V-Guitar Catalog 2012
Divided Pickup for Guitar
Divided Pickup for Bass
GK-3
GK-3B
l Easy to connect to your favorite guitar
l Mounts easily on any steel-stringed electric
guitar without damage to guitar l Features
an adjustable curve design and pickup cable
length l Includes attachment plate for
archtop guitars l Supports VG-99 and GR-55
l Enables connection to synthesizers, such as VB-99, GR-55
l Ultra-thin design l Large, smooth-action volume knob l Select
switch for normal bass tone, synth sound, or mixture of both l Easy
installation l Compatible with most 4-, 5-, and 6-string basses
l Supports VB-99 and GR-55
State-of-the-art bass processing powered by
COSM modeling.
l Most advanced bass processor on the market l Dozens of
COSM instrument models, including coveted vintage and
modern basses, amps, synth basses, effects and even electric
guitars l Converts bass to MIDI and streams audio via USB
audio sources l Dual independent stereo signal paths can be
layered or switched: allows two different virtual sounds at the
same time l Allows users to play polyphonic synth bass sounds
without tracking issues l Advanced new real-time controllers:
D-BEAM, V-LINK and Ribbon Controller
OPTIONS
MIDI Foot Controller
Footswitch
FS-5U
FC-300
Dual Footswitch
FS-6
Expression Pedal
EV-5
VG-99/VB-99 and FC-300, the perfect
combination for live performance.
Unit Selector
US-20
USB Flash Memory
Rack Mount Adaptor
M-UF2G
RAD-99
Pad Stand
PDS-10
Carrying Bag
for VG-99/VB-99
CB-VG9
Foot Volume/
Expression Pedal
FV-500L
GK Cable
GKC-5 (5 m/196-7/8 inch)
GK Cable
GKC-10 (10 m/393-3/4 inch)
* Supports VG-99 and VB-99
Foot Switch Cable
* Supports VG-99
and VB-99
PCS-31L (2.2 m/86-5/8 inch)
V-Guitar Global Official Page
FENDER®, Stratocaster ®,
www.roland.com/V-Guitar/
VG Stratocaster ® and Telecaster ®
are the trademarks of FMIC.
All rights reserved.
Experience the most advanced technology for guitars.
Tap into a creative universe for guitar and bass, V-Guitar series — G-5, GC-1, GR-55, VG-99 and more.
Here from star artists and enjoy dynamic demo performances!
Once a musical instrument generates sound vibrations, it reaches the human ear through various mediating objects, each of which significantly affects the sound. The material and configuration of
the instrument, the electric/magnetic amplifying system, the air and the reverberation of the room all affect the final sound. Sound modeling, the latest DSP technology, “virtually” reconstructs these
objects. Roland’s breakthrough Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM) uses the advantages of multiple modeling methods and succeeds in accurately emulating existing sounds, as well as
producing sounds that have never before been created.
Using V-LINK, musicians can “play” video from their electronic instrument — or even control a live video camera — when used with Roland’s video products. With V-LINK, musicians have a powerful
interface for realtime audio and video integration.
All specifications and appearances are subject to change without notice.
Roland, BOSS, COSM and D-BEAM are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Roland
Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Company names and product names appearing in this document are registered trademarks or
trademarks of their respective owners.
Visit us online at www.Roland.com
It is forbidden by law to make an audio recording, video recording, copy or revision of a third party’s
copyrighted work (musical work, video work, broadcast, live performance, or other work), whether in
whole or in part, and distribute, sell, lease, perform, or broadcast it without the permission of the
copyright owner.
Do not use this product for purposes that could infringe on a copyright held by a third party.
We assume no responsibility whatsoever with regard to any infringements of third-party copyrights
arising through your use of this product.
Printed in Japan Feb. 2012 RAM-4738 GR-GEN-SS ACG2
The pinnacle of expression and creativity.
Roland V-Guitar — a coveted classic meets
future technology.
With state-of-the-art COSM modeling and divided pickups that capture
the signals of each string, the V-Guitar System takes guitar, bass and
amp sound design to a new level.
