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Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar   

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Roland rewrote guitar-tech history with the debut of COSM technology, which first appeared on the pioneering VG-8 guitar-modeling system. Today, the ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A Fender Stratocaster powered by Roland COSM technology.

Roland rewrote guitar-tech history with the debut of COSM technology, which first appeared on the pioneering VG-8 guitar-modeling system. Today, the new G-5 infuses a coveted Fender Stratocaster with advanced features realized by Roland's COSM technology. In addition to offering all classic Stratocaster sounds and functionality, the G-5 provides a new world of electric and acoustic guitar tones recreated by COSM - including instantly accessible alternate tunings and 12-string sounds for all COSM guitar tones! The G-5 also offers a built-in library of coveted modeled pickup tones, and, thanks to COSM technology, also enables unique "ideal-performance" pickups, such as a humbucker with ultra-wide tone and a single coil with full, bold tone.

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 hat are characteristic of humbuckers). You can also enjoy the sounds of Jazz Guitar and Electric Sitar in acoustic mode, all from a single guitar.

G-5 Tone List
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)

T- Telecaster
Neck (wide range); Neck + Middle (single coil); Middle (single coil); Bridge + Middle (single coil); Bridge (wide range)

H - Humbucking pickups
Neck (bright humbucker); Neck + Middle (humbucker); Middle (humbucker); Bridge + Middle (humbucker); Bridge (bright humbucker)

A - Acoustic
Neck (jazz); Neck + Middle (electric sitar); Middle (nylon-string acoustic); Bridge + Middle (steel-string acoustic 2); Bridge (steel-string acoustic 1)

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.

Fast and 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.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Alder contoured body
  • 25.5" Scale maple neck
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • 3 Fender single-coil pickups
  • 5-way pickup selector
  • Master volume and tone controls
  • Fender synchronized tremolo bridge
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Chrome hardware
  • Embedded Roland GK divided pickup
  • Includes gig bag
  • Mode knob - 5 types
  • N: Normal Stratocaster
  • S: Modeled Stratocaster
  • T: Modeled Telecaster
  • H: Modeled humbucking pickups
  • A: Modeled acoustic guitar
  • Tuning knob - 6 types
  • N: Normal tuning
  • D: Drop D
  • G: Open G
  • d: D Modal
  • B: Baritone
  • 12: 12-String guitar

The G-5 is not simply a guitar”it goes beyond guitar. Order yours today.

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RolandG-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Recording (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice Little High Tech Axe

This guitar does what it says. I play in a versatile cover band. With so many genres of music I was seeking a guitar that would capture several guitar styles. The VG Strat...Read complete review

This guitar does what it says. I play in a versatile cover band. With so many genres of music I was seeking a guitar that would capture several guitar styles. The VG Strat does a great job. Sounds like a LP, Strat, or Tele. Nice acoustic guitars but they need to go through the mixing board. It sounds good with the magnetic pickups as well as the Models.
It is made in Mexico so it does not have the same feel as my American Deluxe Strat. I added locking tuners and strap locks. A great improvement. On the down side, the tremolo bar is a screw in type which causes it to be out of position most of the time. It also sticks up high off of the body which takes extra effort to grab it while playing. I guess I am just spoiled using my Am Deluxe Strat.
Normal batteries lasted about 5 hours. I bought some nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries and they stayed charged for about 8 hours.
The alternate tuning is great for slide work and country songs requiring a drop D. The other strings stay in tune now when I change the tuning.
The finish is nice and all of the hardware screws are tight.
Overall I am satisfied with this guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Turns out I have to send this back anyway...

I wrote a review on this guitar and gave it 4 stars based on the feature vs price and not the quality vs price. However just after the original batteries died every other battery...Read complete review

I wrote a review on this guitar and gave it 4 stars based on the feature vs price and not the quality vs price. However just after the original batteries died every other battery I put in there drains within two minutes making the guitar useless for the reason I bought it. Originally I wanted to return it but didn't want to deal with the hassle, now I have to return it. Sadly I had grown fond of the stock pickup sound of this guitar, its just under the brightness of my tex specials so in between that sound and the sound of my ash deluxe which is darker and warmer sounding. To me anyway, every guitar sounds different so the next one likely will not sound the same. I've got a few more days to decide what to do. Also with the battery drain the sound difference in my selections did not sound like on youtube, especially the acoustic and 12 string selections. This is one of my least expensive guitars so I will likely exchange this and add some money to get a real am tele which was the sound I wanted out of this guitar anyway.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Swiss Army Knife of Guitars

By Old Dog

from Canada

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Perfect Cover Band Guitar
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Can't Change Tunings

Best Uses

  • Cover Band

Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

If you are in a cover band like me buy one of these. It does exactly what I wanted and expected. This is one of the 2 guitars I take for gigs (the other is a PRS P24).

