Posted on November 1, 2007,

Guitar Hero III Guitars Having Issues


Some gamers who picked up the new Les Paul guitars when Guitar Hero III was released recently have been complaining of various problems with the guitar, ranging from nonfunctional buttons and strum bars to sound issues. While these may be isolated issues, there certainly are a number of them, so potential buyers might want to be wary of picking the game and guitar up in the meantime.

There are a ton of threads on the official Guitar Hero forums, with a thread dedicated solely to the problem being posted by Activision. If you are having issues, you should visit that thread and provide the information that’s been requested to help Activision get to the bottom of this.

I guess I’m lucky that my local GameStop was sold out.

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37 Comments on Guitar Hero III Guitars Having Issues

The Lude

On November 1, 2007 at 5:19 pm

Hmm… that happens to not be a picture of the Les Paul guitar.


On November 1, 2007 at 5:28 pm

It’s the Kramer for the PS2, but none the less some games are having problems, mine is very weird. I have the Wii version and I bought all the SG finishes, and only red and black show up :sad: makes no sense.

Mr. Sadistic

On November 1, 2007 at 6:14 pm

The first day of playing GH III for the 360 I had the unresponsive fret issue on almost every song I played, but for some reason it rarely (if ever) happens now.

Ron Whitaker

On November 1, 2007 at 6:38 pm

I had a non-responsive fret as soon as I opened by copy. I promptly boxed it back up, took it back to GameStop, and exchanged it for a new copy. No problems since.


On November 10, 2007 at 11:49 pm

i am hearing a lot of these stories about people having guitars that do not work for them, then when they exchange it for a new one, there are no problems, am i to assume that they have recalled these faulty guitars and are now selling properly working ones?


On November 11, 2007 at 7:58 pm

My green button doesn’t work at all…
I’m pretty much fed up


On November 13, 2007 at 11:46 pm

friggin hell i have the same problem. i took off the extenable neck and i think i see the reason. the connection SUCKS! 6 pins from the guitar body to 6 flat pads in the neck. that would work great if my kramer’s neck was tight/snug when it waas in the locked position. but it doesnt.. it moves slightly. and that breaks the connection. basically if you held them together to make sure of good contact it would work… but right now it doesnt. i may actually just take some solder and touch up the pads so they stick out a bit more. what a cheap design. :mad:

Dan Bannerman

On November 19, 2007 at 10:18 pm

I just bought GHIII for my PS2, and my guitar isn’t responding at all, Brand New outta the box and nothing. so I have resorted to using the duelshock controller, but the guitar was the whole damn reason why i bought the game!!!

Jim L.

On November 23, 2007 at 11:45 pm

I bought GH III for PS2 (I know, I’m a bit behind) and got the two piece les paul guitar. The problem with it is the connection becomes unstable because of the two-piece configuration. Activision needs to correct this problem. So, I need to return it, but most likely, this will be a problem with all of the two-piece controllers (I mean, I gotta rock it out and show some style!). Very cheap design. They at least could have made the locking mechanism nice and tight. They need to fix this or go back to the one-piece.


On December 18, 2007 at 9:19 pm

I have the Kramer guitar for GHIII on the PS2. I had the same problem w/ the green button not working but after disconnecting and reconnecting the guitar neck, it worked fine w/ GH3. HOWEVER, now that I try to play Encore, Rocks the 80′s, I can navigat through the menus w/ the guitar, but it won’t respond during play. The duelshock will work during play.

Any ideas anyone?


On December 26, 2007 at 10:22 am

I also have the Kramer for PS2 (GH3). The problem is definetly how the neck locks into the body, very crappy design. NOthing ensures a good connection with that model, it seems they cared more about being able to detach the neck then play a song without malfunctions. I noticed that it has some movement so if the buttons arent responding or not staying down on the screen for a chord, try pulling down on the neck into the body nd it should make a nice improvement. I would return mine, but not after putting stickers on for an hour.


On December 26, 2007 at 5:31 pm

:evil: i had the kramer for ps2 and it wouldnt even connect to the counsol so i couldnt even do anything so i returned it and got a new one, that one wont connect either this is bs i just wanna play i dont need not wirless


On December 27, 2007 at 7:07 am

Try turning it on first (yes, there is a “hidden” switch) genius…


On December 29, 2007 at 9:50 am

I bought GH 3 last night at GameStop, took it home, assembled everything and connected eveything, yet somehow when I turn on the LP controller and connect it to slot #1, the lights blink for about 20 seconds and then it turns off. I’ve done everything the manual says, which was designed to do a poor job of helping me. There goes $100 down the drain. I better be able to replace it. What am I doing wrong?!?!?


On December 29, 2007 at 11:47 am

You did press the connect button on the receiver after starting the game did you not?


