Retail Radar: Rock Band guitar revealed

GameStop posts first images of Fender-licensed peripheral for upcoming Harmonix rhythm game, drops estimated peripheral prices.

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The Fender Stratocaster of gaming guitars.

With Harmonix ready to strike up the Rock Band later this year, the first pictures of the game's Fender-licensed guitar peripheral have arrived, courtesy of retailer GameStop. In a mass-e-mailed newsletter this morning, GameStop linked customers to two images of the new Rock Band guitar.

The new guitar features 10 fret buttons, as opposed to the standard Guitar Hero controller's five. However, the set of buttons down near the base of the guitar neck may be redundant, as they are labeled with the same five colors in the same order as the buttons at the top of the neck. A similar arrangement was used by The Ant Commandos for its Guitar Hero-compatible Double Range Freedom V guitar. (The descending order of green, red, yellow, blue, and orange in the Rock Band guitar is identical to that used in controllers for Harmonix's original axe-centric series, Guitar Hero.)

Color-coded buttons for easy rocking.

Currently GameStop is accepting Rock Band preorders with an expected shipping date of November 20. While the retailer still offers the game and its individual peripherals separately, it has also added listings for a Rock Band bundle, which would include the game, the wireless guitar, drums, and a microphone. The bundle is currently going for $199.99 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The $200 price point for an all-in-one Rock Band bundle was previously floated in a focus group where, among other things, participants were told a Wii edition of the game was in development.

GameStop has also changed its estimated prices for a few of the game's peripherals. The Xbox 360 and PS3 microphones are currently being offered for $29.99, down from $39.99. Meanwhile, the PS3 wireless guitar controller is listed at $59.99, down $20 from $79.99. As of press time, the Xbox 360 wireless guitar is still listed at $79.99, although there is a note assuring customers that if the price drops before the product releases, they will be charged the lower price.

Discussion

192 comments
rosscero
rosscero

1 guitar is ok for me...

GJMCC
GJMCC

is it coming with two guitars?

SSDDAVE
SSDDAVE

This is gonna be a-frikkin-mazin. I've seen around that you can use old guitar hero controllers but the fact that I've got a wired PS2 controller would prevent that i suppose cause i'll get this for the PS3. Might just sell my old controller. I also heard somewhere that Harmonix stated if you can do the higher difficulties for the drums then you can probably play the drums in real life, and i think keeping them a simple 5set works because it makes the notation easier and its easier to get into. I agree with maynardgilmour, im going to get a guitar soon and its mostly because Guitar Hero exposed me to such an amazin world of rock. Im just prayin they dont up the price alot for us Brits, cause its gonna cost me £150 for the real thing.

SK_TAG
SK_TAG

its been announced that you can use your old x-plorers for the 360- version, beyond that i dont know.

PokemonMikas500
PokemonMikas500

AWESOME,but i dont have a 360 or PS3. I guess ill have to use Anime-Beast's 360

maynardgilmour
maynardgilmour

You just have to hope some of the kids who get in to this game will want to go out and get a real instrument. There's a lot music can do for the mind's development when you're young. Helps with creativity, and when you get to the point where you can just flow, it's like meditation. You forget everything other than the music. Sounds like there's some fun to be had with this game.

gregerz_2468
gregerz_2468

im wondering is u can use the guitar hero guitars and singstar mics instead

peyo670
peyo670

its normal its the same creator from gh its just they have been bought by mtv

ironorr
ironorr

As a drummer, I have to say that the way it shows you what to play actually looks do-able. I like how the bass drum hits are just a solid line across the whole thing. The drum controller itself will take some getting used to for a real drummer, but I think it looks like it'll work pretty well for someone who's never actually tried to play drums before. I can't wait for this game! Screw GH3!!

tyrone987
tyrone987

The crappyness of the drums ruins it for me. I want a full drum set, not four measly drums and a kick. I'd rather just buy Drummania.

snax13
snax13

"In Bloom" - Nirvana...."Paranoid" - Black Sabbath...."Say It Ain't So" - Weezer........."Won't Get Fooled Again" - The Who..............."Welcome To The Jungle" - Guns N' Roses...all but Paranoid are master tracks...

snax13
snax13

the lower frets(top of guitar) are for regular playing and the bottom frets are for solos and stuff, rock band is getting really customizable...it's in this month GameInformer(Fallout 3 on the cover), they have an article about Rock Band, and this one is going on my list...though the bundle package(game, guitar/bass, drums, and mic) may be priced around $200...i think its reasonable...those wondering where the tracklist is, here are some songs that are confirmed....(Next post for songs)

Turisman4
Turisman4

Maybe the top frets are for guitar parts and the bottom frets for the bass parts?

