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Pre-E3 2007: Activision & Gibson Partner for Guitar Hero

With Guitar Hero becoming as massively popular as it is today, it was only a matter of time before partnerships with real guitar brands were to be made. And Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will have a partnership, one with the grand-daddy of all Guitar makes: Gibson. GHIII will feature 20 of Gibson's guitars, in over 80 different finishes. The guitars will include the Epiphone and Kramer range, as well. Additionally, Gibson will also be lending Red Octane the use of a number of bass guitars, too.

Expect to shred on the following:

Gibson:
ES-335
Explorer
Firebird
SG
Les Paul
V-Factor
Super CES400
Marauder
Corvus

Epiphone:
Casino
Coronet
Sheraton

Kramer:
650
Vanguard

Bass Guitars:
Marauder
Corvus
Les Paul
LP Double Cutaway
EDS 1275
ES335
Firebird
Flying V
Moderne
SG
X-Plorer

A wireless guitar will be the weapon of choice for Guitar Hero III across all platforms, according to Activision. Likewise, the guitar controller for the PS3, X360 and Wii will be modelled after the legendary Les Paul design, featuring the smooth curved top and single-cut bottom. The PS2 guitar will have an exclusive guitar shape modeled after a popular Kramer guitar. Likewise, owners will be able to change the faceplates of their guitar controller.

"Our relationship with Activision began with the launch of Guitar Hero over two years ago. Since then the game has had phenomenal success and many other makers have tried to compete with its popularity," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "We have combined the power of Gibson with the power of Activision to produce one of the greatest games ever for consumers. We are sure game enthusiasts around the world will quickly make Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock a huge success."

"We're thrilled at our exclusive partnership with Gibson, and their presence as one of the most iconic and influential companies in the music industry wholly adds to the Guitar Hero rock star experience," said Dusty Welch, head of publishing at RedOctane. "Also, being able to offer official Gibson shaped wireless guitar controllers for the first time on each platform, and to unlock a variety of the different models to play in-game, will provide our fans the incredible opportunity to truly shred like rock gods."

7/9/2007 Arnold Katayev

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