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Guitar Hero I cannot strum down on the guitar

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  • wertz Nov 15, 2008

    Won't strum down....only up....doesn't make sense.....

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    just bought it, worked for an hour then will only work strumming up

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    it only strums up

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    i have the same problem, don't know what to do!!!!! please help!!!

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    only up strum works after 30 days use???

  • kristymarie8 Dec 25, 2008

    mine does the same thing! i havent splayed for a couple months and when i went to, only the strum up would work...i went and bought a new guitar because i was so irritated!

  • MR10 Dec 25, 2008

    I have the same problem but just a little different. Just opened it today and have been playing for a hour or two and my guitar will only strum down. The strum up will only work for a few notes and then after that there is nothing.



    Any tips on how to fix rather than me sending it in using my warranty?

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    Mine only strums up and RARELY strums down...

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    The strum down does not work on mine either. Do I just replace?

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    when i strum down it doesnt work

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    i have the same problem. Guitar will not strum down only strum up. This is my second guitar since christmas. Thinking of getting something else instead. Its so frustrating.

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    i have about the same problem exept mine it worked fine but iwhen i first opened it i realized that the blue button was really hard to press second i noticed that the whammy almost never worked. after that the down would never strum. i got another guitar this one works better.

  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    Just like all of you. It stoped strumming down. Well it strumms but only third of the time. Wery hard to perform well. It worked fine for 2 months. I forgot to mention, I have GH World Tour on Wii.
    I contacted my local Activision dealer, but they declined my warranty. I am thinking on fixing it by myself. I will try with Activision support before I remove Warranty void label.

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I have had this problem and think i can fix it.

1. remove the faceplate

2. there are some hole that you will see, blow in all of them.

3. push the strum bar down and blow along it.

4. push the strum bar up and blow along it.

5. get an ear stick and WD 40, spray a bit on the ear stick and wipe the sides of the strum bar.

6. test it.

hope this will help you

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Bsoans... I tried what you said and it worked:

I took the face plate off and blew inside and around the holes/strum bar. I didn't even need to try the WD-40 trick. I then tested out the guitar and managed a new high score on my favorite song which I had played 100 times before. Thanks for the tip!! I hope this works for others out there with the same problem.

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Www.guitarherorepair sell repair kits for this problem - it is a common one!

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Regardless if it was your fault for breaking the guitar or you just bought it like that, the best bet is to get a new one if you are still under warranty. I've had GH3 since it came out and ive had to go threw 4 guitars just simple wear and tear.

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