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Fender Discontinuing the Rock Band 3 Squier [Update]
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Fender Discontinuing the Rock Band 3 Squier [Update]

Well that was quick. After nearly a year to the day that this revolutionary peripheral was unveiled, it is now being discontinued.

I had a few people overseas send me a heads up a few weeks ago that according to their local retailers, the Rock Band 3 Squier was unavailable to order as it was discontinued. I made a note to follow up on this, but it looks like someone on the RockBand.com forums did the heavy lifting for me. Forum user “Zubazz” contacted Fender directly to inquire about the Squier availability after running in to a similar situation, and was told that the hybrid guitar is being discontinued.

I contacted Fender first thing this morning to corroborate this, and unfortunately was indeed told the same thing. Basically, what that means is that when the current stock of Squiers out there is exhausted, that’s it. So if you have one already, consider yourself lucky, because it seems like if you didn’t get in on the pre-sale, many people never even got a chance to snag one.

Obviously the abandonment of the marquis instrument of Rock Band 3’s Pro mode is not good news. As far as I know, the Mustang Pro Guitar is still available, but after playing on a Squier, it’s tough to go back to the Mustang. Feel free to vent in the comments…

UPDATED: Apparently Harmonix is hearing reports to the contrary from Fender. Here is what @HMXHenry posted over in the RockBand.com forums (bold added for emphasis):

Hey gang. Thanks to everyone for your patience while all the Community / PR folks were out in LA for E3. We’re all back in the office now so we’ll be able to devote a lot more attention to discussions on the forums.

As HMXcj mentioned in an earlier post, this is the first we’ve heard of any plans to discontinue the Squier. We’ve reached out to Fender (who is handling all the production and distribution of this hardware) for more info and we’ll follow up here as soon as we get the full scoop from them.

Initial responses from our contacts at Fender indicate that the Squier has not been discontinued at this time, so there may be some confusion at the retail level. There are still Squiers in the retail channel and MadCatz is still producing Mustangs, so there is still plenty of support for Pro Guitar and Pro mode as a whole. We don’t have any plans to discontinue support for Pro Guitar DLC, and there are still charts being authored months out for upcoming releases.

Since there hasn’t been any official announcement regarding the status of the Squier, we’re looking for any and all details regarding where this info is coming from. It appears to to be coming from the retail side, so if anyone has been told that the Squier is being discontinued please PM me the name of the retailer, the location, the name of the agent you spoke with, the date, etc. Any info would be helpful to forward along to Fender so we can get some clarity as soon as possible.

Thanks again to everyone for sitting tight while we wrapped E3. We’ll post more info as soon as we have it.

 

209 Responses to “Fender Discontinuing the Rock Band 3 Squier [Update]”

  • Michael Prachar says:

    Well, I bought one today even though I can’t afford it. 🙁 I’m going to do my part to send the right message to HMX (and any 3rd party instrument manufacturers.) Votes with the wallet are the only votes that count…

    • Croq says:

      I did the same, bought one today, but I think any “message sending” is likely too little too late. I really doubt that Fender would change their minds at this point. Besides, any of the items we’re buying now means nothing to Fender technically, they got their money from Best Buy and others a while back.

      • Michael Prachar says:

        My “message” is more one of support for HMX/Rock Band/Pro Mode (and whomever they work with moving forward.)

        Fender has made their decision and is either:

        1. Getting out of this space
        2. Gearing up for Squire 2.0

        Either way, I agree that our purchases from today are likely to sway Fender…

        • dc32 says:

          1. Getting out of this space
          2. Gearing up for Squire 2.0

          I’m pretty sure it’s #1. Otherwise that’s a terrible business move, discontinuing a product with no warning (HMX didn’t even know about it, according to their message board) then secretly releasing a new one later on? I’m no business major but that doesn’t seem like the way to do things, if they are planning on staying in this genre. E3 just happened, if they had a new guitar, even in the planning stages, it would have been the best place to announce all this, but obviously that didn’t happen.

