Guitar Compatibility Charts

Which guitar controllers work with Rock Band and Guitar Hero? Keep track in our guitar compatibility charts.

Being a rock star was a lot easier when Guitar Hero was the only franchise in town. Once you had a Guitar Hero controller, you could depend on your trusty axe to work on all future Guitar Hero games on the same game console. However, guitar compatibility has become a major question now that Rock Band has joined Guitar Hero in the genre. You can't mix and match controllers with games anymore now that we have two competing game franchises with different guitar designs. We put together guitar compatibility charts for each major platform to show you which controllers work with Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

Xbox 360 Guitar Compatibility

Xbox 360Guitar Hero IIGuitar Hero III: Legends of RockRock Band

Fender Stratocaster (RockBand)
NoNoYes

Gibson Les Paul (Guitar Hero III)
YesYesYes, no effects switch

Wireless Gibson X-plorer (Guitar Hero II)
YesYesYes, no effects switch

The Guitar Hero III Gibson Les Paul and the original Gibson X-plorer from Guitar Hero II will both work as lead or bass guitars in Rock Band on the Xbox 360. However, they don't have the built-in audio switchers to activate echo, flanger, and other guitar sound effects.

While the Xbox 360 RedOctane controllers play nicely with Rock Band, we can't say that the Rock Band guitar returns the favor. The Rock Band Fender Stratocaster will not work with Guitar Hero II or Guitar Hero III.

PlayStation 3 Guitar Compatibility

PlayStation 3Guitar Hero III: Legends of RockRock Band

Fender Stratocaster (Rock Band)
NoYes

Gibson Les Paul (Guitar Hero III)
YesNo

As you can see, there isn't much cross-game guitar compatibility on the PlayStation 3. The Guitar Hero III Gibson Les Paul controller works only with Guitar Hero III, whereas the Rock Band Fender Stratocaster only works with Rock Band. The problem is that the Rock Band package includes only one guitar. This means that many aspiring groups will have to make do without a bassist until Harmonix begins selling individual guitars.

Wii Guitar Compatibility

WiiGuitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Gibson Les Paul (Guitar Hero III)
Yes

The Wii only has Guitar Hero III right now, but we made room for a chart in case Rock Band becomes available.

PlayStation 2 Guitar Compatibility

PlayStation 2Guitar HeroGuitar Hero IIGuitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80sGuitar Hero III: Legends of RockRock Band

Fender Stratocaster (RockBand)
NoNoNoNoYes

Wireless Kramer Striker (Guitar Hero III)
YesYesYesYesYes

Wireless Guitar (Guitar Hero Encore)
YesYesYesYesTBD

Gibson SG (Guitar Hero I & II)
YesYesYesYesYes

We don't have Rock Band for the PlayStation 2 yet, but we'll update the chart once we get the chance to run the game and the guitar through the compatibility gauntlet.

Update: Rock Band for the PlayStation 2 is now available. The PS2 Fender Stratocaster didn't work with any of our Guitar Hero games, but the wireless Kramer and the original Gibson SG guitars worked fine with Rock Band.

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208 comments
Rat27
Rat27

I can play the game rock the 80's on ps2 and I love the game but that guitar hero 3 guitar is a pain. Can someone tell me whats going on it's like Iike I'm hiiting the right buttons but I miss notes when I know I'm hitting right. My whammy is loose how can I tightin it. My hands are bigger than the guitar controler it's getting d@mned old.

Rat27
Rat27

We'll my message disapered doe's anyone know if world tour guitar for ps2 will work with the game guitar hero encore rock the 80's. Pleease let me know

Rat27
Rat27

Doe's the guitar hero world tour guitar work for guitar hero encore rock the 80's...

Rat27
Rat27

I wonder doe's any one know besides guitar hero 3 guitar that can be used with Guitar hero encore rock the 80's. I can't use them little guitars but I love the game. if anyone knows please let me know.

Rockefor
Rockefor

Does the Fender from Rock Band 2 (PS3) works on Guitar Hero IV and V?

