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Roland VG-88 V-Guitar System  

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The Roland VG-88 V-Guitar System uses advanced modeling technology to put the most popular guitars, amps, mics, pickups, and cab sounds at your finge...Read More

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Re-creates classic guitar and synth sounds!

The Roland VG-88 V-Guitar System uses advanced modeling technology to put the most popular guitars, amps, mics, pickups, and cab sounds at your fingertips. With its direct guitar input, all you need is your electric guitar to plug into the VG-88's sonic landscape. Add a GK-3 divided pickup for even more possibilities. Features hollowbody and acoustic guitar models for instant switching between electric and acoustic, extremely natural tube-amp models, and outrageous synth and brass sounds. Flawless note tracking. Onboard effects include reverb, chorus, hexa-pan, delay, flanger, and parametric EQ all available simultaneously. Plus 160 presets/100 user, a direct 1/4" input, built-in expression pedal, and more.

FEATURES
  • Puts the most popular guitar, amp, mic, pickup, and cab sounds at your finger tips
  • Features hollow-body and acoustic guitar models
  • Extremely natural tube-amp models
  • Outrageous synth and brass sounds
  • Onboard effects include reverb, chorus, hexa-pan, delay, flanger, and parametric EQ
  • All effects are available simultaneously
  • 160 presets
  • 100 user presets

A phenomal unit that lets your guitar be anything you want it to be. Order today and have some fun with the VG-88.

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3.7

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So good I have two...

I have been playing guitar for ove 35 years, and played professionally for many of those years. I now play about 90 gigs a year as a serious hobby, playing all styles of classic...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar for ove 35 years, and played professionally for many of those years. I now play about 90 gigs a year as a serious hobby, playing all styles of classic rock. For what I do, the VG-88 is a godsend. I got so tired of tap dancing on noisy pedal boards, dealing with batteries and/or power supplies, patch cables, etc. I just couldn't take it anymore. I play this unit through a vintage HiWatt tube amp that is very clean; all the distortion comes from the pedal. I play such a variety of songs, open tunings, slide, and acoustic sounds that there is other no way I could do what I do, at least not as well. I sometimes change from a 12-string to a Strat to LP lead to a harmonzed lead (think Boston) all in one song. Try that with your regular pedal board. And yes, I get compliments on my tone all the time.Having said all that, this is not for the weak-hearted. I have spent HOURS and HOURS playing around with this thing, and I am still tweaking it. I have visited virtually every website associated with the VG-88 and have learned a little something from all of them. This unit requires time for experimenting, playing at stage volumes, through PA's, etc. It WILL do the job, but you have to work at it. I am so dependent on it that I bought an extra one because I would be screwed if it was stolen or if it broke down, which it NEVER has. Also, one more important piece of advice: I did the whole GK pick-up thing, drilling holes in guitars etc. Don't waste your time. Get either a Brian Moore iGuitar or a Godin 13-pin ready model. It will track better and you will be much happier. Now if you're a blues purist or a heavy metal guy that basically needs one or two sounds, you don't want this: stick to your LP and Marsahll or whatever and you'll have a great sound. However, if you need versatility and are willing to put in the time to really figure this thing out, this is an incredble unit. I also own and use a GR-33. Same deal?work at it.

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Could be a great system if made properly

I've owned the VG-88 for a year and 1/2 now and I've come to the conclusion that I want something different. The VG-88 looks sturdy but is really made of either a...Read complete review

I've owned the VG-88 for a year and 1/2 now and I've come to the conclusion that I want something different. The VG-88 looks sturdy but is really made of either a really hard plastic or tin *i can't tell*. Still it's not a cheap piece of junk. There are many good features about it: amp modeling, alternate tuning simulation, a variety of (unique) effects that you can't get from stomp boxes, and easy to use customizable parameters for each effect.HOWEVER in my opinion the tonal value of this thing sounds too fake. Simulators just don't match the real thing. You could sit and tweak parameters for months to get better tones but still won't get what you could get from the real deal. The effects are good, but again, the tones I've received from this sound way more digital than I want. My biggest problem with this product is the GK-2A pickup that must be installed on your guitar to properly utilize all the options this thing comes with. This pickup is kind of expensive on its own. Not worth it when you consider the fact that when using this pickup, your regular guitar pickups are no longer effective, chops are hard to get since this pickup is so sensitive (any palm pressure on the strings whether light pressure or heavy pressure either produces an obnoxious buzz, or totally mutes the notes). I've also had the problem of our drums being picked up and amplified through the pickup! Very annoying and frustrating to deal with, as it majorly distorts your tones. I've also had this problem playing live, having whatever is coming through my stage monitor being picked up by the pickup. Stick with processors that do not use MIDI, or if you use MIDI only use it for computer recording.

