I've been through 4 of these guitar controllers already and I always have the same issue. The strum-bar will breaks down incredibly easy. I'm not rough with these sort of things, at all, because I know how expensive and fragile they really are, but after the first one I bought finally arrived at the house, it stopped working after the first two weeks. Mind you, the issue is the strum-bar; it will stop reading the downward strum. It doesn't sound like that much of an issue, but after playing guitar hero, rock band, and the other instrument based simulation games, without the down strum, and only the up strum function, you had better plan on only playing on easy. After the issue with the first one, I contacted the manufacturer, (DreamGear), and they sent me another one for free, but once again after only two weeks of using this controller same issue. DreamGear kept sending me new ones, but everyone had the same issue. This product is unreliable, and you are better off spending your money on a different controller.