Guitarists who want to record directly into their computer or iPad have had to rely on some sort of interface, and The Gadgeteer has reviewed some of them. Some work better than others, and some require proprietary software for best results. Fender has released a guitar that doesn’t require a third party interface. Their Squier by Fender Strat Guitar with USB and iOS Connectivity connects directly to and records to your Apple iOS device, or Mac or Windows-based PC. The guitar has a miniUSB connector built in, and it comes with miniUSB-to-USB and miniUSB-to-30-pin connector cables. (If you have the newest version of the iOS devices, you’ll need a Lightning-to-30-pin adapter.) It also has a headphone amp with volume control to monitor your sound in USB mode. It’s still a fully-functional Strat with a pickup select switch, pickup volume control, and pickup tone control. It also has a 1/4″ passive guitar output and can be plugged in to your amp, too. It’s available only in the color shown, but no details are available about the wood or pickups used. It’s exclusively found at Apple for $199.95.
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