I have the original American made Fender VG Strat. Turn a knob and you have Drop D or Open G. Turn another knob and you have a Tele.

The Tele sound is quite accurate (I did an A/B comparison with my 52 reissue Tele).

Open G is very useful for slide work (Thorogood, Black Crowes, etc.)

The acoustic sounds are OK but my PRS sounds much better.

The only down side is that you can't modify the tunings (I contacted both Fender and Roland). I've never used Baritone but I'd love to have Open E (Rocky Mountain Way).

I've added locking tuners and strap locks (absolute must for every guitar!).

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Little High Tech Axe

By Tentop Rocker

from Dallas, TX

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Screw in Tremolo Bar

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This guitar does what it says. I play in a versatile cover band. With so many genres of music I was seeking a guitar that would capture several guitar styles. The VG Strat does a great job. Sounds like a LP, Strat, or Tele. Nice acoustic guitars but they need to go through the mixing board. It sounds good with the magnetic pickups as well as the Models.
It is made in Mexico so it does not have the same feel as my American Deluxe Strat. I added locking tuners and strap locks. A great improvement. On the down side, the tremolo bar is a screw in type which causes it to be out of position most of the time. It also sticks up high off of the body which takes extra effort to grab it while playing. I guess I am just spoiled using my Am Deluxe Strat.
Normal batteries lasted about 5 hours. I bought some nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries and they stayed charged for about 8 hours.
The alternate tuning is great for slide work and country songs requiring a drop D. The other strings stay in tune now when I change the tuning.
The finish is nice and all of the hardware screws are tight.
Overall I am satisfied with this guitar.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm one happy customer!

By Roadrunner

from Ottawa, Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

  • Battery Warning Too Short

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I play in a 6-member cover band (Beatles, Eagles, Doobies, CCR, Motown, etc.) and, after reviewing some rehearsal recordings, I felt that my Telecaster always sounded...the same. Figured I'd buy a Strat, ended up with the Roland instead. I LOVE this thing!
I built a pair of battery packs that clip onto my belt behind me to solve the battery life problem (the blue power LED starts flashing, but not for long).
I can't play an acoustic to save my life, so the acoustic modes are really useful to me. I have NO idea why they bothered with a "Sitar" setting, though.
I prefer my Mexican-made Tele. to the American ones that I tried, and have no reservations about this one being a Mexican-built unit.
I find the different "voices" help me vary my playing style; i.e. acoustic modes bring out a softer, more subtle approach to the song. "H" modes (humbucker) rock out!
Overall, I couldn't be happier with the guitar, and it has really helped the band evolve.
Finally, it feels positively WEIRD, being a guitar player who doesn't yearn for more guitars than he already has...

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprisingly Good

By The Redge

from Northern Colorado

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I also own the JTV Variax USA along with several other high end traditional guitars - custom shop Fender's, Gibson's, Rickenbacker and Gretsch. I play thru an Axe FX ii. Digital modeling is kind of my forte.

      I can tell you unequivocally that nothing beats the real thing, tonally speaking. If you have the time to change guitars and make the necessary adjustments to your rig, do it. But, if you need to keep the show moving along while still needing access to a variety of tones, tuning and guitars, the VG may be your best option.

      First and foremost, the VG. Is a very nice Standard Strat. You will not suffer if all you ever use this guitar for is the authentic strat sounds. With that said, I was surprised at how good the modeled VG Strat sounds. I've AB'ed it extensively against the Variax and while the Variax is an amazing tool in its own right, I find the VG to be more useable with a better, more believable tone. This is especially true when trying to get a good Strat, Tele or LP sound. The modeled Strat sounds on the VG are like having the best noiseless pickups ever made. The sound is better than every noiseless pup I've ever tried with just a slight loss of the high end which, in some cases, is kind of a good thing. It's been so long since I've had such a quiet signal, I was amazed at what it did to our live mix. The clarity was beautiful. I had gotten so used to the background hum, I was shocked when I heard playback of our rehearsal.

      The VG is a very basic modeling guitar compared to the Variax. The VG's inability to do custom tunings or to modify the modeled sounds via workbench, may be a deciding factor. With enough tweaking, you can do a lot with the Variax that you can't do with the Fender. The lack of a 1/2 step down tuning on the VG is a little bit of a disappointment especially when trying to learn new material. At least half of the rock recordings these days are tuned to Eb. The only way to get Eb on the VG is to manually retune. By the way, if you retune your modeled sounds will also be transposed 1/2 step down.

