Rock Band 3 Squier shredding March 1

Preorders for rhythm-game-compatible $280 Fender Stratocaster guitar and controller open January 1, 2011.

Rock Band 3 arrived in stores last week alongside a new range of Mad Catz instrument controllers, but diehard fans may be looking at that barrage of plastic instruments as a mere opening act. The main event, as it were, is set for next year, as Fender Stratocaster today announced that its Rock Band 3-compatible Squier guitar will launch March 1 for $280.

$280 is expensive for a game peripheral, but on the lower end of electric guitar prices.

A full-size electric guitar complete with steel strings and maple neck, the Squier also works with Rock Band 3's Pro guitar songs and trainer modes. The Squier requires the use of a Mad Catz MIDI Pro Adapter to hook up with the game. The box, which also allows MIDI-compatible drums and keyboards to be used with the game's Pro modes, was announced in June with a suggested retail prices of $40. The Squier also works as a MIDI-compatible electric guitar and can be plugged into a standard amplifier.

Preorders for the Squier controller will open on January 1, 2011. Those who can't wait that long to try out Rock Band 3's Pro guitar songs can look into Mad Catz's wireless Fender Mustang Pro-Guitar controller. The $150 peripheral features 102 different buttons on the neck (one to replicate each of a guitar's six strings at 17 frets) and a touch-sensitive strumming area with real strings so players can pluck individual strings or cut notes short by pressing on them.

Developed by Harmonix, Rock Band 3 introduces keyboards to the series, as well as Pro drum, keyboard, and guitar modes. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

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65 comments
Geowil
Geowil

pre-ordered mine today, a crap load of money when all is said and done, but I suspect the awesomeness will more then make up for it. I think it is funny all of haters saying "get a real guitar" over and over and over and over again; sound like brainwashed zombies. I have to agree, everyone calling this a game controller is high, IT IS A REAL GUITAR that just happens to be usable as a peripheral in RB3. Stop trying to spin it backwards, almost as bad as politicians. Whether it is any good as a real guitar still remains to be seen, almost no one has played on one of these the ones that have used the prototype and beta models. I think one person has actually gotten their hands on a retail version of this (he somehow got it from his BB when a stoner salesclerk said it if came on the truck it was for sale lmao). Though from the various videos I have seen of the playing on this guitar, it seems pretty good for 280. Think about it a minute and close of the hate valves a second and actually think: Full functioning guitar 1/4 jack output MIDI output (works with DAW software) Works in RB3 w/ special tech in the neck for finger sensing on the fret board do the math. http://www.premierguitar.com/Video/20110127/1290/NAMM_11_Squier_Strat_Rock_Band_3_Controller_Demo.aspx

Dominuss
Dominuss

I can't wait for it to come out....

Slash_out
Slash_out

That's too expensive. the guitar + game + adaptator is 380$... You can say it's a real guitar as well but come on.. If you wanted a real guitar you'd get a real one. Not one with plastic xbox button on it. How geeky would that be ? Playing a song for a GF with a toy guitar ? This remains a toy, and as such this is too expensive... I only hope that the guys from harmonix will consider this as an investment for the futur. And by that I mean futur RB. And not just this one.

saucex4
saucex4

1. It's a 2 for 1 deal. Guitar/Controller. 2. First technology of it's kind. 3. Fender Name. 4. Based on a $200+ retail strat body. 5. According to Fender catalog, cheapest Squier is about $300+ after you take out the crappy amp they give you (you don't believe me? go and look for yourself) If you haven't considered all of these things before posting a comment about price and still think it's not a fair price.... ...then you're adopted :p

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

Still its way too expensive altho its just below the price of the Squire VM's so it should haave better build quality's than their affinity series. Trust me i've played a couple of those Squires which were on par build quality wise as the more expensive MiM Fender's :P if you were really wanting to pick up guitar tho i would just say get a nice and cheap Ibanez Gio and a decent practice amp and you could never go wrong.

GulliversTravel
GulliversTravel

@ bowlingotter Thanks for the advice, i have a good guitar in my house (Epiphone Explorer) and i dont have much motivation to play these days. I really hope that using a MIDI adapter works but its a little pricey.

roams
roams

I was impressed with Power Gig when they announced initially... and then they challenged RB and GH... while PG offered a crappy product, RB pickup the challenged and produced everything you expect from a "real guitar" game.

