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E3 2009: Mad Catz Announces Third Wave of Licensed Premium Rock Band Accessories
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Mad Catz today announced a third wave of premium licensed accessories designed for use with the Rock Band and Rock Band 2 videogames.
 
New offerings will include the Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster Replica Guitar, the Wireless Fender Telecaster Players Edition Replica, the Wireless Fender Precision Bass Guitar, and the Electro-Harmonix Overdrive Pedal. It is anticipated the third wave of Mad Catz licensed Rock Band accessories are expected to be available across North America and key European territories beginning in with the Wireless Fender Precision Bass and Electro-Harmonix Overdrive Pedal in June 2009. It is anticipated the Wireless Wood Stratocaster Replica Guitar and Wireless Fender Telecaster in September 2009.  Each new product will be fully compatible with Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and the forthcoming ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’ game arriving September 2009.

Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz commented, “The Rock Band franchise license remains a key growth factor for Mad Catz.  Our first and second wave of Rock Band accessories has enjoyed solid success at retail and third wave of accessories announced today will continue that momentum.”
 
“The premium Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars provide gamers with authentic, wireless licensed products and build on the success of our original, critically acclaimed Fender Precision Bass Guitar. The Wireless Fender Precision Bass Guitar is now available for the Xbox 360.  These accessories make Rock Band and Rock Band 2 even more entertaining and are a testament to the creativity and engineering expertise of our internal development teams.”
 
Wireless Fender Precision Replica Bass
Based upon the critically acclaimed Mad Catz Fender Precision Bass, the all-new model arrives on Xbox 360 as Mad Catz’s first licensed wireless accessory for the Xbox 360.  Connecting directly to the console without a need for a USB dongle, the internal technology is the same as that used in Microsoft® controllers.  The new model features a host of new innovations designed to further enhance game play.  The premium Fret Buttons have been redesigned to allow for quieter operation and now feature a quick recoil action for faster game play.  The Mad Catz Split Strum Bar has been further refined to replicate both the up and down fret bar movements, essentially allowing for faster strumming than ever before.  As before, both the Fret Buttons and updated Split Strum Bar have been stress tested and playtested to ensure that it is possible to achieve 100% in ’Expert Mode’ should the player’s abilities be up to the challenge!  With a choice of White, ’Hot Rod Red’ and ’Sea Foam Green’ colors, gamers can now choose a Bass to match their style.  .
 
MSRP: $89.99 
 
Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster Replica Guitar
A precise wooden replica of the legendary Fender Stratocaster and a world first on Xbox 360, the Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster Guitar controller from Mad Catz brings gamers closer to the authentic guitar experience.  Produced in conjunction with Fender, the replica Stratocaster is fashioned from the same premium wood and fittings used in the genuine guitar and is manufactured at the Fender factory to ensure identical sizing, authentic design and premium finish.  Finished in a choice of ‘Three-Tone Sunburst’ or Metallic ‘Candy Apple Red’ designs, the Replica Stratocaster features stunning looks and will become a must-have for any true Rock Band connoisseur.  Connecting directly to the console without a need for a USB dongle, the internal technology is the same as that used in Microsoft® controllers.  The replica Stratocaster sports the same hardware as a real Stratocaster, including real tuning keys, bridge, tremolo, dials and ¼ inch amp jack.  Playtested and compatible with Rock Band and Rock Band 2 as well as other rhythm and music titles, the Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster Replica Guitar will be highly sought after by fans and collectors alike.
 
MSRP: $299.99
 
Wireless Fender Telecaster Player’s Edition Replica 
A startling replica of the iconic Fender Telecaster, the Player’s Edition guitar delivers the must-have look and cutting edge technology for every style conscious Rock Band enthusiast.  Connecting directly to the console without a need for a USB dongle, the internal technology is the same as that used in Microsoft controllers.  Sporting a stunning road-worn ,distressed finish and strap, and available in either ’Sunburst’ or ’Butterscotch’ designs, the Telecaster Player’s Edition features premium ultra fast action Fret Buttons allowing gamers to play at expert speeds with ease.  Overdrive activation has been simplified and can now be accessed by using the unique ’Touch Sense Button’ which effortlessly responds to the players touch and removes the need to tilt the guitar.  The Mad Catz new premium Strum Bar allows gamers to shred notes like never before while the all-new Bigsby Whammy Plate allows gamers to bend notes in style!
 
MSRP: $99.99 
 
Rock Band 2 Electro-Harmonix Overdrive Pedal
Designed exclusively for Rock Band 2, the Electro-Harmonix Overdrive Pedal quickly connects to the Rock Band 2 official guitar, the Mad Catz Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster Replica or the Mad Catz Wireless Fender Precision Bass Guitar via a 10’ cable.  It allows gamers to simply push the pedal’s soft Activation Switch to enter Overdrive during game play, removing the need to tilt the guitar and potentially miss notes or lose focus.  Realistically styled, the Overdrive Pedal is fashioned from tough durable metal and provides an authentic way to rock out like the pros!
 
MSRP: $29.99



 
 

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Comment #1 by xXx Elite Spartan xXx
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:48:54 PM
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BOOO


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Comment #2 by heymynameisben
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:49:11 PM
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First! looks cool


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Comment #3 by grahamguest12345
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:49:54 PM
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just more ways to make money


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Comment #4 by PimpingChloe
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:49:54 PM
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#2 is first place douche bag. Madcatz is crap! How are they going to charge more than $30 for any controller they make? They all break within a month of purchase. No one will ever pay $300 for something Madcatz makes. Get real, and while you're at it just get a real Xbox controller.


