GC-1

GK-Ready Stratocaster®

Stratocaster Equipped to Drive the GP-10, GR-55, GR-D, GR-S, and VG-99

  • GK

Information

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 Equipped to Drive the GP-10, GR-55, GR-D, GR-S, and VG-99

The complete functions of the Roland GK-3 are perfectly and beautifully embedded in the authentic Fender Stratocaster, letting you drive the GR-55, VG-99, and other 13-pin compatible gear. As well as its futuristic functionality, it also provides classic Fender Stratocaster sound and feel.

  • - Equipped with GK hex-divided pickup, 13-pin connector, and all controls to drive the GR-55, GR-D, GR-S, and VG-99
  • - Controls are compatible with the GK-3
  • - Simple and easy operation based on the Stratocaster design concept

Variation

  • GC-1-3TS
    <Sunburst/Rosewood Fingerboard>

  • GC-1-BLK
    <Black/Maple Fingerboard>

Stratocaster with Support for GR-55, GR-D, GR-S, and VG-99

The GC-1 has built-in divided pickup that adds infinite creative possibilities to the Fender Stratocaster. In addition to playing the GC-1 as a normal Stratocaster through your favorite amp, you can also connect it to the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer, GR-D V-Guitar Distortion, GR-S V-Guitar Space, or VG-99 V-Guitar System to dramatically enhance creativity.

One-Cable Connection

With a single GK cable, you can conveniently connect the GC-1 to a GR-55, GR-D, GR-S, and VG-99. This is all you need to tap into a world of sound through COSM modeling or guitar synthesis. The GC-1 is also capable of converting your performance into MIDI data via a VG-99 or GR-55, so you can use it as a MIDI controller to record your guitar performances directly to a DAW.

GR-55 — A New Era of Sound, Power, & Performance

The GR-55 compatible with the GC-1 is a revolution in guitar synthesis, with features never before available in any guitar processor. In terms of speed, it`s the fastest ever. It`s also the most accurate, thanks to newly developed pitch-detection technology. As for sound, the triple-core generator houses a world-class array of virtual guitars, basses, amps, and synth voices, enabling tones and textures that have never been heard before. Onstage or in the studio, you can instantly access the GR-55`s huge library of ready-to-use sounds, from pop to rock and beyond, with quick-access category buttons.

* GR-55 sold separately. Don't forget to visit the GR-55 product page.

GR-D — Bold Distortion Tones for Modern Players

Inside the GR-D is a huge array of unique distortion colors made possible with GK processing. By applying separate distortion processing to each string, the atonal harmonic artifacts of mono distortion are completely eliminated. This results in incredible string definition and clarity, even with full, complex chords and extremely high levels of gain. In addition, picking dynamics are greatly enhanced, and wide stereo effects can be achieved. VG-DIST 1 and VG-DIST 2 offer two very different distortion flavors newly developed for the GR-D, while POLY DIST is a new variant on the classic “polyphonic distortion” in early Roland guitar synths, enhanced with the power of modern digital technology. SYNTH is an analog synth-type sound based on string vibration instead of an oscillator, providing an ultra-responsive playing feel with true guitar expressiveness.

* GR-S sold separately. Don't forget to visit the GR-D product page.

GR-S — Amazing Tones to Expand Your Sound Palette

With the GR-S, you have four incredible tones that launch your guitar into an entirely new sound space. Crystal delivers shimmering, transparent sounds and icy bell textures, while Rich Modulation provides an incredibly spacious multi-channel chorus sound powered by independent GK string processing. Slow Pad offers a warm synth-pad sound with variable attack for dreamy full-chord swells that are impossible with a mono input. And with Brilliant Clean, you can add virtual strings to your axe, adjustable from 12 to 18 strings with the COLOR knob!

* GR-S sold separately. Don't forget to visit the GR-S product page.

VG-99 — Powerful Sound Creating Capability with Dual-COSM Configuration

The GC-1`s another perfect partner is the VG-99 V-Guitar System. The VG-99 contains an incredible range of COSM-modeled guitars and amplifiers including new electric, acoustic and bass guitar models, a new GR-300 synth wave, and much more. It even models two signal paths at once. Complete dual processing of guitar modeling on the VG-99 allows you to play two different guitar sounds simultaneously. For example, one virtual guitar could be a Telecaster® in a vintage Tweed amp with full effects and the other a nylon-string guitar with just a hint of reverb. With three powerful new processors at its core, plus expressive performance controls such as Ribbon Controller and D-BEAM, this remarkable instrument raises the bar in guitar-modeling and performance technology.

* VG-99 sold separately. Don't forget to visit the VG-99 product page.

Color variations

Type 1 (GC-1-BLK)
Body Color: Black
Neck:1-piece Maple neck
Type 2 (GC-1-3TS)
Body Color: 3-Tone Sunburst
Neck: Rosewood (Fingerboard) on Maple

Common Specifications

Body
Alder
Neck
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1cm)
Backshape: Modern "C" shape
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8cm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Pickups
Single Coil type x 3
Divided type x 1
Bridge
Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Controls
GK Controller section:
GK VOLUME knob, Select switch, UP(S1) button, DOWN(S2) button

Normal guitar section:
Guitar VOLUME knob, Guitar TONE knob, 5-Way switch
Connectors
GK Connector (13-pin connector), Guitar Jack (1/4" phone type)
Accessories
GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster® Owner’s Manual
OWNER’S MANUAL FOR FENDER® GUITARS
Tremolo arm
Hexagonal wrench
Special gig bag
Options (sold separately)
GK Cables (GKC-5, GKC-10)

Size and Weight

Weight
4.0 kg8 lbs. 14 oz.

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.
 
The V-Guitar GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster is 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 lineup also includes the G-5 VG Stratocaster. Ever dream of having a recording studio’s worth of world-class guitar tones to pick and choose from? The 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 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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