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Guitar Player Magazine Reviews Rock Band 3 Fender Squier
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Guitar Player Magazine Reviews Rock Band 3 Fender Squier

With tomorrow’s highly anticipated launch of the Rock Band 3 Fender Squier Pro Guitar at Best Buy, it looks like the new peripheral is attracting some major attention, including March’s issue of Guitar Player magazine. They had one of their writers take it through its paces, and had some very good things to say about it.

I’ll be publishing my review of the peripheral tomorrow, but it’s definitely cool to see real guitarists heap praise on it. “As a game controller, the Squier is light years ahead of anything I’ve seen on the market.”

The reviewer also points out that nothing will replace learning guitar through a personal instructor or playing with other musicians: “No game can take the place of studying with a real teacher or jamming with real musicians – nor should it – but this is a brilliant complement to those pursuits.”

But considering that the Squier attempts to combine a full fledged popular video game franchise with playing real instruments, it looks like they’ve nailed it: “For any of us who have wanted a way to marry Rock Band and rock bands, this is absolutely what we’ve been waiting for.”

You can check out some screen grabs from the March issue below, but pick up the March issue to give the full thing a read!

[Huge thanks to @_tinykoko for the scans!]

24 Responses to “Guitar Player Magazine Reviews Rock Band 3 Fender Squier”

  • Simon says:

    Rad.

  • Pancho says:

    With a price tag of $250+ at Best Buy, I’m gonna have to skip it, and stick to my plastic guitar (and my actual 6-string). It DOES look interesting, though, and I’m sure it’ll be fun for the gamer that can afford it.

    • killer_roach says:

      I already have the Mustang, and am considering this one if I pick up how to play a six-string a bit better than I do at present. (My main instrument is a Schecter Omen-4 bass, so I’m a bit clueless on playing with six strings rather than four, much less the nonsense with chords)

    • Adam says:

      Wait and see what happens when other retailers start carrying it. For what it’s worth, every single Squier guitar at musiciansfriend.com is 35%-44% off, and if those discounts hold for this guitar too, that’ll put it at $149.99 to $189.99. I have no idea what kind of discounts (if any?) there’ll be, but even if you just get free shipping with no sales tax, you’re coming out on top of Best Buy.

      • RockBandAide says:

        This guitar is FAR from “every single Squier guitar.” Just like any product, it will be discounted at some point, but you’re going to have to wait until late this year for any discount at all.

        • Adam Tyner says:

          “This guitar is FAR from every single Squier guitar.”

          I’m not arguing otherwise, but if a store discounts everything else of a particular brand, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suspect that something similar might happen for this too. I don’t think the discounts will be as deep, but retailers like this hardly ever charge full MSRP like Best Buy is.

          • RockBandAide says:

            Despite the Squier branding, this is a one-of-a-kind device. There is NOTHING else in existence that has the same functionality. Pair this with what I’m assuming will be limited production runs (due to high production costs and thin margins) and I have very little reason to believe there will be any sort of discount until closer to Black Friday, regardless of retailer.

  • soup567 says:

    Hopefully I can get this eventually…

  • Kirksplosion says:

    Just saw where Best Buy has shipped mine. 😀

    • Matt says:

      Ditto! I’m so excited. This’ll be my first real guitar

    • mrkiammi says:

      what??, are they starting to ship the squiers ??
      my preorder stils says in progress, others have different status ??

      • MaximusDM says:

        Yep, mine was shipped today. Maybe it depends when you pre-ordered as far as what place in line you get your order. But I have no clue how Best Buy does their business.

      • Geowil says:

        im in the same boat, ordered mine at the beginning of Feb though, so they probably are doing all the of Jan orders first, then everyone else tomorrow, hopefully.

      • RockBandAide says:

        The orders are being fulfilled and shipped based on the first come, first served process. The longer you waited to pre-order, the longer you will wait for product fulfillment.

  • eron says:

    I hope they ship them overseas

  • tony says:

    Bestbuy they totally screwed me. placed a hold on my preorder since jan-1. then, tried to place an addition hold yesterday and it declined because they alreay has a hold on the account. additionaly i had preordered with the $25 giftcard incentive. so. they drilled card for $25 plus already in addition to the hold on the price of the guitar. i talked to a customer service rep that helped me not all. so, i had to re-order the guitat yesterday (at full price). who knows when i’ll get it it but they totally screwed me!

  • darley says:

    Best Buy broke the release date. Picked on up without preorder tonight. Time to jam.

    • Geowil says:

      yeah, people were commenting about how BestBuy staff had absolutely no freaking clue what they were talking about when they asked em if they had demo’s of the squier setup or in stock. Someone even for the demo model that was supposed to be used by BB like mid-feb. They totally dropped the ball internally lmao.

  • Geoff says:

    Hey, I’m pretty curious as to what the magazine has to say about the guitar as a guitar (not as a controller). Any chance you could fill me in on the obscured parts of the article? (the last few lines of first page that were cutoff and underneath the white blob on the second page) From what I’m able to make out, the review of the controller’s guitar capabilities doesn’t seem very positive, which isn’t to say that the Squier won’t be the world’s best video game controller and a perfect complement to learning how to play a real guitar.

    I’m very curious about this because I love Rock Band on pro-drums and pro-keys and have been waiting for the guitar equivalent since I play real guitar. The mustang controller doesn’t appeal to me because I don’t want to develop bad habits to bring to the real guitar; however, I am willing to compromise a little bit if it means I get to play pro-mode guitar. Based on this review and the other review rockbandaide posted a few weeks ago by the other guitar magazine, it looks like my purchasing decision will be focused on whether the squier is worth its price solely as a video game controller. Thus, the question (for me) is whether the Squier will provide any additional value (to me) over the You Rock Guitar.

    Does anyone have any opinions on the YRG? Does it feel like you are playing a real guitar or does it feel like the Squier? As with the Squier, I don’t care about YRG’s function as a musical instrument, but I do want to play it like it was a real instrument. Is there a way to demo the YRG before purchasing it?

    • Mrkiammi says:

      I used to have a mustang too I got an yourock and i like it alot for gaming, i have a Real guitars too, both a
      Acoustic and electric, now the yourock is pretty cool, and the Neck simulate a Real
      Quite well BUT where neither the mustang or yourock feels natural for mé
      Is the struming, i works yes… But when playing level hard and fast strums or alt strums needed , it does not feel like a Real guitar. I am trying to replace the strings with Real strings, to get a closer
      Feeling. Besides that its a great tool and toy, But i cant wait to try the squier
      I preorder the squier it at 15th december , and status is still (inprogress) ….
      Fastest delivery..

    • RockBandAide says:

      If you want to see the rest of the article, you’ll have to buy the magazine.

      I tried out the You Rock Guitar at E3, and it feels more like playing on the Mustang than playing on the Squier. If you want the most realistic experience possible, get the Squier before the You Rock Guitar.

  • Croq says:

    I’m looking forward to even more reviews of this guitar/controller, and can’t wait to read RBA’s review.