          • Michael Prachar says:

            Odds are you are correct – I’m just trying not to jump the gun on being overly negative…

  • mrkiammi says:

    Damn i am glad i that preordered mine right away from best buy
    and got it all the way to europe!!!.
    i must admit i am pretty surprised about this!,now i REALLY hope the pro upgrades
    and new dlc for pro guitar/bas WILL continue, there are still other options than the squier, the mustang and the yourock guitar
    i have the yourock and tried to replace with real strings
    and it works pretty neat! 😀
    OFFTOPIC dont know about rocksmith, anybody knows if there will be string bending options ??

    • Wendell says:

      I read today (I forget which video game site) that bends are a feature of Rocksmith.

  • Bionic92 says:

    Well, this is probably going to hurt the chance of a Pro bass guitar peripheral.

  • SatansBestBuddy says:

    FUUUUUUUUDammit, I’d finally gotten a job so I could start saving up and now this happens!

    • FoxForever says:

      At least you got a job huh? Unemployment is kinda high (at least in U.S. atm)

      I’m kinda irritated too though.

  • Thedave says:

    This is just one of the many reasons I decided not to buy one. That and the cost. That aside I don’t think that this reflects on the state of rhythm gaming at all. I was never sold on RB3 being a platform to teach me how to play a real instrument. It’s been said a million times already but I play RB because it is a game and another way for me to experience music. if I really wanted to learn an instrument I’d take lessons. I think this is really only going to affect a small percentage of players even if Harmonix stops with the pro charts. To be honest I thought the introduction of pro mode would take away from the game in other areas. If Rock Band 4 ever comes out, and I really hope it does, I wouldn’t be upset at all to see pro mode removed. I’d much rather see many of the improvements request by the community than pro mode. It would suck for those that have invested the money in the guitars and pro charts but since we’ll probably never see any sales numbers from pro charts I have a feeling it would be that big of an effect on sales.

    • chas says:

      If you mean pro guitar/bass, then sure, but pro mode is the only way I play drums and keys.

      • Whizzer says:

        The only Pro instruments they could possibly drop are indeed Guitar and Bass. They’ve done Pro Drums since the beginning and it’s only the tom notes, so that’s not a whole lot of work.

        And Pro Keys are played with the same instrument and are actually cheaper for those with a MIDI keyboard, requiring only the MIDI Pro.

        But I don’t think they will drop it. The Mustang is not discontinued so as that continues to sell, the userbase for Pro Guitar/Bass gains traction. Besides, they’ve put so much work in this. It’s unlikely they will really forfeit it this quickly. It’s a good way to counter RockSmith, if necessary.

    • Dein Bär says:

      I enjoy the pro mode for bass and guitar more than any other playing mode, I would be very unhappy, if it dried out.

      The Squier going out of production is not a good sign, but I would like to know about the reasons behind this first.
      Can’t think that demand was too low, I would rather expect problems with the consumer market in stead of going to the music shops and maybe they used a too expensive pickup and the profit margin was not worth the hassle.

      You can still use the Roland pickups on you guitar or bass, which more expensive, although it gives you guitar synth playing as well.

  • MariniCG says:

    Well… maybe THIS is the “Big Announcement” at E3! 🙁
    Sad news guys…
    I was expecting to grab a Squier in my next trip to U.S.

  • LGscoundrel says:

    Guess I’m going to Best Buy!

    Worst E3 ever. The announcement of the Squier was what got me playing rock band. I didn’t want to plonk down the cash just yet, but this announcement made me reserve at the nearest BB in stock.

    If Fender staged this to stimulate sales I’m gonna feel so punked.

  • baz says:

    Aww what the fuck? I don’t want to play pro with those plastic button pro guitars…. FUCK!

  • QuestionMark says:

    Saw this on the forums yesterday. Pretty distressing. I would guess that mustang sales are hopefully enough to sustain pro charts. Plus the you rock guitar is at least an option.

