Features Of USB Stratocaster
There’s no shortage of instruments and peripherals to make GarageBand sing on iOS gear. Anyone jonesing for well-known instruments has had few options, however, which makes Fender’s launch of a USB-capable Squier Stratocaster something of a watershed moment. While it can plug into any quarter-inch jack or a computer’s full USB port, the extremely familiar electric guitar will strum its notes directly into any older iPad, iPhone or iPod touch through a pre-supplied 30-pin cable; yes, you’ll need a pricey adapter to rock out on an iPad mini. All the familiar controls and outputs you’d anticipate are present, including a 3.5mm headphone jack for some quiet practice in the den. Fender’s $200 price puts the USB Squier well within reach of mobile musicians — we just wish other guitar makers would follow suit.