Previous GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer used two types of synth modules
and COSM guitar modeling. Today, with the V-Guitar, a new
generation has arrived. Introducing the G-5 VG Stratocaster® and
GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster®!
G-5
VG Stratocaster ®
VG-99
The G-5 melds a Fender Stratocaster
with Roland COSM guitar modeling
enabling this classic guitar to not
only sound like itself, but also a
Telecaster®, an acoustic guitar,
a 12-string guitar, and future
sounds never before possible on a
traditional electric guitar.
V-Guitar System
Infinite sound-creating capability with dual COSM.
This is the ultimate guitar-modeling machine.
n New expression for guitarists.
GC-1
1977 was the year the world’s first guitar synth, the GR-500, was born. This also represented
the beginning of the history of the V-Guitar.
The debut of the GR series sparked the evolution of guitar expression based on divided
pickups. The accumulation of Roland’s state-of-the-art technology and know-how was
embodied in subsequent GR-series guitar synths, and eventually in the VG series that
employed modeling technology. Now, in 2012, an advanced generation of products has
arrived — the G-5 VG Stratocaster and GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster — which combine
the latest guitar modeling technology with the classic Fender® Stratocaster. This special
collaboration between Roland and Fender empowers the world’s most beloved guitar with
advanced technology for the ultimate in expression and creativity.
GR Series
GK-Ready Stratocaster ®
This Stratocaster is equipped to connect
directly to a Roland VG-99 V-Guitar System
or GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer.
GR-500, 1977:
The world’s first guitar
synthesizer debuted.
GR-300, 1980:
The world’s first polyphonic
guitar synthesizer.
GR-700, 1984:
MIDI support and programmable
functions are added.
GR-1, 1992:
First in the series to be integrated
with PCM synth module.
GR-55, 2011:
Hybrid model, combining synth and
guitar modeling.
VG Series
VG-8, 1995:
The world’s first COSM
guitar-modeling processor.
VG-88, 2000:
Onboard effects and pedal
functions with evolved COSM.
VG-99, 2007:
Processing capability improved dramatically; also
equipped with D-BEAM and ribbon controller.
n Divided pickup — a creative breakthrough.
The G-5 and GC-1 represent an evolution from traditional
guitar pickups in that they are equipped with divided
pickup capable of capturing the signals of each individual
string. This allows techniques such as string bending and
vibrato to be applied to revolutionary sounds created by
modeling or synthesis.
Standard guitar
Guitar with divided pickup
installed
Strings
Strings11to
to66
Strings
Strings11to
to66
Normal
NormalPickup
Pickup
Divided
DividedPickup
Pickup
GR-55
Signals
Signalsfrom
fromall
allstrings
strings
processed
processedtogether
together
Signals
Signalsfrom
fromeach
eachstring
string
processed
processedindependently
independently
l Traditional guitar pickups capture the signals from all six strings and
transmit them together.
l In contrast, divided pickup captures the signals of each individual string
and transmit them individually. This enables accurate translation of
each string’s performance.
l Since the transmitted signals are analog just as in regular pickups, they
faithfully reflect every technique and expressive nuance.
Guitar Synthesizer
A new, hybrid GR model that combines
guitar synth and modeling.
Classic sound is only the beginning.
With a single G-5, you can enjoy a classic Stratocaster sound as well as
the sound of a Telecaster, a six- or 12-string acoustic guitar, and even
guitars with alternative tunings.
In addition, the G-5 gives you tonal options that are not possible on
traditional electric guitars, such as Wide Range and Bright Humbucker.
It’s like having a vault of guitars, pickups, synthesizers, and tone controls
in one instrument.
Stratocaster with VG engine.
Born through a combination of Roland’s latest guitar modeling technology
and Fender’s traditional Stratocaster, the G-5 is a guitar overflowing with
creative possibilities. With COSM guitar modeling onboard, the G-5 lets
you create custom instruments virtually, including different guitar body
shapes, pickup types, and tunings. COSM is
what allows this guitar to reproduce the sounds
of a Telecaster in perfect detail, or humbucker
pickups, or acoustic guitars. COSM can also
take you to creative places never imagined,
into sonic realms that have been impossible to
reach with traditional electric guitars.