    Anyway, when I saw this I dashed off to Best Buy and grabbed mine. The BB employees commented that they had seen it sell really well, though I know that is anecdotal.

    Anyway, excited to get into the protar. I’m gonna be starting from zero, though, so I’m a bit daunted.

    Good luck to anyone else who is scrambling.

    • QuestionMark says:

      As a follow up, I’ve spent about 2 hours with my new squier and I love it. Yes, it’s freakin’ hard, but very satisfying. Good luck to any who are looking.

    • LGscoundrel says:

      Got mine today too. I’m hugely excited to give it a go but I’m gonna hold onto the receipt and see what HMX’s full response to this is… their short response on the forums suggests it took them as much by surprise as it did the fans. Not cool, Fender. Not cool.

  • BJ says:

    I’m a bit worried about the future of Rock Band.
    Rock Band 3 had disappointing sales, the squire is now canned, Harmonix got sold, and I have NO idea how well the DLC sells.
    I’m scared that by 2012 it’ll all be over…

    • Whizzer says:

      Harmonix getting sold is not a bad sign for Rock Band. It’s probably a good thing more than anything.

      On the forums, there’s a thread indicating relative DLC sales levels for the Xbox360 and some of the RB3 DLC is selling really well compared to songs that have been out for years.

      Those Rock Band 3 sales numbers were never proven and otherwise supported. We don’t know how well it sold. It may still sell as more people find out about the Pro modes and keyboards.

      Don’t feel too bad about it. Harmonix has still Dance Central to support the franchise!

    • Joe Shredder says:

      According to Mayan Gaming Monthly, it really is all over in December of 2012! So no worries! Don’t wait too long on that pro DLC tho!

    • RockBandAide says:

      As long as DLC remains profitable, there’s no reason it won’t be around for a long time.

      • IvoryDoll says:

        I don’t think that DLC can maintain the genre. In order to keep people interested they have to offer something more, new songs aren’t enough to maintain interest. I am sure if you look at the sales of DLC from Rock Band 2’s heyday, you would would see a downturn to todays sales. RB3 blew it and the DLC hasn’t kept me interested I have stopped buying the DLC even if I like it because Rock Band isn’t fun to play anymore.

        • Croq says:

          Yeah, because you are a true indicator of the buying public in general? I have spent more on DLC since RB3 came out than any time in RB’s past. Regarding it not being fun to play anymore, I would have to disagree there too. I still play every weekend and have just as much fun as I always have.

        • RockBandAide says:

          “Rock Band 3 blew it…” for you. Yes, Harmonix took out the competitive feature, of which they explained something like less than 1% of players ever used this feature, and the ones that did complained about it incessantly. But look at what they DID add to the game. If you can find something to like in Rock Band 3, I HIGHLY doubt that that there is anything they would have been able to do to keep you interested in the genre.

          • IvoryDoll says:

            I was trying to prove a point that DLC cannot maintain the genre. We have seen numerous indicators of the decline of Rhythm games since the hay-days. Look at Rock Band sales from RB2 to RB3 in the first 10 weeks you can see a major difference

            RB2 sales: 855,455
            RB3 sales: 450,073

            And that is just the sales in the 1st 10 weeks. In addition RB3 launched 1 month later than RB2 which should have bolstered the sales because it was closer to Christmas. Not only have the sales dropped tremendously, but the drops are easily seen in the 2 major platforms Guitar Hero and Rock Band. GH:WOR sold 86,000 copies in first week of sales, GH:3 had 1.4 million units 1st week 2008. 2010 revenue was 1/5 for the same period in 2008. In addition, the Guitar Hero series and the squier being discontinued, these are all signs that Rhythm gaming is a dying genre. I did some research on DLC sales including RBN sales. Here are some more statistics for you. You can see that 2011 numbers will just make 1/2 of the sales they did last year. Granted these numbers aren’t perfect this gives a picture.

