After some suggested that initial reports from earlier this month about the Rock Band 3 Fender Squier being discontinued were premature, the latest news out of Harmonix and Fender does in fact appear to confirm that Fender will no longer be manufacturing new Squiers for the game.
Granted that we hear a lot of people wanted to get their hands on one and never had the opportunity, particularly those abroad, communication from Fender through Harmonix suggests that there is enough inventory in retail channels to fulfill residual demand. Not sure what to think about that one, but I’m assuming they are making the decision based on better information than we have here. Harmonix is looking to get more information out for international folks who still wish to procure an instrument.
Oh, and as the Squier (at least for the time being) and Mustang Pro Guitars are still available at retail outlets, Harmonix reiterates that they are still fully committed to Pro Guitar/Bass and Pro DLC, so that should help calm a few nerves.
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.