Boss & Strandberg Joined Forces to Create 'One of the Most Powerful & Versatile Electric Guitars Ever'

It's called the V-BDN, here's what it sounds like in the hands of Mr. Alex Hutchings.

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Boss & Strandberg Joined Forces to Create 'One of the Most Powerful & Versatile Electric Guitars Ever'
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The folks froom Boss and Strandberg have joined forces to introduce a brand new guitar called the V-BDN, branding it "one of the most powerful and versatile electric guitars ever made."

Based on the Boden J Standard model, the six-string packs Boss' guitar synth and modelling technologies, securing a wide sonic range for the player to work with, along with full-instrument drop tunings available at a turn of a knob.

Full info regarding availability and pricing is yet to be released.

You can check out the features below, more info on the official site. Also, a demonstration video featuring Alex Hutchings is available below.

Boss V-BDN VG-Strandberg features

  • Customized Strandberg Boden six-string guitar with BOSS V-Guitar technologies built in
  • Headless guitar scientifically engineered by Strandberg for organic tone and unprecedented playability, featuring fanned frets, an ergonomic body, and the patented EndurNeck neck profile
  • Mode selector and 5-way switch provide access to the onboard standard pickups, modelled humbucking and single-coil pickups, bass, sitar, acoustic guitars, and synth tones
  • Synth voices include three variations on Roland’s classic GR-300 analog guitar synth from the early 1980s
  • Tuning knob enables instant virtual instrument retuning, including semitone down, whole-step down, drop D, drop C#, and drop C
  • V-Guitar features powered by four AA-size batteries; up to nine hours of playing time with high-powered rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (2,600–2,700 mAh)
  • Includes padded instrument bag
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16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    travislausch
    So basically, a direct competitor for the Line 6 Variax?
    Sakke
    Yeah, only that it's probably at least 6 times more expensive and not 6 times better. I mean, I'm not going to say that it isn't a better guitar, Strandbergs are absolutely amazing from what I've seen and look really comfortable, wish I could try one.
    travislausch
    I've been a fan of the Strandberg thing for a while too. A Boden 8-string is definitely on my "guitar bucket list". But this... I dunno, it's cool and all, but it's far from "innovative". Line 6 has been doing this with the Variax, and all Boss has done is add the Roland Guitar Synth tech to it and put it in a fancier piece of wood than Line 6. And Line 6's Variax stuff is pretty damn good, considering the brand. Hell, I'm kind of excited for that new Shuriken model designed with the guy from Twelve Foot Ninja. Every review I've heard of it sounds pretty good so far. And for what'll probably be far less than half the price of this.
    KillRoy Ver 3.0
    I actually finally got my Shuriken 3 weeks ago and so far am loving it. This is my first experience with Variax technology and I must say I'm quite impressed. The models sound pretty good, especially the acoustics and the alt tuning has been nothing short of phenomenal. I was a little leary dropping $2000 CAD on it, but after using it no regrets.
    KillRoy Ver 3.0
    There was a good discussion on this over at TGP and it kinda seams like trying to somewhat compete with the Variax but only half-assed. There's six alt tunings but it's only variations on standard and drop D with a full step difference. A few synth sounds and AA batteries. Oh and apparently a $4500 EURO price tag, with what seems like no foreseeable upgrades. Hell, they didn't even include a 13 pin out to at least use with a GR55. I think Roland kinda missed the mark on this one.
    Rust_E_Stringz
    my opinion, just the price of this will push even more business to Line 6. Majority of folks will lean towards the cheaper competitor, if they get the same outcome. Not all Line 6 products are bad. Don't get me wrong Strandbergs are frickin' awesome just can't afford them.
    t_simp1209
    Yeah, it's actually absurd. I mean, here we are, in a gig economy, and they keep making guitars more expensive to buy - our current ones obsolete or discontinued. You would think they would look after their fellow musician and lower their prices, but I can hear the consumerist and capitalists saying "What? you want us to lower our price? How would I make maximum profit?! Are you insane?!"
    ren758
    I've got the Variax JTV-89 (no Floyd-Rose bridge).  The Line-6 is infinitely customizable.  The software allows you to create new tones and upload to the guitar.  Like a 'virtual luthier'. This Boss model was an instant 'must-have' for me.  The Strandberg lineage and including the early Boss synth tones were a BIG plus for me.  Then I dug into the specs...  No pinout/connectivity software, pot location is weird (guess it takes getting used to, but the Variax made the pots all standard locations...), and the price.  Seems like the guitar models are similar to the Line-6 lineup too. I'm probably gonna pass on this... Oh, probably would want to offer at least 1 other color as well.
    Kyyper
    how should I trust a design, that has white text on white background on it's ad?
    Dioptri
    In our digital era electric guitars become just synthesizer with strings... And I don't like it :[