Mad Catz has announced that the third editions of its premium Rock Band accessories will soon be available. They'll work with Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and Rock Band: Beatles, and all but one just work on the Xbox 360.
The wireless "Fender Precision Replica Bass" doesn't require a USB dongle - it's the first licensed Mad Catz product that'll sync with the console alone. Premium fret buttons are quieter, and a split strum bar lets you play faster. It comes in white, red and green and costs $90.
The wireless "Wooden Fender Stratocaster Replica Guitar" is manufactured at the same factory as normal Fender guitars, and comes in three-tone "Sunburst" or "Candy Apple" red colours. It also connects without a dongle, and has real tuning keys, bridge, tremolo, dials and quarter-inch amp jack. It costs $300.
The wireless Fender Telecaster Player’s Edition Replica clones the iconic Telecaster guitar, and once again connects without a USB dongle. It has a "road-worn ,distressed finish and strap", meaning it'll look a bit battered about, has a premium strum bar and "ultra-fast action" fret buttons. It comes in "Sunburst" and "Butterscotch" colours, and costs $100.
Lastly, the Rock Band 2 Electro-Harmonix Overdrive Pedal lets you activate Overdrive using a stomp box, rather than having to tilt the guitar. A 10-foot cable attaches it to any of the three previous models, or the official Rock Band guitar, and it'll work on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. It costs just $30.