Rock Band 3's Stringed Fender Guitar Costs $280, Releases In March

Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

The Mad Catz Rock Band 3 Pro Guitar is great because it has a quadrillion buttons, but real men who want the "Pro" experience will opt for the stringed, Rock Band 3 Fender guitar, which was revealed earlier during this E3 and not really talked about again… until yesterday afternoon, that is. Fender has announced that the guitar will be available on March 1, 2011, and according to the guitar's custom page, it will hit retail at an astounding $279.99 bones. What's the Pro experience worth to you again?

According to the website, the Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller has been "created for musicians and gamers alike" and will "rock" both worlds respectively, whether you decide to plug it into an amp or, say, your Xbox 360. So, in other words, it's authentic--minus that whole position-sensing fingerboard on the neck and the buttons on the body that makes the videogame play possible. 
 


If for whatever reason this $280 videogame guitar is still something you're interested in, know that you can begin pre-ordering the pretend-ish shredder starting January 1, 2011. It's not stated, but I presume this pre-ordering will be done through the aforementioned Fender website.
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

The Mad Catz Rock Band 3 Pro Guitar is great because it has a quadrillion buttons, but real men who want the "Pro" experience will opt for the stringed, Rock Band 3 Fender guitar, which was revealed earlier during this E3 and not really talked about again… until yesterday afternoon, that is. Fender has announced that the guitar will be available on March 1, 2011, and according to the guitar's custom page, it will hit retail at an astounding $279.99 bones. What's the Pro experience worth to you again?

According to the website, the Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller has been "created for musicians and gamers alike" and will "rock" both worlds respectively, whether you decide to plug it into an amp or, say, your Xbox 360. So, in other words, it's authentic--minus that whole position-sensing fingerboard on the neck and the buttons on the body that makes the videogame play possible. 
 


If for whatever reason this $280 videogame guitar is still something you're interested in, know that you can begin pre-ordering the pretend-ish shredder starting January 1, 2011. It's not stated, but I presume this pre-ordering will be done through the aforementioned Fender website.
#2 Posted by Skywarpgold (153 posts) -

A good regular guitar runs about $300 anyway, so that's not too bad of a deal.

#3 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -

It's more expensive than I was hoping for, but I assume for that price it's well made and better than the reports I've been hearing about the Power Gig axe.

#4 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

Wow-zuh! 
 
I was actually expecting the price to come in around there, but reading it makes me realize how much it is. Sheesh.

#5 Posted by DrIntrigue (14 posts) -

Finally a price and a date!
 
Pretty much the price I was expecting.  Though March 1st is pretty far off...

#6 Posted by litrock (173 posts) -

Hrm, I was thinking about buying a Squire anyway and trying to learn guitar with my tax rebate next year. So ... this could work out really nicely. Probably sold. Until then, pro keys are keeping me busy.

#7 Posted by 9cupsoftea (654 posts) -
@Skywarpgold said:
" A good regular guitar runs about $300 anyway, so that's not too bad of a deal. "
A squire strat runs about $150, with a really good squire tele being $200. That pricing is kinda ridiculous.
#8 Posted by TooWalrus (13164 posts) -

I just don't want to play a guitar upside-down. I really don't give a shit if Jimi Hendrix did it- I don't want too.

#9 Posted by hagridore (500 posts) -

Thought it would be way worse. Excitement tempered by how bad I am presently at pro keys.

#10 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Huh.. looks like I won't be playing Pro-mode. I just can't feel okay with that kind of purchase.

#11 Posted by Skywarpgold (153 posts) -
@9cupsoftea said:
" @Skywarpgold said:
" A good regular guitar runs about $300 anyway, so that's not too bad of a deal. "
A squire strat runs about $150, with a really good squire tele being $200. That pricing is kinda ridiculous. "
But that's for a starter guitar.  I was talking about a regular nice guitar ;-)
#12 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -
@9cupsoftea said:
" @Skywarpgold said:
" A good regular guitar runs about $300 anyway, so that's not too bad of a deal. "
A squire strat runs about $150, with a really good squire tele being $200. That pricing is kinda ridiculous. "
Not really ridiculous at all.
 
A Squier Stratocaster guitar typically retails at around the $200 mark in most places, and a Squier Telecaster would be $350-400. And those guitars won't work with RB3. So, hey, there you go. You pay $180 for the Squier, and then $100 for a Rock Band guitar.
 
@BradNicholson said:
" If for whatever reason this $280 videogame guitar is still something you're interested in"
The Mustang is $280? That would be ridiculous.
#13 Edited by MaddogMonty (26 posts) -
@DrIntrigue said:

" Finally a price and a date!  Pretty much the price I was expecting.  Though March 1st is pretty far off... "

Definitely. It sucks having to wait four months from the launch of the game. I know they have deadlines to meet but still it would have been awesome to have the guitar with the game. 
#14 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -
@JJWeatherman: @DrIntrigue:   Like both of you I pretty much expected that price, but I thought I had already heard something about it.  Also thought I had already heard something about next year for the guitar. 
  
Honestly though, if they were smart they would have found a way to release it for the holidays.  I understand that they couldn't for some reason, but they would have done better with sales if they did.
#15 Posted by 9cupsoftea (654 posts) -
@sofacitysweetheart said:

" @9cupsoftea said:

" @Skywarpgold said:
" A good regular guitar runs about $300 anyway, so that's not too bad of a deal. "
A squire strat runs about $150, with a really good squire tele being $200. That pricing is kinda ridiculous. "
Not really ridiculous at all.
 
