Originally Posted by txfilmguy
Clarifying the Squier issue, the same thread on the Rock Band Forum indicates that Fender HAS NOT discontinued the Squier. They have simply opted to not take requests to fill back orders at this time, meaning the guitar/controllers will trickle out as they get them made, and people just need to be on the look out for them at the stores. Manufacturing continues, and support continues... it's just a more complicated and precise piece of equipment than the standard plastic controllers, and it is going to take a while for them to catch up with demand.
Your interpretation of HMX's statement (Fender hasn't made any public pronouncement) is pretty much unique. In that thread it's generally accepted that Fender has ceased production because they believe there's more than enough of them in "the retail channel". Though they haven't announced discontinuation, they are apparently not manufacturing them.
Have you read that thread? The thread was opened by someone outside of the US who was told by a vendor that the product was discontinued; multiple other people in Europe responded saying that their preorders were cancelled and their deposits returned. New orders are not being accepted in Australia, but apparently a shipment has been received for filling at least some of the existing preorders. (I think that the UK got one shipment as well, some weeks ago before this controversy erupted). I found 7 US e-tailers listing them one week, including Sam Ash, Sweetwater, Musicians Friend and Guitar Center; the following week all of them had removed the entry, some with pages stating the the product was discontinued. Except for support information, the product pages on squierguitars.com (product description and spec-page) have been removed and the instrument does not appear in Fender's price list any longer; search for the product's model number on either Fender site and you get no matches.
Meanwhile, there's an apparent wealth of them in the US. People keep reporting seeing a few of them at their local Best Buy stores. They are not flying off the shelf here anymore. We've speculated that there's probably a fairly high rate of product returns. They'll certainly get some returns from people who didn't realize how hard it is to learn to play. Out of the box, the instruments commonly have some sort of film on some of the fret contacts which prevents them from registering, as well as the B and e strings needing adjustment before strums of them are easily recognized (you can get them to register if you strum them very hard). If you participate in the online forums, it's easy to learn how to deal with those problems, but most people who aren't aware of the information in the forums would just return them. I got one of these on the 11th and had both problems, but I'd been reading about them for months on the rockband.com forums and dealt with them. (The string sensitivity adjustment screws which I tweaked aren't even mentioned in the manual).
The fact is that there's a demand for them outside of the US and nowhere to get them. Fender doesn't seem to care. When contacted (in the US ande elsewhere) Fender's offices are still saying that the product is discontinued.