On December 29, 2007 at 4:26 pm

Ya i got mine for christmas mine worked for a day then stoped returned today got a new one and didnt work so im preety sad i got mine for ps2

upset dad

On January 6, 2008 at 7:49 pm

:evil: i bought gh3 for the wii for my kids the game is awsome then it just the bed on us i thought it might have been a problem with the wii system at first but every other game we have for the wii work perfect if you click on the start button it starts to load then goes back to the main screen anyone else having this problem there are no scrathes on the disk .


On March 18, 2008 at 10:03 am

I have gh 3 and was having no problem but i got a second Les Paul guitar and keys start messing up it like freezes the guitar, that really sux :twisted: :twisted:

big daddy 1210

On May 19, 2008 at 9:55 am

:evil: screw activison what a ty design for the guitar with the connection

Lars Y

On June 28, 2008 at 2:59 am

I got PS2 Guitar hero 3 for christmas, and it works great on singleplayer, but my sister came down yesterday and she has it to. So we put them both in to play multiplayer and the lag s up the game royaly when both work fine on singleplayer


On July 7, 2008 at 5:10 pm

:mad: my green button is not working. every time i try to get on to career i press the green button and it dus nothing. now i am so mad because i cant play tell me how to fix it


On July 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm

i bought gh3 onda wii n wen i put my game in and select it on the wii menu it coms on but den wen i try 2 select songs and that it only works with the wii control it dosnt let me do it wid the guitar…can some1 plz help me koz im getin anoyd :mad:


On July 27, 2008 at 12:13 pm

i need some help here i have a wireless guitar and thats working fine but the piece the goes in the PS2 doesnt work. When u put it in it doesnt flash or do nothing maybe someone can tell me how to fix it.


On July 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I got Guitar hero III w/ the Wireless Kramer Guitar yesterday for my birthday it was working fine. The next day I stops working. Any help? :mad: :evil:


On August 5, 2008 at 1:41 pm

the only button on mine that keep stoping and starting is the green one. i am going to bring it back because every guitar has a 90 day warrenty


On August 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I just brought home a dual pack of GH1 and GH2…I own GH3 for the PS3 but those games(GH1 and GH2)….My guitar isn’t responding for a PS2 Game….


On October 16, 2008 at 8:03 am

alrighty people.. i have gh3 for ps2 and the wireless guitar of course when i first got this the game within 1 month stopped working so of course i sent it to them and they replaced it but now my warrentys no longer anygood and my guitar keeps strumming itself and will not stop i just took it apart to see what the problem was only to find out that does me no good but has anyone elses strum bar for the ps2 guitar been constantly strumming like this? :sad:


On November 10, 2008 at 8:57 pm

:twisted: :evil: :mad: the damn guitar connects and in the middle of damn game play i loss my connection. so what do i do with the damn thing i am about to make it a clay piegon and grab my shotgun and have some real fun watching what $0.75 does to $69.99, but the outcome should be pretty interesting

Out of Luck

On November 13, 2008 at 7:49 am

My guitar all of a sudden since I tried playing World Tour has continuously been strumming and I can’t get it to stop. Any suggestions?


On November 16, 2008 at 3:20 am

thing that you plug in the ps2 to make the guitar wirrless does not work and i can not get a new one anywhere cause they dont sell them sepretly it sucks :mad: :sad:


On November 22, 2008 at 3:31 am

ive had the game for a long time now, long enough to get to be able to play expert, but around now the red,green,and yellow frets cut out online and in quickplay i think it messes up more score bad


On November 25, 2008 at 8:38 pm

can someone please help we got a new guitar hero for wii and the green button doesnt work, it works in everyything but when actually playing. it still selects and stuff

help someone??


On November 26, 2008 at 1:28 am

If the warranty is gone, and you have guitar with nonresponding fretbuttons, just open the guitar up, with torx-screwdriver, and solder wires in place of the crappy pin-pcb-non-contact-thing.

You lose the necks detachability but get working GH wireless controller.

Problem solved, thanks redoctane/activision for making such crap controllers.

HP and MJ rule

On August 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

I got GH 3 and it worked perfectly for a while. Then one day the guitar just didn’t connect (like a year later or less) I haven’t been able to play it for at least a year. I would buy a new one but I already put all those y stickers on them, plus i’ve had it too long. I am so pissed. >:(


On December 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I had the problem of being able to control the menus in GH Rock of the 80s, but not during the game. I switched the wireless connector to controller port one and unplugged my dual shock controller. Then I reset the wireless connector. Works great. I think the PS2 thought I was using the dual shock to play the game.


On February 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

My Les Paul controller wont sync with my ps4 and im startimng to wonder if i bought conroller hero. anyone know how to connect it propperly


On February 13, 2012 at 9:13 am