A Squier Stratocaster guitar typically retails at around the $200 mark in most places, and a Squier Telecaster would be $350-400. And those guitars won't work with RB3. So, hey, there you go. You pay $180 for the Squier, and then $100 for a Rock Band guitar.
 

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Affinity-Series-Telecaster-Special-Electric-Guitar?sku=515115     
 
Under $200, and pretty good guitars, genuinely sound and feel like teles. They might not work with rock band, but they will have better necks and electronics as a result I'd imagine.
#16 Posted by deadmoscow (262 posts) -

Your average Fender Squier guitar rarely costs more than $150 or so...just saying, you can certainly learn to play guitar on this but you'll certainly want to upgrade a few years down the road. Squiers are historically not very good guitars

#17 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -
@9cupsoftea: Yes. I hear those Squire guitars are pretty good. Unlike those awful Squiers :/
#18 Posted by Praab_NZ (280 posts) -

Considering it's a guitar with extra tech slapped on it, which is pretty advanced as far as I can tell, this seems like a fine price. I mean its got midi out as well, this thing isnt simple to manufacture.

#19 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2494 posts) -

I'd buy that for a dollar!
or... 280, as it seems...

#20 Posted by SavageM2 (164 posts) -

I think I'm going to just go ahead and get that in March.

#21 Posted by Shirogane (3569 posts) -

I'll just wait for this so called tech that lets us use real instruments... 
 
Wait, why would i do that?
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#22 Edited by Piranesi (452 posts) -

A fair price for a Squire with the bonus that with the MIDI controller you also have a decent set up for direct recording. Don't think I can justify getting another guitar though (real or fake) ... apart from the key-tar but that doesn't count ;)
#23 Posted by Xeridae (42 posts) -

I only have 2 things to say.
 
1. Anyone trying to play real music with this guitar outside of the game will immediately be a tool.
2. For the price you could have bought a pretty decent guitar that I'm positive will sound a hundred times better than this Fender.
 
I really wish this whole genre would die so that people might actually learn to play real instruments. Obviously the interest is there. Even though they are trying to make it more like the real thing it never will be because they are controlling what you play. You can't feel the music this way imo.

#24 Posted by Arnemetia (1 posts) -

Eh, I'd rather buy a used Ibanez from Guitar Center for the same amount and probably get a lot more enjoyment out of it. =\

#25 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -
@Arnemetia said:
" Eh, I'd rather buy a used Ibanez from Guitar Center for the same amount and probably get a lot more enjoyment out of it. =\ "
Ibanez make pretty good fake Jackson guitars. Good luck with that :)
#26 Edited by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

This was previously listed on the RB website as 160 bucks... 
 
I was already struggleing with that price, now I'm going crazy. I PLAY guitar. I want to use a real guitar for this, take advantage of thoser callises (or however you spell that). I am hella bumed. 
 
EDIT: What I really want is something that will let me use my actual guitars. I don't mind tuning after every song if it means I have to spend 50 bucks instead of a gazillion. 

#27 Posted by lukeissxc (245 posts) -
@sofacitysweetheart said:
" @Arnemetia said:
" Eh, I'd rather buy a used Ibanez from Guitar Center for the same amount and probably get a lot more enjoyment out of it. =\ "
Ibanez make pretty good fake Jackson guitars. Good luck with that :) "
Yeah cause Jackson totally released the first 7string guitar, and 8string guitar. Also Ibanez happens to offer hollow body electric guitars, acoustic guitars, and tons of great electronics. Yes clearly Ibanez are fake Jackson guitars.
#28 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -
@lukeissxc said:
" @sofacitysweetheart said:
" @Arnemetia said:
" Eh, I'd rather buy a used Ibanez from Guitar Center for the same amount and probably get a lot more enjoyment out of it. =\ "
Ibanez make pretty good fake Jackson guitars. Good luck with that :) "
Yeah cause Jackson totally released the first 7string guitar, and 8string guitar. Also Ibanez happens to offer hollow body electric guitars, acoustic guitars, and tons of great electronics. Yes clearly Ibanez are fake Jackson guitars. "
Apparently, Ibanez' PR people have nothing better to do these days than invade video game message boards :)
#29 Posted by xyzygy (9944 posts) -

Squiers are the shittiest guitars. If they were going to go with a lower-tier brand, they should have picked Epiphone.

#30 Edited by vogon (96 posts) -
@Xeridae said:

"1. Anyone trying to play real music with this guitar outside of the game will immediately be a tool. 
 
... 
 
I really wish this whole genre would die so that people might actually learn to play real instruments. Obviously the interest is there. Even though they are trying to make it more like the real thing it never will be because they are controlling what you play. You can't feel the music this way imo. "


you can't have it both ways.  you can't say "I really wish this whole genre would die so that people might actually learn to play real instruments", and then -- when people put millions of dollars and years of their lives on the line to release real instruments and a way to help you learn to play them -- say that people who use those real instruments are tools.
 
if the person is playing as well as you, feeling the music and not using a rhythm game, and they came up using this guitar, they're every bit as good a musician as you.  just because they got into guitar by playing a game doesn't make them inferior.  you don't get to say "people should stop playing games and do something real", and then when people release a game that teaches you how to do something real, say "well it's still a game, f that." 
 
at the same time, totally agreed, you'd look ridiculous taking this thing up on stage -- if, that is, anybody noticed that you didn't have the standard knobs on your looks-basically-like-a-stratocaster.

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