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3.0

Great Unit, For Studio

By Live2Play

from Illinois

It being a Roland is the most important quality of this unit. Has lots of "Kewl" sounds, perhaps most not be applicable, and you can tweek for two life times and still not have tried everything. Great Unit, if you use it for the studio running direct to the board. The most "Lush" clean sounds Ive ever heard. I use the GK-2 pickup. I just cant get a good "Overdrive" out of this puppy. Ive had it for years, and have tried and tried, but just no go. Ive gone back to Combo amps and stomp boxes(Boss) for my "Live" sound, and am back to being warm and fuzzy. The VG88 is a great unit, but just not applicable for "Live" situations unless you carry a studio with you to gigs. There is nothing that comes close to a Tube Combo amp, and some stomp boxes with wah wah pedal to cut through the air.

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3.0

Could be a great system if made properly

By Tranquil Guitarist

from Toledo, OH

I've owned the VG-88 for a year and 1/2 now and I've come to the conclusion that I want something different. The VG-88 looks sturdy but is really made of either a really hard plastic or tin *i can't tell*. Still it's not a cheap piece of junk. There are many good features about it: amp modeling, alternate tuning simulation, a variety of (unique) effects that you can't get from stomp boxes, and easy to use customizable parameters for each effect.HOWEVER in my opinion the tonal value of this thing sounds too fake. Simulators just don't match the real thing. You could sit and tweak parameters for months to get better tones but still won't get what you could get from the real deal. The effects are good, but again, the tones I've received from this sound way more digital than I want. My biggest problem with this product is the GK-2A pickup that must be installed on your guitar to properly utilize all the options this thing comes with. This pickup is kind of expensive on its own. Not worth it when you consider the fact that when using this pickup, your regular guitar pickups are no longer effective, chops are hard to get since this pickup is so sensitive (any palm pressure on the strings whether light pressure or heavy pressure either produces an obnoxious buzz, or totally mutes the notes). I've also had the problem of our drums being picked up and amplified through the pickup! Very annoying and frustrating to deal with, as it majorly distorts your tones. I've also had this problem playing live, having whatever is coming through my stage monitor being picked up by the pickup. Stick with processors that do not use MIDI, or if you use MIDI only use it for computer recording.

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5.0

Mostly Great... but

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've been using this thing at gigs for a couple of months. Overall, I think it's an amazing piece of gear. I have been playing for over 30 years, pro... and I'd have to say overall, VG88 is the best. A couple of complaints. The clean sound tends to get nasty digital distortion after a set or 2. Don't really know why. The acoustic sounds are really good, but some of the sounds at times start popping, which is annoying and startling when you're playing. (I think a workaround is to play slightly more up the neck on some settings.) A couple of serious complaints I have...no effects loop. Yeah, that sounds ludicrous, but sometimes in the middle of a song it would be nice to hit a favorite pedal without looking like a dance student. I run this thing stereo to my PA, which is great, cuts down my setup and load-in time, (though I do miss an amp) but the only way I could see to patch something into this, since the stereo sound is half the sound of the pedal, would be to have 2 sets of pedals patched in at the outputs before sending to the board/amp. That's ridiculous. Why couldn't they just include a loop? The other thing is, it would have been great to have 2 pedals, one for volume, one for wah. Or whatever. Another row of pedals above would have been great to avoid having to search banks, just more changes at you quick disposal. At this price, I don't think that's too much to ask. But... it's a great quiet unit, and it's all right there. If you set down your guitar on a break, and forget to turn it down, it is still dead quiet, which is amazing. (Unless a misquito crashes into your low E string) Now that I've found some problems with this unit, I plan to tweak more, gig with it more and maybe I'll write a later review. I'm sure is plenty more to this pedal than I've had a chance to dig into.

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5.0

Awesome Pedal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This pedal has pretty much everything. There are some really awesome sounds, and with a little tweaking, one can get just about any sound he wants. I've had it for 2 months now and I play it all the time. I have yet to use it live however, but I'm sure it will be awesome.

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3.0

synth sounds are good but not always useable

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Not bad it looks a bit cheap feels liter than you would expect but the sounds are not bad especially the string sounds

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1.0

Don't get sucked in by roland

By Vinny-AAbcj

from Nova Scotia, Canada

Bought this after I attended a demo by a roland rep in a local music store. Sounded great with a nice studio type setup and quite attentive audience. It all ends there, believe me. I have been trying to get a decent sound from this thing for 3 years now and yes my guitar is properly setup with a GK2A pickup. Playing live, this thing sucks! The sound just dosen't cut through and seems to drop off for no reason. I even had the Roland rep and the music store check it out and they say it's fine. The other guitar player in my band plays a POD by Line 6 and he gets a far better guitar sound than I do and he paid alot less for his rig which I'm reminded of everytime he sees me about to smash this piece of junk. Sure this thing does some neat tricks but that just spells tinny little toy in my ears. I checked the only other guitar player in my area who was using one of these to see if he was getting what he paid for and guess what, he wasn't. In fact he sold his about a month after buying it for half of what he paid for it so it isn't only me that thinks this thing is a rip off. Don't waste your dough on this. Get a tube amp and some stomp boxes or a pod and don't be sucked in by Roland like I was.

