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Squier (by Fender) Stratocaster Guitar & Rock Band 3 Controller
The Squier Rock Band Guitar is the world's first real guitar designed for use with a video game! Music "rhythm" games have come a long way since we first saw them a few years ago. With many saying that these video games were not representative of the real skill required to play a guitar - Fender Squier have come up with this - the "Rock Band 3 Real Guitar" - the Squier Stratocaster Guitar and Rock Band Controller!
The Fender Squier Rock Band Controller is a fully functioning electric guitar that also has all the technology (a MIDI controller and a fretboard position sensor) inside it to play Rock Band 3 on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii. [Console MIDI Adapter Required to play Rock Band]
Want to know more about how the Rock Band 3 Strat Works? Read the Squier Rock Band Guitar Manual here.
Plug the Squier Rock Band 3 Guitar into a real amp for jamming and gigs, then plug it into your MadCatz MIDI Adapter and switch over to playing Rock Band 3 on your games console with a real electric guitar!
What's more - you can use this guitar as a MIDI controller for any MIDI device. This guitar is fun, functional, educational and musical all at the same time!
The Rock Band 3 Real Guitar by Squier will be available in April 2011. You can secure yours now by preordering from this site! We've only got a certain number coming and the preorders are coming in fast so if you want to be one of the first to get the Squier Rock Band Stratocaster, preorder now! The Rock Band 3 Controller and Guitar will only be available through musical instrument retailers for the first few months of its release.
N.B. Rock Band game is not included. Additional MIDI adapter is required - see related items.
Here's what Squier say about the Rock Band Controller / Guitar
Fender introduces the world's first electric guitar that is also an officially licensed Rock Band 3 video game controller. The Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller is created for musicians and gamers alike and rocks both worlds.
Designed for the Rock Band 3 Pro mode, the controller lets users play the actual notes and chords of their favorite songs while racking up their 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 Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3.
The Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller is also a fully functioning electric guitar that can be plugged into a guitar amp and played on its own. It can also be used as a MIDI controller for sequencers and recording software.
- Position-sensing fingerboard
- 7 onboard game control buttons that drive Rock Band 3 gameplay on the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii via the Mad Catz MIDI Pro Adapter (sold separately) - gameplay requires use of MIDI adapter.
- Dual-purpose, custom bridge pickup enables Rock Band 3 gameplay and sends signals to an external guitar amplifier
- Standard 5-pin MIDI jack with included cable
- Custom truss rod and truss rod adjustment mechanism
- Pop-up string mute for gameplay
- Standard 1/4" output jack for guitar amp use
Mr. Gareth Latty | Purchase date: 30 April 2011
Works really well. Needs some adjustment before it works perfectly in the game, but after 5 minutes of small adjustments, works perfectly. Plays well enough as a guitar, and is amazing in game.
It's hard - I'm by no means a guitar player, I've been played Rock Band for some time, and can handle all but the hardest songs on expert. Pro mode is a completely different beast, and it'll take a *lot* of time and practice to get right. That said, it's a lot of fun, and Harmonix have put a lot of trainers and stuff into the game to help you get used to it.
The only small annoyance is due to Microsoft not allowing certain things, the buttons on the guitar (and tilt overdrive activation) don't work. You have to use the midi adaptor - it's not the end of the world as you can mount it on the guitar, but it's not perfect. Again, that's Microsoft's fault - if you are on a PS3 or Wii you are fine.
Mr. Alan Mitchell | Purchase date: 29 April 2011
This is the first guitar I have owned, and have bought it to learn along with a few lessons and on Rock Band 3. First impressions were very good. Even the staff at the local music shop were impressed with its looks. (They had never heard of the guitar before I asked about ordering it, hence why I bought one from Andertons).
Played through my Fender practice amp, it sounds just as good as my Dads old Fender copy with its multiple pickups. Maybe from a more accomplished player's point of view it may not be too hot, but certainly for a novice, or above, its definately got a good enough sound.
It will need setting up though, not just for playing through the console game, but to play with through the amp - and as it is very easy to snap the truss rod, if you are not sure - then take it to a professional who can do it for you.
Playing with Rock Band - using the mute does spoil the sound a little, so you may find it better to adjust the pickup sensitivity (again, ask a Fender dealer). Nearly set up perfect now, it will play through both game and amp unmuted with very few miss hits. (If you have rock band 3 you will know what I mean).
Yes there are more expensive better sounding Strats out there, and better performing midi guitars - but for a hybrid like this which combines all 3, especially for the price, it is a craacking guitar.
Mr. Andrew Draper | Purchase date: 29 April 2011
I got this to play rock band - I wasn't a guitarist. It converted me so I'm learning now. I can't tell you whether it plays better than other guitars but it got me to take up the guitar for real and is easy enough for a beginner to play.
I hear rumours that the product has been cancelled - if that's true then it's a shame.
Stephen Hill | Purchase date: 29 April 2011
Items I bought (Fender Squier Strat for Rock Band 3 and MIDI controller) arrived well-packaged.
The guitar itself is, well, a real guitar - no doubt about that. It looks and feels like a proper guitar because it is, albeit one that can also run in MIDI mode with PC software or for the Rock Band 3 game.
I've only used it for the game so far because up to this point I've never used a real guitar in my life. My own unit required the pickup height before the signals could be accurately picked up by the game. Thankfully there are several places adjustments can be made and I instantly made the unit more responsive.
Mr. Andrew Corsar | Purchase date: 29 April 2011
Pre-Ordered this item back in January and it arrived on next day delivery courier as soon as it was released. I also received great communication from Andertons in the lead up to the release.
Overall I am really happy with the service I received, as well as the product.
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