Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar Black Maple

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You no longer need to choose between a virtual guitar and a real guitar. The Fender VG Stratocaster is both”everything you'd expect from a Fender Strat, and a whole lot more!

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You no longer need to choose between a virtual guitar and a real guitar. The Fender VG Stratocaster is both”everything you'd expect from a Fender Strat, and a whole lot more!

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, so that you won't need to continually readjust amp settings with each change in guitar sound.

No unique hardware necessary to use the VG Strat guitar: no special 13-pin or USB cables, no power supply or input box. It plugs in and plays like any electric guitar. All you'll notice visually are 2 additional knobs on the VG Strat's pickguard, plus a small LED and an inconspicuous Roland® GK bridge pickup. The 2 additional knobs are a Mode Control knob and a Tuning Function knob.

The Mode Control Knob between a Virtual version of the Ash bodied Strat (for use of the tuning function), a virtual Telecaster, virtual 2-humbucker Strat, and an assortment of 5 acoustics, from Dreadnought to Resonator. The 5-way blade switch switches you between sounds in the modeling modes just like on a regular guitar.

Tune function rotary control lets you choose between Normal ” regular tuning, Drop D, Open G, DADGAD, Baritone/Low B, and 12 string. The tuning function does not work in Normal mode when circuit is bypassed. Tuning function is also relative ” if you tune down to E flat, all of these tunings will transpose down a half step. Since guitarists don't have to turn a single tuning key, a major benefit of all these instant tuning changes is that the string tension remains the same and the guitar itself feels the same.

Fender's VG Stratocaster is the result of a 10-year research and design partnership between Fender and music technology pioneer Roland Corporation. The VG's development followed a commitment to "The Complex Art of Keeping It Simple." Developers spent time and great effort working out intricate details so that you can just plug in and play. Their goal: a balance of usability and tech ” the more functionality added to an instrument, the more complex it becomes. Fender kept it pared down so it could really be used in a live setting. They stayed with Fender sounds ” Strat®, Tele®, Humbucking pickups and acoustics.
No unique hardware is necessary to use the VG Strat guitar: no special 13-pin or USB cables, no power supply or input box. It plugs in and plays like any electric guitar, and no phonebook sized manual is necessary ” it is built for 5 minute mastery, and is easy to use and understand.

The VG Stratocaster is an American Series Strat featuring the classic sleek, contoured body shape, 3 American Series single-coil pickups with five-position switching, a maple neck with a maple or rosewood fingerboard, a synchronized tremolo bridge, a 3-ply parchment pickguard and chrome hardware,

Features
  • American Series Strat®
  • Ash body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple or Rosewood Fretboard
  • 3 single-coil pickups
  • 3-ply parchment pickguard
  • Chrome hardware
  • Master Volume
  • Master Tone
  • New Mode function 5 way Rotary Selector
  • Virtual Ash bodied Strat (for use of tuning function)
  • Virtual Telecaster
  • Virtual Two-Humbucker Strat
  • An assortment of 5 acoustics, from Dreadnought to Resonator
  • 5-way blade switch
  • Tune function rotary control
  • Normal ” regular tuning
  • Drop D
  • Open G
  • DADGAD
  • Baritone/Low B
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FenderVG Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

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Perfect - No Exaggeration

The VG Stratocaster is truly an amazing guitar. Before I bought it, I was worried that the digitally modelled modes would sound fake and have no tone quality at all like the other digital...Read complete review

The VG Stratocaster is truly an amazing guitar. Before I bought it, I was worried that the digitally modelled modes would sound fake and have no tone quality at all like the other digital guitars I have owned. All the sounds are amazing and the alternative tunings sound truly as if you are playing on a different guitar each setting and im talking about the best one each in their class. I also love the fact that everything is on board and that there is no 13 pin jack. Some might argue the the value of this guitar is to much for what it is. They are all wrong!.. Although the VG cannot fully replace a tele or an acoustic guitar in ones collection, but at a gig, it sounds great and it is truly all you need to survive as a guitarist. Before you get this guitar, get rechargable AA batteries (they last longer and charge quickly). I play my guitar for about 2 hours every day and ive had it for a week and I have only recharged the batteries once. The quality is the same as you would find on a regular american series strat (which is very good). And this is my favorite guitar and it will be for time to come. P.S -- try humbucking mode, open g tuning, through an overdriven amp...my favorite setting Also try tele mode bridge pickup setting and baritone tuning and it will give you an awesome big grass tone. I would go on about how great the guitar is but i dont want to waste your time (sorry if I already have) and i will some it up by saying, if you had second thoughts about the electronics being gimicky and pointless... THINK AGAIN!! because i am a purist and i believed (notice the past tense) that a truly great tone was coming solely from the guitar to the amp, but this guitar has taught me something new...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I owned it and returned it

