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Wouldn’t it be nice to flip a switch on a Stratocaster® and, all of a sudden, be in an alternate tuning? Wouldn’t it be nice to turn a knob on its pickguard and suddenly have a clear acoustic guitar sound, the roar of a humbucking pickup, the signature snap of a Telecaster® guitar and the lush fullness of a 12-string?
That is the idea behind the VG Strat: a single, incredibly versatile instrument that delivers 37 serious Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, humbucking, 12-string and acoustic sounds, plus five alternate tunings, all at the simple flip of a switch or the twist of a knob – and all in the gracefully familiar form of the Stratocaster.
We feel strongly that keeping the instrument simple was the way to go.
Usually, the more functionality you add, the more complicated an instrument becomes. So the VG Stratocaster® was pared down to the essentials, making it easy to pick up and play. After all, a Fender® Strat® shouldn’t require the study of a huge owner’s manual.
The VG Stratocaster® features that classic, sleek, contoured body shape, three American Series single-coil pickups with five-position switching, a maple neck with a maple or rosewood fingerboard, a synchronised tremolo bridge, a three-ply parchment pickguard and chrome hardware. In other words, it’s a Strat® in every sense of the word, with all the magic intact.
But two additional knobs on the VG Strat’s pickguard – plus a small LED and an inconspicuous Roland® GK bridge pickup – bring with them some new magic. These two knobs, a Mode Control knob and a Tuning Function knob, serve up incredible and seemingly limitless new sonic possibilities.
The Mode Control knob governs five distinct modeling modes: Normal, Modeled Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Humbucking Pickups and Acoustic.
The Tuning Function knob lets guitarists choose among five alternate tunings (Normal, Drop D, Open G, D Modal, Baritone) and a 12-string sound. And since guitarists don’t have to turn a single tuning key, a major benefit of all these instant tuning changes is that the string tension remains the same and the guitar itself feels the same.
Even better, the VG Stratocaster® delivers level, balanced tone and volume across all these remarkable functions, so that guitarists needn’t continually readjust amp settings with each change in guitar sound.