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Optek Fretlight Guitar Review

Posted: March 9, 2010
Optek Fretlight Guitar Review
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You may have earned bragging rights by playing expert on Rock Band, but can you play an actual guitar? Fret not, because Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira take a look at the Optek Fretlight Guitar, a full size six string guitar that teaches users how to play the guitar through LED lights along the neck, all for $300.

What You Need to Know

  • Just plug the guitar into your computer through USB and download the software
  • From there, you can watch a video lesson or just go at your own pace through the text lessons
  • At the beginning, it slowly walks you through easy stuff like playing open strings, simple rhythms, and different notes
  • The frets light up according to when you should play them, and they're easy to see and follow along with, but only during these simple lessons
  • It's when you combine rhythm and melody that the lessons become too difficult
  • The frets light up at the exact time you should be playing the note, making it hard to play along because you don't really know what's coming next
  • They should have had the frets light up before you play the note so you have some notice
  • You can slow down how fast the notes light up
  • You basically have to memorize what to play, but any book or video lesson can teach you that
  • They have tools for you to play along with songs or improvise a solo
  • All the lights mean that you can play any of these notes and it should sound pretty good
  • The $300 guitar is more of a "starter", but you can spend more on a better one
  • This is kind of a fun feature if you don't want to memorize scales or chord progressions in songs
  • On the one hand, it doesn't necessarily make it easier to learn basic guitar since there are lots of lessons out there that require you to read tabs
  • On the other, it's fun to have an interactive instrument that tells you what to play
  • Whether it’s worth buying is up to the potential buyer


Price

  • $300


Overall Rating

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  • KosherPickles

    One thing they didn't mention was that you can download songs and it shows you how to play those.

    Posted: April 3, 2010 9:21 PM
    KosherPickles
  • KosherPickles

    I bought this back in January of last year. I played guitar before but i was never all that into it. After getting it I got much better. I must say this was a great tool to help me get better at guitar.

    Posted: April 3, 2010 9:16 PM
    KosherPickles
  • that1guy37

    I know how they can fix the light delay problem. Present warning light, followed by play light. Just use different colors. Boom! Send me a check bitches.

    Posted: March 12, 2010 2:56 AM
    that1guy37
  • Kev0n05

    @UnJaked...does your Eppiphone SG light up and teach you how to play songs? If no, your comment doesn't fit. This "tool" is basicly here to help people learn how to play. Its not about telling who has the best guitar and whos better at a pissing contest. I'm not a "pro" at playing guitar so this would be idle to help me learn. I own a Dean XM and only paid $99.

    Posted: March 11, 2010 7:52 AM
    Kev0n05
  • Kev0n05

    @UnJaked...does your Eppiphone SG light up and teach you how to play songs? If no, your comment doesn't fit. This "tool" is basicly here to help people learn how to play. Its not about telling who has the best guitar and whos better at a pissing contest. I'm not a "pro" at playing guitar so this would be idle to help me learn. I own a Dean XM and only paid $99.

    Posted: March 11, 2010 7:52 AM
    Kev0n05
  • UnJaked

    man my $175.00 Eppiphone SG would kick the crap out of that $ 300.00 toy

    Posted: March 11, 2010 6:06 AM
    UnJaked
  • Phuk5tar

    I don't know if anyone else can see it, but the thumbnail for the video makes Hardwick look like a Brit who is about to puke.

    Posted: March 10, 2010 5:40 PM
    Phuk5tar
  • Adrian_L_B

    Find a hippie that plays a guitar pay him in joints will save time and money.

    Posted: March 10, 2010 5:24 PM
    Adrian_L_B
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