V-Guitar System


A Milestone in Guitar Modeling and Performance Technology

In the history of guitar modeling, no manufacturer has devoted more time, resources and passion into this market segment than Roland — from the world’s first guitar modeling processor, the legendary VG-8, to its popular V-Guitar predecessors. Today, Roland proudly announces another milestone in guitar modeling and performance technology: the VG-99. 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.

Multi Modeling

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.

Dynamic Control

Both modeled guitar and amp paths can be active at the same time, or they can be dynamically switched or blended. You can control the switching behavior between virtual guitars and/or amps by foot controllers, buttons/knobs on the unit, or according to your picking dynamics. Imagine playing softly for an acoustic-guitar sound, then transitioning to a full metal blast simply by picking more aggressively. Furthermore, each modeled guitar can be separately assigned to individual guitar strings. For example, you could have a 12-string guitar on 1st to 4th string and Synth-bass for 5th and 6th.

Alternate Tunings

The VG-99 can produce custom tunings — anything the player desires on any virtual guitar. A virtual Les Paul®, for example, could be tuned down four or five steps for a heavy sound, while a nylon string could be tuned as a 12-string, and also tuned down four or five steps at the same time. Open and drop tunings are also supported as well as user-defined custom tunings and can be applied to any COSM guitar, so the player can switch instantly between tuning setups without physically switching guitars or having to manually retune.

Guitar Performance in Higher Dimension

With its new performance-based design, the VG-99 can be placed within a player’s easy reach on stage by using an optional PDS-10 stand. This new style setup allows various new performance possibilities such as D BEAM, Ribbon Controller and more. In combination with the versatile new foot controller FC-300, the VG-99 takes your guitar performance on stage to a whole new dimension.

Most Wanted

You asked for it, now Roland delivers the most-requested new features in the VG-99, including an onboard guitar-to-MIDI converter for direct connection to keyboards, sound modules, soft synths, etc. Audio output via USB or S/PDIF digital out, and optional RAD-99 rack mount adaptor further enhance your music production environment. Built-in stereo XLR and 1/4" outputs are ideal for live stage performances and touring. The striking new on-screen editor makes programming the VG-99 super easy and fun.

Audio processing
AD Conversion
24 bits + AF method
DA Conversion
24 bits
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz
Program Memories
400: 200 (User) + 200 (Preset)
Nominal Input Level
Input Impedance
Nominal Output Level
MAIN OUT: -10 dBuSUB OUT (XLR): +4 dBuGUITAR OUT: -10 dBu
Output Impedance
MAIN OUT: 1 k ohmSUB OUT (XLR): 600 ohms
Dynamic Range
100 dB or greater (IHF-A)
Digital Output
Coaxial type (conforms to IEC60958)
Top Panel
OUTPUT LEVEL knob, Function knobs (F1--F6), BALANCE knob, PATCH LEVEL knob, V-LINK button, DIRECT PATCH buttons (1--5), CONTROL buttons (1, 2), COSM GUITAR MODELING TYPE buttons (A, B), COSM GUITAR ALTERNATE TUNING button, POLY FX A/B buttons (A, B), FX buttons (A, B), COSM AMP buttons (A, B), MIXER buttons (A, B), DELAY/REVERB button, DYNAMIC button, CHAIN button, CONTROL ASSIGN button, NAME/KEY/BPM button, Function buttons (F1--F6), EXIT button, WRITE button, PAGE buttons x 2 (Left, Right), GUITAR TO MIDI button, SYSTEM button, GLOBAL button, TUNER button, CATEGORY button, PATCH/VALUE dial, Power switch
D Beam Controller
PITCH button, FILTER button, ASSIGNABLE button
PITCH button, FILTER button, ASSIGNABLE button
240 x 64 dots graphic LCD (backlit LCD)
Top Panel
GK IN connector
Rear Panel
GUITAR INPUT jack, GUITAR OUTPUT jack, SUB OUT jacks (XLR)(L, R)MAIN OUT jacks x 2 (L/MONO, R)PHONES jack, DIGITAL OUT jack, EXP PEDAL jack, CTL 3,4 jack, USB connector, RRC2 connector, MIDI connectors x 2 (IN, OUT), DC IN jack, Ground Lift switch (SUB OUT)
Power Supply
AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
Current Draw
1.3 A
Owner's Manual, GK cable (3 m), USB cable, RRC2 cable, VG-99 Software CD-ROM, AC adaptor (PSB-1U), Roland Service (information sheet)
Divided Pickup: GK-3, MIDI Foot Controller: FC-300, Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U/6, Expression Pedal: EV-5, BOSS FV-500L/500H, GK Cable: GKC-10/5/3, Unit Selector: US-20, GK Parallel Box: GKP-4, Rack Mount Adaptor: RAD-99, Pad Stand: PDS-10, Footswitch Cable: PCS-31L
Size and Weight ( Dimensions )
384 mm

15-1/8 inches
218 mm

8-5/8 inches
94 mm

3-11/16 inches
2.1 kg

4 lbs. 11 oz.
* EIA-5U rack mount type: optional rack mount adaptor RAD-99
* 0 dBu = 0.775 V rms
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.



Updates & Drivers


If you have questions about operating your Roland product, please check our Knowledge Base for answers to the most common questions.
You can also contact our Product Support department by phone or email.
In addition, we have a library of Owner’s Manuals and Support Documents that you can download and reference.

Owner's Manuals

Support Documents

  • VG-99 Q&A

    A collection of popular articles from the VG-99 knowledge base.

  • VG-99 Turbostart
  • VG-99 Workshop 01: Introduction to the VG-99

    The VG-99 is hands-down the most powerful guitar processor ever made, capable of transforming your instrument with sounds both familiar and unreal. This booklet introduces you to the VG-99’s creative possibilities and discusses some of the technologies that are part of it.

  • VG-99 Workshop 02: Pickup Settings

    This booklet gives you the lowdown on using a divided pickup with the VG-99, including the Roland GK-3 and third-party piezo-type systems. Using your guitar’s normal pickups is covered as well.

  • VG-99 Workshop 03: On-the-Gig Sound Settings

    The VG-99 makes it easy to tweak its overall sound for different performing environments without changing the sounds stored in the individual patches. This booklet shows you how.

  • VG-99 Workshop 04: Using the Built-in Tuner

    When working with the VG-99, you’ll find the built-in chromatic tuner to be one of its most often-used features. This booklet discusses how to use the tuner and control it with external switches.

  • VG-99 Workshop 05: Working with Patches

    A VG-99 patch stores all the parameter settings that make up a particular sound. In this booklet, we show you how to select, save, and manage your patches in the VG-99.

  • InFocus 02: Roland’s Librarian Software

    If you’re the kind of person who digs into your Roland/BOSS gear, odds are you go way beyond factory patches and settings. It’s for users like you that we include a computer-based Librarian application for backing up and organizing your data. This booklet explains the Roland/BOSS Librarian.