Squier® By Fender® Announces The Stratocaster® Guitar and Controller For ROCK BAND 3

Fully operational guitar and controller created for musicians and gamers alike

Fender, the name synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll, announces today the world’s first electric guitar that is also an officially licensed Rock Band™ 3 video game controller. Blending state-of-the-art gaming and guitar technology with the authenticity of Fender design and engineering, the Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller is created for musicians and gamers alike and rocks both worlds—whether plugged into a guitar amp or into a video game console.

Designed exclusively for the Rock Band™ 3 Pro mode, the Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller allows players to play the actual notes and chords of their favorite songs while racking up high gameplay scores. Its position-sensing fingerboard responds to the touch, turning gameplay into real musical performances. Gameplay requires the use of the Mad Catz® MIDI Pro adapter (sold separately), compatible with the Nintendo® Wii™, Microsoft® Xbox 360®, and the Sony PlayStation® 3.

Additionally, Rock Band™ 3 features two training modes. The “Instrument Trainer” mode helps acquaint players with the guitar and the way it works within the game. Within a few lessons, players can go from plucking single notes to fretting chords and moving lines. The “Song Trainer” mode allows players to break down any song on the tracklist and master it, one phrase at a time. Both modes feature a full backing band, and offer the ability to slow tracks down, so players can learn at their own pace.

Features include an agathis wood body with polyester finish, 22-fret maple neck with polymer fingerboard and position-sensing electronics, enclosed tuners, custom bridge pickup, custom truss rod, hard-tail bridge, 1/4” output jack, standard five-pin MIDI output jack and Ableton® Live Lite 8 studio-quality recording software.

“This represents the first true bridge between gamers and guitarists,” said Justin Norvell, product director, Fender Electric Guitars. “Now, instead of taking a huge leap from five buttons to a full guitar, gamers can seamlessly transition from the Rock Band 3 environment to the real thing—plugging into their favorite amp.”

Pre-orders begin on Jan. 1, 2011, with the instruments becoming available in retail outlets on March 1, 2011 at an MSRP of $279.99. For more information, go to www.fender.com/rockband3.


Jkielq91 said...

Ones every one realises how much more fun and excitement there is in just playing real guitar they will never need the video game again.

Jkielq91 said...

it will really help a lot more people getting into playing guitar though. guitar hero has actually done a lot for the guitar world.

Anonymous said...

Bro I just got this thing and this is going to be a big breakthrough. I am not the type to go take lessons or read music just yet. I just want to pick up a guitar and start doing something. This thing allows you to do just that. It has all kinds of lessons and song trainers to keep me busy for years. After three days, I'm already developing some memory and moving around the frets easier. Learning to play is really tough and even with this thing, it will take many, many hours. I definitely have always had respect for guitarists, but now even more. But I will say lastly that this thing is awesome and an amazing piece of technology. Every guitar site and store should be promoting and selling this product.