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Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup

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The Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup sends individual signals from each guitar string to GK-compatible devices. It is carefully designed for guitar performa...Click To Read More About This Product

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Instantly turns your guitar into a monster synth!

The Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup sends individual signals from each guitar string to GK-compatible devices. It is carefully designed for guitar performance with a big, smooth GK knob for quick control moves. A selector switches between synth, normal guitar tone, and mixed settings. It comes complete with attachment accessories including double-sided tapes, a holder to secure the controller to your guitar's body, and a special pickup attachment plate for LP-style guitars. Other features include adjustable pickup cable length and a 1/4" phone jack for normal guitar use. The Roland GK-3 Pickup has been redesigned to adjust to the varying curvatures of different guitar models including pronounced archtops.

FEATURES
  • Sends individual string signals to GK-compatible devices
  • Big, smooth GK knob for quick control moves
  • Selector switch moves between synth, normal guitar tone, and mixed settings
  • Includes extensive attachment accessories
  • 1/4" phone jack for normal guitar use
  • Pickup redesigned to adjust to the varying curvatures of different guitars
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Controls
  • GK Volume
  • DOWN/S1 Switch
  • UP/S2 Switch
  • Select Switch
  • Indicator
  • Power Indicator
  • Connectors
  • GK Connector
  • Normal Pickup Input Jack
  • Accessories
  • Normal Guitar Cable Owner's Manual
  • Options
  • GK Cable: GKC-3 (3 m), GKC-5 (5 m), GKC-10 (10 m)Unit Selector: US-20GK Parallel Box: GKP-4
  • Size and Weight ( BODY )
  • Width
  • 87 mm
  • 3-7/16 inches
  • Depth
  • 74 mm
  • 2-15/16 inches
  • Height
  • 23 mm
  • 0-15/16 inches
  • Weight
  • 0.1 kg
  • 0 lbs. 3 oz.
  • Size and Weight ( PICKUP )
  • Width
  • 102 mm
  • 4-1/16 inches
  • Depth
  • 8 mm
  • 0-5/16 inches
  • Height
  • 9 mm
  • 0-3/8 inches
  • Weight
  • * The specifications are subject to change without notice.
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RolandGK-3 Guitar Pickup
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (7)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT GK-3 GUITAR PICKUP

I bought this kg3 pickup about 2 week ago. this is my second kg3 pickup, i got one already buy just buying another one just in case. when i got the kg3 package...Read complete review

I bought this kg3 pickup about 2 week ago. this is my second kg3 pickup, i got one already buy just buying another one just in case. when i got the kg3 package 1 of the item is missing which was the double sided C tape which u need that to stick to the pickup and guitar to hold.i call roland they told me they will sent me those double sided C tape which will take up to 4 to 6 week for them to get those tape!that long long to get some tape? but lucky my freinds have some left over from his kg3 so he let me have the tape.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very frustrating.

I have spent the better part of ten or more hours (over the period of a few months) trying to tweak this pickup and I'm still getting some horrible results. First of all,...Read complete review

I have spent the better part of ten or more hours (over the period of a few months) trying to tweak this pickup and I'm still getting some horrible results. First of all, this pickup WAS NOT made for my guitar. I play a 2005 Maton (Australian made guitar), which has a bridge not suited for the GK-3. While I tried two different placements (one between the guitar's pickups, which was WAY over 20mm from the bridge) and the other right in front of the bridge (putting it TOO close to the string causes some popping). My biggest complaint is having to remove the strings every time I need to adjust the pickup. Not only that but I'm still not getting adequate levels on the 6th string. It's also very frustrating that the instruction book doesn't take into account other guitar bodies (it really needs more troubleshooting details). I think I've nearly mangled the GK-3 yokes trying to adjust the unit. As it is now, my action is laughably bad because of this thing. The strings have to be a good 3mm from the fretboard. I'm playing through a VG-88, which is a good unit even without a GK pickup. It's too much of a pain to mess with this thing. I'd rather just buy a Roland-Ready guitar.