Wsetlord13
Wsetlord13

As for using other guitars with the game, I don't think it's possible, since the RB3 Squier has touch sensors integrated on the neck on each fret that allows the game to recognize when you have your fingers on a specific string and fret, and regular guitars don't have these, or else Fender would not have gone through all the trouble and just release an adapter for any guitar and the console and not lose 5 months of sales for their already available guitars.

Wsetlord13
Wsetlord13

Honestly, I was expecting it to be way more expensive and even so I was gonna get it nevertheless, so it's actually very good news for me! Now, for all the people saying: "Get a real guitar", well, as petemig already said, IT IS a real guitar, I've been following every news about this guitar since it's announcement back in June at E3 and it's all I've wanted all these months (and the next 5 to come). I could buy an already available Fender o Les Paul or whatever other brands are out there, that could be cheaper or finer, but I WANT THIS ONE. Why? Because I'm a gamer. I love playing videogames, and I don't have the commitment to learn guitar by myself or taking lessons for it, I want this GAME to teach me, if I like it very much and I grow a thirst for it, I might consider the lessons, but for now I'm not thinking of learning an instrument per se, but learning it through gaming, as they do with little kids, it's funnier and it's what I like, that's problably why so many people (including myself) spend so much time with the plastic guitars, even though they're not real. Yes, I'm preordering this on day one if I have the money, or along the way when I get it.

kargion
kargion

this is sweet. Nothing like using a real guitar now instead of the fake crap ones for these games. I'm totally for getting the game and that guitar.

Sk8ter_213
Sk8ter_213

Prepare for a generation of bad musicians...

Tree06
Tree06

I wonder how many people will buy this?? I still have my instruments from Rock Band and Guitar Hero. They get the job done.

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@Xplode_77 Point is that by making RB3 playable with a real guitar through MIDI, it's not out of the realm of possibility that you can use any guitar so long as it has a MIDI adapter.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

@bowlingotter Maybe he has one lying around. It's a PRS SE Singlecut

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@Xplode_77 Does his sweet PRS have a midi adapter?

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

How come they didn't make it so that you can use any guitar? My bro has a sweet PRS

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@GulliversTravel If you have a MIDI adapter on a guitar, I'm sure you could use the MadCatz peripheral with that guitar. But any half-decent guitar with a Roland adapter is going to cost you well over $280. The price point for this really isn't bad at all.

LeadnSteel
LeadnSteel

I am still using my RB1 instruments except for drums(got ions now). The price is a lot less than I was expecting which is good. This guitar will make all the haters change their mind about Rock Band.

petemig
petemig

I don;t know why, but I am still amazed at the stupidity of the people on this site. ATTENTION MORONS: THIS IS A REAL GUITAR.

grungeman91
grungeman91

This and the pro guitar will be good for people who are trying to play a actual guitar and it might also stop the haters from saying "Pick up a real guitar, Instead of a fake plastic one."

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

If you want to learn guitar and have that kind of dough I don't see why you wouldn't want to buy this. I've been playing keyboard pro mode and it definitely speeds up the learning process for learning songs but the song tracks only span across 25 keys which means you aren't learning the actual song, just the raw notes. I imagine however the guitar would be a better experience since the pro tracks are just vertical tabs.

IBEX333
IBEX333

This is lunacy. Why cant they just sell that converter peripheral for $40, and develop it such that it is compatible with ALL or MOST electric guitars out there? If it is compatible with a Fender Stratocaster, I don't see why it cant be compatible with Ibanez RG2-EX1 or another guitar.... Hopefully other game developers will jump on this as well, becuase it about time someone turned a tedious and difficult learning process into a game.

tapout03
tapout03

@overkill_78 you couldn't be more wrong spending that kind of money for a video game is idiotic and i love the rock band series. A word of advice to everyone thinking about getting this don't wait tell it goes on sell or buy it on amazon or wait holiday gift specials... also for them telling the price this early makes me think this is going to be like kinect where they put a feeler price out there to see how people react.

overkill_78
overkill_78

First off, LOL at everyone that says "buy a real guitar instead!". You are terrible at reading. Second off, it's been known for a while it's based on the $250 model Squier, and most people expected it to be at least $300. Now, with that out of the way, I can't wait to grab this. I already have a guitar but I love Rock Band and I look forward to spending years practicing Pro mode, since I've already been playing on plastic axes for 4 years.