            Yearly Sales stats
            # songs Xbox360 PS3 Wii Total
            2011 538 1,300,628 470,175 86,439 1,857,242
            2010 1235 4,421,949 1,937,511 302,801 6,662,261
            2009 426 4,026,524 1,642,692 262,050 5,931,266
            2008 285 3,311,458 1,250,658 132,871 4,694,987
            2007 134 2,334,953 967,925 126,349 3,429,227

            Sales and revenue don’t lie and that is what keeps games alive, and DLC cannot maintin that.

          • RockBandAide says:

            Based on the stats you show, it looks like DLC sales are INCREASING each year, and I’m assuming you are using RockBandScores.com, which has some pretty gaping holes in its reporting, considering they rebooted the leaderboard a few months after Rock Band 3 came out.

            The genre is shedding it’s casual players, and releasing further discs with incremental feature add-ons is Guitar Hero’s MO, not Rock Band’s. Releasing DLC is a way to please the people that DO enjoy the game, and to occasionally bring back those that haven’t played it in awhile.

            If you don’t play anymore, that’s fine, but there are still a LOT of people that are having fun with the game. You can call it a “dying genre” as much as you want, but as long as there are still people playing the game, having fun, and buying DLC, Rock Band’s not going anywhere.

  • James says:

    Maybe they are gonna make use of the USB adaptor that was invented for the upcoming rocksmith game? The one that lets you plug in a high percentage of guitars already available. WHich would make the squier less desirable , specially from a price point. Here’s to hoping anyways

  • darkbhudda says:

    Wow.

    I bought the Mustang because I was tired of waiting for the Squier. I was sceptical about it but after giving it a go I love it.

    They sat on releasing the XBOX360 Midi controller for so long the Squier was pushed down on my priority list. No point getting a Squier if I couldn’t play it. A peripheral should never require a third party to release their peripheral first.

    Sounds like the cost of making them was more than they realised, the Best Buy exclusivity period backfired and the Mad Catz midi controller nonsense soured them. Sales in a crucial period being below a certain level could have caused the decision.

    Not sure how many components got affected by the earthquakes and the current blackouts in Japan but that could be a factor too.

    • LGscoundrel says:

      I think the supply and the BB exclusivity was indicative that Fender didn’t really have any faith in the product catching on. Self-fullfilling mentality if you ask me.

      Anecdotal, but everyone I talked to about the Squier had never heard about Pro Guitar. This thing could have been huge if the word was out. Rocksmith is trying to build early buzz and people don’t even know that Ubisoft is late to the party, they’re stealing HMX’s thunder right from under their noses.

  • Cymbalism says:

    Yuck, that sucks! Guess I’ll have to stick to playing the drums. A real pity, because I was ready to buy it from day one…

  • Vampire-Jekyll says:

    At one point I owned 2 of these squiers. I decided I didn’t want to wait for my backordered pre-order to get shipped so I just bought one at Best Buy. Turns out it ended up shipping that day and within the week I had 2 sitting in my basement, one still boxed and ready to be sent back the other not getting nearly as much use as I wanted (have to work to pay the bills.) =/

  • YOYOMAN2K1 says:

    i think mad catz is taking over making the fender squier guitar cause if you go to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16879216215 you will see it is advertised as being from madcatz now instead of just fender so i don’t think it is the end of the squier being made. it is just the end of fender making it and madcatz taking over production of it …… hoping people at rockbandaide can get ahold of madcatz and get this confirmed

  • RichardW1001 says:

    Get a YouRock! http://www.yourockguitar.com/

    Real midi guitar, works really well with Rock Band 3, and with previous versions on PS3 and Wii (waiting on licensing still on XBox)

    I love “tapping mode” on it!

    • Michael Prachar says:

      The YouRock! doesn’t have the on-screen visual finger positioning does it? My understanding was that was a key differentiator for the Fender. (Got mine yesterday – very cool! Thanks Fender for forcing me to prioritze RB over food.)

