Squier® by Fender® Stratocaster® Guitar and Controller for Rock Band 3
- 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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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.Read more ›
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.
Also, this thing is AWESOME.
.. I like it the best when compared to the YouRock guitar, and the Yamaha EZ MIDI quitar, which I also have.
The good for the Fender is:
1. It plays just like a real guitar, even for MIDI, because IT IS a REAL GUITAR, with real strings and a full 22 fret range, and size.
2. It does not use switches at the fretboard.
It seems to sense the steel string's contact with the metal frets. Therefore, there is no adaapting difference as when pllaying MIDI "guitars" that use buttons in the fretboard.
3. It is TRULY polyphonic.
Each string goes out in its own MIDI channel.
In Windows7 laptop, one can remap those MIDI routings to one single MIDI channel, using MIDI-Yoke and MIDI-Ox, or to other channels outings and assignments to channels. It has a hex pickup built-in which allows these desireable MIDI channel independence for each string.
4. It has an essential MIDI patch selection of forward or backwards via two dedicated buttons.
One can customize a soft/hard synth so as to switch the desireable paches to be in a selected order, and quickly select them, and see in the hardware synth or in the software synth which patch (sound) one has activated. This guitar does not have a built-in synth, for which there is no real need with today's multitude of available free or paid-for software sounds, or hardware synths. As a self-standing instruments, it produces standard electric guitar out of its 1/4" standard jack, for connecting to external amplifier, or to a PC via an audio interface.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Israel Vache
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 on December 29, 2012 by William L. Mosso
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 morePublished on January 9, 2012 by LEOLUCY
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_... Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by M. Scott
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 morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Hemp>Else
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
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 morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Yamster
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 morePublished on June 17, 2011 by OC-Adam
There have been many changes in the music game genre since the inception of this guitar and the pro mode for RB3. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Phantasmagoria