I just recently got a used VG-88 for 200 bucks , I didn't realize I could have gotten a V2 for the same price , but I'm very happy with the V1.
Glad you are happy with the VG-88
If you contact Roland US, they typically can update the VG-88 to V2 for a nominal fee
If you search the web - the VG-88 V2 update files are out there - along with plans to build the special cable to enable the VG-88 boot ROM to enter reflash mode
BUT DO NOT ATTEMPT IT ON YOUR OWN.
Roland field upgrades pre 2003 were a very risky proposition, and the VG-88 "V2" upgrade had such a high failure rate with "bricked" units - Roland had to remove the VG-88 V2 update files from their server, and for a while offered a free update service for registered VG-88 owners. This is because when a firmware update goes wrong on those early Roland products, the solution was a full motherboard replacement. and $$$.
contact Roland US for the current situation on updating your VG-88 to "V2" firmwarehttp://www.rolandus.com/company/press_releases/article/643
This unit sounds a LOT better than my GR-20 that cost me 400 many years ago. The tracking is virtually flawless compared to the GR-20. I know I've just started scratching the surface on what this thing can do . I most likely will be asking some questions from time to time about functions and upgrades , etc ...
Not to single you out but -
We probably need a wiki - since Roland has not been able to educate the masses regarding the main feature of COSM processing V-Guitar systems for the past 17 years .
But remember these basic factsWith all Roland products, Anytime you encounter the term "COSM (Composite Object Sound Modeling) Processing " - this means near instantaneous zero latency processing - without the mis triggering or latency delays of typical MIDI guitars.
COSM is NOT MIDI.
COSM: Composite Object Sound ModelingRoland products with hexaphonic COSM processing which support guitar modeling, Alt Tunings with near zero latency:
Once a musical instrument generates sound vibrations, it reaches the human ear through various mediating, objects, each of which significantly affects the sound. The material and configuration of the instrument, the electric/magnetic amplifying system, the air and the reverberation of the room all affect the final sound. Sound modeling, the latest DSP technology, "virtually" reconstructs these objects. Roland's breakthrough Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM) uses the advantages of multiple modeling methods and succeeds in accurately emulating existing sounds, as well as producing sounds that have never before been created.
1995 Roland VG-8 VGuitar floor unit ($2500 MSRP retail at release) http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/442
1998 Roland VG-8EX VGuitar floor unit ($1900 MSRP retail at release) http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/443
2000 Roland VG-88 VGuitar floor unit with support for normal guitars too ($1300 MSRP retail at release) http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/242
2001 Roland VGA-7 VGuitar Stereo Amp ($1500 MSRP retail at release) http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/251
2007 Roland VG-99 VGuitar system with DUAL COSM modeling, Guitar to MIDI and support for normal guitars too ($1300 MSRP retail at release) http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/849
2007 Fender VG Strat ($1600 MSRP retail at release)http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep07/articles/fendervgstrat.htm
2011 Roland GR-55 with Guitar to PCM, Guitar to MIDI, and COSM modeling ($699 MSRP retail at release)
(only the COSM section of the GR-55 has near zero latency, other modes will have latency delays)http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/1148
2012 Fender/ Roland G5 VG STRATOCASTER ($1700 MSRP retail at release)http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/1188