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Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer Black With GK-3 Divided Pickup

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Overview
  • Combines PCM synthesis with COSM modeling
  • Lightning-fast tracking performance
  • 2 independent synth engines each with over 900 sounds including pianos, organs, strings, vintage and modern synths, percussion, and more
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The seamless fusion of PCM synthesis and COSM modeling.

Roland's GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer is a revolutionary new product combining PCM synthesis with digital instrument modeling derived from the respected VG-99 V-Guitar System. The GR-55 represents Roland's latest breakthrough advances in guitar synthesis, offering playability, features, and sound quality that far surpasses the capabilities of previous generations of guitar synthesizers.

Driven by Roland's newest proprietary digital processing technology, the GR-55 delivers lightning-fast tracking performance and previously impossible sound-making capabilities. It features two independent synthesizer sound engines, each loaded with over 900 of Roland's latest sounds, including pianos, organs, strings, vintage and modern synths, percussion, and many more. A third sound engine is driven by Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM®), the guitar modeling technology behind Roland's famous VG-99 V-Guitar System. With COSM, the GR-55 can emulate electric and acoustic guitars, basses, and other instruments, as well as guitar and bass amplifiers.

The GR-55 allows players to combine all three sound engines, plus their guitar's normal input, to create any sound from the familiar to the original. An independent multi-effects processor is available for a huge array of tone-shaping options, plus global reverb, chorus, delay effects and EQ to add final sweetening to any sound.

The GR-55 puts guitarists instantly in touch with a huge library of amazing sounds, with no editing required. The onboard lineup of ready-to-use presets takes the pain out of the process, from pop to rock and beyond, with quick-access category buttons. Creating and editing sounds is a breeze for guitarists as well, thanks to a large LCD display, simple front panel, and the intuitive EZ Edit and Sound Style features. Also, onboard is a phrase looper that lets players capture on-the-fly recordings with unlimited sound-on-sound style overdubs.

The GR-55 also features a USB song player that lets users play WAV files stored on USB flash memory, and song playback can be controlled with the onboard pedals. The GR-55 also functions as an audio/MIDI interface for computers, with a rear-panel USB 2.0 port for a quick and easy connection. Users can easily integrate with their favorite digital audio workstation software, recording GR-55 sounds as audio in the DAW and using the GR-55's super-fast pitch-to-MIDI capabilities to trigger MIDI sounds such as virtual synths and samplers with their guitar.

The GR-55 is equipped with Roland's industry-standard 13-pin GK interface. To access the GR-55's enormous palette of sounds, guitarists must use an instrument equipped with a GK-compatible pickup such as Roland's GK-3 Divided Pickup, which is available with the GR-55 (see dropdown menu to the right and select the "With Pickup" option). Sold separately, the GK-3 Divided Pickup and 15' 13-pin cable are valued at $248, but can be purchased with the GR-55 for just $100 more! The GK-3 can be easily installed on most steel string guitars with no modification to the instrument. In addition, many different GK-ready instruments are commercially available from various top guitar manufacturers.

Features
  • Combines PCM synthesis with COSM modeling
  • Lightning-fast tracking performance
  • 2 independent synth engines each with over 900 sounds including pianos, organs, strings, vintage and modern synths, percussion, and more
  • Third sound engine driven by COSM modeling can emulate electric and acoustic guitars, basses, other instruments, and amplifiers
  • All three sound engines can be combined with dry signal
  • Independent multi-effects processor adds a huge array of tone-shaping options
  • Ready-to-use presets and easy editing/saving of your own creations
  • USB flash drive input with song player for playing back WAV files
  • Functions as an audio/MIDI interface with USB 2.0 connection
  • Equipped with 13-pin GK interface for GK-compatible pickups
  • Large LCD display
  • Simple front panel and intuitive EZ Edit and Sound Style features

The pinnacle of Roland's advancements in guitar synthesis over the last 35 years. Order it now!

