Early rumors had speculated that the new keyboard instrument would actually be a keytar, a rumor that appears to be both false and true in different ways. The instrument will be a wireless keyboard; however, the keyboard can be held like a guitar and used to play lead guitar or bass. The keyboard will be $80 on its own and will be the only instrument included in a game bundle, which will cost $130.
The new guitar will cost a whopping $150, but features 102 buttons on the neck to replicate a guitar’s 6 strings and 17 frets. The Fender Mustang Pro-Guitar will also feature a touch-sensitive strumming area with real strings. And if that doesn’t whet your appetite for rock, Fender is creating a Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster, a functional electric guitar that doubles as a controller for the new “Pro” mode.
Mad Catz will also be offering a keyboard stand with an undisclosed price tag, a Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit, and a MIDI Pro-Adapter. The kit includes three cymbals with noise-dampening rubber and will cost $40. The adapter will allow users to use existing MIDI keyboards and drum sets in the game and will also cost $40. This info gives gamers a head start on what can potentially be a bank-breaking investment. Rock Band 3 will be out in time for the 2010 holiday season.