JuggaloRandall
JuggaloRandall

@chrisklippert- Yes it dose, the black and white GH controller is just the same as the red one. They are just different colors. I have disassembled each of those controllers and they are almost identical inernally too.

chrisklippert
chrisklippert

Does the red and black Gibson SG for PS2 work on all the same things as the black and white one?

djizzy619
djizzy619

How old is this? There is now a patch for the PS3 version of Rock Band, letting you use the Guitar Hero 3 Les Paul on Rock Band. You guys should probably fix that.

roda96
roda96

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roda96
roda96

plss does anyone know can i play guitar hero legends of rock with my guitar hero world tour guitar on pc!!?!!??!

turboregal
turboregal

can u use the guitars as extra controller for a 3-4 person game?

aijou_
aijou_

I believe I found the answer myself. It seems that the Les Paul (GH3) initialy didn't work for RB2 but it was later fixed with a patch. Haven't tried it yet. But I hope it's true.

aijou_
aijou_

The official Rock Band 2-site says that the Gibson Les Paul (Guitar Hero III, PS3) Does work with Rock Band 2. Is this a lie??? I hope not cuz I just bought one to use with my Rock Band 2. Would be grateful for an answer.

jpsnagi
jpsnagi

UPDATE WITH GH5, ROCK BAND BEATLES THING

bi0_n13
bi0_n13

Yeah Think Its time to update this, Is there a forum tread with a similar topic??

MattyWoah
MattyWoah

Damnit. I bought Guitar Hero 2 and the Rock Band Guitar separately. Screw this. Why the hell would the people who made these games do this?

Romper72
Romper72

Update the list - and you can add drums too!

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Well, glad I got some info I needed to know, but an update is needed.

_karttu_
_karttu_

Yeah, an update is long overdue.

fuitamo
fuitamo

yesss pleaseee an update on compatibility with gh worldtour, gh aerosmith and gh on tour decades will be much appreciated :)

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

Need more info on compatibility for GH:Aerosmith and GH:WT for the xbox 360 as well.

shinigami617
shinigami617

UPDATE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

konn3r
konn3r

what bout les paul for ps2

konn3r
konn3r

what about les paul fo ps2 rockband

requul
requul

TissueShoe has it right. What about The World Tour Guitar and the Rock Band 2 Bass?

CIFI10
CIFI10

the rock band guitar suck anyway, i hate how the strumbar is and i'm a left so the rock band guitar messes me up unless i get a rock band lefty guitar (which i won't)

devilgirlp666
devilgirlp666

I wanna know about wii... where is the chart of wii's compatibility?

gslimjim08
gslimjim08

my real question is will the new rock band 2 controller set be fully backwards compatible to guitar hero world tour, and if so how will the guitar be fully backwards compatible if rock band has 4 buttons on the guitar and guitar hero has 5 on the guitar. and also will the new drum rocker with the cymbal attachment be backward compatible with guitar hero world tour also and how.

cammoule
cammoule

"The Wii only has Guitar Hero III right now, but we made room for a chart in case Rock Band becomes available." I can't see it :S Does somebody know if rock band works with guitar hero's guitar... thank you :D

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

So where is the RB2 and GH World Tour, isn't this now officially out of date?

avarice789
avarice789

so does the Wireless Guitar (Guitar Hero Encore) work with rockband it just says the original one does but it doesnt say sh1t about the Wireless Guitar (Guitar Hero Encore) cuase this is pissing me off!!!!!!!!!!

PikminGuts92
PikminGuts92

Please update this!!!! There was a patch released yesterday for PS3, so now the les paul from gh3 will work with RB!!!

snake2215449
snake2215449

This requires an update because Rock Band is here for the Wii and also Guitar Hero Aerosmith has arrived.

dunny55
dunny55

they need to update this

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

What about cross-platforms compatibility for instruments? - Can someone buy a Wii drumkit for RB1 and use it on a PS3? - Can I buy a 360 rock band instruments set and play it on the Wii?

thejoert
thejoert

mariorulesalot: Please note that the info in this list might not be up to date. The post is marked at 'By: Staff - Posted on Friday, Nov. 30, 2007'. Which is almost a year ago ;)

jjlinder
jjlinder

Does anyone know about the compatibility with GH2 and GH3 and Guitar Hero World Tour for the Xbox 360?

DJ_Dinesy
DJ_Dinesy

Does it matter if the guitar doesn't have the effects switch coz i have 2 GH3 guitars and i wanted to no if i should but the rock band with the guitar. What does the effects switch do?

Dbwee
Dbwee

OH THANK GOODNESS!!! I wanted the les paul to work for rock band sooo bad! now that i know it does time to go get one. wooooooo!!!!!!

blazewind191
blazewind191

that's a relief. GH3 controllers are compatible w/ RB for X360. now time to search for the cost of a GH3 controller....

Super_Lazy_Boy
Super_Lazy_Boy

They forgot the Nyko Frontman. It works with guiar heros 1, 2, 3, and encore, dont know about rock band, probly not.

guitarmaster85
guitarmaster85

if you wanted to play guitar hero 1 or 2 on the ps3,what guitar would you use