 
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RolandGR-55 Guitar Synthesizer
 
4.4

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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (19)
  • Versatile (19)
  • Good selection of effects (18)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Compact (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (14)
    • Professional recording (14)
    • Performances (13)
    • Amateur recording (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
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      • Experienced (15), Professional musician (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Guitarist's Dream Toolbox

    In these 'Do less with more' days, pro musicians need to find ways to bolster a flagging live music marketplace. Club and restaurant owners are loathe to spend money on live acts if...Read complete review

    In these 'Do less with more' days, pro musicians need to find ways to bolster a flagging live music marketplace. Club and restaurant owners are loathe to spend money on live acts if they can't justify the expense with greater food and liquor sales. Using gear that allows a musician to be more things to more listeners is one proven way to help the club owner justify that expense. Roland seems to be aware that the bar keeps being raised for the little guys (like me), just as much as for the A-list touriing/recording stars. And to that end, Roland continues to work hard to develop products that aid the musician in making that next leap. With a broad, useable feature set, and quality construction, the GR-55 is the natural evolution of the guitar synth from a quirky occasional-use tool to an all-in-one synth/effects pallet for the pro player. Please don't buy one if you live in northern New England. I have enough competition as it is.
    I would be remiss in not confessing that I'm still learning the interface on this monster. But consider: A floor pedal that loops, stores and plays backing tracks, provides a large number of useable synth patches, offers COSM modeling for all manner of guitar and amp types, includes an expression pedal, and a large 20-character LCD display, that can be easily read while standing above it, even in broad daylight. Did I mention onboard tuner? Did I mention your choice of mono- or stereo-outs? Did I mention separate pickups-only out? Did I mention USB 2.0 capability? And... it will prepare Belgian waffles, give you a back rub, and patch up relationship issues with your spouse? (OK... sorry... couldn't resist...).

    Really... Enough onboard features to serve as my 'go-to' box for recording and live work. I'm just grateful that Japan's recent calamities didn't prevent my being able to get one of these units. Utterly amazing...
    So far - so good. Rugged, reliable Roland hardware. Steel casing. I would be surprised to have any issues with the build quality. Software/firmware appears bug-free. Tremendous attention to detail. The ONLY area in which I've ever faulted Roland is their user documentation. For whatever reason, the management at Roland seem convinced that because their products are so well conceived and built, that they can ignore the 3rd rate useability of their product manuals. The more feature-packed the product, the more work it takes to pry the critical 'how to' info from their manuals. Complex interfaces are, by definition, rarely intuitive. A good manual makes the task much easier, improving how well and how quickly a user can leverage the features provided by the product. Eventually Roland will have to figure this out. Trust me. I document complex tech products for a living...
    The GR-55 is not an inexpensive product. Few Roland products are. However, unlike Bose, who chooses to ride the wave of inflated self-opinion, Roland works hard to earn its continuing reputation as a top-shelf manufacturer of pro gear for the working musician. At the moment, I own several pieces of Roland gear, and have owned many more over the years. I make it a point to try to keep up with their new product releases. The GR-55 is typical of the reason why I do. It improves my chances of capturing regional work as a gigging musician.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    it plays you

    Rating the GR-55 at two stars (below average) hardly seems fair considering that there just isn't much out there for comparison, but this seems to be the very reason Roland dropped the...Read complete review

    Rating the GR-55 at two stars (below average) hardly seems fair considering that there just isn't much out there for comparison, but this seems to be the very reason Roland dropped the ball in so many places - they can afford to because they don't have any competition. The reason I bought this was because I wanted a multi-effects unit with good amp modeling and I figured that, while I was at it, I should get the crazy midi-guitar-synth-monster. I wanted a one-unit solution for my guitar rig to run into FRFR speaker setups (and headphones) so that transitioning from playing live to practicing to recording would be filled with less tonal guesswork - don't get me wrong, the GR-55 can do this if you're willing to play by its rules.

    It just isn't as flexible as I thought it would be, mainly due to the way Roland botched utilizing all the pedals - you can't assign the three left-most pedals to do anything - they just switch patches. This wouldn't actually be a problem if it weren't for the giant silent gaps that occur when changing patches (not just banks, patches). There are ways to get around this by working with the "assigns" that you do have, but they don't offer you a full-featured type of "manual-mode" or "stomp-mode" without buying an external controller - and what's more, you're still a bit too constrained by the signal flow options (there are essentially two). Another problem with switching patches is that your delay and reverb tails don't spill-over, they get cut-off (the same problem apparently exists on Boss's new GT-100).

    The dual(ing?) synth engines have a million different keyboard tones that just aren't very good. I'm used to the keyboard tones that come with one of the Ableton Live Suites and Roland's just don't compare (which is really sad in my reckoning - doesn't Roland actually make keyboards!?!?!). You can trigger external midi stuff with your GR-55, but you can't use it as a sound module (but who would want to?). The responsiveness of the individual keyboard noises varies and you'll be wanting to tweak them on a per patch basis because the global settings that manage how the midi stuff works are not one-size-fits-all. I wouldn't rely on any of the keyboard noises that require a short attack (piano = no) in a live situation because bunk triggering does happen even if your have amazing technique and a great setup.

