Here’s an interesting beast. A modern USA built Strat that can emulate a number of other classic guitars – and very well too.
Most of these VG Styrats were made in Mexico with a rosewood fretboard and finished in 3 tone sunburst. But this one was built in Corona USA he first year of its creation 2007.
Developed in partnership with Roland Corp, this USA Fender has an onboard array of sounds & settings you can switch into with ease. They include –
Modelled Humbucking Pickups
Modelled Acoustic Guitar
Drop D Tuning
Open G Tuning
D Modal Tuning
As far as the guitar's basic specs go, things are pretty familiar—an alder body, three Fender American Standard single coil pickups with ceramic magnets, five-way pickup switch, synchronized Fender tremolo, and a 22-fret, 25 1/2" scale maple neck with a maple or rosewood fretboard.
Body Wood: Alder,
Neck Wood: Maple,
Neck Back Shape: Modern “C”,
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″,
Frets: Medium Jumbo,
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo,
Hardware Colour: Chrome,
Gears: American inline tuning keys,
MODE knob: Normal, Modelled Strat.®, Modelled Tele®,
Modelled Humbucking Pickups, Modeleld Acoustic Guitar.
Tuning Knob: Normal, Drop D, Open G, D Modal, Baritone, 12-string Guitar.
TONE Control knob,
Finish Colour: Black,
Alkaline or Rechargeable Battery
Lurking beneath its classic Strat exterior are 37 sounds based on Strat, Tele, humbucker Strat and acoustic, as well as 6 tunings, but the aesthetic and cosmetic of the Strat remains intact. Even better, the VG Stratocaster delivers level, balanced tone and volume across all these remarkable functions.
The signal is processed via a bridge-mounted GK divided pickup and shaped by one of three COSM electric guitar models—Stratocaster, Telecaster, dual-humbucking Stratocaster—or one of five acoustic instruments. The guitar's five-way switch works as a normal five-way, but also offers some new and useful options for guitars that typically have fewer pickup switching options, like traditional and wide-range modes for the neck and bridge of the Tele.
It also cycles through five additional stringed instruments in the acoustic mode, allowing you to call up an electric sitar, nylon classical, a dreadnought acoustic, a single cone resonator, or an old-school jazz box for warmer, darker tones. An additional knob lets you flip through five different tunings: standard, dropped-D, DADGAD, open G, baritone, and 12-string standard. And if modelling isn't your thing all of the time, the entire COSM circuit can easily be switched off, kicking in the guitar's standard electronics.
For all its versatility, it’s actually very simple to use. Fender and Roland packed a lot of options into the guitar, but they didn't go overboard with tons and tons of models, effects, and computer interface options. Some might view that as a drawback, but we were pleased to find that the guitar sticks to trying to do a reasonable amount of things well, instead of trying to cover every tone under the sun.
This is a gig-ready music machine with plenty of options, or just play it as a straight forward simple Strat – which is not a bad platform to start with.
This guitar presents almost as new – there is hardly a mark on it anywhere. It is beautifully set up & ready to rock.
Comes in Fender USA moulded hard case along with case candy including tags, cloth, cable and owner’s manual.
Link to Roland site - http://www.rolandcorp.com.au/products/g-5/