      • mrkiammi says:

        yes it does, i works just like the squier
        you can also plug it to an amp while playing rb3.

      • RichardW1001 says:

        Yep it has the on-screen finger positioning stuff

      • Happy says:

        I got my YRG earlier this week. It works extremely well! Definitely has visual finger position tracking. Another pleasant surprise was that you can actually listen to what you play (via headphone out / amp).

        This thing is real midi guitar with backing tracks etc., so it’s really useful even if you don’t have RB3.

  • T says:

    The sad thing about this announcement is that it means those Squiers that ARE left are going to be quickly gobbled up by scalpers looking for a quick buck on eBay.

  • T.J. says:

    If the Squier is selling out it’s surprising they would end it so soon after its creation but as a Mustang owner I would say there is still a great Pro guitar available for RB3 (the Mustang duh).

  • PSPCOW says:

    Got a Squier (Not RB3) and pretty happy with it. Looks like I won’t be needing the game anymore, and it has been weeks since I last touched it. Goodbye Rock Band! Good Times!

    Plus, I got it in red!

  • Mikeyts says:

    I’ve been following the thread on the rockband.com forums and apparently HMX was taken by surprise. An HMX developer responded to the thread and said that he’d ask someone to look into it (all of the appropriate people were at E3).

    I don’t think that this kills pro guitar/bass–Squier players had to be a very minor portion of all people playing pro g/b (47,300 profiles across all platforms have logged pro guitar scores as of Thursday; who knows how many people are playing pro g/b completely offline). Though some people who might have tried pro guitar won’t now, at $320 (guitar + required MIDI Pro Adapter) it was unlikely to ever be more than a small minority of pro guitar players, who themselves are only about 6% of people on the leaderboards.

    The Squier was good press for RB3, a remarkable and prestigious acheivement, but I think that it has problems which cause a large percentage of returns; that’s my guess as to why Fender pitched it. Even knowing that, on hearing this news I decided to order one from Buy.com on Thursday (weirdly it’s being delivered today, Saturday, but I’m not complaining :)). There’s probably quite a bit of stock left at Best Buy, Buy.com and Newegg.com, so get ’em while you can. No doubt that within a week or two you’ll only be able to get them on eBay for rip-off prices.

  • Hmm…Hey, if I have one of these things and I sell them, how much do you think I could get out of it? (:

  • LGscoundrel says:

    HMX Henry’s official response on the RB forums:

    “Hey gang. Thanks to everyone for your patience while all the Community / PR folks were out in LA for E3. We’re all back in the office now so we’ll be able to devote a lot more attention to discussions on the forums.

    As HMXcj mentioned in an earlier post, this is the first we’ve heard of any plans to discontinue the Squier. We’ve reached out to Fender (who is handling all the production and distribution of this hardware) for more info and we’ll follow up here as soon as we get the full scoop from them.

    Initial responses from our contacts at Fender indicate that the Squier has not been discontinued at this time, so there may be some confusion at the retail level. There are still Squiers in the retail channel and MadCatz is still producing Mustangs, so there is still plenty of support for Pro Guitar and Pro mode as a whole. We don’t have any plans to discontinue support for Pro Guitar DLC, and there are still charts being authored months out for upcoming releases.

    Since there hasn’t been any official announcement regarding the status of the Squier, we’re looking for any and all details regarding where this info is coming from. It appears to to be coming from the retail side, so if anyone has been told that the Squier is being discontinued please PM me the name of the retailer, the location, the name of the agent you spoke with, the date, etc. Any info would be helpful to forward along to Fender so we can get some clarity as soon as possible.

    Thanks again to everyone for sitting tight while we wrapped E3. We’ll post more info as soon as we have it.”

    So it looks like I mighta been punked running out to buy one. But we won’t not know for certain for a week or so.