      However, if you're looking for the easiest plug and play option with superior tones on the most widely used guitars and tunings, I would recommend the VG over the Variax. If you need standard and 1/2 step down from the same guitar, go Variax. Either way, both are excellent guitars with a ton of options that will make you a better, more versatile player.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      awesome

      By ULTRACASTER

      from NY

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Wide Variety Of Sounds

      Cons

      • Battery Lifetunerstrem

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      what a surprise!!! i just put away my american deluxe ash body strat!!!! you must change the tuners to locking ones otherwise you will always go out of tune ..and you should use reghargeable batteries you will get the most life with them. you might have to bend the tremelo bar to clear the middle position selector switch.with the changes made this plays better than any guitar i own including les paul and godin...

      (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      GK3

      By expensive cool

      from SC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • The Different Tunings
      • The Other Synth Sounds
      • Those Fender Sounds

      Cons

      • Not made in usa
      • No Usb Or 13 Pin Output

      Best Uses

        Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Understand I love Fender and Roland products. Also understand this is as much a question as it is a review. Sounds like a tele, sounds like strat, buckers sound good too, as well as the synth sounds. At such a cost (mainly speaking of the G5A, because it is made in USA) would this instrument not be more functional if, like guitars made by other manufacturers, it included a USB connection, a 13 pin connection and maybe even piezo saddles since some musicians prefer the piezo over the GK3? At least, if it did have the above, the player would have access to more sounds and capabilities. AND, with a USB conected, the player would not have to worry about losing / wavering power due to a dead or weak battery. I feeel ROLAND is dropping the ball by confining players to so little when they have so much to offer. I gave only 3 stars because: it os not made in USA, unlike the G5A you don't have listed; and the confined abilities considering the cost; I have and do own guitars manufactured elsewhere, but you do not say where the G5 is made. If it is made in Mexico I would not have it. Some of the parts are toy cheap and CANNOT be changed without guitar mods. If anyone has a correction for me I am all ears. Would LOVE to know I am wrong.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Roland takes it back

        By Elvis

        from Chicago, Il

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • One Guitar Per Gig
        • Solid Electronics
        • Virtual Guitar

        Cons

        • Abandoned By Fender
        • Can't Program
        • More Alt Tunings E Flat

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Bought the VG as soon as it came out! Fender made an American Standard Strat to accommodate the Roland synth unit and battery. Without power it was a great Strat! I wanted the acoustic, humbucker and 12 string modes mostly for cover band songs. Giged with it for 5 years! Awesome useful and hearty guitar. So cool to dial up just those guitars. The hum free Strat sounds great. The twelve is like a Octavia and you can spin into your leads! I used the G for Kieth and some slide! I sold it to a pro in Miami and I miss it!
        Roland added the sitar to this one and dropped one accoustic..otherwise same unit..
        Batteries are an issue and I couldn't get a spare battery pack after Fender pulled the plug.
        Someone here said this was made in Mexico? Originals weren't. I put a mini humbucker in the bridge in case I lost power.
        The little blue light is annoying!
        Would buy another!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Turns out I have to send this back anyway...

        By zzzrain

        from wisconsin

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I wrote a review on this guitar and gave it 4 stars based on the feature vs price and not the quality vs price. However just after the original batteries died every other battery I put in there drains within two minutes making the guitar useless for the reason I bought it. Originally I wanted to return it but didn't want to deal with the hassle, now I have to return it. Sadly I had grown fond of the stock pickup sound of this guitar, its just under the brightness of my tex specials so in between that sound and the sound of my ash deluxe which is darker and warmer sounding. To me anyway, every guitar sounds different so the next one likely will not sound the same. I've got a few more days to decide what to do. Also with the battery drain the sound difference in my selections did not sound like on youtube, especially the acoustic and 12 string selections. This is one of my least expensive guitars so I will likely exchange this and add some money to get a real am tele which was the sound I wanted out of this guitar anyway.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a surprise

          By GGQ

          from Miami

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I had not many expectations for this guitar, but I was surprised the quality of its sounds, the ability to change pitch or sound like 12 strings is rather surprising. It feels very real, and no delay in modules midi. I think I'll use it a while.

            (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar but needs set up

            By Blues Girl

            from Aurora, Colorado

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Sounds Great

            Cons

            • Had to have it adjusted

            Best Uses

            • Plays fine now
            • Recording

            Comments about Roland G-5 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            this guitar is great for studio work. However, if you don't have the techinal ability to set up
            the action,trus rod and intonation, you will have to have that done by a professional to keep it in tune.

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