Divided pickup dramatically enhances expression.
In addition to normal Stratocaster pickups,
this model comes with divided pickup that
realizes new possibilities for guitar. This pickup
transmits signals from each string individually,
and is capable of accurately capturing
performance information for each individual
string. In addition to capturing the performance
techniques and nuances characteristic of guitars, such as bending, vibrato,
and hammering, the divided pickup also enables an entirely new level of
performance through COSM.
From traditional guitar sounds to the unimagined.
The G-5 comes with five different modes: Normal Stratocaster, Modeled
Stratocaster, Telecaster, Humbucking Pickups, and Acoustic. With its five-way
switch, you can create tonal variations with different pickup combinations
from any of these modes. In addition, the G-5 enables tonal options that
are not available on traditional electric guitars, including Wide
Range (which gives you a fat tone while maintaining the wide
range of single coil pickups) and Bright Humbucker (that delivers
highs that cut through while maintaining the rich mids and lows
that are characteristic of humbuckers). You can also enjoy the sounds of
Jazz Guitar and Electric Sitar in acoustic mode, all from a single guitar!
Instantly retune to alternative tunings.
The G-5’s Tuning function lets you instantly retune to alternative tunings such
as Drop D, Open G, D modal, and Baritone at the turn of a knob. You can
switch to a variety of alternative tunings without touching the
tuning pegs or switching to another guitar, keeping your string
tensions unchanged. A 12-string guitar mode is also provided,
which you can use with both acoustic and electric guitar sounds.
n Tuning Type
● Normal ● Drop
D ● Open G ● D Modal ● Baritone ● 12 String
n G-5 Tone List
MODE
Neck
Neck + Middle
5-way Selector Switch
Middle
Bridge + Middle
Bridge
N
Normal
Stratocaster
Neck
(Single Coil)
Neck + Middle
(Single Coil)
Middle
(Single Coil)
Bridge + Middle
(Single Coil)
Bridge
(Single Coil)
S
Modeled
Stratocaster
Neck
(Single Coil)
Neck + Middle
(Single Coil)
Middle
(Single Coil)
Bridge + Middle
(Single Coil)
Bridge
(Single Coil)
Neck
(Wide Range)
Neck
(Single Coil)
Neck + Bridge
(Single Coil)
Bridge
(Single Coil)
Bridge
(Wide Range)
Neck
(Bright Humbucker)
Neck
(Humbucker)
Neck + Bridge
(Humbucker)
Bridge
(Humbucker)
Bridge
(Bright Humbucker)
Electric Sitar
Nylon-String
Acoustic
Steel-String
Acoustic2
Steel-String
Acoustic1
T Telecaster
Humbucking
H
Pickups
A Acoustic
Jazz
Fast, easy control.
The G-5 is as easy to use a regular electric guitar. After you plug in your
guitar cable, all you have to do to set your tone is turn the Mode and
Tuning knobs, and set the five-way switch. It’s fast and friendly to use yet
feature-filled and powerful.
[Guitar specifications]
n Color variation type 1: G-5-BLK
l Body Color: Black l Neck: 1-piece Maple neck
n Color variation type 2: G-5-3TS
l Body Color: 3-Tone Sunburst l Neck: Rosewood (Fingerboard) on Maple
[Common specifications]
n Body: Alder
n Neck: l Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm) l Backshape: Modern “C” shape
l Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm) l Number of Frets: 22
l Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
n Pickups: l Single Coil type x 3 l Divided type x 1
n Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
n Controls: l MODE knob (5 types) <N: Normal (non-modeling mode),
S: Modeled Stratocaster, T: Modeled Telecaster, H: Modeled Humbucking
Pickups, A: Modeled Acoustic guitar>
l TUNING knob (6 types) <N: Normal tuning, D: Drop D, G: Open G,
d: D Modal, B: Baritone, 12: 12-String guitar>
l TONE Control knob l VOLUME knob l 5-Way switch
n Indicator: Power indicator
n Weight: 3.8 kg / 8 lbs 7 oz
n Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
n Output Impedance: 2 k ohms
n Recommended Load Impedance: 20 k ohms or greater
n Connector: Guitar Jack (1/4" phone type)
n Power Supply: l DC 6 V: Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4,
l Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
n Current Draw: 230 mA (DC 6 V) * Expected battery life under continuous
use: Alkaline battery: 6 hours, Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: 9 hours
These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
* When the batteries are dead or even removed from the instrument,
the guitar still functions as a Stratocaster.