    • RockBandAide says:

      Something fishy is going on. I talked to Fender on the phone directly, who told me point blank that it is being discontinued, yet they are telling Harmonix something different? Hmm…

  • Dein Bär says:

    Fellow Rock Band players, the report of the Squier Stratocaster Controller’s death might have been an exaggeration.
    News are surfacing that it was just a stall in the Squier production, with dealers now being able to order it again.

    • RockBandAide says:

      Is there a source for this news?

      • Dein Bär says:

        karaokefreak, a long time player from Berlin, talked to someone from the guitar department at Thomann. He was told they got news from Fender that it will continue, with details about the order process for that batch yet to be determined.

        As Thomann sells a lot of Fender guitars, and was also a dependable source for the first batch sent to Europe, I think this looks good.

        • RockBandAide says:

          Did this happen recently?

          • Dein Bär says:

            His posting is about eleven hours old (Tue 12:14 lokal time).

          • RockBandAide says:

            I just got off the phone with “Steve” from Fender who told me that the guitar already HAS been discontinued. We REALLY need some OFFICIAL clarity on this.

          • Dein Bär says:

            We will see. We can only guess and assign personal trust to the various divergent news sources right now.

            It seems plausible to me that they manufacture it in a couple of batches. One to satisfy initial demand and then looking how much demand is left.
            Limiting are possibly the microcontroller units and the pickups, which have to get shipped to the assembly plant in China or Indonesia.

            Good thing is that this might dampen the speculative Squier prices on Ebay and Amazon a bit.

            And of course I would love if they add a bit of variation, like new colours. That would be very nice.

  • Epsilon says:

    I had a Squier right when it came out, but ultimately I decided to return it because I knew I wouldn’t be willing to put in the time required to get good at it on a consistent basis and justify the investment, largely because I’m still having so much fun playing the “fake” instrument. So I returned it, partly because it was expensive, but also because I knew damn well how scarce they were and I didn’t want to deprive someone else who was REALLY wanting it.

    This news actually compelled me to look into picking up a Mustang so as not to get permanently locked out of Pro guitar, and I was shocked to see it going for $86 on Amazon. With a $20 credit I had from my last game and Prime, I’m having it shipped to me tomorrow for basically the price I would have paid for Duke Nukem Forever if it didn’t suck quite so much ass. I figure at that price, I can definitely justify having it around to mess with occasionally without feeling obligated to spend hours and hours practicing. Then if I get into it over the next few months/years, at that point I’m sure I could justify just getting a dedicated guitar to mess around with. But even if I don’t, at least I only paid the price of a game for the privilege. Hell, at $70, it’s almost worth having it just as a conversation piece and/or to placate my Rock Band-related OCD.

    Long story short, the point is that for me, at least, this news put another Pro Guitar customer on the ledger, even if somewhat indirectly. But if the recent reports that the Squier isn’t really discontinued, that’s all the better.

  • Croq says:

    It would appear that the Squier *is NOT* discontinued. Latest update by HMXhenry on RB forums:

    “Harmonix has contacted Fender and the people we spoke with at Fender were as surprised as we were by the reports that Fender has discontinued production of the RB Squier. Fender is investigating why retailers have been told that the RB Squier was discontinued and is taking steps to correct this misinformation. Harmonix and Fender will provide further information as it becomes available.”

    • RockBandAide says:

      That is NOT what @HMXHenry said, rather a generous paraphrasing of what he DID say, which is:

      “There shouldn’t be any doubt that we’re taking this seriously. We’ve had regular contact with Fender since returning back from E3 and we’ve passed along feedback provided by posters on the forums and in PM. They’re reaching out to retailers, customer support reps, production reps and business reps and unfortunately that takes a bit of time (longer than I’d like, that’s for sure). As soon as we’ve heard back from all the parties involved we’ll make a follow up post. Thanks again for your patience.”

      http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220870&p=4423098#post4423098

      • Croq says:

        Sorry, but it IS what @HMXHenry said today. Look at the first post in that thread.

