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Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable 15 ft.

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RolandGKC 13-Pin Cable
 
3.1

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (10)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

  • Poor quality (8)
  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (10), Experienced (8)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Few Options, they all seem to break

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...Read complete review

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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Fragile, but works

By redbeard

from Maine

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Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

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).

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Few Options, they all seem to break

By DSmiingSun

from Earth

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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'

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

complaining is an art

By sore ears

from Idaho

Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

I will agree these cables are expensive to purchase as for quality I have 2 and the only problems I have with the quality is they are not dog proof. Unfortunately my small dog has figured out how to shut the noise off (he thinks he has done a good deed until he sees I am not smiling). Anyway back to the quality of the cables in a 13 pin cable there are also 13 very fine wires (and after my pup used one of mine for a teething ring I could see just how fine the wires are) as they have to be fine to keep the overall size of the cable small consquently as fine as the wires are if they are stepped on, or things are set or dropped on them, also if they are bundled for storage or to transport with tight bends or stretched. They will eventually break. It's not a mater of poor quality as much as it is they are made light to keep the size and weight down & make them more flexable. They are more fragile than a regular guitar cord and need extra care in handling. I see some complaints about static and some strings not being picked up or playing for what it is worth on my guitar if each and every string is not in perfect tune it has lot of static or the string that is not in tune will not play. These cables might last longer if they are kept away from foot traffic, being stretched, and when coiled if they are coiled in a round coil of atleast 8 or 10 inches (the bigger the coils the better). On any cord the plugs usually cause most of the problems as the wires break where they enter the plug or inside the plug itself.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Cheap Quality Roland Should Be Embarrassed

By Jayof9

from Saint Louis, MO

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Built to Break
  • No Customer Support
  • Not Functional
  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

    I used this product with a Gk-2b and a Gk-3b going into a V-Bass and/or a VB-99.

    It is no use in complaining since this cable is required for the V-guitar/bass gear. We are forced to buy this cable because there are no competitors that build a comparable cable. This is surprising considering the actual Roland gear is built to last.

    Roland should be ashamed for putting out such an inferior product, but then again they might not care.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Very frustrating lack of durability

    By saintnash

    from Roswell, New Mexico

    Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

    My GR 20 cable gave out after just 3 months of very gentle studio use. Thought it was the pin solder joints on the board where the connectors are soldered. Went through every solder joint with a powerful magnifier...both for the sound module and the pickup connector. No luck. Then through other reviews posted decided it must be the cable itself. A continuity check with a high quality meter revealed severe resistance issues in all six of the string connections and the ground. I've got the locking type connection terminations and believe they are the culprit. It torques the pins quite a bit when you have to press the locking button down and pull the cord loose. I've ordered a third party replacement to use that is non-locking and will be used with new GR 55 unit. Hope that fixes it. I've got an old Korg guitar synth that has a rectangular plug with metal housing...very tough... for the hexaphonic pickup and guess what...after almost 20 years it hasn't malfunctioned. I believe this is what Roland should emulate to correct this issue as it is widespread and definitely unsavory to the recording musician.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't Live Without It

    By The Big Silver Daddy

    from Sweet Home Chicago

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

      If you use any of the 13 pin connector equipment you know three things
      1. They are expensive
      2. They can be fragile even when given the best of care
      3. They are expensive.

      So when you find a deal like this you have to jump on it. These guys made it happen.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

          (2 of 2 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!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Poorly made and overpriced

              By Mark-fQZrI

              from Las Vegas

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              Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

              Roland knows they are the only supplier of these cables, and that musicians with VG or GK equipment rely on them. The result: The cables are overpriced and don't last long.I have treated every GK cable I've ever owned with great care, only to be infuriated when yet another breakes within a few months. Even cables that do not leave my practice room and are minimally flexed break soon after purchase. Two musicians I know have the same laments. At this price per cable (minimum), my GK cable budget is more than I can comfortably afford. You need at least two at any given time, because one will break.I've spent over $300 on these cables over the years. Now I have to put down more. It may or may not get me through the year...for one freaking cable.If anyone is considering the purchas of a VG or GK product, don't neglect to include the price of replacement cables...lots of expensive replacement cables...a never-ending, infinite series of expensive replacement cables.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Cheap Cables

              By Outsider

              from Gulf Breeze, FL

              Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

              I love Roland products but these cables are poorly made. My A string went out with in a few months. I rarely play it too and take great care when using this. I hope Roland steps up or somebody with a better alternative.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Roland 13-pin cable/disgusting!

              By Church Praise Team Leader

              from Memphis, TN

              Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

              I own a Godin LGX-SA that is 13 pin equipped for my GR-33 (love it), that I have owned for at least nine years, and use in live recordings and church services. I have two of these cords and at this time I am in need of a third cord replacement. I have always been exceptionally careful with this cord during storing, transport, and during services. These cords are usually not in stock in my local Memphis music stores, are very expensive, must be paid for in advance of ordering and are poorly constructed and too brittle, which lends itself to a host of performance problems, such as pops, dropping string tones, unexpected ugly noises, and frustration from a professional perspective. Currently my cable is not picking up my A string when using the synthesizer effects. These cables are a must have and are great when they work properly, but a high level of quality workmanship is simply not built in. No matter how careful you are the cable just doesn't hold up very long. As a result I don't use my synthesizer nearly as much as I'd like to. I'd like to see Roland correct their 13 pin cables' inferior standard of quality for all musicians.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Overpriced and breakable

              By GregDiablo

              from Olympia, WA

              Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

              Roland has a proprietary monopoly on manufacturing these GK specialty cables, so no surprise, they're pricey. With no competition, Roland sets the pricing and quality control. I have used them with my VGA 7 amplifier for about nine years, and when I'm lucky, I get three years out of each 15 footer that I've owned. Unlike other standard quarter inch cables, you can't repair a broken GK 2C, so if one of those tiny pins breaks, or if you accidentally step on the pin housing, you're out of a cable and have to shell out big bucks for a replacement. In my opinion, Roland can do better on making a higher quality cable at a more reasonable price by letting other manufacturers have a crack at making their own generic versions of Roland accessories.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What's not to like....

              By BobbyR

              from Granville, Oh

              Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

              What's not to like about this cable. It's the only one on the market, is fully compatible with the Godin and Roland components, and is durably well made. If you like to wander from the master floor unit, the longer cable is the way to go.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Shipped on time and works great. I would buy again. Thanks

              By Old armature

              from Ohio

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              Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

              I use it with a Godin Multiac nylon S/A and Roland Gr55

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Hindsight...

              By Play It Again

              from Ramona, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

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              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              They corrode

              By AndrewP

              from Glen Ridge NJ

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              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              By the real cable.

              By FingerStyle01

              from Colorado Springs Co.

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              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Broken

              By Tom R.

              from U'town, PA

              Comments about Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable:

              One end of this brand new cable had a broken connection right out of the package. It was full of static and had an intermittent connection. It came as part of the Roland GR20 set. I own other Roland products and have never had a problem. It is a shame that they have such poor quality control on this cable. I wish there was an aftermarket solution.

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