Fender dropped the ball on this one . Their advertising was great but the product was not . The strat is a standard american , good but not exceptional in playability . Nice finish and...Read complete review

Fender dropped the ball on this one . Their advertising was great but the product was not . The strat is a standard american , good but not exceptional in playability . Nice finish and the frets were dressed properly . The magnetic pickups sound standard including the the hum . The Roland part was not impressive at all . The acoustics did not sound like quality recordings of an acoustic guitar. One really good acoustic guitar sound would have been better than 5 mediocre acoustic sounds. The resonator sound was pretty much useless , harsh and way too trebley . The strat and tele were pretty much lifeless and although it tracked great on all models ,they just didn't sound very good . Remember tone is everything .The alternate tuning was very nice in open G ,but the baritone was farty and undefined in note replication . I would have paid more than the sticker price for this guitar if it delivered the goods ,but even in a band situation it did not hold it's own in sonic quality . I returned this guitar 2 days after I had it . I have owned variaxes and this guitar was about the same in sonic quality . This is my opinoin but try it for yourself .

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME

By Luca Calzoni

from munich, germany

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This is the best guitar i have ever used, it is very useable just for playing at home or for playing on stage, turn the knob and your on drop d perfect for stage to play different songs without having to change tuning. The overall sound is fabulous, this should of come out before ! well worth buying

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5.0

Finally... a really new stratocaster !!

By Santiago

from Caracas - Venezuela

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Everyone should not loose the opportunity to try this !... the great stratocaster with a new twist of innovation and technology !!...this is something that music lovers expect always...break standards...innovate with the base of a famous excellent instrument to make it even better !!...try new things with this guitar... I am so happy with my VG Strat...!!

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5.0

Beautiful sound

By Zaxzon

from Redondo Beach

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Its a beautiful, looking and sounding guitar and it has the amazing Roland technology. Fender has finally done it, it fit five guitars in one. This guitar makes it easy, for you to easliy enterchange between the models and tunings. This thing can give you any sound, like Jimmy Page's guitar, or hendrix, but lets say you want bluesy sound, like Stevie Ray Vaughan, no problem. My set up includes a line 6 pedal board, and a marshall micro stack and with it, I sound like a professional. To be honest its not the pedal board that gives the sound its truely the guitar.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Save your money, and buy it!

By Justin Andrew

from Scottsdale, Az

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I would just like to take a minute to give a shout out to Fender for making the best gear money can buy. I?ve been using Fender guitars and amps on stage and in the studio for 10 years now. As for the VG Strat, it?s the ultimate stage guitar. I hate lugging around multiple guitars or messing around without changing tunings. Now I can change guitars, or tunings with the turn of a knob. Plus it's in American Strat, what more can you ask for? It took me all of 10 minutes of playing it to know I could'nt settle on anything less. If you want to hear the VG Stratocaster, and G-DEC 30 in action. Go to my page (myspace.com/justinandrewmcelrath) and listen to ?The Season?. Later, justin

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5.0

VG Strat - Right there, almost

By SteeleRoseBand

from Manassas, VA

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The guitar pretty much lives up to all the hype. However, I studied Keith Richards pretty closely and his open-G guitar and this guitar does not use the same tuning. This is a big change for me. The way they chords are played are very similar, but the tuning shifts the strings down one. I had to make a string "muter" for the low E string because I don't use it on his songs. Also, I have to learn what D-modal is and how to play it. For me, this guitar replaces my three differently tuned guitars. It was easier to tune three guitars separately than to retune one in between songs. However, it's WAY easier to just turn a knob and change tunings! I'd like to see an Eb tuning added. There's a lot of songs tuned a half-step lower, but, again, you retune between songs and it's a real hassle. I picked the maple neck because I never got over my '72 Tele Custom.

