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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

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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

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