    Speaking of a great setup - it can be a achieved without being a Roland certified synth-guitar luthier. The GK-3 pickup goes on easy when the instructions are followed and the process of getting it talking to the GR-55 is fairly simple - I think it took me about an hour and half after opening the box before I was playing. The problem is that you have just ruined any good looking guitar by allowing the Borg to assimilate it - that black hex-pickup is just plain ugly (especially when you run a patch cable from your regular guitar jack into it) and it adds weight that you will notice when playing with a strap.

    But don't worry, you won't be using your strap much after buying the GR-55, because you'll be sitting down surrounded by a computer, the GR55 and a mess of wires (including that extra long 13-pin cable) so that you can tweak it with the software that a generous man named "gumtown" made - look up the GR-55 Floorbaord Editor, it's fantastic. But wait, didn't Roland make some software for it? Ya, but...well...it sucks - don't bother. Gumtown's software makes the unit much more usable in that it becomes very straight forward to change things and the GUI is arranged in a visually and functionally intuitive manner. There is nothing bad to say about Gumtown and his Floorboard editor - it's free and Boss-Roland should hire him for a number of reasons beyond his software abilities, but I digress. The real issue is that it is likely you'll spend more time tweaking than playing. I'm someone that likes tweaking, but I like playing more which is why after almost a year of dealing with my dysfunctional relationship with the GR-55 I am now selling it having already moved on to greener, simpler pastures.

    ...and that why you always leave a note.

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    5.0

    Studio Sounding

    By No nickname

    from Chicago,Il

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

      I have tried and used many guitar synths over the years.Always looking for more sounds.The good points: 80% of the tones first class,response time to the guitar,very good,but as with all guitar synths,takes a bit of time to adjust playing to suit the unit,as every guitar synth is different.I think the choice of guitar will have a lot to do with use of this unit.I have been using the Godin LGXT,running 3 outs,one to GR55,one to old Marshall etc.rather then go on and on,I will say that for home or pro studio use,and you have the time to really get into the synth,5 stars.For live,gigs the road?I could not say.

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      5.0

      Five star

      By deppard

      from Bangalore

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

        Placing an order for the Roland GR 55 from India on Musician's friend was not an easy task. I had many a query on the product, payment & shipment. Thanks to Musician Friend's service it was a fast, informative and effective transaction.

        My only grudge, guys, seems most guitar accessories are not on the India shipping list. That's funny! My Roland wasn't either. I had it delivered to a pal's address in the US. Much easier if we could have the global shipping

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        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Astounding....beyond belief

        By TalentEast

        from Salisbury, Maryland

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Designed To Be The Best
        • Excellant Sounds
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • Expand Your Musical World
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

