Fender GC-1-BLK

Black Stratocaster Powered by Roland COSM Technology & Equipped to Drive the GR-55 and VG-99


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Roland Teams Up With Fender to Deliver The GC-1-BLK V-Guitar Stratocaster:

Ever since they introduced the GR-500 guitar synth to the world in 1977, the visionaries at Roland have been staunchly committed to making the quintessential electronic guitar. Now, working together with Fender in 2012, Roland proudly ushers in a new age with the GC-1 V-Guitar. All the functions of the Roland GK-3 divided pickup unit are seamlessly integreated into the classic Fender Stratocaster, enabling you to drive the GR-55, VG-99, and other 13-pin compatible gear. As well as its futuristic functionality, it also provides classic Fender Stratocaster sound and feel.

One-Cable Connection
With a single GK cable, you can conveniently connect the GC-1 to a VG-99 or GR-55. This is all you need to tap into a world of sound through COSM modeling or guitar synthesis. The GC-1 is also capable of converting your performance into MIDI data via a VG-99 or GR-55, so you can use it as a MIDI controller to record your guitar performances directly to a DAW.

GR-55: A New Era of Sound, Power, & Performance
The GR-55 compatible with the GC-1 is a revolution in guitar synthesis, with features never before available in any guitar processor. In terms of speed, it`s the fastest ever. It`s also the most accurate, thanks to newly developed pitch-detection technology. As for sound, the triple-core generator houses a world-class array of virtual guitars, basses, amps, and synth voices, enabling tones and textures that have never been heard before. Onstage or in the studio, you can instantly access the GR-55's huge library of ready-to-use sounds, from pop to rock and beyond, with quick-access category buttons.

VG-99: Powerful Sound Creating Capability with Dual-COSM Configuration
The GC-1's another perfect partner is the VG-99 V-Guitar System. The VG-99 contains an incredible range of COSM-modeled guitars and amplifiers including new electric, acoustic and bass guitar models, a new GR-300 synth wave, and much more. It even models two signal paths at once. Complete dual processing of guitar modeling on the VG-99 allows you to play two different guitar sounds simultaneously. For example, one virtual guitar could be a Telecaster® in a vintage Tweed amp with full effects and the other a nylon-string guitar with just a hint of reverb. With three powerful new processors at its core, plus expressive performance controls such as Ribbon Controller and D BEAM, this remarkable instrument raises the bar in guitar-modeling and performance technology.

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) Owner's Manual
  2. (1) Owner's Manual for Fender® Guitars
  3. (1) Tremolo Arm
  4. (1) Hexagonal Wrench
  5. (1) Special Gig Bag
  6. (1) GC-1-BLK V-Guitar

Product Features:

  • Fender GC-1-BLK 3-Tone Sunburst Stratocaster
  • Equipped with GK hex-divided pickup, 13-pin connector, and all controls to drive the GR-55 and VG-99
  • Controls are compatible with the GK-3
  • Simple and easy operation based on the Stratocaster design concept
  • Also available in 3-Tone Sunburst
  • Also found as: Roland G-5, Fender G-5, g5blk, Roland G5, Fender G5
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty


Color Variations:

  • Type 1 (GC-1-BLK):
    • Body Color: Black
    • Neck: 1-piece Maple neck
  • Type 2 (GC-1-3TS):
    • Body Color: 3-Tone Sunburst
    • Neck: Rosewood (Fingerboard) on Maple

Common Specifications:

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck:
    • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
    • Backshape: Modern "C" shape
    • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
    • Number of Frets: 22
    • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Pickups: Single Coil type x3, Divided type x1
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Controls:
    • GK Controller section:
      • GK VOLUME knob
      • Select switch
      • UP(S1) button
      • DOWN(S2) button
    • Normal guitar section:
      • Guitar VOLUME knob
      • Guitar TONE knob
      • 5-Way switch
  • Connector: GK Connector (13-pin connector), Guitar Jack (1/4" phone type)
  • Weight: 8 lbs. 14 oz. (4.0 kg)


Body Style
The overall shape of the guitar's body.
Body Composition
The species of wood or material the guitar is comprised of.
The color of the guitar's body.


Neck Design
Neck Design is the way in which the neck is manufactured standard being the most basic, quartersawn is a technique that produces the tightest straightest grain of wood yielding a straighter stronger neck.   It is the same technique used in baseball bat manufacturing.
Neck Shape
The shape in which the neck conforms to the player's hand.
Fretboard Composition
The species of wood or material the Fretboard on the guitar's neck is comprised of.
1-Piece Maple Neck
Scale Length
The distance from the nut to the bridge of the guitar.
Number of Frets
The number of frets on the neck of the guitar.
Fretboard Radius
The fretboard radius is a measurement of the curvature of the fretboard from side to side with the fretboard representing a segment of a circle.   The fretboard radius is the radius of that circle.  The smaller the circle the more dramatic the curvature of the fretboard, the larger the circle the flatter the fretboard.


Hardware Color
The composition or plating of the hardware.
The style of apparatus used to attach the strings to the body of the guitar.
Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo


Pickup Selector
The configuration of the pickup selector. Starting from the bridge to the guitar neck, there are 3-way and 5-way configurations. 3-way refers to position 1 bridge, position 2 middle, and position 3 neck. 5-way refers to position 1 bridge, position 2 bridge + middle, Position 3 middle, position 4 middle + neck, and position 5 neck. The configurations can vary per model and are often customizable.
5-way Toggle

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Korea, Republic of

Best Roland Ready Guitar that I have ever used.

March 13, 2013

I had Roland Reday Strat (GK-2 was loaded) with GR-20, before this.

It was not bad, however, there was a little imperfection.

Most of all, RR Strat felt like a little cheap guitar than price.

At that time, I have heard that Fender will make new RR Strat.

Yes, it is GC-1.

I have used it on 6 months with GR-55 and I am so sure that it is far

superior than RR Start.

It works almost perfectly with GR-55. Nice playability, great shape,

Most of all, maple neck is the best feature than RR Strat.

I want to recommend it to all guitar synth users!

RR Start.

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Black Stratocaster Powered by Roland COSM Technology & Equipped to Drive the GR-55 and VG-99


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