USB equipped guitars are not a new idea Behringer have had a model available for years (http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/iAXE393.aspx) but now that recording on tablets and smart phones is becoming more and more prevalent I guess there are more guitarists wanting to be able to quickly plug and play? Fender certainly seems so and have partnered with Apple to offer a Squier USB guitar through the Apple Store. The advantage of a guitar like this is that you don’t need an additional audio interface to record to your iOS devices and it is a Mini-B USB connector offering bi-directional audio streaming.

This is obviously aimed at a certain market though because people like me are more than happy to go out and buy a decent audio interface so that they can use their quality guitars rather than a cheapo Chinese Squier but it’s an interesting move by Fender and maybe a USA Strat version will follow if it is successful?

Squier USB Guitar

http://store.apple.com/us/product/HA153LL/A/squier-by-fender-usb-stratocaster-guitar