‘Rock Band 3′ Fender Stratocaster Pro Guitar Priced at $279.99

Nov 2, 2010 by  

Rock Band 3 - Fender's Squier Pro Guitar

The official details pertaining to Fender’s Stratocaster guitar for Rock Band 3‘s pro mode have finally been released. The guitar/controller combination is going to be released at the somewhat daunting price of $279.99. Also, unfortunately for holiday shoppers, the guitar won’t be releasing until March of 2011, thought you can preorder beginning January first. It’s also worth noting that this price likely doesn’t include the price of a midi controller, which runs for around $40.

For comparisons sake the Mad Catz Fender Mustang pro guitar, which has 102 buttons across 17 frets, will cost $150 and land in early or late November depending on your source. The typical Rock Band plastic guitar peripheral is around $60 new.

The pro guitar gameplay looks amazing in motion, and just the thought that playing Rock Band 3 may translate into real guitar playing skills is mind-boggling. It doesn’t hurt that the game is an amazing stand-alone experience either. Combined with the professional keyboard mode, Rock Band 3 is without a doubt the best music game experience available.

Unfortunately, there’s still a huge barrier of entry: the price. Likely one of the biggest reasons for Guitar Hero and Rock Band‘s success was that it was a cheaper method of having the music playing experience. Just about anyone could pick up a guitar peripheral and a game and jam with their friends. Now that the option of playing a real guitar in Rock Band is here, how how Harmonix lowered the barrier of entry? The guitar will cost just as much, if not more than comparable beginner guitars, but there’s also the price of the midi controller and actual game box as well. That’s almost $400 for the Rock Band 3 pro guitar experience.

Considering the price issue, the availability of a Mad Cats pro guitar alternative, and the fact that the Fender Stratocaster won’t land until next March (almost five months after Rock Band 3‘s release), it’s worth wondering what Harmonix’ intentions were. Is the Stratocaster meant to be niche? Is the entire pro guitar addition just an experiment?

What do you think, Ranters? Are you picking up Rock Band 3? What do you think of the pro guitar mode, and are you interested in picking up either the Mustang or the Stratocaster? Do you believe it will be a hit?

Rock Band 3 is available now for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS. The Fender Stratocaster will be released March 2011 for the price of $279.99.

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  1. I seriously want that guitar, but it is definitely not a casual investment. I guess the question is, what do you want to do: play a game, or learn to play guitar. If nothing else, the price should prevent potential buyers from confusing those options.

  2. I’m grumpy, but Imma still buy it. This is awesome!

  3. March 2011 isn’t that around the same time the 3DS is coming out for about the same price ?… Yeah i’d rather get the 3DS cause atleast i could secretly play that at my job lol…

  4. The price is way too high for my college student wallet. I Wish I could afford it. This has to be the coolest thing happening in rhythm gaming.

  5. I’m in a very real crisis with this game. I want the game itself, and would love to try out the Pro Guitar, but it means putting up a massive amount of money on a hunch I’ll enjoy it. Even the Mad Catz is an expensive proposition. Hopefully I’m not alone in waiting for one of my friends to buy it so I can give it a whirl.

  6. If I were to invest in one of the pro controllers, I’d rather make the jump to the Real deal. But that’s mainly because I am a guitar player and I can see the guitar working for a recording option.

    That said, I think that instead of buying the game and the peripherals, I’m going to invest in some ACTUAL gear and continue writing my own music. What good is learning only what others have created?

  7. The pricing is tough because you can have a console and other games which you can buy used for cheap OR you spend ALL of your money on Rock Band 3 and its instruments…

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