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Squier® by Fender® Stratocaster® Guitar and Controller for Rock Band 3

by Fender
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  • 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.
  • Compatible with PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii For wide-ranging use. (Requires Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter - Sold Separately)
  • 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. 1/4" output jack.
  • Standard 5-pin MIDI output jack, compatible with MIDI recording software.
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Product Description

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. Compatible with PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii For wide-ranging use. (Requires Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter - Sold Separately) Includes Squier® Rock Band 3 Game Guitar, MIDI Cable, and Owner's manual.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 39 x 2 x 12 inches ; 15 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B004MF102G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,115 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 5, 2011

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By S. Green on June 20, 2011
This is the answer to everyone that's ever told you to get a (real) guitar as a RB or GH player.
Some info you need to know about the Squier up front...
When you get any guitar it will need more done to it than just plugging it in and playing. A real guitar needs to be tuned when you first take it out of the box, and may need to have the truss rod adjusted, and the string height set. These things may all be needed for the Squier as well since it is in fact a real guitar. It's also possible you will only need to tune it. It will depend on if you just want to use it as a controller, or as both a controller and a guitar.
Now on to the things needed for the controller part of the Squier...
You will need one of the Midi Pro adapters from Mad Catz to use it. The Squier will work with all three consoles as is, the thing that makes it console specific is the version of the Midi Pro you use. Controllers normally have to be bought for each console, in this case that would be $280 times three. But in this case you would just buy one Squier, and if you wanted to use it on the other systems just buy the Midi Pro for the systems you want to use it with. A total of $35.00 times three instead of three controllers.
The Squier comes with a midi cable in the box but you're better off not using it. The cables they shipped with the Squier are very cheap and will come apart after a short time. If the Squier starts acting whacky check your cable. You can get a good quality midi cable for very little $.
The Squier needs AA batteries and comes with a set. It also comes with an allen wrench for adjusting truss rod, which is done from the side of the neck close to the body of the guitar. Only do this if you're confident you know how, otherwise you can damage the neck.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amy D. Moore on May 29, 2011
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This guitar used to be more expensive when other vendors sold through Amazon but now it's competitively priced here and even though Musician's Friend does free shipping on their site over $199, we've always enjoyed our service through Amazon.

The guitar arrived several days before scheduled (4 business days). It was ready to go out of the box except for tuning. From research we knew we needed the midi controller as well and had already ordered that through Amazon. We also have a Hart drum kit through a Roland TD-8 which we run through a Mad Catz midi controller so we're familiar with that setup and it makes gameplay so much more real - which, of course, is the point and the reason you'd spent $300 on a guitar to play Rock Band.

The guitar has mass and is pretty heavy, even compared to some of the electric guitars we own (but not as heavy as some). Keeps tuning well, as one would expect from a Fender Squire.

The guitar comes with a 10' midi cable. We purchased a 15' to get a little more length in our room arrangement but the 10' will get you what you need from the guitar to your midi box. The buttons on the guitar seem to control everything like the Wii controller, but we've used the midi box for the + and - controls.

You do have to mute the strings to play with the game, but the feel is real and for those who are used to playing guitar, this brings Rock Band to the game you've wanted it to be since you first picked up that plastic thing with 5 buttons. This has it all over the Mustang controller when it comes to fingering and playing chords for RB3.

Edit: When we purchased this guitar through Amazon it was in partnership with Musician's Friend and the price was $279. It seems as though Amazon switches suppliers for this regularly and the price is all over. THIS review was based on the $279 price during May 2011.
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107 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Albert C. Thrower on March 26, 2011
Don't buy this guitar from these Amazon sellers, they are RIPPING YOU OFF! The Rock Band 3 Fender Squier is a Best Buy exclusive and can be purchased in stores or on their website for $279.99, far far below the asking price of $500 by these Amazon sellers.

Also, this thing is AWESOME.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By F. Zamora on May 27, 2011
this is actually imo a below average entry level guitar, i got a 100 dollar guitar that plays and sounds better way better than. but that's not why i bought it.

it is great fun in rock band 3 and an awesome leaning tool. being able to see your finger position on screen instead of looking down makes all the difference in the world for getting comfortable moving up and down the neck. add that to RB's game mechanics, leaderboards and great music library and you got the best motivator to learning guitar ever.

i highly recommend it, specially now that is available in retailers outside of bestbuy.

i took one star off because as a regular guitar it is really bad. the fretboard is made by madcatz and their "quality" shows.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By OC-Adam on June 17, 2011
I started to review and practice free online guitar lessons about 6 months ago. I spend an hour a day for a week practicing, then I just got bored. The Rock Band 3 game will be fun to play once I get good enough. Right now, I have had the guitar/controller for about a week, and have put maybe 4 hours into practicing on the in game "learn the guitar" section. The interface tells you where your fingers currently are on the screen so you don't have to look down; I think this instant feedback is key to learning at an accelerated pace. I tried to play the game on Pro-Guitar easy mode ... still way to fast for me, but maybe in a couple weeks I will be able to play easy level. I bought this system as a quicker and more fun way to learn guitar, I am a 34 yr old man.

Things to know:

1) I read many bad reviews online saying this is a junk guitar. I don't care really about how good of a guitar it is, it seems effective as a training tool.

2) I read many reviews where people said the highest 2 strings didn't seem to be registering in the game. I found this to be true on my squire as well. I looked it up online, there are 2 pickup adjustment screws, I adjusted the pickup on the high strings to be closer, now all is working

3) you do need the mad cats midi controller for your system, so don't forget to buy that.

4) I had a friend tune the guitar so it sounded good when I practice for the game

5) the game registers the strings best when the string muffler pad is in place, so far I have only done the instrument practice, but I bet this will be a necessity as the notes per minute increase. So realize, all you may hear from the controller during game play in pluck, pluck, pluck, with no tone.
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