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(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

GK-3 Sucks

By JNoller

from CT

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

I spend over $600 for the Rokland GR-20 and the GK-3 pickup. The pickup is very difficult to install on a guitar. I had to take all the strings off my guitar, then install the Gk-3 with these totally stupid "spacers" made of rubber that you have to attach to the back of the pickup and you MUST ensure that you "glue" (us enclosed sticky-back tape- which they do NOT give you enough of) and the top of the pickup MUST be only 1/16" from the strings or it wont work!! PLUS- you have to know the CURVE of the neck (Gee- Roland does not tell you all this on the box before you buy it!!) All in all I've gone 4 days now since installing the pickup on my guitar and it does not work!! I have to call Roland this Monday. Buyer Beware

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GK3 Does the job on Strats

By BigBadBill

from Windsor, Ontario Canada, eh ?

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

I own 15 guitars. I found out that my Fender Strat was the best fit for this device. I screwed the pickup down and that did the trick nicely. I didn't bother with double-sided tape, as if I ever wanted to return my U.S. Strat back to original, I would only have to replace the plastic pickguard piece since it had two small holes in it. I could see that my Les Paul would have been quite a bit more of a hassle.I have been gigging with it and my GR-20 and I have had no problems, and don't want to give it up! Especially for the warm string sounds. It's like having a keyboard player without paying for one.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I caught VG

By myspace.com/theonlyhumancondition

from apple valley ,ca.

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

this through a vg-99 is too addicting. come on, dual sounds, my whole step down-octave lower- 12string gibson setting into a metal stack, mixed with a customized strat with chorus into a chunked out marshall, then my actual 7 string left handed carvin though my boss me-50 into an 2x12 amp then midi out to my keyboard is insane.1 guitar four sounds ,im hooked up into the the digital age.and this isnt even scratch the surface of what you can do. highly recomend the gk-3 if you dont have a midi fitted guitar

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It will work. Read ALL instructions

By Thadlhorse

from Kalispell, Montana

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

Wish I'd known about this thing 40yrs ago. I had a GK 2A pickup, thought I could better it with a GK 3. I learned I had to read all instruction and notes. I play through a Roland GR 30, use a FS 100, two FS 5U switches and I have controll over alot of sounds. It takes a lot of time to get it together. After installing the GK 3 had to tweak every program. Every sound level feel touch etc.has to match I wouldn't give it up ever The GK3 is not perfect but a step up,I'm sure Roland is working on improvements. Trial and error it will work

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GR20 with GK3

By manoj pant

from India

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

I bought a GK3 attached to a left handed Epiphone Les paul standard guitar and am using it with the GR20. I got the retailer to install the GK3 and it works out really well. I use it with a Roland 30(cube). All the sounds are quite authentic though I don't get much sustain on the Grand Piano sound. The strings are outstanding. I have some problems with the ethnic sounds as the mixed ones ( sitar+voice+tabla) works in a funny way. I can hardly hear the sitar and the vox dominates. I find it only worthwhile if mixed in with the regular guitar sound. This mixing also works well on the bass guitar options. Still experimenting and the possibilites are immense. Certainly a good buy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No hasle great sound

By Don from dB

from Mi.

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

I was sold when I heard the B3 sounds. There is no latency as others had suggested. Easy set up, a little costly. I use it constantly thru a Zoom 16 track. I have a problem removing my head phones and letting it go till the next session..it's too much fun!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works Great

By Tim-iHNEB

from Milwaukee, WI

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

I bought two of these pickups along with a VG-99 and they work great. I would advise anyone that when buying something you know nothing about, research it a little. Download the manual and research it so its not such a surprise.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Trying for that late 80s GD Sound

By TheOtherOne

from Scranton, PA

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

Being a huge Grateful Dead fan, I was hoping to be able to get some of the sounds that Jerry and the boys would create during the "space" portion of their concerts. I bought a MexiStrat to install the system to and it works ok. There are extensive instructions, and reading through them helps substantially, but maybe I was expecting more. I could not have been more excited about getting this, but the end result is a slight letdown.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Roland GK-3 pickup

By Hutch

from Eastern KY

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Missing Parts

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • Studio Quality

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

The Package containing the GK-3 was missing a few installation parts but it did not hinder the installation. I told Roland about this and they said they would forward it to Japan. They didn't offer to send them or make up for any compensation. After installing the pickup to Roland's specifications, it tracked perfectly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fantastic product.

