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

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PlayStation 3
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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 Details

  • ASIN: B004MF102G
  • Product Dimensions: 39 x 2 x 12 inches ; 15 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,208 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squier By Fender Strat RB3 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 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicians Friend + Amazon = great stuff 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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104 of 141 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T GET RIPPED OFF!!! March 26, 2011
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
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
4.0 out of 5 stars great learning tool 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the long negative review September 18, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
There's a long one-star review posted by "Yamster" that you shouldn't let yourself be swayed by. The Squier Stratocaster Guitar and Controller, though not a particularly _good_ guitar is an actual guitar and an excellent tool for learning (it's also an amazingly low priced MIDI guitar controller). If you want a great review of the instrument/controller by someone who knows what he's talking about, go to YouTube and watch Matt Rasmussen's excellent 3 part video review. Matt's a professional musician, founder and lead guitarist of the band Rose of Jericho, whose currently available published music can be bought right here on Amazon. An admitted techno-geek and avid video gamer, Matt really likes the Squier guitar-and-controller and Rock Band 3's Pro Guitar gameplay. His video review gives a balanced evaluation of the instrument as a controller and as a guitar, as well as an overview of RB3's Pro Guitar gameplay. As I recall, you can't embed links to other sites in a review here, but you can see that review on the YouTube "RoseOfJerichoRB" channel, or by using the YouTube clip IDs 85NomT87i7g (Part 1), OxvPun0-J-g (Part 2) and rTSQd-hh3NQ (Part 3). The channel also features a couple of clips of Matt playing some songs in RB3 on the Squier, with inset video of the rolling pro guitar charts.

I'm far from a professional (or even very experienced) guitarist, but I own a Squier and really like RB3 Pro Guitar. The game has some nice tutorials which will get you started (though nothing replaces working a live teacher) and is a very compelling way to practice. It will also give you a way to learn the note-for-note guitar and bass parts of quite a few songs (218 at this writing with more added every week).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn if you're a gamer
If you're expecting to jump in & play like a virtuoso on expert overnight like you did with the plastic controller... You won't. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Israel Vache
3.0 out of 5 stars Used Fender Squier Stratocaster for Rockband 3
Guitar was used but works great on Rockband 3. Needs new strings and a replacement volume control knob. (cracked). the rest of the guitar is in really good shape for being used.
Published 19 months ago by William L. Mosso
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I bought this guitar about 10 months ago, and it has really helped me learn guitar. I do not take lessons, and have learned a lot from both the game and the internet. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by LEOLUCY
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT FROM AMAZON as of 9/7/11
To start off I just bought mine from buy.com for $280 shipped. It seems Best Buy is done with them and as is fender making them for now. Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by Hemp>Else
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip Off
Best buy has it for $279. don't support this crap. The Guitar is Awesome for in game play.Completelty 1:1 Ratio.
Published on August 26, 2011 by Slash6airhead
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a real guitar
Okay, this is not a real guitar. It's a toy. Someone may say that's what I should've expected, but if you read the product description, reviews, and other marketing hypes, it is... Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by Yamster
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tool to learn Guitar
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. Read more
Published on June 17, 2011 by OC-Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad they made it while they did.
There have been many changes in the music game genre since the inception of this guitar and the pro mode for RB3. Read more
Published on June 14, 2011 by Phantasmagoria
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont buy this!!
Do not buy this on amazon from re-sellers, as it is wayyyyy over priced. Most BestBuy stores stock this item for $279.99. 4 out of 5 local best Buy stores near me have it. Read more
Published on April 6, 2011 by R. Orkis
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