Fender Musical Instruments Corp. and Mad Catz, the official third-party developer of Rock Band, peripherals and accessories, have come together to co-develop a full-scale, wooden Stratocaster replica controller to be used in Harmonix Music Systems’ wildly-successful Rock Band video games.
The controller will be the only wooden replica controller compatible with the Xbox gaming platform and is sure to become an instant collector’s item. The controller is compatible with Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles Game; as well as other rhythm and music video game titles.
“Available in a hand-painted Three-Tone Sunburst design, the highly buffed gloss finish on each model is applied over an eight day period in the same manner as a genuine Stratocaster electric guitar and assembled at a Fender‘ manufacturing facility. The guitar neck sports a high-resolution ‘Rosewood’ finish decal, concealing two sets of premium Fret Buttons.”
Mad Catz inform us that this item “is a true 1:1 replica of the famous guitar “with “the body, neck, and headstock made from genuine Stratocaster wooden blanks, while the Tuning Keys and Bridge are built using genuine metal parts and fittings.”
– Premium-quality Strum Bar
– Dongle-free wireless connectivity Uses wireless technology as Microsoft 360 wireless controller
– 3 AA Alkaline batteries included
– Included Official Fender Guitar Strap
– Supports external electro-Harmonix Overdrive Pedal (sold separately)
– Full size Stratocaster guitar replica made in a Fender factory
– Uses real Fender metal tuning keys
– Official Fender 3-Tone Sunburst finish
The Rock Band Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster guitar controller for Xbox 360 is available at Mad Catz online Rock Band Store and shipping now across North America in early September 2009. It will retail for an MSRP of $299.99.
More info at http://rockband.gameshark.com/