Rock Band Guitar Based On Fender Stratocaster

Harmonix, MTV and EA have today announced that the have secured the rights to use electrical guitars and amps made by Fender Musical Instruments in their upcoming musical game Rock Band. As part of the deal the peripheral guitar will be modeled on the Fender Stratocaster, known across the world as on of the iconic models of electric guitar. The companies have also announced that Roland Corporation in conjunction with BOSS have also agreed to let their brands feature both in-game and via co-marketing.

Fender is pleased to be part of Rock Band and the exciting opportunity it offers passionate music fans and gamers,” said Bill Mendello, CEO of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. “Our friends at Harmonix have done an amazing job of capturing the power and style of legendary Fender products within the virtual gaming experience and delivering it all in the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll,” he added.

Part of Roland’s mission is to bring people closer to the music they love. Rock Band certainly fulfills that goal by bringing a deeply interactive music experience to the world, and having Roland featured in the game is a great honor,” said Dennis Houlihan, president and CEO of Roland Corporation U.S..

The Stratocaster has been the weapon of choice for many of the world’s legendary guitarists. Giving players the opportunity to rock out using a guitar peripheral modeled after the Strat really adds to the authenticity of the experience,” said Alex Rigopulos, president and co-founder of Harmonix. “Many of the staff here at Harmonix play Fender and Roland instruments and use BOSS effects pedals in their own bands, so we are thrilled to be able to work with these companies.