anywhere close to this price will run computer virtual instruments like this thing. I recorded great keyboard sounds and basslines the day I got it. It might look like a toy but this is a serious musicians tool. Buy it. You will be amazed!

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5.0

YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar well worth the price of admission!

By William Wiersma

from rochester ny

Comments about You Rock Guitar YRG-1000 MIDI Controller Electric Guitar:

Basically everything it claims to be and so much more! Great for the studio!
Built like a toy , but rugged enough for careful use. Just a great tool for adding new sounds and textures to your recordings. The set-up forces you to play very precisely and makes for a good discipline building practice tool( no "sloppy" or "lazy" chord fingering ) It also creates some unusual, but cool pieces that one might not usually generate on guitar OR keyboard by itself.
It's certainly easy enough to use, but one has to get used to the switching of "guitar" to "synth" and back and forth...certainly no good for a live application. But again , excellent for recording!
Again, built like a toy, but a GOOD toy....(it even comes with stickers to adorn it with...) Lots of cool voices and sounds. And like 50 open tunings!! The vibrato whammy bar is cool also.
If you do any recording , it'll get used. And a great teaching tool, too, I suppose.

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