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Solidbody Electric Guitar with Onboard COSM modeling, Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3 Single-coil Pickups, Divided Pickup, and Hardshell Case - Candy Apple Red
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Get Your Hands On This VG Strat!

The Roland G-5A American VG Stratocaster modeling guitar is infused with the company's COSM technology, giving you classic Strat visuals, playability, and the tones you know and love, plus a COSM-driven world of electric and acoustic guitar tones that you can shift into alternate tunings and 12-string modes on the fly! You also get an onboard library of great-sounding modeled pickup tones. Why should keyboardists have all the jollies? Dial up your own sonic inspiration, with the superb, Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster.

Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster at a Glance:
  • An American Strat with high technology under the hood
  • Sharpen your performance with instant alternate tunings and 12-string modes
  • Unleash studio magic with this axe
An American Strat with high technology under the hood

The Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster has been developed in coordination with Fender, so you get all the classic Stratocaster sounds, playability, and functionality you'd expect. And this instrument is made in Fender's Corona, California factory, so you know its fit and finish is second-to-none. With its comfort-contoured alder body, fast maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and medium jumbo frets, three American Strat single-coil pickups, and American Standard Synchronized Trem, the G-5A VG is pure Stratocaster. The only inkling that there's high-technology lurking under the bonnet is the (barely-noticeable) Roland divided pickup sitting at the bridge and a pair of small control knobs.

Sharpen your performance with instant alternate tunings and 12-string modes

The Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster modeling guitar puts performance perfection within reach. Now you don't have to stop the show to go into an alternate tuning. Any tuning you want is just a pinky-twist away. Want a 12-string for the chorus? You got it. How about that big-strum acoustic in the bridge? Done! Sweetwater guitarists are head-over-heels for the G-5A VG Strat, and we're confident you will be, too.

Unleash studio magic with this axe

Of course the Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster's sonic versatility will be just as valuable to you in the studio. Think of the look on the faces of your bandmates when you unexpectedly unleash full-on full-on gainiac mayhem in the solo section of the song for which you're laying down rhythm tracks. And they expected you to record the solo as an overdub!

Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster Features:
  • Classic American Strat, infused with COSM technology
  • Onboard modeled pickups (e.g., ultra-wide humbucker; full, bold single coil)
  • Instantly accessible alternate tunings and 12-string sounds through COSM guitar tones
  • Simple and easy operation based on the Stratocaster design concept
  • 22-fret neck with medium jumbo frets
  • Three American Strat single-coil pickups
  • American Standard 2-point vibrato bridge/tailpiece
  • Made in Fender's Corona, California factory
Get your hands on the next-gen American Strat: the Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster!

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Sweetwater Advice

Don Carr

Roland collaborated with Fender and took an American-made Stratocaster to a completely different place by integrating their groundbreaking COSM modeling technology right into the guitar. The G-5A VG Stratocaster is made in Fender's Corona, California factory so it's pure Stratocaster; Roland discreetly built-in two knobs and a hex pickup to the face of the guitar that give you 20 different pickup and guitar models to choose from and the option of standard tuning or five different altered tunings. The best part is that you don't need any extra cables or gizmos to use it. My test model was Candy Apple Red and right out of the case it felt great; the action was low enough to shred and high enough to smack some serious chords. The maple neck's Modern C shape, rosewood fretboard, medium jumbo frets, and 9.5" radius felt familiar and comfortable and the alder body resonated with every note. The G-5A is also available with a maple fretboard. Plugged in to a Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb amp, the three American Strat single-coil pickups gave me the chimey-round-jangly-warm Strat tone I was expecting to hear. The master volume, master tone, and 5-way pickup selector did their jobs admirably. The COSM Modeling portion of the guitar is controlled by two knobs: Model, marked with an "M" and Tuning, marked with a "T." The Model knob has five positions: Normal, Modeled Strat, Telecaster, Humbucking Pickup, and Acoustic. The 5-way switch becomes a virtual pickup selector in modeling mode giving you five options to choose from in each model. In Telecaster and Humbucking modes you get bridge, neck, and combination of the two, plus a different bridge and neck sound. In Acoustic mode, the 5-way selects different models: steel-string-acoustic, resonator, nylon-string, and jazz guitars, plus an electric sitar. The Tuning knob virtually changes the tuning of the modeled guitar sounds. The five altered tunings can be applied to any of the models and are just a knob turn away: drop D, open G, DADGAD, baritone, and 12-string. All of these sounds are delivered through a standard, 1/4" output jack and all of the models sounded best being played through a guitar amp, which makes the G-5A VG Strat so convenient. Through the same Deluxe amp with the same settings that I used for the magnetic pickups, I auditioned every model and pickup position with various tunings applied. The Modeled Strat is warmer with scooped mids compared to the sound of the non-virtual version; a nice alternative. You also have access to the altered tunings. And, if you're in normal mode and find that you're experiencing excessive single-coil-pickup buzz, switching to Modeled Strat will fix it. Telecaster mode greeted me with two flavors of Tele bark from a choice of standard and wide-range pickup models. This model in baritone tuning — which extends down to a "B" — was super twangy. The two Humbucking models sound and feel different from each other. The fat low-end and warm mids get nice and creamy with cranked-amp distortion and the top is present without being harsh on the Bright model. As with all of the models, you really get the sense sonically that you're playing a different instrument with each setting. Acoustic mode adds five completely different models. The tone knob becomes a reverb control for the steel-string, resonator, and nylon-string models. I could hear the sympathetic strings ringing on the electric sitar model and the jazz model had a nice woodiness, especially played with my thumb and with the tone knob backed off. The modeling section of the guitar operates on four AA batteries and gets about nine hours on a single charge using rechargeable batteries. That will easily get you through a rehearsal or gig and the magnetic pickups work even without the batteries so there will never be a gig emergency. The Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster is perfect if you need a great Strat with lots of easy-access tonal options. Having that much versatility at your fingertips opens up creative possibilities and keeps you from having to carry so much stuff!
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