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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-25-2007, 06:45 PM
 
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Re: Something cool for us Fender freaks at NAMM

i inquired today because i want to order one, for those of you interested they run at $17something and change.

Nice..

yeahh and i know...overpriced...not worth it...blah....
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post #17 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-25-2007, 09:02 PM
 
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There's no 13 pin jack, just the normal 1/4" output jack. You can plug it straight into a regular amp. It doesn't have all the features of a VG-99, but the subset it has offers more than most guitars, by far, and the simplicity of not having to mount a pickup on your guitar, then run it into a floor unit, etc. You don't need a 7-string for drop tuning, because this thing will do drop D, B tuning, etc., at the flip of a switch. It'll also do Strat, Tele, acoustic, resonator, 12-string, humbucker. It's listed at Sweetwater, Musicians Buy, etc., for $1699 (MB includes some freebies along with it). Here's a nice video demo for you to check out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EslpbFeLF8s
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Re: Something cool for us Fender freaks at NAMM

Interesting, yet a novelty.
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There's no 13 pin jack, just the normal 1/4" output jack. You can plug it straight into a regular amp. It doesn't have all the features of a VG-99, but the subset it has offers more than most guitars, by far, and the simplicity of not having to mount a pickup on your guitar, then run it into a floor unit, etc. You don't need a 7-string for drop tuning, because this thing will do drop D, B tuning, etc., at the flip of a switch. It'll also do Strat, Tele, acoustic, resonator, 12-string, humbucker. It's listed at Sweetwater, Musicians Buy, etc., for $1699 (MB includes some freebies along with it). Here's a nice video demo for you to check out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EslpbFeLF8s
Well, it still kind of sucks that the system is powered by a Roland GK pickup but there's no way of using it for outboard gear for full MIDI potential. While it's nice that the guitar can stand alone like the Variax, it's kind of a waste, too, because granted there's a mini-VG system mounted in the guitar, I'm sure there could have been a cool way for the guitar to work directly with the new VG-99 for extended and enhanced usage, kind of like how the Variax and PodXT work together. A Roland-ready strat and a VG-88 is still cheaper.
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post #20 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-31-2007, 10:28 PM
 
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Re: Something cool for us Fender freaks at NAMM

I like how they put DADGAD in the alternate tuning knob. I love messing around in that tuning all the time.

But How do the alternate tunings work?

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I like how they put DADGAD in the alternate tuning knob. I love messing around in that tuning all the time.

But How do the alternate tunings work?
It works in that the special pickup used is the Roland pickup used for their full VG System and their guitar synths. Each polepiece is like a separate pickup that tracks the pitch and attack of each individual string, so the VG system on board in DADGAD tuning will just process, "lower strings 6, 2, and 1 by one full step" on top of the other processing. It's like a guitar synth that reproduces guitar tones.
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post #22 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-01-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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Ahhh, thats pretty cool!
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post #23 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-01-2007, 03:10 PM
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Re: Something cool for us Fender freaks at NAMM

After seeing that video...I want one!
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post #24 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-01-2007, 03:48 PM
 
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Re: Something cool for us Fender freaks at NAMM

its pretty cool, but its not impressive enough for me to go out and buy. i'd stull take a vintage MIJ strat over this thing.
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post #25 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-13-2007, 01:31 PM
 
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I think this is pretty awesome! granted, I don't have any money, and if I did have that much money I don't think I'd spend that much on it.
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Re: Something cool for us Fender freaks at NAMM

Nifty idea, but I don't think I could justify getting one. Gotta love the innovative effort though
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Re: Something cool for us Fender freaks at NAMM

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Interesting, yet a novelty.
Any more of a novelty than a Variax?

Must admit I like Strats because they sound like..... Strats, so, not for me, but hats off to Fender for pushing their envelope out a bit further.
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post #28 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-13-2007, 09:03 PM
 
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Re: Something cool for us Fender freaks at NAMM

I like the idea, but if these kind of guitars get somewhere market-wise I expect to hear a lot of the same kind of attitudes when people say...

Solid state amps, carbon fiber guitars, etc are inferior, weak, etc. Which is a very conservative attitude in general...

I don't know if they're for me but I dig the idea.
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