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Comment #5 by adriano28
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:50:56 PM
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@2: unlucky u weren't quite first. i think the guitar is a rip-off. I mean the rest are normal game instrument prices, but whats with $300? (since im in UK its lower but still) although i am interested in seeing what these look like.


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Comment #6 by B18A1
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:52:01 PM
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@#2 - NOT first. Fucking loser.

Personally, I wouldn't buy any of these, with the exception of (possibly) the overdrive pedal. Some people take the game pretty seriously though, and I'm sure they will be more than happy to shell out $300 for a wireless guitar.


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Comment #7 by saund3rs
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:52:08 PM
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Nice


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Comment #8 by L Demonic I
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:52:33 PM
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EXPENSIVE:[


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Comment #9 by chrisjp35
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:53:27 PM
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Completly pointless and too expensive. Why pay £300 when the original instruments work just fine?


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Comment #10 by willoverthemoon
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 02:54:12 PM
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For that price you can buy a real bl**dy guitar, not to mention spending your time more wisely....


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Comment #11 by smacd
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 03:05:22 PM
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absolutely LOVED my p-bass. at this point I can't necessarily justify getting another one- especially since I prefer wired over wireless.

Glad to see they are making wood-body instruments- was thinking about modding my p-bass with a wood body soon. Unfortunately it doesn't look like there will be a wood p-bass yet.

Pass on the OD pedal (and boo that the 1st gen p-bass didn't have a jack for it, maybe the new one will?). All my friends have drum sets- I have 3 myself. and the kick pedal works as an OD pedal already on the RB2 fender.

Glad to see they are making more though. Mad Catz gets a lot of shit for "low quality controllers", but the p-bass was the highest quality fake-plastic-guitar I've played. The cymbals were meh (bad brackets), but I look forward to more from them.


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Comment #12 by Jtpearl
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 03:05:24 PM
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I do like the idea of the overdrive pedal. I see how that could be useful.

Also off topic but which is worse, those that say first on thier post or those that spend there time shitting on the ones who said first?


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Comment #13 by kizwiz
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 03:07:24 PM
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lmao!!! Wow thats stupid


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Comment #14 by Jappe XBA
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 03:08:47 PM
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what the fuck?


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Comment #15 by zyxomma100
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 03:09:39 PM
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You would think that the OD pedal would be useful, but I've used one of the third party wireless PS2 guitars that had a whammy pedal and a Star Power pedal. It's more awkward than you think for gameplay, although I guess it makes sense if you actually play guitar with effects.


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Comment #16 by lazer9888
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 03:14:54 PM
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god damnt now theyre selling wooden guitar controllers???? its bad enough the games went to the ds-why dont ppl just get a life and play the real guitar?!?!?


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Comment #17 by Paprikeh
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 03:22:06 PM
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Anything with a 'z' in the company's name that stands the place for an 's' is obviously going to be shit. MadCatz reallllyy reallly sucks. I bought a controller for the original xbox a long time ago and it broke like a week later.


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Comment #18 by masterzach
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 03:24:45 PM
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#2= fail


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Comment #19 by smacd
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 03:30:57 PM
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@16

Its a GAME. why do you play FPS games? Why don't you just "get a life" and go join the Army?


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Comment #20 by Tim 13
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 04:21:42 PM
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#19 hits the nail on the head.

I have two real guitars, and they are my worst enemies. On the other hand, these games are fun. So yeah, go join the Army, 16. Getting shipped home in a box will shut your fucking trap.


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Comment #21 by heymynameisben
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 04:24:52 PM
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@#2 - NOT first. Fucking loser.

Wow it all make sense now I joking said first when I wasn't so I must be a fucking loser! Get a life instead of insulting people over the internet.


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Comment #22 by ZeebDweeb
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 04:53:13 PM
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those prices are ridiculous...if anyone buys these they might as well spend the money on a real guitar and lessons


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Comment #23 by SegaSaturnSNK
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 06:34:08 PM
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Expensive as hell and Madcatz is terrible. It'll break in a couple of days, all their shit break lol.


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Comment #24 by PimpingChloe
Monday, June 01, 2009 @ 11:40:14 PM
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@21 Yeah right, you are a fucking loser and your attempt at a save from looking like a complete doucher proves it.


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Comment #25 by heymynameisben
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 @ 11:28:12 AM
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I guess Ill have to say it again : Get a life instead of insulting people over the internet.


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Comment #26 by Freshmaker
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 @ 06:31:05 PM
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hahaha man #2 just got a can of whoop ass words on, man #2 ur first for fucking idiot ass moron of the year, but fuck Madcatz I hope this fails horribly


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Comment #27 by BarnesyJr48
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 08:20:51 AM
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I don't think this will 'fail horribly'.
I'm on my third 'official' guitar, and the strum bar on each and every single one of them has been absolute bullshit.
Obviously, most of you morons can't read either; the reason it's $300 is because its made of REAL WOOD, and (I quote): "The replica Stratocaster sports the same hardware as a real Stratocaster, including real tuning keys, bridge, tremolo, dials and ¼ inch amp jack."
Oh and whilst I'd like to agree with #25, I have to say, you really are a bunch of fucking morons, and proving the sterotype that the internet's primary function is for people to complain and bitch at others.
Grow up.


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Comment #28 by TheVoidRose
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 04:37:51 AM
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@20

Never stop being awesome, laughed my ass off.

I like the idea of a Over Drive pedal, my Les Paul control(which swear by)has always had a wonky tilt thingy and an OD pedal would so help me. Of course I can always just buy a new Guitar Control.. but I just love the shape and feel of the Les Paul.


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