Yamaha bass: game controller come to life?

It even looks like it could play 'Guitar Hero.'

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Is it possible that life is imitating art--or at least games--when it comes to guitars?

Yamaha has been making the real thing for 41 years, but its latest bass seems to be taking a cue from the lightweight guitar controllers of Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

Unlike traditional basses that "weigh a ton," Yamaha's new RBX4 A2 uses a new type of vibrational technology and construction (called "Alternative Internal Resonance," if you must know) that can produce deep sound with a much lighter instrument. They even look like game controllers, featuring LED pickup controls and coming in black or gray/white "which captures the iPod aesthetic like few other products."

As long as it doesn't require an electric pick , we'll take it.

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