VG-99 Knowledge Base (Jan. 7, 2008)
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Weight and Dimensions
Knowledge Base ID: 104715
VG-99 V-GUITAR SYSTEM
Width: 384 mm 15-1/8 inches
Depth: 218 mm 8-5/8 inches
Height: 94 mm 3-11/16 inches
Weight: 2.1 kg 4 lbs. 11 oz.
Knowledge Base ID: 104726
Setting the sensitivity for the divided pickup is crucial for optimum playing results. Use the following steps to adjust the pickup sensitivity in the VG-99:
1. Press the SYSTEM button.
2. Press the PAGE left or right buttons to select page one.
3. Press the F3 button (GK).
4. Press PAGE left or right to select page 2.
5. Press F1 repeatedly to select the type of pickup that you have - GK-3, GK-2A, PIEZO.
6. Press PAGE right twice to select page 4.
7. Play the high E string repeatedly with moderate force.
8. Turn the F1 knob while playing the string to adjust the sensitivity value so the box appears at the right side of the display.
9. Adjust the sensitivity for each of the remaining strings using the F2-F6 knobs.
Tip: For additional details about further adjustment of the GK settings, refer to pages 21and 22 in the VG-99 manual.
10. Press EXIT twice when you re finished.
Knowledge Base ID: 104727
1. Confirm that the power is off on the VG-99.
2. Connect one end of the 13 pin cable to the GK pickup.
3. Connect the other end of the 13 pin cable to the GK IN on the VG-99.
4. With a standard guitar or instrument cable, connect the L(MONO) MAIN OUTPUT on the VG-99 to the INPUT on your amp, mixer, or PA. If you prefer, connect your headphones to the PHONES output.
Note: No modeling sound is produced at the GUITAR OUT on the VG-99. Use the GUITAR OUT to send your dry guitar signal to a different amp if desired.
5. Now turn on the VG-99 and your amp.
Using the Tuner
Knowledge Base ID: 104728
The VG-99 features an on-board Tuner that lets you quickly and easily tune your guitar. Here's how to use the Tuner:
1. Press TUNER.
2. Play the 1st (high E) string unfretted repeatedly.
3. Tune the guitar until "E" shows in the center between the two pointing arrows ( >E< ). If a different letter shows in the display, continue to tune the string until the "E" shows up.
4. Repeat the tuning process for the remaining strings.
5. Press EXIT when you're finished
The Output Select
Knowledge Base ID: 104729
It's a good idea to tell the VG-99 what you're connected to for amplification; i.e. a guitar amp or PA system etc. This setting referred to Output Select allows the VG-99 to internally optimize its sound for the type of playback system you're using.
1. Press GLOBAL.
2. Press PAGE left to select page 1.
3. Turn the F4 knob to select the output that best suits the amplifier or mixer you are connected to.
4. Press EXIT when you're finished
Knowledge Base ID: 104730
There are 200 Preset and 200 User Patches in the VG-99. Here's how to select them:
1. Turn the PATCH/VALUE dial to select a patch.
To select patches by category, you can;
1. Press CATEGORY.
2. Press F1 or F2 to select the category.
3. Turn the PATCH/VALUE dial, or press F3 or F4 to select a desired patch.
Selecting Guitar Models
Knowledge Base ID: 104731
The VG-99 offers a stunning collection of different
guitar models to choose from. Two models can be
used simultaneously if desired. Use the following
steps to audition a few of them. Let's use patch 204
"Acoustic" for our example:
1. Turn the VALUE dial to select preset patch "204 ACOUSTIC."
2. Press the "A" button.
3. Turn the F2 knob to select the desired modeling group.
4. Turn the F3 knob to select and audition the different models within the group.
Tip: You can also press the F2 or F3 buttons to select the various models.
5. Press EXIT when you're finished.
Knowledge Base ID: 104732
The Alternate Tuning capabilities are amazing in the VG-99. Each string can have its own desired tuning and can be instantly accessed from each patch. Here's how to choose different tunings for each string. For this example, we'll use patch 213 "Jazz combo."
1. Turn the VALUE dial to select 213 Jazz combo.
2. Press the ALTERNATE TUNING button.
3. Press F1 until A/B LINK is set to ON.
4. Turn the F3 knob clockwise to select ON.
5. Turn the F4 knob clockwise to choose USER.
6. Press F3 (USER).
7. Turn the F1 knob to adjust the tuning for the 1st (High E) string.
8. Now turn F2 to tune the 2nd (B) string.
9. Turn each of the remaining F knobs as desired.
10. Press EXIT twice when you're finished.
The Effect Chain
Knowledge Base ID: 104733
Changing the order of the effects is done within the Chain section of the VG-99. Positioning an effect before or after another can significantly change the sound character of a patch. Use the following steps to move an effect within the Chain:
1. Select a desired patch to edit.
2. Press CHAIN.
3. Press the F2 or F3 button to select the effect you want to move.
4. Press F4 or F5 to move the selected effect to a new location.
5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for any other effects.
6. Press EXIT when you're finished.
Naming and Storing User Patches
Knowledge Base ID: 104734
It's possible to custom name and store your own user patches in the VG-99 and there are 200 locations available to do so. Here's how:
1. Press WRITE.
2. Press F1 (NAME).
3. Turn the PATCH/VALUE dial to select the desired first character.
4. Press PAGE right to select the next character location.
5. Turn the PATCH/VALUE dial to select a character.
6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you've named the patch.
7. Press WRITE.
8. Turn the PATCH/VALUE dial to choose a User location where you'd like to save the patch.
9. Press WRITE.
Normal Pickup Level
Knowledge Base ID: 104738
If you want to hear your guitar's original pickups in the VG-99, you need to increase the Normal PU level within each patch. Use the following steps to adjust the normal pickup level for a patch;
1. Select a patch to edit.
2. Press the "A" button.
3. Press PAGE right until you see "MIX LEVEL." (Depending on the setup of the patch, this is on page 6 or 7).
4. Turn the F2 knob to increase the NORMAL PU level.
5. Press WRITE twice if you want to save the new setting to the patch.
6. Repeat the steps for any other patches that you want to have the original pickup volume heard in.
Knowledge Base ID: 104740
Direct Patch is a feature that lets you easily select 5 of your favorite patches by pressing the DIRECT PATCH buttons. Here's how to store your own Direct patches:
1. Press SYSTEM.
2. Press PAGE left to select page 1.
3. Press F2 (DIRECT).
4. Turn the F1-F5 knobs to select the desired patches for each DIRECT PATCH button.
5. Press EXIT twice when you're finished. The new selections are saved automatically.