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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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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(49 of 62 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VG Strat...

By ANON

from Southern California

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I am really impressed with the Strat... the feel is great compared to other Strats I have played. Although I have numerous vintage and newer acoustics and electric instruments(including five Martins and a Les Paul)--I pick up the VG Strat most of the time thru out the day because I like the neck and the the controls. I used to tune separate guitars for drop D, open G and open D tuning for slide... now I can just pick up one axe and have fun.

(41 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect - No Exaggeration

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

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...

(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.

(25 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

LA GUNNS First Immpression

By LA GUNNS

from Jackson, MS

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

When I heard Fender was coming out with a Modeling Electric Guitar that included several different tuning options with the turn of a button, I was very excited to say the least. I have been playing for about 5 years and really enjoy old blues, some of which require alternate tunings. I have wasted so much time changing from one tuning to the next, not to mention braking strings. So I thought this new Fender VG is the answer to all my problems, plus I'll get my Tele back or at least the sound. Well it does every thing Fender claims that it will do, but not great. What I mean is the tone on the acoustics and Hummbucker Strat are good, the Alternate Tunings are better, but for $1,700, not Great!! You know the kind of great you expect from an American made Fender. In standard mode it reminds me of my old Mexican Standard Strat. Plus the case it came with is useless, no protection for your new $1,700 instrument. In conclusion, Fender had a great idea, but its execution was below their ideal standards.

(22 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Why didn't someone do this sooner!

By Stratplayer

from Long Island NY

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I read about this guitar on Fender's web page and had to go play it, which I just did. Now I have to figure out which of my guitar collection is expendable because this baby is not cheap. Likely, I will replace my EC Strat, and my AS tele, as this guitar has the tonal capabilities of both of them. I am a gigging musician, often use open tuning on a telecaster, occasionally use a 12 string and an acoustic. Mainly when playing live I use an AS Strat, and the aforementioned Tele, tuned open G. SO I am used to dragging 3-5 guitars to a gig. Now, I will need only one. OK the acoustic sounds are not perfect, but the electric 12 string is. And the tele tone, with the open G tuning is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. The only thing is you hear a slight ringing of the strings in their natural tuning. Oh well, crank it up. I found the controls easy to learn and use, and logical. The only thing missing is a "capo" feature. They could easily allow you to change the root tuning to another key, like an electronic capo.C'mon Fender! Then I could really play multiple parts in say "Hotel California". Overall, this thing will blow you away. Start saving folks, it ain't cheap, but neither are the 5 guitars you can do without if you have one.

(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I love this guitar

By Hookahville28

from Ohio

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I?m really impressed with the strat?.Its convenient and it plays nicely. The only bad thing I can say about it, is that it eats up batteries. If your going to buy this guitar invest in some rechargeable batteries.

(5 of 72 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Aint worth the money

By jemman09

from orlando, florida

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have played many of the fender strats and I do not like them, i would much rather have an ibenez that neck is skinnier & the neck on the the fender if fat & short with little room between the strings so if you would wanna bend the string when you relese you will get extra noise that is unwanted. DONT BUY TIS GUITAR. ITS NOT WORTH ALL THE MONEY. IF YOU WANT A GOOD GUITAR INVEST ON AN IBENEZ OR A GIBSON.

(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Could Be Better

By Adlove

from New Jersey

Comments about Fender VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I had an opportunity to play the VG Strat and I think it's a cool guitar but I look at it as a variation of the Line 6 Variax. The VG Strat has a lot of controls on it and I think it'll be too much for me to handle on a dark stage. Not too happy with rotary controls and I found myself concentrating on where I have to move the knob as opposed to my playing. I also dont really like the acoustic tones out of the guitar,, They dont sound so good coming out of an electric guitar amp and there's a little dullness to their tone. The VG has no option of operating in stereo so you cant even plug in a proper acoustic amp. Personally I dont dig the visual vibe of the VG with that Roland Pickup built in but thats only my personal opinion. All the Bells and Whistles built into the guitar are cool but I think that many may never be used long term. Probably a better home-studio guitar then a practical gigging instrument.

(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.

(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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