n Accessories: l G-5 VG Stratocaster ® Owner’s Manual
l OWNER’S MANUAL FOR FENDER® GUITARS
l Tremolo Arm l Hexagonal wrench l Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
l Special gig bag
* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
G-5-BLK
G-5-3TS
Packed with creative potential.
The complete functions of the Roland’s divided pickup are perfectly and beautifully
embedded in the authentic Fender Stratocaster, letting you drive the GR-55, VG-99. As well
as its futuristic functionality, it also provides classic Fender Stratocaster sound and feel.
n New worlds of sound with the VG-99 and GR-55.
Stratocaster with support for VG-99 and GR-55.
The GC-1 has built-in divided pickup that
adds infinite creative possibilities to the
Fender Stratocaster. In addition to playing
the GC-1 as a normal Stratocaster
through your favorite amp, you can
also connect it to the VG-99 V-Guitar
System or GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer to
dramatically enhance creativity.
One-cable connection.
With a single GK cable, you can conveniently connect the GC-1 to a VG-99
or GR-55. This is all you need to tap into a world of sound through COSM
modeling or guitar synthesis. The GC-1 is also capable of
converting your performance into MIDI data via a VG-99
or GR-55, so you can use it as a MIDI controller to record
your guitar performances directly to a DAW.
Powerful sound creating capability with dual-COSM configuration.
[Guitar specifications]
n Color variation type 1: GC-1-BLK
l Body Color: Black l Neck: 1-piece Maple neck
n Color variation type 2: GC-1-3TS
l Body Color: 3-Tone Sunburst l Neck: Rosewood (Fingerboard) on Maple
n Dual modeling engines allow guitar and amp models to be dynamically switched, layered and combined n Superb
COSM electric, acoustic, and bass guitar models, plus synth waves from the famous GR-300 n Guitar to MIDI converter
for direct connection to keyboards, sound modules or computers n Supports USB audio and MIDI for easy digital
recording and sequencing n Dual BOSS GT-class amps and effects enable unequalled flexible tone creation
n Advanced performance controls, including D-BEAM, V-LINK and Ribbon Controller take guitar performance to a
whole new level n Graphical Editor software included to support sophisticated sound making
[Common specifications]
n Body: Alder
n Neck: l Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
l Backshape: Modern “C” shape l Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
l Number of Frets: 22 l Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
n Pickups: l Single Coil type x 3 l Divided type x 1
n Bridge: l Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
n Controls:
[GK Controller section] l GK VOLUME knob l Select switch
l UP (S1) button l DOWN (S2) button
[Normal guitar section]
l Guitar VOLUME knob l Guitar TONE knob l 5-Way switch
n Weight: 4.0 kg / 8 lbs 14 oz
n Connectors: l GK Connector (13-pin connector)
l Guitar Jack (1/4" phone type)
n Accessories: l GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster ® Owner’s Manual
l OWNER’S MANUAL FOR FENDER® GUITARS l Tremolo arm
l Hexagonal wrench l Special gig bag
l Divided
pickup is not included. Requires GK-3 or GC-1.
The latest and most powerful guitar synth combining synthesis with guitar modeling.
n A revolutionary fusion of guitar synthesis and powerful COSM guitar modeling n Up to four sound sources at
a time: two PCM synth tones, plus COSM guitar modeling and normal guitar input n Easy to use and easy to play
with hundreds of great, ready-to-use sounds for rock or pop guitarists n Advanced Roland technology provides
superb sound quality and lightning-fast processing n Over 900 of Roland’s latest fully editable PCM sounds,
including pianos, organs, strings, vintage synths, and much more n COSM guitar and amp modeling n Two types
of multi-effects engines, plus global reverb, chorus, and delay effects, and an onboard looper n Built-in USB audio
player with foot control n Available with or without GK-3 Divided Pickup
l GR-55GK:
GC-1-3TS
GC-1-BLK
l GR-55S:
Includes a GK-3 divided pickup and a GK cable.
