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Roland GKC 13-Pin Cable  15 ft.

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RolandGKC 13-Pin Cable
 
3.2

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (4)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor quality (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (9), Experienced (7)

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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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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(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'

(6 of 6 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).

(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)

 
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)

 
1.0

Cheap Quality Roland Should Be Embarrassed

By Jayof9

from Saint Louis, MO

About Me Professional Musician

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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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't Live Without It

    By The Big Silver Daddy

    from Sweet Home Chicago

    About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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