Don’t Fear the Reaper – New Guitar Hero Controller


Very demonic looking artwork adorns the new wireless PS2 controller from React, which should make everyone’s inner Rock God spring forth and wreak havoc on the masses. *SIGH* Don’t I wish. The new “Reaper” controller features a Fender J-Bass body shape, black neck and skull graphics – no word on price but React says that it will be available at Best Buy stores sometime this month.

Sure, it is cool having a sweet looking Guitar Hero axe to impress your gamer buddies with, but would you honestly pay extra for that? With some contact paper and a few markers I can spice up your game controller in my basement for the sweet price of a bag of Cheetos and a case of Dr. Pepper. I never said it would look as cool as this one, or even good for that matter – I just said I could spice it up.

Photos and side by side comparisons of the Reaper with other models, courtesy of Engadget.



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18 Comments on Don’t Fear the Reaper – New Guitar Hero Controller


On July 29, 2007 at 8:20 pm

I am curious to hear other reviews. I bought this controller last week and I am not sure about the tilt feature to activate star power. It is difficult at best making me jerk, twist, wiggle and well – rock and roll all around. But not the smooth tilt feature from my wired Rock Guitar II controller. It reacts well in every other way.
The guitar is smooth and shiny, the buttons are smooth and react better than my other guitars. But it does not have the raised mark on the middle fret button. That I miss. The whammy is quite good on the Reaper.
One note: is that I have only used this guitar on the 80′s version. I am going to try it on I & II and see how it does. I don’t think that should affect the tilt feature but I guess you never know.


On August 4, 2007 at 11:36 pm


This is an update to my earlier post.

I have played this guitar with GH I & II and 80′s. The tilt feature still does not work well with any game. It works about 25% of the time.

NOW the strum bar gets stuck in the up position. The guitar is going back to Best Buy and I will look at other guitars.
Good luck with your Reapers.


On August 30, 2007 at 1:09 pm

I just purchased the Reaper and it works great. I do not have any problems with the tilt feature.


On September 14, 2007 at 2:23 am

:cool: this reaper is AWESOM in my book i started with the wired and it was 2 small 4 me so i got me the white wirless they show it worked good but lackd somthing then my frend got me the V stle i did better and was getting used to it i liked it but i was still in EASY in GH1 and 2 then i saw THE REAPER i looed and thought ok looks WICKED but i bet it is one of thoes little bitty typ but when i placed it by the others i was like WOW :eek: i took it home and started on gh2 on a song i was good at ( WOMAN ) on my 1st try with the reaper i got 100% i was TOTALY SHOCKED :shock: :shock: i tryed 4 other songs that i was geting 89 to 94 % on and all of them i got 98 AND 100% on so i LOVE this thing i NOW am on medem and have WOMAN and SHOUT AT THE DEVIEL with 100 % on them and i am going 4 100 on as many as i can i will then try hard and then expert


On September 23, 2007 at 3:26 pm

Pigs Play This Guitar

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On October 3, 2007 at 9:01 pm

i got the reaper jsut about as soon as it came out, cost me about 70 bucks and very well worth it. The thing looks awsome plays great not a thing bad i can say about it, and by just how it looks id say its worth paying a lil more for ^_^


On October 30, 2007 at 11:42 pm

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On November 13, 2007 at 7:45 pm

I have the same problem as the first response. the tilt just will not work. i am not happy with it at all. my girlfriend likes to use it because it is wireless, but i really wish that i had gotten another wirless model instead. everything else works great, it does take some getting used to though.


On December 6, 2007 at 11:28 pm

Okay, so I’m pretty oldschool myself and I have an old PS2.
Y’know, the kind that was the first to come out, it’s fat and black and old?
Yeah, that’s mine.
That is the same kind my friend has also.

We both got reaper guitars and both of them fail to work with our consoles.
None of the buttons or the strumbars work, except for the blue button that acts as the green button, and the yellow button which works as the red.

If anyone knows how to fix this, or if she and I are just doing something wrong, please tell me.


On December 18, 2007 at 1:06 am

@ Niki:

I had a similar problem, what I did was started with the Reaper in Slot 2 and a controller in Slot 1, loaded the game and then moved the guitar to Slot 1 and it lit blue and everything worked correctly. I have a old fat launch PS2 so I suspect its just an issue with those early models.

Also try reconnecting the guitar and reciever once its plugged into Slot 1.