Comes with the GR-55 only. Requires divided pickup (GK-3, GK-3B or GC-1) and GK cable.
V-Guitar Catalog 2012
Divided Pickup for Guitar
Divided Pickup for Bass
GK-3
GK-3B
l Easy to connect to your favorite guitar
l Mounts easily on any steel-stringed electric
guitar without damage to guitar l Features
an adjustable curve design and pickup cable
length l Includes attachment plate for
archtop guitars l Supports VG-99 and GR-55
l Enables connection to synthesizers, such as VB-99, GR-55
l Ultra-thin design l Large, smooth-action volume knob l Select
switch for normal bass tone, synth sound, or mixture of both l Easy
installation l Compatible with most 4-, 5-, and 6-string basses
l Supports VB-99 and GR-55
State-of-the-art bass processing powered by
COSM modeling.
l Most advanced bass processor on the market l Dozens of
COSM instrument models, including coveted vintage and
modern basses, amps, synth basses, effects and even electric
guitars l Converts bass to MIDI and streams audio via USB
audio sources l Dual independent stereo signal paths can be
layered or switched: allows two different virtual sounds at the
same time l Allows users to play polyphonic synth bass sounds
without tracking issues l Advanced new real-time controllers:
D-BEAM, V-LINK and Ribbon Controller
OPTIONS
MIDI Foot Controller
Footswitch
FS-5U
FC-300
Dual Footswitch
FS-6
Expression Pedal
EV-5
VG-99/VB-99 and FC-300, the perfect
combination for live performance.
Unit Selector
US-20
USB Flash Memory
Rack Mount Adaptor
M-UF2G
RAD-99
Pad Stand
PDS-10
Carrying Bag
for VG-99/VB-99
CB-VG9
Foot Volume/
Expression Pedal
FV-500L
GK Cable
GKC-5 (5 m/196-7/8 inch)
GK Cable
GKC-10 (10 m/393-3/4 inch)
* Supports VG-99 and VB-99
Foot Switch Cable
* Supports VG-99
and VB-99
PCS-31L (2.2 m/86-5/8 inch)
V-Guitar Global Official Page
FENDER®, Stratocaster ®,
www.roland.com/V-Guitar/
VG Stratocaster ® and Telecaster ®
are the trademarks of FMIC.
All rights reserved.
Experience the most advanced technology for guitars.
Tap into a creative universe for guitar and bass, V-Guitar series — G-5, GC-1, GR-55, VG-99 and more.
Here from star artists and enjoy dynamic demo performances!
Once a musical instrument generates sound vibrations, it reaches the human ear through various mediating objects, each of which significantly affects the sound. The material and configuration of
the instrument, the electric/magnetic amplifying system, the air and the reverberation of the room all affect the final sound. Sound modeling, the latest DSP technology, “virtually” reconstructs these
objects. Roland’s breakthrough Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM) uses the advantages of multiple modeling methods and succeeds in accurately emulating existing sounds, as well as
producing sounds that have never before been created.
Using V-LINK, musicians can “play” video from their electronic instrument — or even control a live video camera — when used with Roland’s video products. With V-LINK, musicians have a powerful
interface for realtime audio and video integration.
All specifications and appearances are subject to change without notice.
Roland, BOSS, COSM and D-BEAM are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Roland
Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Company names and product names appearing in this document are registered trademarks or
trademarks of their respective owners.
Visit us online at www.Roland.com
It is forbidden by law to make an audio recording, video recording, copy or revision of a third party’s
copyrighted work (musical work, video work, broadcast, live performance, or other work), whether in
whole or in part, and distribute, sell, lease, perform, or broadcast it without the permission of the
copyright owner.
Do not use this product for purposes that could infringe on a copyright held by a third party.
We assume no responsibility whatsoever with regard to any infringements of third-party copyrights
arising through your use of this product.
Printed in Japan Feb. 2012 RAM-4738 GR-GEN-SS ACG2
The pinnacle of expression and creativity.