Acoustic tones from a Stratocaster. Alternate tunings at the turn of a knob. The growl of a humbucker or ‘twang’ of a Tele right at your fingertips…
These are a few of the promises of Fender’s new VG Stratocaster––apparently the twisted love-child of a partnership between music behemoths Fender & Roland.
According to their new VG Stratocaster mini-site, the guitar is a digital modeling wonder, which packs three American Series single coil pickups, a Roland GK Bridge pickup, and a whole bunch of digital modeling wizardry into a nicely contoured Strat body with all the traditional specs you’ve come to know and love.
Yep, the synchronized tremolo is there, as is the maple neck, parchment pickguard, and chrome hardware––but the VG Strat has something else up its sleeve as well: two new knobs for controlling digital tunings (Drop D, Open G, Baritone & others) & digital models (Stratocaster, Telecaster, Humbucking, and Acoustic,) as well as a LED light for checking battery life at a glance.
A Strat with a battery… hmm, I really haven’t had enough time to digest this news yet, so I’m not sure what I think about it. Digital alternate tunings at the turn of a knob definitely appeals to me, and hey––who wouldn’t like the versatility of getting a bunch of classic guitar tones from one comfy old instrument?
Of course, the quality of the VG Strat’s digital models are going to make or break this one, and I have a feeling Fender wouldn’t take a flyer on this without putting some heavy investment into getting those Tele, Humbucking & Acoustic tones just right.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… it should be interesting to see if the VG Stratocaster takes off. Or just falls flat on its face.