Pete5506
Pete5506

A little pricey but it sounds pretty neat

KoreanSchoolKid
KoreanSchoolKid

@hothalepinoy22 starter amps are sort of a waste of money bro. its alot better to get a decent one that you wont regret later on imo

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

This makes more sense, an actual guitar that works with the game rather than a specific guitar that only works with the games.

hotjalepinoy22
hotjalepinoy22

Wow! its almost like playing the actual guitar!... word of advice, get a standard squier, get a starter amp. look up tabs. cost around $250.... i like the concept but just too much money for playing something on a tv

Willy-Wilks_777
Willy-Wilks_777

Well I will never spend that amount of money on Rock Band 3, because it is too much money and the setlist sucks endless amounts of ass. I would only buy the Rock Band 3 drums but only if they go down in price because £130 with no double bass compatability (like guitar hero) is a rip off. And I am not a guitar hero fanboy

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

This looks amazing but is too expensive. I would rather buy 4 or 5 new games than spend this kind of money on a single game. The idea is great and I love the ambition. It is just not realistic in todays economic climate to expect people to splash down 240-300 bucks on a single gaming experience.

chicken32
chicken32

I got my first guitar this past summer, Ibanez GAX30 for around 150 dollars. It's pretty good for a starter guitar, not crappy as a squire strat but not as good as middle range (300+) guitars. After many months of learning the guitar, I truly believe that people should invest in the real instrument if the price tag for a gaming version reaches even over 100 dollars.

tapout03
tapout03

so for a game and guitar your paying the price for a new game system...ha what a freakin rip off.

muffinduck01
muffinduck01

I would buy this if I could use my Ibanez.

fester420
fester420

@SolidSnake77 It is a real one

SolidSnake77
SolidSnake77

$280 can buy you a lot for a guitar. Why not just get a real one?

ziv_ew
ziv_ew

MARCH!?!?!! i dont want to w8 till march!, they sayd that guitar will go out till the end of the year' this is in 5 months.... this sucks donky balls

MXVIII
MXVIII

@singhellotaku Probably lack of controller buttons...Id try it tho, maybe it would work, just have to use a regualr controller for navigation...but would the game be able to recognize the guitar as player 1,2,3 etcetera?

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

man too rich for me. for a guitar? I'll think about it.

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

ow! thats a bit steep, I really want it but i'm not sure I can justify shelling out that much for a single game... Have they ever told us why we cant use a standard midi compatible electric guitar? I have one already after all.

okassar
okassar

Well, if you're going to buy this to sort of start out guitar playing, quality isn't that much of an issue anyway. Take a step up later if this really gets you hooked I guess.Plus, Rock Band 3 pwns and using a real instrument to play it would be really really fun. At that price point though, you're stepping beyond just fun, you have to make some sort of commitment to learning guitar for good to really justify it.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

March??? $280 PLUS another $40 for the adapter, PLUS another $50-80 when greedy Aussie retailers bump up the price? I'm still going to get it, just imported instead.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

@svaubel It IS a real guitar, if you read the article close enough. That was one of the things that was most heavily discussed about the pro modes. You can actually hook it to an amp and play like a normal electric guitar.

svaubel
svaubel

Might as well get a real guitar for that price.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

And people called me crazy for buying an arcade quality joystick for $150....... It all boils down to how well the teaching mode actually works in the game. If you've been buying most of the music games and finally want to learn, this isn't a bad price. Just don't think that you'll be an expert in a few days because you beat the game in that amount of time.

jubino
jubino

Squiers are pretty bad guitars, but then again a poor craftsman blames his tools. I'm sure for those who want it for the game it'll do the trick, but I sure as hell won't buy it.

dagamemon
dagamemon

not really that bad. that's less than the price of my real guitar/amp