Ubisoft confirms $200 Gibson Guitar bundle for Rocksmith

Ubisoft has confirmed it is partnering with Gibson Guitar to offer a genuine Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar inside specially marked boxes of its upcoming realistic music title Rocksmith. The optional edition will include the game, Les Paul and a custom made Rocksmith Real Tone Cable for US$199.99; a small price to pay for learning how to be a real/virtual rock god. Or is it?

Above: Rocksmith has some powerful supporters

A Les Paul-free edition will also be available for $79.99 when the game launches this fall. It too will include Ubisoft's proprietary Real Tone Cable which will let players plug in their own axe of choice to jam with Rocksmith on home consoles or PCs. At first glance, the $120 difference might not appear steep considering the special edition ships with a "holy crap this is real!" guitar, but the Epiphone Les Paul Junior itself is currently selling for around US$129 online. This in mind, the bundle doesn't offer too much of a discount, but it may be a sweet deal for players who don't already have a guitar at home.

Rocksmith is Ubisoft's forthcoming attempt to reignite the guitar game genre by offering the ability to play a real guitar along to roghly 45 licensed songs from well known artists like David Bowie and Nirvana. Both the bundle and regular edition will be out for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC this Fall. 

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  • Shake - June 14, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    I'll wait for the reviews. If it turns out that this is actually a viable way to learn guitar, then I'll pick up the bare-bones version, and a cheap-ish guitar from a pawn shop or something.
  • komadose - June 13, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    "Those guitars are god awful, and nothing is worse than trying to learn with shit gear. It's incredibly discouraging." this.
  • Wimjet - June 11, 2011 6 p.m.

    Still kinda cool that you can plug in a real guitar and not have to buy another plastic toy instrument.
  • Kage_No_Shi - June 11, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    I'm still a bit interested, but the learning curve worries me. However, I would like it if at some point there is an article or some such that suggests good alternative guitars, a couple of the above commenters seem to think the bundled guitar (which isn't really even at a discount) is pretty mediocre.
  • Odpaterson - June 11, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Not amazing value for money. Might be worth the convenience for people who don't already have a guitar.
  • EroticInvisibleMan - June 11, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    Those guitars are god awful, and nothing is worse than trying to learn with shit gear. It's incredibly discouraging.
  • darkraichu34 - June 11, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    I may get this, if only to keep the guitar and play the game for a short time. Would help in learning guitar.
  • misterman1 - June 10, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    I may actually pick this up, i have always wanted to learn guitar but never got round to using the dusty one in my corner.
  • TheIronMaiden - June 10, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    I will still be picking this up as I can plug in my own instruments to play and don't have to hear that god awful clicking anymore. However no thank you to the Les Paul Jr. Piece of crap if I ever saw one; especially the epiphone model. Don't care if it says "Gibson" or not; still a POS guitar.
  • IceBlueKirby - June 10, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    I may have to look into this's essentially what Guitar Hero should have been in the first place, and I think I can get on board with that.
  • flabslapper - June 10, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    They should have come out with this 4-3 years ago, then I would have crapped a brick as it stands now I have no bricks to crap, thanks Harmonix, Neversoft, Red Octane, Activision, MTV and any other bastard that was involved in destroying this music game alternative to DDR
  • GodofPS314 - June 10, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    Ew. It maybe a better peripheral but this game is still not wanted. BTW: you spelled roughly wrong in the last paragraph. (:

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