What’s a rock band without a guitarist? Victims of a faulty peripheral. Harmonix today announced that owners of Rock Band will be able to replace defective guitars that shipped with the game via the Electronics Arts customer support website.

The guitar was just one of three peripherals that shipped with Rock Band, along with a microphone and drum set. The defect in question, a faulty strum bar, has been fixed in subsequent production runs, according to Harmonix. There’s no estimate as to how many flawed guitars had been produced. In its statement Harmonix made no reference to compatibility issues some gamers are experiencing when trying to use the wireless Les Paul guitar from Guitar Hero 3 with the Playstation 3 version of Rock Band (no such issues exist with the Xbox 360 version). At release time, Harmonix had stated, “If certain controllers do not work with Rock Band, questions about those controllers should be directed to the peripheral manufacturer.”

Rock Band was released for PS3 and Xbox 360 last week and is slated for release on Playstation 2 for December 18th. It racked up numerous awards at E3 and was given glowing reviews by critics on launch, but has an uphill battle to unseat the deeply-entrenched Guitar Hero franchise. In addition to the peripheral problems, the game suffers from short-term supply problems. EA CEO John Riccitello stated that they would be unable to meet full demand for the game for the holiday season.

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