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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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VG Stratocaster

I was at Greg Koch's masterclass last night - not due to ability, I hasten to add, but because I consistently cover the payments on the store owner's Mercedes - where he was playing the new VG Strat. With a skill set like his, you could make any axe sound fantastic, but this instrument is something special. The settings include models of a Tele, dual HB, acoustic 6 & 12 string, plus alternate tunings drop-D, open G, baritone, DADGAD and various permutations. 37 models in total and all of them varying between good and excellent.

I've never been a Fender fan, preferring to go the superstrat route, but this instrument has gone a long way towards converting me. It's interesting that both Gibson and Fender have come up with extreme technological advances within a couple of months of each other after years of criticism for being staid/dull/boring/(insert derogatory comment here), both going very different routes and both springing these out of the blue. For my money (and apologies to Gibson, whom I've always preferred: personal taste only, no objctive reason), the VG is the better option.

Other manufacturers are going to have to get the lead out. Ibanez, are you listening?
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 03:31 AM
 
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There's a demo of the VG on the DVD with this month's UK Guitarist magazine. It looks a pretty impressive machine.
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I'm tempted to sell most of my guitars and get one myself. It seems to have everything I could want really. Though I wish it came in more colours like Candy Apple Red or Black. Would look swish
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The only problem I see with this strat is the price tag. Don't get me wrong guys, I'm a strat guy as well but, for $1500 I would expect a nicer build with more colors.

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$1500,thats pretty cheap,I think its 1500 here.Ive watched the VG demo dvd,and it looks pretty good,I love my strat probably more than my jem so would definately consider one
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$1500 would've been nice. I just paid $1700 for one. I do really like it, though.
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I'm tempted to sell most of my guitars and get one myself. It seems to have everything I could want really. Though I wish it came in more colours like Candy Apple Red or Black. Would look swish
I have one. They are great and they come in black. With maple or rosewood board.
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$1500 would've been nice. I just paid $1700 for one. I do really like it, though.
Where did you buy it from? Sweetwater has it for that much. If it was less than 30 days, I'd go back to the store and get some money back.

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I love the look of the VG strat. I've been meaning to get a strat for ages so ive pretty much got my mind set on one of these.

A nice 3 tone sunburst with maple fretboard .
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Where did you buy it from? Sweetwater has it for that much. If it was less than 30 days, I'd go back to the store and get some money back.

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Prices at SW are in the $1700's
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Weird, the catalog I have in my office @ home (my bathroom), has it for that price, or so I thought. My apologies for the misinformation.

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It's a cool idea, but I wouldn't go saying that Fender has taken a big step. Roland-Ready Strats have been out for a long time and so has the Roland VG system and, of course, the Variax (which this is basically Fender and Roland's take on) has been around, too.

In my opinion, this is actually a step back because unlike the Roland-Ready Strat, the VG Strat uses the same Roland pickup but provides no 13-pin out. Yeah, sure, there's an onboard VG system, but I'd much rather lug around a VG-88 (with way more features than what's onboard the VG Strat) and get an RR Strat, which is actually cheaper total.
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It's a cool idea, but I wouldn't go saying that Fender has taken a big step. Roland-Ready Strats have been out for a long time and so has the Roland VG system and, of course, the Variax (which this is basically Fender and Roland's take on) has been around, too.

In my opinion, this is actually a step back because unlike the Roland-Ready Strat, the VG Strat uses the same Roland pickup but provides no 13-pin out. Yeah, sure, there's an onboard VG system, but I'd much rather lug around a VG-88 (with way more features than what's onboard the VG Strat) and get an RR Strat, which is actually cheaper total.
Same thoughts I had about it: no 13 pin out. WTF??

I played on one very thoroughly at my local shop and as nice as all the settings are, they really missed the boat on this one by not having a 13 pin out.

It has the midi pup already wired in so what would've been the big deal about adding the midi out jack?

No offense to anyone that bought one, but even as much stuff as they packed into this guitar, they only unleash WAAAAAY less than half of what it COULD have done when connected to a VG or GR system.

Sure you don't have to carry extra gear around and have extra cables running off the guitar and the simplicity of having the knobs on the guitar is nice but why only see an idea half way thru? I think for the price they could easily have wired the 13 pin out on it and they would have twice the market for the guitar than they currently have enticed with these new ideas.

Like Demiurge said, for less than half the cost of the VG Strat you can buy the 13 pin RR Mexi version and get the same sounds plus TONS more. Shame on Fender.
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I have one. They are great and they come in black. With maple or rosewood board.
Dude post pics! I got strat GAS today after just playing a Modded mexican strat (floyd rose, dimarzio pickups and mirror scratch plate)
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I definitely don't want to sound like I'm trashing the VG Strat but I just think they could have really had something even more special for very little effort on their part and they missed it. Again, I think the VG Strat is one hell of a guitar but shame on Fender for missing the bulls eye on what could have been an even MORE bad a$$ axe.
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