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Roland has unveiled the next chapter in V-Guitar technology: VG-88 Version 2. The VG-88 is now enhanced with the addition of 18 new COSM amp models, 3 new COSM guitars, new COSM wah modeling, Defretter and Uni-V effects. The Version 2 update also adds new system-wide functions like Auto GK Detection and SysEx control capabilities.

With Version 2 software, the VG-88 now boasts a total of 32 amp models, 18 of which are brand-new. These new amp types cover combos and stacks from vintage to modern, and include models like Jazz Combo, Match Lead, Tweed, R-Fier Orange and Red. The three new guitar models include the analog-style Wave Synth, Sitar and the new Nylon II model. Now literally any guitar or amp can be had at the touch of a button.

The VG-88's onboard effects are also beefed up, most notably with the addition of new COSM Wah modeling. A total of five wah models are provided including Cry Wah, VO Wah and 7STR Wah. Using the new Defretter effect guitarists can obtain instant fretless sounds, while Uni-V creates cool phase-shifted vibrato effects.

New system enhancements include Auto GK Detection--which makes it possible to instantly connect a standard electric guitar without having to dive into menus--plus the ability to control the VG-88 via System Exclusive messages.

All new VG-88's will be shipped with Version 2 software installed. Users who wish to update their existing VG-88 should note the following: The Roland VG-88 Version 2 update is not user-installable; it must be performed by the Roland U.S. service center in Los Angeles (local Roland service centers are not authorized to perform this update). To get your VG-88 upgraded to Version 2, please call Roland Customer Service at 323-890-3700, extension 2289, between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00 Pacific time for a return authorization number and instructions. Then send your VG-88 to Roland U.S. Roland will perform the update and return your VG-88 at no charge (U.S. residents only).

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