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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:55 pm 
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Hit all the tabs for all the videos:

http://www.rolandus.com/go/v-guitar/

Interesting.

Maybe not so affordable though.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:34 pm 
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Very cool. Interesting they include a Sitar setting :)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:20 am 
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So this is the second rev of the fender/Roland strat...I'm sure it's an improvement over the previous versions just based on Moores Law.

I've used this Roland technology since 1998 (it came out around 1995 in the original VG-8) and was very expensive ($3500). Fender also used to make an American Strat with the Roland pickup built in (just the pickup, no onboard electronics). They stopped making the American in 1995. I had a mexi version and traded up to the American that remains a top player in my collection (for the record, the mexi was one of the better strats I've ever owned out of 5 strats).

There is no doubt the sounds 'in a mix' would fool most folks who didn't know better. What I finally realized though is that it's not just the sound but the feel. When you play a 335, Tele, LP, etc - they feel so different and inspire you in different ways. The 335 is so resonant you feel it through both hands and your body...The LP breaks your back...the Tele is so snappy with that front PU that nothing can replace...and on and on. You just don't get the same thing playing a 'model'. What you do get is an unbounded pallet for experimentation. You can do things with the (table top version) Roland VG-99 that you would never think of or deem possible. For that alone it's worth the investment for some.

For a gigger, the 'on board' versions may be the ultimate tool. Plus, unlike the VG-8/88/99 you still rely heavily on your signature sound from your amps and effects. I still prefer the power and flexibility of the modular approach (ie VG-99) but I would consider buying one of these VG strats if money were no object.

If you're looking to 'experiment' with sounds, layers and models, the VG-99 remains the ultimate guitar processor. The VG-8 is still preferable in some ways (it will soon be 'vintage') but the power and usability of the 99 trumps the 8 or 88.....and the on board versions.

For those who have discovered Electras, you can get a lot of that same 'feel' from the various 'copies' at a value price. Plus, the value of the Roland stuff goes down over time and the Electra stuff is going up.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:19 am 
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Yes I can see the things possible with it. The tuning knob alone would make life easy for some, No swapping guitars or having to retune song to song. Things like this open up more sound options and you dont have enough time in the day to experiment.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:36 pm 
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All great features for certain but for all the young guns out there does it work on Xbox Guitar Hero..... :rofl: The modeling feature would be great as well as the tuning ability but call me old fashion as I like to feel and hear the wood and different models. I like my Electras and as stated could buy lots more of many different Electra models for what one of these would cost.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:30 pm 
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Like the comic said the other night, His kid ask for a play station or an xbox. He said, you know we didnt have play station or xbox when I was a kid. You know what we had? Card board box. We dragged it out in the yard and it became our play station. :lol:

I like the pedal boards but I also agree with you guys on the feel and insperation of a certain guitar. :up:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:46 am 
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Roland G-5 VG Stratocaster modeling guitar - actually not too bad of a price IMO -

Only $1299 at Sweetwater Music

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/StratVG3SB?utm_source=none&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=none&gclid=CLLDmqON2q4CFUZgTAodGhbLdw

Jeff Baxter video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKhGu-BPpng

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:06 am 
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Well I was guessing much higher price range since it has Fender on the headstock. :up: :up:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:52 am 
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Roland site:

http://www.roland.com/products/en/G-5/

http://www.roland.com/products/en/G-5/images/top_L.jpg

http://www.roland.com/products/en/G-5/images/image_01_L.jpg

http://www.roland.com/products/en/G-5/images/image_02_L.jpg

http://www.roland.com/products/en/G-5/images/image_03_L.jpg

http://www.roland.com/products/en/G-5/images/image_04_L.jpg

http://www.roland.com/products/en/G-5/images/image_05_L.jpg

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:21 am 
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I have three Godin LGX-SA and LGXT guitars that I play through a Roland GR-20... mostly to get the Pat Metheny sounds.

Carvin will sell you an American-made guitar with an arguably superior Roland GK pickup set for the price of this Mexican Fender.


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