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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / VG Strat

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I may have a GAS problem.
May 9th, 2007 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Played it, liked it.

The model and regular strats sounded almost identical. However, on the modelled strat, you have 5 tunings and a 12 string mode.

Tele sounds like a tele, HB is a little generic and the acoustic tones are very piuzo sounding.

The tuning is flipping cool. Flick to tele, open G and it was right there. No approximation, no weirdness. Just an open G std tele.

Baritone was coll for those western chords.

I hate DADGAD but just tweak the g string and your in open D in 2 seconds.

12 string is ok, very chous like.

Overall a big thumbs up. If you get sick of turning the knobs, just set both to N and you have a normal AM Se strat.

Sounded good but I also played a CS '69 strat with Abbey wounds and it just crushed the VG (or any AmSe for that matter).

I will let my initial excitement die down and maybe revisit this guitar.

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Tucson, AZ USA

Aug 19th, 2007 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was quite impressed when a friend brought one of these to our 4th of July jam. For me it's the answer to a lot of gear questions. My MAIN stage axe is a Gretsch and probably always will be but the VG is the perfect way to replace my acoustic, my baritone and to add a 12-string to my tool-kit. Best thing is, it's still a Strat which is (of course) a very cool sounding axe. I definitely see one in my future at some point.

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Harker Heights, TX

Aug 20th, 2007 07:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I finally heard one of our guitar players playing one of these today, and it sounded really great for all the reasons mentioned above. The knob that turns it into a Tele, Strat, acoustic, 12 string, etc, is just too easy to use.



The Native American Rocker
Oct 21st, 2007 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

do you have to have an amp with "roland digital" input?
those are hard to find at any local shop ive been to

2Buck Chuck

New Jersey, USA

rock on.
Feb 1st, 2008 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

no special amp is needed, it uses a standard 1/4" output jack. Just bring lots of batteries!

2Buck Chuck

New Jersey, USA

rock on.
Feb 1st, 2008 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just spent about an hour checking a VG out at Sam A**. This sample also had slightly lower volume from the Roland VG electronics. It wouldn't be a show-stopper for me, because all of the VG sounds seemed balanced. But based on your unit, and now this one, the volume difference is normal.

The solid body sounds - strat, tele & humbucker - were spot on IMO. Very convincing. The tunings worked well also. The simulations fall down with the acoustic guitar sounds. I found that only two of them were of any use, and even at that they sounded very "electric". I believe this is due to the different sustain qualities of a solid body electric versus an acoustic.

The "resonator" sound was simply awful. Very tinny. I own resonators, and this ain't no resonator sound. Unusable in my opinion.

The 12 string simulation was very good however.

I'm not into DADGAD tuning, but I lowered the G to an F# to get Open D and it worked well, so at least i could get my three main tunings on this guitar (std, G and D).

As far as the guitar itself, it wasn't bad, but not nearly as nice as my American Deluxe. I would say that any other Strat - MIM or otherwise - would be equivalent quality. In other words I didn't see any added value to it being an American Strat. For this money, and considering all of the technology, they should have put Noiseless p'ups and locking tuners on this thing.

So this guitar would probably solve my main problem of having to bring three guitars to a gig to cover my tunings. It's an expensive solution though when I can get a Hipshot Trilogy bridge for $175.

Zute tubetone


Feb 2nd, 2008 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I purchased mine in July of 07. I think it's a great guitar. I own a few vintage guitars as well. I like the open G the best, drop D second. Don't really care for dadgag, 12 string is ok. The Baritone is real nice. Both Tele and the Humbucker are right on. But I have to tell you I did do some set up on it. I dressed the frets, set string height and set intonation. I would honestly change the pick ups if it didn't void my warranty. I only wish Fender would take a little more time in the setup department on such an expensive guitar. It's hard to compare this to a vintage guitar or any other Fender guitar. It's really in a league by itself. I am disspointed in the finish though it's already starting to crack a little. Time will tell. I don't buy guitars because it's trendy or for possible investment reasons. I play the heck out of em.



Oct 20th, 2008 09:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just recently bought a VG strat. Mine must be a new version or something. I haven't seen anything like it yet on the web. It's a vg strat with different neck (?) locking tuners and abalone inlays. I really love the feel of the neck (rolled frets really smooth!). It's also a maple fretboard and has a vintage deeper color to it. The body color is sienna sunburst. Has anyone here seen such a VG? I don't know....maybe it's something new Fender is trying out? I just bought it 2 days ago. But so far I really like it.

Picture of Sienna Sunburst VG Stratocaster



Dec 10th, 2008 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a "little" bit late, but I have to say that new VG is really cool!!! Great color! Cool pic from the locking tuners by the way (=PhotoBucket).


Suffolk County NY

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Dec 19th, 2010 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Sienna Sunburst guitar is a Guitar Center FSR American Deluxe V-neck in VG configuration. It was released in Summer of 2008 in a limited run. I was able to obtain one of these when Fender stopped production and the surplus were sold at deep discounts.

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