Iconic electric guitar maker, Fender, has announced the new Squier Strat. It includes USB and iOS integration and is now available in the Apple Online Store for $199.95. The Squier Strat goes perfectly with music apps like GarageBand for iOS and also works with OS X. Check out some of the features, and a video, after the break.
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Marshall fans will dig this Mini Guitar Amp. Powered by a 9V battery (not included,) the claim is that it sounds like a full size amp. While that may not be true, it does look like the original and features overdrive, tone and volume control. It comes with a belt clip for those who wander while they jam, and a headphone jack for times of solitude. The 5.75-inch tall mini amplifier is available for $44.99.
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Just as they previously came up with a wireless Guitar Controller for the Playstation, Logitech announced a new version for the Xbox 360. The licensed device features a wooden neck, metal frets and a rosewood fingerboard, with a strum bar and fret buttons. The Controller has a wireless range of about 30 feet and will be ready to tackle Guitar Hero in August in the US and Europe. You can pre-order now for $199.99.
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We know you cannot get enough of Rock Star/Guitar Hero, so here is a way to take it to the next level. JamParty allows you to play, compose and share with its Music Creation Software and your controller. There are multiple genres to play with and up to two players can participate. Play guitar, drums, or other instruments and be your own rock star. Zivix is also working on a digital guitar that will turn your electric into a gaming controller. There is some symmetry in that.
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iShred can turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a rock funfest. Frontier Design’s app can turn even the most musically-challenged newbie into an artiste. Included is an interface with effects such as Fuzz, Delay, Treble Boost, Vibrato and Tremelo, and has a recorder and starter songs. Altogether there are over 2,000 chords, fret positions and scales. iShred can be used with Frontier’s Guitar, an acoustic app, and can be found $4.99 at the App Store.
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There is a new guitar in town, sort of. The Chameleon Guitar takes on almost any style with an internal computer. By swapping part of the soundboard it changes the acoustics. For example, adjusting the hybrid instrument can make a classical-sounding guitar turn electric. Amit Zoran and his team from MIT will keep working on the prototype and envision music companies developing their own soundboards and new instruments.
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Gibson is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a Limited Edition ‘59 Les Paul Standard. Available in either Cherry or Dark burst, the instrument is true to the original with maple top, gold top-hat control knobs with dial pointers, a one-piece mahogany body and nickel ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge. There are a total of 500 available and each comes with a custom case, a care kit and a certificate of authenticity. The price on the recreated classic guitar is a whopping $8,504.00.
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With Guitar Hero and other music games being as successful as they are, it was only a question of time before Ovation came up with the iDea. The guitar comes with a built-in MP3 player so that the amateur musician can play along, even in slo-mo. The instrument not only records what the user plays, it includes a mic for voice. The site give lots of support including online lessons. You can get the iDea for $599.99.
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Now you can take your Guitar Hero with you. The pocket-sized version of the musical game comes with 3 levels of play, 10 track segments and 5 wav tone buttons. The Guitar Hero Carabineer has an LCD screen, a foldable neck, a whammy bar and a handy clip. Songs include “Rock This Town,” “Heart Shaped Box,” “Killer Queen” and “Smoke on the Water.” The portable game comes with a MSRP of £14.95 (~$22.00.)
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If you are a fan of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, here is a guitar that will play both games. The ezJam Combo Guitar has a chrome strum bar, ezSpring whammy bar, and multi-axis tilt sensor. The Supra 10 fret keys allow for larger hands on 5 of the frets, while the kidlets can use the other five. With DC2 Dual Connect technology, it comes with a wireless receiver and neck strap. Available in October, pre-order yours in baby blue for $69.99.
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