|At Winter NAMM show 2012, Roland and Fender announced the GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster guitar as one of the V-Guitar series, a professional-level electric guitar that can be directly connected to the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer and VG-99 V-Guitar System. Combining an authentic Stratocaster guitar and a special Roland divided pickup with a 13-pin output, the GK-Ready Stratocaster GC-1 can be used with both standard guitar equipment and Roland V-Guitar category products like the GR-55 and VG-99.|
Roland V-Guitar category products like the GR-55 and VG-99 put the potential of digital technology into the hands of guitarists. To harness this power, Roland developed the GK Divided Pickup, a special pickup that allows each of a guitar’s strings to be processed independently. Connecting a GK-Ready guitar to the Guitar Synthesizer or V-Guitar System opens up a world of music expression to the guitarist, including instant alternate tunings, transforming the guitar sound into another instrument entirely, and more.
To help identify and define these advanced products, Roland has created a new category “V-Guitar” that will include all the 13-pin compatible products, such as VG-/VB-99, GR-55 and Divided pickups, as well as the VG Stratocaster and GK-Ready Stratocaster.
The GK-Ready Stratocaster GC-1 takes Fender’s iconic guitar and builds in a Roland GK Divided Pickup and a 13-pin output for connecting to the Guitar Synthesizer and V-Guitar System. The instrument’s intuitive control panel also includes a knob and switches that allow the player to control various functions of 13-pin compatible devices directly from the guitar, as well as blend the guitar’s normal pickups with the GK-driven sound.
As a guitar, the GK-Ready Stratocaster GC-1 is an authentic Fender Strat guitar, with the same legendary sound and feel that players have loved for over 50 years. It features a solid contoured body, maple neck (with rosewood or maple fingerboard), three single-coil pickups with 5-way switching, a synchronized tremolo bridge, a 3-ply pickguard, American inline tuners, and chrome hardware.
The GK-Ready Stratocaster GC-1 is available in a classic sunburst finish with a rosewood fingerboard, or a black finish with a maple fingerboard. Distributed exclusively by Roland, the GK-Ready Stratocaster GC-1 is available from March 2012.