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Roland VG-88

Roland VG-88: V-Guitar System

Features and Specifications:

COSM Modeling Engine: Self-contained guitar processing/modeling system which recreates a wide variety of guitar, pickup, amp, speaker cabinet and microphone sounds using a standard electric guitar equipped with GK-2A or compatible pickup (sold separately)
HRM: HRM (Harmonic Restructure Modeling) creates synth-type sounds—including new brass sounds—with natural playing nuances and without delay
Pitch Shifter: Polyphonic Intelligent Pitch Shifter for instant open tunings, 12-string guitars, bass guitar, string-assignable octave, slow gear, and more
Controls: Onboard expression pedal for realtime parameter control
Dimensions: 504 mm (W) 101 mm (H) 303 mm (D)
Weight: 4.9 kg

Introduction to the Roland VG-88:

The VG-88 uses advanced COSM® technology to "model" the most popular guitars and amplifiers in history, as well as produce some very unique "guitar-meets-synth" sounds of its own. New sounds and features include more natural tube and overdriven amp sounds, new polyphonic and guitar-oriented effects, an onboard expression pedal, 1/4-inch direct guitar input and more.

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Photos - VG-88:

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VG-88 Editor (free download):

Amazingly enough, Ralph Benchetrit created a antastic Roland VG-88 editor, available free online. The editor is available by visiting a Yahoo group. The final version was 0.51. I routinely used this editor for my own VG-88, running in the Windows XP environment.

If you are having trouble locating the editor, you can download a zip file with the 0.51 version by clicking here.

Repairs - Service Bulletins:

The current version of the VG-88 operating system is version 2.0.