        Six months ago I started with a used GR-20 and a used Fender Squire to see if I liked the guitar synthesizer. I love it. Eventually, my cheap, used GR-20 stopped working. The problem is in the box. Immediately, I got my money together and ordered the GR-55. It's response is faster and the whole unit is well designed. You can tell they strive to improve and overcome any problem and just make it better.
        It's still new, I have spent about 3 hours on trying out the sounds and I'm only through the "lead" and the "rhythm" sounds/instruments. I've still got the "other" section to try. Sheer fun. There is still so much about the GR-55 that I still don't know how to do, yet. I photocopied the 2&1/2 pages of instruments/sounds and I highlight the ones I like as I go through. I'll make a list of just what I like later. And, after a while go back through them all again. I suggest you note what you like for fast reference. There's just so many sounds/instruments.
        I am a home musician and do home recording and beginning to pitch background music for use in film and on TV. To give you an idea of the level of playing you need to be at to use the GR-55. Here is my level: I am an extremely skilled amateur musician that hasn't played at all in a decade because I quit everything. (I probably, pulled out the guitar or keyboard and played a total of 10 hours in 10 years.) I started with the GR-20 for 6 months.
        For playing some instruments, you should "think" like the instrument. A Grand Piano does not stretch strings/notes. So, think like it's a real piano. Playing may need to be more precise/exacting without being sloppy, and this is on some instruments. But, I adapted fast. It's utterly amazing. I suggest, on some instruments, to get rid of the pick and fingerpick. It works great on the piano. And, some lead orchestra instruments, I move my vibrato/whammy bar just slightly to sound like a real bow or other. And, to my surprise, on some instruments, you can "mute" strings with your palm that sounds like the hit song you are playing. I did not expect "mute" to translate to digital.
        Guitar pickup: I have a "Brubaker" guitar, handmade in Maryland. It's neither a Les Paul or Strat setup. But, it works just fine. The hardest thing was to come up with a way that to protect the finish on the guitar. My GK-3 (the pickup) has to sit on top the chrome pickup cover on this guitar. I cut a piece of clear, thick plastic that products come in to fit over the chrome pickup cover. I used the pickup screws. Then used the sticky strip to attach the GK-3. I want to set up other guitars, too and they will be different. Roland has every combination you can imagine to help you attach the GK-3.
        I love the GR-55. It's just shear fun. I did get the full warranty because I WANT to keep it working without worry and that the used GR-20 did quit working and I bought a new GK-3, then a new cable and they were not the problem. I went into the box to try to fix it and you might as well forget it, it's circuit boards and not even a good way to test the cable connection internally. I closed it up, got my money together, and ordered a new GR-55. I'm happy. The GR-55 is fun and blows the top off my musical ability.
        Also, I almost forgot, using MIDI. I have not done much MIDI in a decade, but I experimented with the GR-20 and it's as astounding as the playing the GR-55 live. You can assign any instrument you want. You can even add or subtract notes, copy and paste. That is also astounding beyond belief. If play a wrong note, just drag it to where it should be. In fact, you can create music on the screen that plays through the GR-55 and record.
        There's more than I am even getting to. But, if you're just a guitar player and you just want "Guitar" effects, this does it, but it may be something else that you want without needing the GK-3 pickup. Actually, I found several guitar sounds on the GR-55 that I can play lightning fast, powerful, full energy leads covering the whole neck of the guitar. It seems I can exceed my fastest speeds because of the GR-55. I can play lead faster than my brain can keep up and just hang on. And, with MIDI, I can edit it.
        The sounds (patches) are very realistic. I can play piano, trumpet, organ, sax, and on. Listening to my home recording, you can't tell it's not a real instrument. But, again, I think like the instrument is played and how it really sounds and I concentrate enough not to be sloppy. So here's your test, if you can't play a clean sounding "Barr F" chord, it's probably too much for you at this time. If you cannot fingerpick just a little (think with your fingers alternating) versus straight strumming or note picking, you are limited only a little. Think of a beautiful piano solo part, rarely ever would it be strummed chords. A little fingerpicking goes a long way. And, actually, you don't need a guitar pick with the GR-55. I'm playing leads and chords sometimes with and sometimes without a pick, even lightning fast leads with or without a pick. I did set my GK-3 extremely close to my strings. I mean extremely close. And, I don't know if that matters.
        I emailed Roland a technical question and they answered it promptly and with expertise.
        I hope I have helped.

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        4.0

        Roland GR-55 Synth

        By PapaMark

        from Oklahoma Ciity

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None Found
        • None found yet

        Best Uses

          Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

          This is an incredible tool. As an old guy I will have a significant learning curve to get the most out of it. Some of the preset patches are very interesting, most I will not use, but the options to create my own sounds is impressive. So off we go into the world of creativity.

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          5.0

          Great Roland Product - Easy Install

          By loadedstrat

          from United States

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Dividend Pickup Install

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

          Another great Roland product. So many sounds and options to choose from. The only downside was mounting the GK-3 dividend pickup with screws because you will have to drill through your pick guard. The installation manual references double-sided tape, which did not come in the mounting kit.

          Other than that, been enjoying the versatility this synth has to offer.

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          5.0

          Must have

          By MAMIR

          from VA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

            I got a great deal on this GR55 from Musiciansfriend. I have been playing for over 20 years. This one is definitely a keeper.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great addition to my Studio.

            By Cheap_Guitar

            from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Advanced Features
            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Lives Up To It's Billing
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Guitar Collection Expande
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording
              • Recording

              Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

              To begin, I've been playing guitars for over 30 years. I've been recording since the 80s. In that time, if there's one thing I've learned, it's to do my research before buying something new. In this case, I read all of the reviews, both positive and negative. I watched all of the applicable Youtube videos. I even downloaded the manual before buying. I came to the conclusion that this was a worthy piece for my studio.

              Having said that, and after having a couple of days to play around with the GR-55, I can tell you that I've not been disappointed. This unit is exactly what I was looking for.

              Install
              I installed the GK3 pickup on my Epiphone Les Paul after reviewing the mounting instructions and choosing the proper hardware from the kit. It went smoothly, but if there's one point of advice I can give, it's "read the instructions!" Don't get in a hurry, don't shortcut, and if the measurements don't look right, take it off and do it again! A quality installation of the pickup will determine how the rest of your experience goes.

