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HMX already knows the answer - they are looking for a way to position a sensitive issue which reflects negatively on the future of the RB platform. The gen-pop already thinks rhthym games are dead -- the "failure" of HMX's greatest RB innovation only months after its release would look awful to those that are paying attention.
Or maybe some super-secret good news is cooking (i.e. partnership with Gibson!). I guess we'll see.
I'm always amazed at people (not just here, but anywhere) who want information about something and then when a company indicates they're looking into it--presumably to provide the more thorough or accurate answer possible--many of those same people chide them for taking too long. Quick or correct--it can't always be both.
If someone reading this thread is a Squier owner (as we are), then this delay really means nothing to you apart from curiosity; you've bought the product already and either A) can continue to use it with the pro guitar DLC being provided if it's not being discontinued or B) can continue to use it <i>or</i> possibly sell it for a profit if it's being discontinued. If you haven't bought or tried to buy the product yet, you should probably have an idea of whether you want it or not regardless of this news in which case you can choose to wait for more information or, if you are afraid that the item might become even less obtainable, take alternate methods to try and get it. If you're one of those people who doesn't have it and isn't even sure if they want it, well, any possible news of the discontinuing of the product can't be that big a blow to you.
Telling people online how wrong they are since 1990.
...or, the third option, Squier ownership is irrelevant and more fuel is wanted to dump on the pyre of alarmist bull****.
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But I believe in this and it's been tested by research: he who  nuns will later join the church.
- Joe Strummer
With multiple communications coming STRAIGHT from Fender saying the guitar was discontinued, I'd take the above comment as Fender painting it as a 3rd party problem. Why do they need to look into it with retailers? Why can't they just say, "whoops our bad, someone screwed up here at Fender," or "that communication was correct, we are discontinuing the Rock Band Squier." With communication clearly coming from inside Fender, it shouldn't take that long to get to the bottom of things with an 'accurate answer.' If the only discontinuation messages had been from retailers, this would be a non-issue. Fender should have known all along whether the guitar has been discontinued or not and if there wasn't something fishy going on, would have put all the speculation to rest immediately to avoid getting a black eye and harming their partner. There has never been a direct response from Fender saying "The Rock Band 3 Fender Squier Stratocaster is still in production and is not discontinued at this time" - Why not? How hard should that be if it's the truth?
Honestly, you're right, I already own a Squier and aside from the possibility of replacement parts not being available as long as I might like, it doesn't really affect me. My problem is that I feel the community is being jerked around (again, not necessarily by Harmonix) and I don't like being jerked around.