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Roland VG-99 V-Guitar Multi Effects Processor System with GK-3 Pickup

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With three powerful new processors at its core, plus expressive performance controls such as a ribbon controller and dual D BEAMs. The light-sensing D Beam controller offers direct manipulation over a... Click To Read More About This Product

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With three powerful new processors at its core, plus expressive performance controls such as a ribbon controller and dual D BEAMs. The light-sensing D Beam controller offers direct manipulation over a variety of preset options such as rotary speed (Slow/Fast). The VG-99 has a versatile housing that allows for on-stage, tabletop, or rack mounting, the Boss VG-99 V-Guitar synth system raises the bar in guitar-modeling and performance technology.

The GK-3 Divided Pickup attaches to any steel-stringed electric — no drilling necessary — and delivers accurate performance data to guitar synthesizers. The GK-3's slim-line design enables ideal placement on the guitar.

The VG-99 contains a wide range of guitars and amplifier models, and it even models two signal paths at once. For example, one virtual guitar could be a humbucker-equipped electric and the other a nylon-string guitar. Add to this the sound of the actual guitar being played, and it's possible to simultaneously have the sound of three different guitars playing simultaneously.

Modeled guitar, amp and effects paths can be active at the same time, or they can be dynamically switched or blended. Players can control the switching behavior between virtual guitars and/or amps by foot controllers, buttons on the unit, or according to picking dynamics.

The VG-99 includes an onboard guitar-to-MIDI converter for direct connection to keyboards, sound modules and soft synths, a digital out and a USB port for direct audio and MIDI connection to computers. The VG-99 also boasts an intuitive and state-of-the-art on-screen patch editor.

A Freeze feature onboard the VG-99 makes it possible to play a chord or a single note and have Freeze sustain it until you decide to let it end, giving guitarists controlled and unlimited sustain.

Each modeled guitar in the VG-99 can have its own tuning: the virtual humbucker electric could be tuned down four or five steps for a heavy sound, for example, while the nylon string could be tuned as a 12-string, and also tuned down four or five steps at the same time. Any user-defined tunings are also supported so the player can switch instantly between tuning setups without physically switching guitars or having to manually retune.

Versatile I/O, including USB, S/PDIF and XLR provide pro connections for virtually every type of music production and performance on stage to professional studio recording.


  • VG-99 Guitar Synth
  • 3 processors
  • Ribbon controller
  • Dual light-sensing D BEAM controllers
  • Wide range of guitar and amplifier models
  • Guitar-to-MIDI converter
  • USB port for direct audio connection to computers
  • On-screen patch editor
  • Freeze feature for unlimited sustain
  • User defined synthesized tunings
  • GK-3 Divided Pickup
  • Mounts easily on any steel-stringed electric without damage to guitar
  • Features an adjustable curve design and pickup cable length
  • Includes attachment plate for Les Paul-type guitars
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Nothing short of revolutionary

By Caleb N.

from MI

The VG-99 delivers on all of its claims. i am not going to list all of the things it does. you should watch the promo video for that. i will simply say that a properly set-up unit can let you recreate almost any sound in rock or metal history. The only problem with a tool this complex is that it could give you "option anxiety." There could easily be a college course for this modern marvel. The interface is easy, whether you use a computer or the actual knobs. The manual explains how to set it up well and gives a an explanation of all of its features, but really only scratches the surface. Make sure to join the VG-99 user forum on yahoo if you get one of these babies or are thinking about it. There is a trove of useful help there. Bottom line: watch the promo vids, drool, buy it, sell all your pedals!

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Like having any guitar you can imagine, on YOUR Guitar. Well-built, too.

By mooncaine

from atlanta, georgia

It's like having the whole history of electric guitar rolled into one guitar: your guitar. That's what I like best about this: I can put the pickup on my own guitars. I have 2 guitars set up for this. It's also got good acoustic models, some great 'synth' sounds that are way better than actual synths. They use my guitar's actual string sound -- no tracking errors at all. This thing's super flexible, with plenty of effects options, ways to re-arrange effects, and gobs of options for controlling your sound in real time. Get realistic or get weird, either way, this machine gets it done. Absolutely my favorite piece of gear, ever.

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A monster

By Dan Hawk

from Tucson, Az

I've owned my VG 99 for 4 years and I'm still learning new things it can do. Forget about huge pedal boards and massive racks full of processors. This has it all in a compact box. I think the reason it hasn't caught on like Roland thought it would is two factors- the price and you have to dig into it to really understand the concept behind V technology. Friends gasped when I told them I paid $1500 for a single effect box, but many of them have more money tied up in effects and boutique amps and haul their gear in two loads on a cart. I go to gigs with a small bag, one guitar, my FC300 floorboard and my amp. I'm set up and ready to play In under 5 minutes and I have numerous guitars, amps, effects and more at my disposal. In a way I'm kind of glad the VG 99 hasn't caught on- because its my competitive edge as a player. So on second thought - disregard what I said above- don't get one and keep lugging around all your gear! Cheers

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