Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
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?