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Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable  

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The Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable is used to connect a guitar with a GK-2A pickup to a GR synth....Read More

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RolandGKC 13-Pin Cable
 
3.0

(based on 21 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (4)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

By the real cable.

Very simple, buy the right part. This is the right part for your connection between the Gk pickup and the Gr or other Roland unit.

Very simple, buy the right part. This is the right part for your connection between the Gk pickup and the Gr or other Roland unit.

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Fragile, but works

While I agree that we need another source for these cables, there are things you can do to prolong the life of this important piece of gear. I have the cable that came with...Read complete review

While I agree that we need another source for these cables, there are things you can do to prolong the life of this important piece of gear. I have the cable that came with my GR-33 and admitedly it is much more fragile than a standard guitar or good quality mic cable these days. However, I found that the biggest problem was that the grounding of the cable housing was done through the same screw that is used to hold the end together, and these loosen almost immediately and cause all kinds of problems like snaps, pops, and "going microphonic" due to the bad ground. Luckily, I am a tech as well, and it was an easy fix to solder a good ground to the cable end housing adn the ground lead in the cable, bypassing the screw, and rendering the cable clean and noise-free. I've been playing out over two years now part-time, and practicing weekly, and though it requires more care, the same cable is still working great. Check the ground and fix it and I believe many of the problems will go away (short of a broken pin or step-on end).

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3.0

Remarkably fragile

By Eldridge

from Louisville, KY

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Functional
  • Necessary

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Necessary If Using Gr-55

Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

Let me say this first: I absolutely LOVE my GR-55 synthesizer. It may be the greatest thing ever. Roland, I love you for creating this thing. BUT… the Roland 13 Pin Cable, which you HAVE to use when connecting the GK-3 divided pickup (or a guitar with a built-in divided pickup), is fragile. Incredibly fragile. The cheap plastic housing on the plugs breaks easily, even with careful use. And at the price it sells for (which Musician's Friend won't let me mention in this review), it's not exactly easy for me to have a backup. Roland, please redesign this piece of junk or sell it for a more reasonable price!

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2.0

Poor Quality

By Jael

from Oklahoma

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Bad Cable Design
    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

      I purchased a GR-55 and have always used Roland Keyboards, but being a guitarist, I wanted synthesizer sounds from my guitar. I eventually made the purchase and within 6-8 weeks my cable kept falling out of the jack on my Godin xtsa. I love the synth! It is awsome! Now I am stuck spending another. I only play in my little home studio. I have M.S., so I didn't step on it. I am also surprised that no other companies make this cable. My positive suggestion would be that Roland engineers take another shot at the design. I will be glad when my new cable gets here. I just bought a new mixer, keyboard controller and Propellerhead Reason 8. Time to place my order for my cable. Thank You Musician's Friend.I love being able to shop and recieve shipments at home. It is really difficult when handicapped.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Use with care! Very fragile!

      By Thomas1

      from Anderson, SC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Can Damage Easily

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

      This is for Roland information! I Purchase my first GR1 Synthesizer in the 90's. Personally all the GR's that followed did not compare to the GR1. Roland PLEASE MAKE A REPLACEMENT. I have purchase 3 used ones over the years. The main weak link has always been the GKC 13-PIN CABLE. They must be used with extreme care. I always loop it around my guitar shoulder strap but after many years of doing this I realize to give the cable a longer life "leave it straight." Don't even store in your bag with tight bends!

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      4.0

      Hindsight...

      By samboni

      from Ramona, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

            I thought I would save money by buying the cheap knockoff and 2 months later I noticed that the synth was triggering notes that I didn't play. I thought it was my settings or the synth at first until I jiggled the cable and it triggered notes on it own (short). Now I have the good cable and I noticed right away that the signal was solid and the midi had nano latency.

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            5.0

            replacement cable

            By lg3

            from New York, NY

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

                Bought this cause my old existing cable was making crackling sounds when I moved it. The new cable solved the problem with my GR55 and GK3B.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Few Options, they all seem to break

                By DSmiingSun

                from Earth

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

                • Functional

                Cons

                • Expensive
                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                • Recording
                • Scoring

                Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

                If you want to use a Roland guitar synth, you need a 13 pin cable. I have 3, only 1 works now. The options are limited, as it's a Roland Synth specific format. Not nice that they keep the price so high, or don't make them better to last. 1 came with the synth, bought one more for back up, then a long one for some shows. The two shorter ones now don't work. One broken one always sends a pitch change message, the other sends no single on the A string. The 30 foot still works, and it gets the most live show abuse, go figure. But the options are limited, time to buy a 10 footer for the studio, and a back up 20 footer for live. The show must go on, just love my sythn to much to give up, but can't stand paying this much for 'disposable cables'

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                3.0

                Just to long

                By B-Rie

                from North Augusta SC

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

                  I purchased this because the 15 foot was out of stock. This is WAY to long and I'm not happy with it at this length.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  They corrode

                  By AndrewP

                  from Glen Ridge NJ

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

                        The cable does the job, for a while. Connects your guitar synth to the GR. Problem is (and this is in a climate controlled studio) I have had to replace it twice due to one of the pins going bad. Someone (mogami?) should build a gold plated roadworthy version of this cable.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        By the real cable.

                        By FingerStyle01

                        from Colorado Springs Co.

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Price

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Gk Gr
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

                        Very simple, buy the right part. This is the right part for your connection between the Gk pickup and the Gr or other Roland unit.

                        Comment on this review

                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        GKC Cable

                        By Curtiss Beinhorn

                        from Houston Texas

                        Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

                        I check other places in town but end up ordering from Muscian's Friend
                        Always fast shipping from Musician's Friend. Reliable and always has what I'm looking for....plus the best price.

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