Its a great gitar once the PS2 picked it up as valid and working :grin:


On December 26, 2007 at 11:18 am

Bought it for my son for Christmas. It worked initially in port 2 and had a GH2 wireless standard in port 1. Had issues getting the Reaper to connect but got it working. Then tried to put it in port 1 for single play. From that point on, it would not connect. Installed new batteries and still didn’t work. Returned it to port 2 and no connection. This Reaper looks cool but it’s the worst. I’ll get another standard. It’s a controller after all.


On January 2, 2008 at 4:12 pm

The Reaper is amazing, the strum needs to be broken in a little but thats


On February 29, 2008 at 1:59 am

:idea: :mrgreen: i am back with some ideas 4 all you that LOVE the reaper and or any other typ of PS2 controller it is REAL symple but ass a SUPER real look to ANY ps2 guitar controller . :!: :idea: :cool:

go to most any hobbie store like HOBBIE LOBIE or KICHELS lok 3 the SLIVER strig that is braided and loks and FELS like a REAL GUITAR STRING they come in a small plastic disc and can be bought for like 5 to 10 bucks or so and have like 25 to 75 feet of string . :wink: :grin:

now get some super glue the typ with the PIN POINT tip and now go home and do this get the string out and MEASHURE it the FULL linth of the NEXT and STRUM BAR area all the way from were the neck plate starts all the way to the toip with the FAKE string tuners ( THE SMALL ROUNDD PARTS AT THE TOP :roll: NOW cut the string so you have NOTHING over the fret bottons but all the rest of the controller.

NOW cut 6 eguil linth strings and BINGEO a REAL LOOKING guitar that NOW looks like u can REALY PLAY IT i have had EVEN the guys at game stop said WOW THAT LOOKS SO COOL AND SO REAL YOU SHOULD POST THE IDEA ON THE NET so now i have :mrgreen: :lol: :cool: :idea: :!: :wink: :razz:

:idea: NOW to add an EVEN COOLER and maby a more sinister look to to MOST ANY AUTO ZONE and tet the BLING cristals they looks like clear dimands but of cores are plastick :roll: :lol: they are like 10 bucks for like 24 little dimond shaped items NOW take any sharpie typ marker uses your own fav color other than black the reasion is place makes them look like a rock ANY WHO color 6 all the same color and place them on the fake string tuner screws/bottons at rhe top of the neck NOW paint any 2 of the rest BLOOD/CRIMSION RED and plac on the SKULLS EYES this will make them look SINISTER and even in the right light will sparkel and reflect NOW with the rest place them were ever you want i personaly got 2 pacs of the dimond looking bling and have them on THE NECT and incurcling the guitar about every 2 to 3 inches and the top are BLUE and bottom are red the ons on the nect are placed EVERY OTHER flat part and ther are 3 then the other is 2 then 3 then 2 and so on and they are like the 1st CLEAR AND STOCK nest 3 are RED then blue then clear then red then blue then that is the end of them.

I ALSO got some AUTO PINSTRIPING FLAMES inred and have them on the side of the guitar u no the black tha NOBODY LOOKS AT other than you as u look down to turn it on and off i have the flames on my controlles all the way around and i have to say it looks AWESOME .

if any one wants to c a PIC of my controller or wants to chat more just leave your e-mail or ask 4 my e-mail and i will get to u as soon as i can .

MAN I CAN NOT WAINT TILL JUNE AND PLAY GUITAR HERO AEROSMITH aka GUITAR HERO 5 YES i said GT5 think of it ther was GH1/2/3 AND 80S thet ther is 4 SOI the nest is tectlickly 5 remember to take care ROCK ON and DON’T FEAR THE REAPER :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :!: :!: :!: :!:


On March 9, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I have the same problem with the tilt. It is soooooo frustrating!!!!!!!
It also ruins my score. While I am doing over the head girations and shaking it mercilessly I lose my consentration on the game.This guitar has got to go.
P>S> Does anyone know a fix????


On March 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm

anyone have ideas where to send one for repair? best buy says to get ahold of the company, cant find any information as to where to get ahold of them. appreciate any help,


On May 30, 2008 at 11:52 pm

:cool: myy reaper (wireless) workss AWESOMEEEEEE i can rock with my full power and it rocks the wired controller have some problems (idont have that guitar ) andd ppl say that tilt bar doesnt work and strum but wireless worls perfectlyyy!!! :wink: :mrgreen: :smile:


On July 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm

:evil: :evil: I got the reaper guitar for ps2 on ebay. at 1stthe guitar worked every so often so i sent it back 4 a new 1 and this 1 hasn’t worked yet. the guitar is cool looking but it is the worst guitar ever.


On September 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

My monm got me this guitar for christmas last year. the wireless connection doesnot really work. DO NOT BUY THIS GUITAR!