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(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Totally Awesome

By guitar hero

from Sacromento, CA

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

First of all its a fender. i trust this brand alot. second its a revolutionary guitar that has 37 sounds. 37 sounds is like buying an american strat, american telecaster, a strat and telecaster with a great humbucker, and 5 acoustics also six string and twelve string guitars for each. also the easy tuning switch that lets you go to a different tuning without touchin the machine heads which will save you a bundle of money on new strings. this thing is 1700 bucks but if you want everything this has it may cost you over 15000 bucks which is a great value.

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(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DEFFINENTLY WORTH IT

By Michael056

from Burlington, NJ

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

first off amazing idea. the tuning selector is clearly one of the best features and is also very convientent. if you're doing a gig you dont have to retune in the middle of a show or get and bring a second guitar in drop d or something. also 12 string is very appealing in solos and overall 12 string just sounds good. you wont have to buy a double neck guitar to use 12 strings. i dont think ill end up using the mode much. only acoustic and normal because i like the sound of normal stratocasters and i dont see the big difference in tones but thats just me. $1,700 is a lot of money especialy for a kid like me but its worth the price. im definently going to try to save for this.

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(31 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not for Tone Fanatics

By Frankie B

from Laguna Beach, CA

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This is your basic American Standard Strat, with a built in electronic modeler. As such, it is at its best at least in my opinion in its vanilla magnetic pickup mode. If you, like me, enjoy the sound of a REAL guitar played through a REAL tube amp, this digital stuff is a waste of money and time. If you like the sound of digitally modeled guitars, and honestly a lot of people in your audience will probably be perfectly thrilled, this might be a great product for you. I found the modeled sound weak and missing in highs, dynamics, harmonics, pick articulation and character. Don't get me wrong. I find this with all digital modeling amps and products like the Line6 pod stuff and the Vox tonelab, and Digitech modelers. I don't like them at all. So I am a tone junkie, I admit. I prefer plugging into a fine tube amp much preferable - and I don't mean something exotic - a Fender HotRod Deluxe or Blues Jr for example is a fine amp. I also prefer analog effects. So do yourself a favor and play this guitar. Its a great thing, but it is what it is - the modeled sounds, like all modeled sounds ARE fake, its NOT THE REAL DEAL and it may not be right for you. Personally, I think its worth carrying around extra guitars or retuning for those other tones, because to me it is ABOUT THE TONE. But does your audience notice or care? That's for you to decide. The thing sure is convenient and cool.

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best playing strat I ever owned

By Danny Watson

from Louisville, KY

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I got it today and it had a funny factory smell and the box said it came from Canada. I had a friend that had a Nocaster and this guitar has the exact sound. I have owned many strats since the mid 70's, but never a vintage. I do own the V neck with the S-1 switching, but I was hitting licks and playing songs I had not played in years. It really plays its self. I like the 12 string sound and the Tele sound, but open G is not for me because I use open D and E. Baritone is gun. It just plays great. I must have just got a good one. The tuners are not good and the battery ran out after about 5 hours. I hate whre the knobs are, you can barly see the one that says N S T H A. I am real confused about the manual because it reads like it uses the neck pickup, but not on the one I got. It only makes use og the neck pup in regular strat mode and S mode. I am calling fender about this as the manual says different. I was going to buy the Baja Tele and I don't own a 12 string. It is really an $1,100 guitar. The Baja cost $799, so that makes it worth it. I am going to sell my v neck, as it does not play as well for me. Another thing about open G is the action. It has to be set a little high with at least 0.11" guage strings. But I use a Les Paul Special for slide with high action and heavy strings. I just feel very confident playing this guitar. It just seems to go to the sweet spots and you don't seem to hit other strings when playing fast.

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Convenient Guitar

By GibSG61

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I played the 3-tone sunburst with rosewood neck at my local music store a couple times before and I have to say this is better in tone than the American Strat. It has another knob for a strat sound that kicks out the humming which is very convenient. The acoustic sounds and humbucker sounds are all really distinguishable. You can make a one man band with 4 guitars playing at once! Beautiful finish, comfortable neck, and the 2-point synchronized trem is much, much, more smoother than vintage sync. But as with all Fenders, I always fear the neck moving out of place. It has happened before to me, so it's always a little fear at the back of my head. But all in all, wonderful guitar, and a good deal. ($1700 for Strat, Tele, Humbucker, and Acoustic guitar all together?!)

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