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Rock Band 3’s Fender Squier Guitar Scheduled for a 2011 Release

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Those looking to pick up Rock Band 3’s speciality Fender Squier guitar – you know, the proper guitar that will work with Rock Band 3 – on launch will have to hold on to their cash until 2011 according to Harmonix and Mad Catz.

Showing off Rock Band 3’s range of instruments at EA’s Guildford offices in the UK last week, Harmonix PR guru, John Drake, told X360A that “The Fender Squier is coming out in 2011. This is a real guitar, it’s made by Fender.”

“We’re hoping to keep it as early 2011 as possible, but it’s sort of complicated,” he continued, “It’ll be worldwide in 2011; we’re hoping to sim-ship as close to sim as possible. The quantities will be very limited at launch, because it’s close enough to a specialty item almost.”

“It is going to be, yes, they’ve already talked to us about it,” jumped in Alex Verrey, the Mad Catz Global PR & Communications Manager, talking about whether it’ll be a simultaneous release, but take note: “You will still need a MIDI pro adapter,” he reminded us – which will costs £39.99 and be available before Christmas, meaning that most MIDI instruments will work... well, drums and keyboards anyway.

The console agnostic guitar is said to be “more expensive than the [Mad Catz] Mustang” and is “based on a $250 body, so it’ll be more than that” said Drake.

“The idea is to keep it at entry level and keep it accessible in terms of price, but it’s also like a crazy piece of technology that does stupidly complicated things,” he finished.

If that’s going to be too rich for your blood, then you can always stump up £124.99/$150 for the Mad Catz Mustang pro-guitar which is the only available pro-guitar at launch. Of course, the beauty of Rock Band 3 though will be that you can buy the standalone game if you like and use it with the plastic instruments that you already own, without any of the pro instruments.

I assume most people will be interested in the keyboard though which is £79.99 as a standalone option, £129.99 for that and the game; and £24.99 for the keyboard stand. Incidentally, that’s exactly what we tested out in our hands-on preview that we published yesterday.

Verrey also stated that with Mad Catz on peripheral distribution this time around, the countries that were unable to get instruments for the console versions before, will no longer have that problem from here on out. No specific countries were mentioned.

Rock Band 3 is out October 26th and October 29th in North America and Europe.


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US October 26, 2010
Europe October 29, 2010

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