Some confirmation from Harmonix folks today on the UK leg of their promotional tour:
‘We’re hoping to keep it as early 2011 as possible, but it’s sort of complicated. It’ll be worldwide in 2011; we’re hoping to 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.’
“[The Squier is] more expensive than the Mustang… [and is] based on a $250 body, so it’ll be more than that. 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.”
looks like this will definitely get pushed to 2011 as I predicted
early quantities will be limited
also confirmed to require the platform specific midi adaptor device ~$40
my advice: if you abhor the horror of the plastic (immediately available on RB3 launch and much much cheaper) Mustang Pro, be patient and have $400 ready in early 2011.
I’m also a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle worried that this might end up being a bit finicky and experimental as a v1 product that is “stupidly complicated”. So there is, IMHO, a very real risk you’d pay $400 for something that might have some significant v1 product teething problems.
Sadness to the announcement that it’s going to be early 2011. The Mustang didn’t sound that hot from the hands-on preview and comparison with the Squier that was linked in the main RB3 thread. I’m wondering how well getting used to playing on it would translate to Squier usage later.
Wait… didn’t someone post an article in another rock band3 thread that said there were trying to keep the Fender price down in the ‘just above’ Mustang range? May have just been wishful thinking on my part. :(
My understanding is that standard practice for a MIDI guitar is to analyze the output of the pickups – is that right? The Squier uses pressure sensors under the fretboard instead. Meaning it’s not going to transmit bends, vibrato or harmonics, but should transmit exactly what Rock Band grades on much more precisely than a standard MIDI guitar would.
This may have already been answered in the other RB3 thread, but is it possible to have the game display the pro guitar note charts without a pro guitar (either a Mustang or Squier)? What I’d like to do is turn on no fail mode and play along with one of my real guitars – is that possible without spending $$$ for another fake plastic guitar?