VG Stratocaster®

Stratocaster Powered by Roland COSM Technology

  • COSM


Classic Strat, New Horizons
Since pioneering the GR-500 guitar synth in 1977, Roland has been dedicated to developing the ultimate electronic guitar. A perpetual and continuous quest for the next-generation guitar led to electric-guitar giant Fender®. Now, collaborating with Fender, Roland proudly introduces a new era of electronic guitar: V-Guitar!

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Stratocaster Powered by Roland COSM Technology

Roland rewrote guitar-tech history with the debut of COSM technology, which first appeared on the pioneering VG-8 guitar-modeling system. Today, the new G-5 infuses a coveted Fender Stratocaster with advanced features realized by Roland’s COSM technology. In addition to offering all classic Stratocaster sounds and functionality, the G-5 provides a new world of electric and acoustic guitar tones recreated by COSM — including instantly accessible alternate tunings and 12-string sounds for all COSM guitar tones! The G-5 also offers a built-in library of coveted modeled pickup tones, and, thanks to COSM technology, also enables unique “ideal-performance” pickups, such as a humbucker with ultra-wide tone and a single coil with full, bold tone.

  • - Classic Stratocaster infused with COSM technology
  • - Modeled pickups onboard, including unique pickups such as ultra-wide humbucker (“Bright Humbucker”) and full, bold single coil (“Wide Range”)
  • - Instantly accessible alternate tunings and 12-string sounds through COSM guitar tones
  • - Simple and easy operation based on the Stratocaster design concept


  • G-5-BLK
    <Black/Maple Fingerboard>

  • G-5-3TS
    <Sunburst/Rosewood Fingerboard>

Stratocaster with VG engine

Born through a combination of Roland's latest guitar modeling technology and Fender's traditional Stratocaster, the G-5 is a guitar overflowing with creative possibilities. With COSM guitar modeling onboard, the G-5 lets you create custom instruments virtually, including different guitar body shapes, pickup types, and tunings. COSM is what allows this guitar to reproduce the sounds of a Telecaster in perfect detail, or humbucker pickups, or acoustic guitars. COSM can also take you to creative places never imagined, into sonic realms that have been impossible to reach with traditional electric guitars.

Divided pickup dramatically enhances expression

In addition to normal Stratocaster pickups, this model comes with divided pickup that realizes new possibilities for guitar. This pickup transmits signals from each string individually, and is capable of accurately capturing performance information for each individual string. In addition to capturing the performance techniques and nuances characteristic of guitars, such as bending, vibrato, and hammering, the divided pickup also enables an entirely new level of performance through COSM.

From traditional guitar sounds to the unimagined

The G-5 comes with five different modes: Normal Stratocaster, Modeled Stratocaster, Telecaster, Humbucking Pickups, and Acoustic. With its five-way switch, you can create tonal variations with different pickup combinations from any of these modes. In addition, the G-5 enables tonal options that are not available on traditional electric guitars, including Wide Range (which gives you a fat tone while maintaining the wide range of single coil pickups) and Bright Humbucker (that delivers highs that cut through while maintaining the rich mids and lows hat are characteristic of humbuckers). You can also enjoy the sounds of Jazz Guitar and Electric Sitar in acoustic mode, all from a single guitar!

G-5 Tone List

Instantly retune to alternative tunings

The G-5’s Tuning function lets you instantly retune to alternative tunings such as Drop D, Open G, D modal, and Baritone at the turn of a knob. You can switch to a variety of alternative tunings without touching the tuning pegs or switching to another guitar, keeping your string tensions unchanged. A 12-string guitar mode is also provided, which you can use with both acoustic and electric guitar sounds.

Fast, easy control

The G-5 is as easy to use a regular electric guitar. After you plug in your guitar cable, all you have to do to set your tone is turn the Mode and Tuning knobs, and set the five-way switch. It’s fast and friendly to use yet feature-filled and powerful.

Sound Preview

Color variations

Type 1 (G-5-BLK)
Body Color: Black
Neck:1-piece Maple neck
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Type 2 (G-5-3TS)
Body Color:3-Tone Sunburst
Neck: Rosewood (Fingerboard) on Maple
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo

Common specifications

Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1cm)
Backshape: Modern "C" shape
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8cm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Single Coil type x3, Divided type x1
Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
MODE knob: 5types
N... Normal (non-modeling mode)
S... Modeled Stratocaster
T... Modeled Telecaster
H... Modeled Humbucking Pickups
A... Modeled Acoustic guitar

TUNING knob: 6types
N... Normal tuning
D... Drop D
G... Open G
d... D Modal
B... Baritone
12: 12 String guitar

TONE Control knob, VOLUME knob, 5-Way switch
Power indicator
Nominal Output Level
-20 dBu
Output Impedance
2 k ohms
Recommended Load Impedance
20 k ohms or greater
Guitar Jack (1/4" phone type)
Power Supply
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4, or
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
Current Draw
230 mA (DC 6 V)
Expected battery life under continuous use
Alkaline battery: 6 hours
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: 9 hours
* These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
G-5 VG Stratocaster® Owner's Manual, OWNER’S MANUAL FOR FENDER® GUITARS, Tremolo Arm, Hexagonal wrench, Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4, Special gig bag

Size and Weight

3.8 kg8 lbs. 7 oz.

0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.

V-Guitar—Two Legendary Companies Join Forces to Launch a New Era in Guitar Technology
Fender powered by RolandRoland and Fender®, two industry giants who have immeasurably shaped the sound of modern music through their innovative products, have come together to bring the guitar to its next evolutionary step. The new V-Guitar line reinvents the electric guitar as the electronic guitar, taking Fender’s classic Stratocaster® design and putting Roland’s cutting-edge technologies right inside to greatly extend the capabilities of the world’s most-loved instrumennt.
“The V-Guitar is not simply a guitar; it goes beyond guitar.”

Roland has had a huge impact on the guitar world for over 35 years, bringing players incredible electronic music innovations such as digital guitar modeling and guitar synthesis, to name just two. Fender has invented some of the most influential guitar designs of all time, and the Stratocaster—still going strong after 50-plus years—is perhaps the most played and imitated instrument ever.
With the V-Guitar line, Roland and Fender have combined their strengths in a series of amazingly versatile instruments for today’s electronic era. Blending the respected playability, sound, and craftsmanship of the Fender Stratocaster with amazing Roland technologies such as COSM instrument modeling and 13-pin GK interface compatibility, V-Guitars are the most advanced axes available on the market today.
Ever dream of having a recording studio’s worth of world-class guitar tones to pick and choose from? The V-Guitar G-5 VG Stratocaster makes that dream come true, with 20 instrument and pickup tones—plus instant alternate tunings—available at your fingertips. With the G-5, you can change sounds effortlessly using a single instrument, instead of having to switch out guitars every time you need a different sound or tuning. Plug in to any amp and get tones from nylon-string acoustic to shred-metal tuning down to B, all with the simple twist of a knob.
The V-Guitar lineup also includes the GC-1 Roland-Ready Strat, a 100% authentic Fender Strat with the Roland GK Divided Pickup system built in. This gives you instant access to any of Roland’s GK-equipped products, including the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer and VG-99 V-Guitar System. Using the GC-1 with one of these incredible devices gives you a palette of sounds no other guitar can achieve, from classic Strat tones to unlimited synth textures and beyond.
The V-Guitar is not simply a guitar; it’s a revolutionary new development that brings the world's most popular instrument in step with our modern electronic era. Welcome to a new age in musical instrument technology—the age of the electronic guitar.
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