        • RockBandAide says:

          You are incorrect. You posted a paraphrase of what forum user “jimhenry” said here: http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220870&p=4423127&viewfull=1#post4423127

          If you read HMXHenry’s statements in that thread, he has yet to official confirm that the Squier has NOT been discontinued: “Since there hasn’t been any official announcement regarding the status of the Squier…”

          I have been communicating with HMXHenry about this via email, and he has told me that they are still waiting on Fender for more info.

          • Croq says:

            Well it did say that, and I’m 99% sure that the update that I quoted showed both “***OFFICIAL HMX EDIT 6/15***” and “Quote Originally Posted by hmxhenry View Post” when I grabbed it.

            It would appear that the paraphraser guy put that in there and mislabeled it as coming from HMX.

            Sorry for the confusion, but I wasn’t making up what I saw.

            Glad it’s somewhat “clear” now. Or is it? 🙂 I’m still confused as to what the hell is going on here. Guess we’ll just have to wait some more.

  • Rob says:

    I think Fender and Harmonix really shit the bed on this peripheral game combo. Very poorly co-ordinated with too much confusion on when and where to purchase. It really doesn’t surprise me that the sales numbers aren’t there. If the Squier had been ready when the game was released and properly advertised I bet the numbers would have been alot better. And maybe we would be ordering a bass guitar or drums. Pity!!!

    • RockBandAide says:

      Harmonix said when the guitar was unveiled that it would not be available at launch. With something as unique as this, would you rather they rushed the launch and put out a shitty product, held back Rock Band 3 for arguably a niche product, or did what they ended up doing?

  • LGscoundrel says:

    For those of you not following the thread on the RB forums, we got another response from HMXhenry today:

    “Hey gang. Thanks to everyone for your patience while we made the rounds to get as much information on the Squier as possible. Hopefully you can all appreciate why we wouldn’t want to post partial information that ended up causing even more confusion.

    Here’s the situation as I understand it: due to significant manufacturing lead times and the quantity currently available in the retail channel, Fender has decided not to place any more back orders for direct fulfillment. That would explain why, as some posters in this thread have pointed out, some music stores are unable to take back orders, but Squiers generally appear to be readily available at Best Buys.

    What this means for you, the people still looking to pick up a Squier, is that Best Buy (specifically Best Buys with Music Centers) is currently your best bet. There should be a sufficient quantity in the pipeline to meet the current demand, and when we get back into the office on Monday we’ll begin next steps with Best Buy and Fender to help you track availability and assist in getting stock where it needs to be.

    As I mentioned in my previous posts, the crew at Harmonix is still fully committed to supporting Rock Band 3, Pro Mode, Pro Guitar and Pro DLC. Between the Squiers and Mustangs currently available at retail, as well as the upcoming Pro Guitar DLC upgrades, there are still plenty of options for people looking to get into Pro Guitar and we’ve got some awesome stuff coming up that we think people will be really excited for.

    I’ll continue to collect feedback from this thread and from PMs, and thanks again to everyone that contacted me with specifics. I’ll follow up here once we have contact info for Best Buy or more information on international solutions.”

    I don’t actually understand myself what this entails. Does it mean it IS discontinued? Or that production is being decreased and Best Buy remains the only supplier?

  • James Pelson says:

    Everyone involved messed this up like a bunch of amateurs from the getgo. Primary blame rests with EA for releasing the game way too early, which you can tell from the state of the game and the lack of any of the major selling point peripherals being available at early launch. Trying to compete with Warriors of Rock was ridiculous. Letting Madcatz make the MPA and letting Best Buy have the exclusive on the guitar, can you get any more clear you don’t give a darn about the customers?

    They stabbed everyone who bought the game at release just for the pro e-drums and real guitar and MIDI keyboards in the back, they never had any intention of really tying to make this work. Say what you want, the proof is in the way it all played out. Then they dropped the price of the game to sell more DLC, and now two supposed business partners can’t even get their excuse about the guitar straight.

    What a pile of bananas.