By Musicman

from Buffalo, New York

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Improves Sound
  • Versatility For Guitar

Cons

  • Size Of Module

Best Uses

  • Recording Live Performa

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

Fantastic product. Adds great versatility to my guitar! It really added to the band's sound. Great for recording and live performances.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Options

By N/A

from Leland IL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Volume nob bad positio

Best Uses

  • Backup

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

I love this machine but it does require that you learn how to use it. Which means you have to relearn how to manipulate the guitar. Once you do its totally worth. There are some glitches with sound hiccups popping in , but in the studio it can be remedied easy enough. The actual pickup itself has been improved but volume knob is in a gad place and you should have a choice of jumper jacks. For instance; I have ans SG and striagth jacks stick out to far.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My 2nd GK 3 pickup

By Ron Eaton

from Texas

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Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

I purchased this 2nd gk for my Jackson, 1st pickup was installed on my strat. Love the many different sounds I got from the Roland GR 55. Both Guitar sounds great, with the jackson, a slight increase in a tone. Not bragging but I have been playing guitar sense I was knee high to a grasshopper. I don't do the weekend giging around Houston anymore but I do enjoy playing with our 6 piece church band. Really adds alot when you need a flute or a bango, well anyone who owns the Gr 55 knows about the large amount of instrument sounds you can produce. Just to be safe I purchased the second pickup to have handy as a backup guitar. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a Roland GR-55 from Musician's Friend and if it's not right for you, then return it. What a deal, best deal around I say. Hey don't take my word for it.
What the heck, this is my first time to write a review, Just read the first one and be done.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very frustrating.

By C-mnQBy

from OKC, OK

Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

I have spent the better part of ten or more hours (over the period of a few months) trying to tweak this pickup and I'm still getting some horrible results. First of all, this pickup WAS NOT made for my guitar. I play a 2005 Maton (Australian made guitar), which has a bridge not suited for the GK-3. While I tried two different placements (one between the guitar's pickups, which was WAY over 20mm from the bridge) and the other right in front of the bridge (putting it TOO close to the string causes some popping). My biggest complaint is having to remove the strings every time I need to adjust the pickup. Not only that but I'm still not getting adequate levels on the 6th string. It's also very frustrating that the instruction book doesn't take into account other guitar bodies (it really needs more troubleshooting details). I think I've nearly mangled the GK-3 yokes trying to adjust the unit. As it is now, my action is laughably bad because of this thing. The strings have to be a good 3mm from the fretboard. I'm playing through a VG-88, which is a good unit even without a GK pickup. It's too much of a pain to mess with this thing. I'd rather just buy a Roland-Ready guitar.

 
5.0

Simply Awesome!

By huntrxyz

from honolulu

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Opens up musical horizons

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

    I use a GR55 to "fill the gaps" in our sound. Our lead guitarist also has one and now, our band sounds like we have a full orchestra behind us! We also added versatility by adding trombone, sax or piano solos without adding new members. You also learn to pick cleaner, so your playing skills are inadvertently improved. You can also tweak the synth unit to your playing style.
    The only adjustment that is done at the pickup end is the distance from the strings and bridge.
    Personally, I prefer to hook up my guitar to a wireless system and not deal with the toggle switch on the GK3. I just roll the volume knob on and off as I need the synth sound.
    It's become a staple to the band and now ALL the guitars I gig with are equipped with GK3 pickups.

     
    5.0

    GK-3 controller and mounting hardware.

    By Larry

    from Bristol, NH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

      This is my third GK controler. I have them mounted on an American Delux Strat, Duesenberg CC and a Gibson 335.
      Used for sound augmentation during performance.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT GK-3 GUITAR PICKUP

      By CTROCK

      from Houston Texas

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

        THE BEST MONEY CAN BUY GK3 PICKUP!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT GK-3 GUITAR PICKUP

        By CTROCK

        from Houston Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

          I bought this kg3 pickup about 2 week ago. this is my second kg3 pickup, i got one already buy just buying another one just in case. when i got the kg3 package 1 of the item is missing which was the double sided C tape which u need that to stick to the pickup and guitar to hold.i call roland they told me they will sent me those double sided C tape which will take up to 4 to 6 week for them to get those tape!that long long to get some tape? but lucky my freinds have some left over from his kg3 so he let me have the tape.

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By DoctahGroovy

          from Maine

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

          Was ineresting to put together. Has some minor issuses with glitching....But overall I'm very happy with my GR-55 hooked up to my SG. Has created some groovy inspiring jams.

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