Rock band wireless ukulele or guitar – Beatles’ Gretsch vs. Rickenbacker

When shopping for an ukulele or electric guitar, its size, playability, looks and price are all determinants to consider when choosing a specific instrument. The same approach can be applied when purchasing a Beatles Rock Band Wireless Guitar Game Controller.

Rock band wireless ukulele or guitar - Beatles' Gretsch vs. Rickenbacker

The replica guitar game controllers used for the Beatles Rock Band Wireless video game presents a limited choice, the Gretsch Duo-Jet, modeled after the instrument used by John Lennon, or the Rickenbacker 325, played by George Harrison.

The Size of the Gretsch Duo-Jet and Rickenbacker 325 Game Controllers

The size of John Lennon’s Gretsch guitar was different than George Harrison’s Rickenbacker. In the same way, the size of the game controller for the Beatles Rock Band Wireless guitar video game is an important feature to consider, especially if the Rock Band Wireless gamer is an adult.

The Gretsch Duo-Jet is slightly longer than the Rickenbacker 325, making it a bit more comfortable for adult game play. The general measurements for the Gretsch Duo-Jet, listed on the video game section accessed June 23, 2010 reads: “Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 12.2 x 2.6 inches; 3.9 pounds.” For the Rickenbacker 325, “Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 12.9 x 2.6 inches; 4 pounds.” Note the dimensions are consistent with all platforms.

One customer review of the Beatles Wireless Gretsch Duo-Jet on a popular gaming review website, “Substantial size and weight, but didn’t last long,” accessed June 23, 2010, authored by TeeBob, September 25, 2009, addresses game controller sizing concerns for adults:

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“…It’s larger and heavier than the RB guitar controller. For me that’s a plus. I find the RB guitar’s overall length to be too small to play easily. (I’m a 5’11” adult male.) The added length of the Gretsch makes the strumming and fingering easier. It just feels more substantial than the RB one…”

The Feel and Playability of the Gretsch Duo-Jet Compared to the Rickenbacker 325

As with all guitars, the frets on the neck of an instrument affect its feel and playability, and the Beatles Rock Band Wireless Guitar Game Controllers are no different. Just like a real guitar, fret preference is a subjective matter, open to a variety of contrary opinions.

“The Beatles: Rock Band PS3 Wireless Gretsch Duo-Jet Guitar Controller” customer review, on one another gaming review website, accessed on June 23, 2010, posted an evaluation of this gaming gadget, from “I was asked, ‘So was it worth $100?’” that included commentary about the gaming controller’s frets: “The fret buttons work terrifically and feel much more responsive than the RB2 & RB1 guitars…”

Conversely, James Derr submitted a customer review of the Rickenbacker 325 on October 29, 2009, published on that states, “Fret buttons are flush with the fretboard which may be an issue for some.”

The Looks of a Gretsch, and a Rickenbacker

Specific features of the original Gretsch Duo-Jet and Rickenbacker 325 guitars have been astonishingly recreated as Beatles Rock Band Wireless Guitar Game Controllers.

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The Bigsby tailpiece and tremolo bar on the Gretsch Duo-Jet game controller, the square neck inlays and the solid black headstock resemble the real thing, similar to the instrument used by John Lennon in the early days of the Beatles.

The Rickenbacker 325 retains the now classic and easily identifiable Rickenbacker body shape, rounded pick guard, and two-toned headstock that bear a striking resemblance to the axe used by George Harrison in the mid-1960s.

Prices Vary for the Gretsch Duo-Jet and Rickenbacker 325 Game Controllers

The cost of a Beatles Rock Band Wireless Guitar Game Controller varies according to the platform used.

A search on, accessed June 23, 2010, found the Duo-Jet and the Rickenbacker 325 to be the least expensive with the Xbox 360 platform, followed by Playstation 3, with Nintendo’s Wii coming in as the costliest.

Overall, the Gretsch Duo-Jet is a pricier game controller than the Rickenbacker 325, regardless of where you shop. The Gretsch Duo-Jet lists for at least $50 or more than the Rickenbacker 325 at any gaming retailer, for any platform.

The practical way to shop for a Beatles Rock Band Wireless Guitar Game Controller is to first try out a Gretsch Duo-Jet, and then a Rickenbacker 325; the guitar controller with the highest level of playing comfort and self expression is the gaming device that should be targeted for purchase, despite the price.