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1.0

I like it

I bought the 33 first and the 88 secondly. The 33 is cheaper and more cheaply made, but it has lots of fun sounds on it. I can play the piano on my guitar and it sounds pretty good! The 88 is more guitar oriented and I can imagine, given time, one could create about any sound. It is solidly made. I bought a pedal so I could switch between both units, have both on or off , and still use my Yamaha AG box at the same time. I have a Roland Ready Strat, which is great and I didn't have to mess around taping aftermarket pickups to it. I would buy a Roland Ready bass if available, and would buy a V-Bass box, but I don't want to tape a pick-up to a bass and go through all that trouble.

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5.0

So good I have two...

By Davidvg88

from Chula Vista, CA

I have been playing guitar for ove 35 years, and played professionally for many of those years. I now play about 90 gigs a year as a serious hobby, playing all styles of classic rock. For what I do, the VG-88 is a godsend. I got so tired of tap dancing on noisy pedal boards, dealing with batteries and/or power supplies, patch cables, etc. I just couldn't take it anymore. I play this unit through a vintage HiWatt tube amp that is very clean; all the distortion comes from the pedal. I play such a variety of songs, open tunings, slide, and acoustic sounds that there is other no way I could do what I do, at least not as well. I sometimes change from a 12-string to a Strat to LP lead to a harmonzed lead (think Boston) all in one song. Try that with your regular pedal board. And yes, I get compliments on my tone all the time.Having said all that, this is not for the weak-hearted. I have spent HOURS and HOURS playing around with this thing, and I am still tweaking it. I have visited virtually every website associated with the VG-88 and have learned a little something from all of them. This unit requires time for experimenting, playing at stage volumes, through PA's, etc. It WILL do the job, but you have to work at it. I am so dependent on it that I bought an extra one because I would be screwed if it was stolen or if it broke down, which it NEVER has. Also, one more important piece of advice: I did the whole GK pick-up thing, drilling holes in guitars etc. Don't waste your time. Get either a Brian Moore iGuitar or a Godin 13-pin ready model. It will track better and you will be much happier. Now if you're a blues purist or a heavy metal guy that basically needs one or two sounds, you don't want this: stick to your LP and Marsahll or whatever and you'll have a great sound. However, if you need versatility and are willing to put in the time to really figure this thing out, this is an incredble unit. I also own and use a GR-33. Same deal?work at it.

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5.0

almost perfect

By Capn Crunch

from Frisco

This really is a breakthrough pedal. Had it 3 years now and still discovering new sounds. It feel more like a sound sculptor than guitarist. There are many features this pedal has like intelligent harmonizing, all you do is tell it what key you are playing in and it does the rest so the notes are always correct. The fact this unit does alternate tunings without changing your guitar from standard tuning is nothing short of amazing, however I found that if you try a low B tuning to capture that neometal sound it is not very good when the drive/dist is applied. I suppose everything has its limitations. Tracking on roland pickup is not so good though. I made a custom strat using RMC system(Godin uses it)pickups since it is a real piezo. This made this pedal so much better in every way. I suggest using an RMC equipped guitar if you get this as the Roland made pickup is not so hot.Other than that if you want to be more than just a guitarist this is the pedal you want and you will not be sorry.

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5.0

WOW! This thing is nuts!

By Tonemah Guitarist

from Lewiston, NY

Until I was convinced to try this thing i was (and still am I suppose) a old school, tube amp, keep that digital crap away from me kinda player. But this thing takes the cake.Its like having a music store in a box. Some aspects are better that others.Great things about it: It's small enough to fit in a suit case.If you travel to play then its a godsend. No lugging heads, cabs, pedal boards. It has actually allowed me to fly to gigs intead of drive. The open tuning is amazing. you can go from a standard 440 tuning then step on a button and have an open G or whatever tuning you want. Great for slide players who want an open g tuning for thier leads and 440 for the rest of the song. All with out having to change guitars. The swithcabilty and versatilty of the switching is fully assignable. the pedals and footswitches can do what ever you want them to. The piezo acoustic sound when plugged in to a mixing board, PA or keyboard amp sound like a plugged in acoustic. Fully switchable on the fly. Effects: all of them are great and available in any chain or combination. Built in tuner is awesome too! The amp and guitar selection is all there.You can even adjust the distance & placement of the mic on you virtual cabinet. Had it 3 years and am still finding cool things about it.

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