Boss and Strandberg join forces to create “one of the most powerful and versatile electric guitars ever made”

It’s not just JHS Pedals that Boss is collaborating with at the moment: the company has also announced that it’s releasing the V-BDN, a joint venture with Swedish guitar maker Strandberg that it says is “one of the most powerful and versatile electric guitars ever made”.

This claim is based on the fact that the guitar, which is based on the Boden J Standard model, contains Boss’s guitar synth and modelling technologies, giving you a wide range of guitar, synth and bass sounds to work with. You can also access full-instrument drop tunings simply by turning a knob.

The V-BDN is a limited edition model; we don’t yet know precisely when it’ll be available or how much it’s going to cost, but there are more details on the Boss website.

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
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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