MKHavoc
MKHavoc

For someone that plays a lot of guitar hero, that controller looks like it'll take a while to get used to.

dr_mcguire
dr_mcguire

im with solid-old-snake. WHERES THE TRACKLIST!!!!!! with harmonix making this bad boy, its a pretty sure fire good game, but i wanna know wat tunes im gonna rocking out to!

heroface
heroface

racer21.. don't be stupid this IS THE NEXT guitar hero.. of course it's gonna take over.. think.. if you only have one person playing then it will be just like GHII but if you have a room full of mates then you can play as a whole band.. THIS IS GONNA ROCK!!!

calj5492
calj5492

so are guitar hero controllers gonna be compatible with rock band? cuz if not... boy would that suck for both games

coryperemsky
coryperemsky

Of course it is, its made by most of the same people but now they have hundreds of people working for them and much more resources so this is sure to be on a level of awesomeness that not even the "Godly" Guitar Hero has reached.

xtiansk8
xtiansk8

man this is soo guitar hero

racer21
racer21

if this takes over guitar hero im gonna be mad >:-O

jakman2004
jakman2004

If the second set of buttons isn't for fred-tapping then i'm going to be dissapointed

Dominic0904
Dominic0904

Just hope the game ain't as expensive as i heard, if it is i will just get the guitar and drum kit and use my bluetooth headset for the mic. ( it you can)

jakman2004
jakman2004

why am i only finding out about this now?

Xxann
Xxann

what coryperemsky said is true the article is so cool it talks about how they put in a co-op story and you make a character instead of choosing one. all the instruments have a single player story as well,l but the bass one isn't full length because bass is so repetitive. You make a band logo for your band, and you can play online with people and you can mix and match instruments however you want ex) you are a drummer and a friend of yours is a singer, you can still play and computers will play the other instruments like the bassist played bass in the single player on guitar hero. the rock band drum controller isn't anything amazing, its just 4 round drums two of which act as cymbals. it comes with real wooden drum sticks.

coryperemsky
coryperemsky

For those that care and that don't know, theres a 4 or 5 page article on this game in the July 2007 issue of game informer (the latest one), in which there is a picture of the drum set prototype, and many screen shots that show how it will all come together. They did a pretty good job of fitting all four parts on to the screen. The drums are in the middle, the guitar on the left, the bass on the right, while the vocals slide across the top of the screen horizontaly, making it easier to read them. This is a good reason for me to get a Ps3, I know its on 360 as well but idc.

solid-old-snake
solid-old-snake

First off, it's spelled BASS. BASS GUITAR. NOT BASE. =D Anyway, I thought [when I first saw the controller] that the second, smaller set of buttons would be for solos. Its just a thought. Honestly, I wanna see an early tracklist and the drum controller already. =D

hereIam123
hereIam123

good that its cheaper, but can i use my old guitar hero guitar instead? i really dont feel in the mood to buy another one, but the extra 5 buttons at the lower portion of the neck look like it could change the game one more thing, whats with the switch, what can we do with that in the game?

TOTAL_DEFENSE_0
TOTAL_DEFENSE_0

guitar looks really cool. im glad its also 20 dollars cheaper on PS3 than 360 version for now at least

headbound
headbound

ok people the reason why its so expensive is because its not just the guitar its the drums,and the microphone too, plus its not like you have to get everything but hey who doesnt so quit whining about the price, if you dont want to spend it fine, but i know im going to get at least the game and one instrument and get the others graduly or i might just get thw whole package, will see when it comes out.

shoot-first
shoot-first

Hey, that looks like my American Strat. Except mine is sunburst brown.

chaotic_jesus
chaotic_jesus

for the **** complaining about th bass guitar, YOU PUSH THE FRETS NOT THE STRINGS!!!!!!

s3NoXeRs3
s3NoXeRs3

See what they needed to do since your makeing a rock band they need to make every fret an actual button. I know it sounds like a alot of work with 24 buttons or 22 depending on guitar. But if you actually PLAY guitar its not that hard.. And it will be better cuz i hear can make up your own stuff to play... Which will be kool if they follow through... And another thing they should ass is the ablity to watch a band play or put concerts together.. Ya know wat im saying.

gametester1424
gametester1424

I don't give a flip about the entry fee. I just want to know the price of downloadable content. If it's to high like GHII for 360 then there is no way I will pay to play.

pooladden
pooladden

also for those people who are complaing thats theres no base , i think guitar controoler with ten frets is base and guitar just like in gh2 .That the top frets on the guitar are for base and the lower for guitar but thats my opion.

pooladden
pooladden

hopefully i can just buy drums and the game because i all ready have gh2 . after watching the vid of gh3 and i geuss they stop putting new songs out for about three months which is suposted to be monthly this is my last resort . p.s. there making an online demo for gh3 for any1 who cares

PSLinux
PSLinux

looks exactly like my fender strat, only mine is left handed.

haesuse
haesuse

i agree, they needed a base rather than a mic. hell i cant think of any of my friends that play this and can sing enough for us to pass a single song lol. in adition i think it might be a bit too pricey, when u think about it for $200 you can buy lets say Warhawk, SOCOM and, i dont know, Madden 08, and get a whole lot more fun and replay out of it. i personaly will just get the guitar and drums, and guitar only if i cant use any of my 3 custom made ones from GH2

Hellscreamdra
Hellscreamdra

Where's the bass though? For 200$ I'd expect to get a damn bass.

zrocknrollerz
zrocknrollerz

Too expensive and i live in Canada too, so imagine how much it will be >.

casesomething
casesomething

why is everyone saying its so expensive?? im not made of money but im not gonna complain about the price because it comes with so much. not many people complained about $90 for guitar hero. if they do this thing right everyone will forget about guitar hero and everyone will be talking about how great rock band is. i can see it now - 4 person jam sessions with my friends... AWESOME!

Selfdestruct9
Selfdestruct9

Jesus, and i thought Guitar Hero was expensive, yeah right like i'm going to buy all that BS.