Fender Musical Instruments has been named the exclusive provider of musical equipment for use in the upcoming music videogame Rock Band.
The game's developers -- Harmonix and MTV -- have asked Fender to create a special game controller modeled after the Stratocaster guitar. Other Fender guitars, basses and amps will be featured in the game as well. Additionally, Roland Corp. and BOSS have deals to include their brands as well.
The Rock Band game will allow gamers to play solo or in groups in a virtual online environment, "covering" a still-to-be-disclosed list of famous songs with their fake "instruments" -- similar to the Guitar Hero game that Harmonix created.