              Once the pickup is installed, there is a small amount of setup work to be done in the unit's software. It's not hard. Again, just read the manual. I took all of the required measurements and entered them as needed, and within 15 minutes I was up and running. No weird results, no issues.

              Sounds
              I've got to be honest, a lot of the sounds included with the unit are things you'd probably not use in your music. The thing is, there's so many samples and simulations included, that you're going to be making your own in no time.

              Editing
              I'd read that editing on the unit was a Bear. Having been a Synthesizer user for many years, I found the GR-55 pretty tame by comparison. If you've never owned a Synth, there's going to be a learning curve. Give me an example of where something worth having doesn't require a little work...

              I found that there is a good FREE patch editor available online, and downloaded it. I used the USB cable to hook it up to my DAW computer, Boom... problem solved. Sound creation is a breeze.

              Impressions
              The COSM sounds are absolutely great. I've been listening through headphones, and with a little adjustment on the EQ, I have to say their awesome. A replacement for your Gibson Hummingbird? Probably not. A substitute for dragging the old Hummingbird out to record tracks and take out on stage? Maybe so.

              Build
              The unit is solid. It's actually built quite well. The panel is relatively easy to read and understand. It's compact (actually a little smaller than I expected). It does what I bought it for. I'm going to call this one a win.

              I hope this helps anyone considering the GR-55.

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              5.0

              Awesome

              By Larry

              from Eastern KY

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • It's All Pro Sounds
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • None really
              • Two Stereo Amps Reguired

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

              I talked to Matt (Musician's Friend Sales Tech) when I ordered this product, I hope he reads this.
              This unit is more than I expected. All the high quality synth sounds from Roland that you would expect. 297 user patches will certainly keep me busy. The guitar sound module is great, I was thinking about the Line 6 Variax but this GR-55 is so much more. I surfed the patches when I came to a Tele, it was hard to here any difference between the emulated and my real Tele. You will need two stereo amps to get the most out of the sound, but there are other ways, right now I am using two guitar amps with a 4 channel stereo mixer in the front of the line. Two outputs from Synth out, and guitar out to my Boss stereo effects unit then to the mixer. One other way is to have a two channel amp with a 2-10 or 2-12 or even 2-15 stereo speaker cabinet. The GK-3 pickup tracks perfect, just follow the directions when mounting it. It can be a little noisey. There is nothing really difficult about programming patches, it just takes a little time. The libiran software that you can download is good for storing patches but won't do the editing. The crtl and expression pedal are a plus. So many ways to set them up with each patch. I think I have covered most everything that would encourage you to buy this product. You can go to Roland web site and listen to some of the patches. I would advise buying the kit it contains everything you need.

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              5.0

              Amazing

              By Tolgor

              from Woodbridge, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

                This thing is the most amazing piece of guitar equipment you will ever own. I pucking love this thing!

                I have an original GR-1 and was pretty impressed with that when it came out in the early nineties but, as you know, the tracking was so-so and pretty latent. But I found a way to get the sounds I wanted, especially when my keyboardist left the band.

                I recently decided to get back into making some tracks at home for fun - it's nice form of meditation for me as I recently quit smoking. I've also been listening to a lot of downtempo/chillout/lounge music lately and I thought this would be a nice way to get back into it. I went to my local guitar center and gave it a try. Man! The tracking was/is amazing now and the sounds have really been developed since the old days of the GR-1. I was really floored, I had to to have it.

                So, I've had it for a couple of weeks now and I've barely scratched the surface on the different and unique sounds that you can make. Not to mention the guitar modeling that really makes me not need my rack of 80s signal processors anymore.

                Not sure what else to say about this except that I'm having a blast with it, there's always something new.

                BTW it worked great right out of the box with my Jackson that had a GK-2A installed - no tracking issues whatsoever. I still have the GK-3 that came with it - I'm thinking of putting it on my Martin acoustic to see what that sounds like.

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                4.0

                GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer

                By Spload

                from NY

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Cool
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Uses Wav Files Only
                • Wav Files Only

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer:

                Sounds awesome. I used to play 4 -5 nights a week back in the 80's. Man I wish I had this back then.
                Only thing Im not crazy about is that the USB drive only reads wav files and the connection to a pc uses the large type like a printer. If you been battling with your pedals trying to get that perfect sound this is the way to go.

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