Is the launch by Fender of a $200 USB-capable Squier Stratocaster something of a watershed moment, as some are claiming, or are there if not easier, then more cost-effective ways to hook an electric guitar up to an iOS device and Garageband?
The new Squier USB Strat can plug into any quarter-inch jack, a full USB port, and directly into any older iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the supplied 30-pin cable (you’ll need an adapter to use an iPhone 5 or iPad mini), but can’t the same be done with a conventional guitar using a MIDI interface like the iRig? How many guitars have an in-built headphone jack, though, for that quiet practice moment?
Aren’t its detractors missing the point? Surely this is a guitar to use for songwriting, recording and practising while on the go, not as an alternative to something more suited to playing live or to studio work?