VG Stratocaster®

V-Guitar Versatility in an American-Made Strat

  • COSM
  • GK


(Sept. 4, 2013)
Now Available in Maple Fingerboard! (model # G-5A-CARM)

V-Guitar Versatility in an American-Made Strat

The G-5A VG Stratocaster brings you the power and versatility of Roland’s V-Guitar technology in a top-level, limited-edition instrument made in the U.S.A. Built in the Fender factory in Corona, California, the G-5A is a 100-percent authentic American Standard Stratocaster guitar, complete with a gorgeous Candy Apple Red finish and 22-fret maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Enhancing the classic Strat sound and functionality are onboard Roland COSM electronics that provide a universe of modeled electric and acoustic guitar sounds. The amazing G-5A gives you the ability to completely change your tone at a moment’s notice, with fingertip access to a library of coveted vintage instruments, plus a selection of COSM-powered “ideal performance” pickups that deliver a unique, modern edge. To top it off, alternate tunings and 12-string sounds are instantly available for any COSM guitar tone, all with a simple twist of a knob!

  • - Authentic American Standard Stratocaster infused with COSM technology
  • - Modeled instruments onboard, plus unique pickup tones such as the extended-range “Bright Humbucker” and full, bold “Wide Range” single coil
  • - Instantly accessible alternate tunings and 12-string sounds for all COSM guitar tones
  • - Simple operation based on the Stratocaster design concept
  • - Classic Candy Apple Red finish
  • - 22-fret maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • * The G-5A VG Stratocaster is a limited-edition model available at authorized V-Guitar Station dealers.


  • Fingerboard: Rosewood

  • Fingerboard: Maple

The World’s Most Versatile Guitar

Powered by Roland’s amazing COSM technology, the VG Stratocaster guitar gives you an entire collection of world-class tones to pick and choose from, all in the same instrument. At your fingertips are 25 pickup and instrument tones, plus alternate tunings and 12-string sounds. Take a single guitar to the gig and change tones effortlessly, instead of having to switch out instruments every time you need a different sound or tuning.

Change Your Sound in an Instant

Using the VG Stratocaster’s five-way pickup selector and Mode knob, you can access a wide range of modeled tones, including vintage Strat, Telecaster®, fat humbuckers, and even an archtop jazz box. Also onboard are unique, modern pickup sounds realized with COSM, including “Wide Range” single-coil variations and two “Bright Humbucker” options. Steel- and nylon-string acoustic tones are available as well, plus a neat, retro electric sitar sound. Of course, you can always dial up the built-in single-coil pickups and use the VG Stratocaster as a conventional guitar, bypassing the COSM section entirely.

Alternate Tunings and 12-String Sounds

Along with the great COSM instruments, the VG Stratocaster gives you the ability to change your tuning without touching the tuning keys! With any COSM tone, a quick twist of the Tuning knob lets you dial up Drop D, DADGAD, Baritone, or Open G tunings. Also available via the Tuning knob are 12-string tones, which can be applied to any COSM guitar sound.

Variation type

Body Color: Candy Apple Red
Neck: Rosewood (Fingerboard) on Maple
Body Color: Candy Apple Red
Neck: 1-piece Maple neck

Common specifications

Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Backshape: Modern "C" shape
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Single Coil type x 3
Divided type x 1
2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Vintage Style Bent Steel Saddles
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
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
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
Current Draw
230 mA
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-5A VG Stratocaster® Owner's Manual
Tremolo arm
Hexagonal wrench
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
Hard shell case
Polishing cloth

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 Roland
Roland 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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