Roland And Fender Ship New V-Guitar The G-5 Stratocaster

Published 12 years ago on May 29, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

The G-5 VG Stratocaster, an amazingly versatile electronic guitar that fuses traditional design with the latest in digital music technology, is now available. Combining Roland's revolutionary COSM® modeling with Fender's classic Stratocaster guitar, the G-5 VG Strat gives players instant alternate tunings, a wide selection of electric, acoustic and 12-string guitar models, and more-all easily accessible with standard controls on the front of the instrument.

In 2007, the two legendary companies joined forces to create the VG Stratocaster guitar, the first instrument to blend Roland's innovative digital technologies with Fender's iconic solid-body guitar. The G-5 represents the next generation in this important partnership, which aims to enhance and expand the potential of the guitar through the seamless integration of familiar, world-class instrument design and latest digital processing.

Inside the G-5 is Roland's groundbreaking COSM guitar modeling, the same tone technology found in the VG-99 V-Guitar System and GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer. Driven by an inconspicuously mounted GK-3 Divided Pickup, the onboard COSM engine gives the player a world of different guitar sounds including unique "ideal-performance" pickups, such as a humbucker with ultra-wide range and a single coil with full, bold tone at their fingertips, available simply by adjusting the familiar Stratocaster knobs and 5-way pickup selector switch. (sentence is long, can we break up?)

The 20 sounds onboard the G-5 VG Strat include Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster®, humbucking, 12-string, acoustic models, and cutting-edge unique sounds, plus five alternate tunings. A Mode Control knob selects one of five distinct modeling modes, while the Tuning Control knob allows players to apply alternate tunings such as open G, drop D, baritone, and others to any currently selected model. In addition, a digital reverb effect is available when an acoustic model is selected. 

As an instrument, the G-5 VG Stratocaster is an authentic Fender Stratocaster guitar through and through. It features a solid contoured body, 22-fret maple neck (with rosewood or maple fingerboard), three American Strat® single-coil pickups with 5-way switching, a synchronized tremolo bridge, a 3-ply pickguard, American inline tuners and chrome hardware. The G-5 is 100% a real Strat® guitar, with the same legendary sound and feel that players have loved for over 50 years.

The G-5 VG Stratocaster gives players a single, versatile guitar that can cover any musical style and playing situation.

The G-5 VG Stratocaster is available in a classic three-tone sunburst finish with a rosewood fingerboard, or a black finish with a maple fingerboard.

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