Fender's Strat and Precision Bass enter the world of Fortnite for its Guitar Hero-esque Festival

Fender Strat Fortnite
(Image credit: Fender)

Despite tempting him into the world of strings with a ukulele, my son doesn't play guitar… yet. But play Fortnite and he might be one of the millions of players who get the six or four-string bug after virtually picking up Fender's Strat or Precision Bass as they arrive in the free-to-play online video game phenomenon for its Fortnite Festival.

Both will be available in the game's Item Shop at 8pm Eastern Time on Wednesday 13 March ready for the Fortnite Festival, a music game, first launched in late 2023, that also features a Battle Royale of jamming. 

Fender Precision Bass Fortnite

(Image credit: Fender)

 "With two of Fender’s most celebrated instruments, players will have the ability to rock out with friends to popular songs in Fortnite Festival's Main Stage, or create their own unique mix in Fortnite Festival's Jam Stage and in Battle Royale," says Fender. 

The virtual Fender Stratocaster is available in Black, Fiesta Red and Lake Placid Blue finishes, whilst the Precision Bass is being featured in the Black, Buttercream and Tidepool. Mmmm Buttercream…

In the Fortnite Festival, players can play in a band with friends or even perform solo on stage with music by their favourite artists. No, I wasn't sure how that worked with a control pad either but in the videos I've included here you'll see that it looks very similar to the Guitar Hero and Rockband concepts – and you can even use a guitar controller from those games that you might still have gathering dust somewhere in the attic. 


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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.