G-5 VG Stratocaster Review

G-5 Strat close up

Review by Michael Hodge

A few years ago, Roland and Fender got together and offered a Stratocaster with a built in Roland GK Divided Pickup system.  I have one and love it for programming since I am better on guitar than keys.  You can also double stuff via MIDI and make cool layers behind chords and solos, adding synth tones to what is coming out of the amp.

Roland and Fender have teamed up again, and the result is really cool!

The G-5 VG Strat is to guitar synthology what the iPod was to mp3 players.  It is streamlined and does just a limited number of things exceptionally.  The G-5 comes in two models. One is black with a maple neck, and the other is sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard.  Both models have alder bodies, Fender vintage ceramic pickups, a 22-fret neck with medium jumbo frets and American inline tuners.  There is also a built in Roland GK-3 divided pickup and a synchronized tremolo bridge.  Focusing on just the guitar tones, the G-5 is powered by Roland’s Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM) engine from the VG-99.

What is unique to this guitar is that you just…

Continue reading this review in the July/August issue of Worship Musician! magazine