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Roland GC-1 GK Ready Stratocaster Electric Guitar   

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The Roland GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster guitar is one of the V-Guitar Series, an authentic Fender Stratocaster guitar equipped with a special Roland di...Read More

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The Roland GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster guitar is one of the V-Guitar Series, an authentic Fender Stratocaster guitar equipped with a special Roland divided pickup with a 13-pin output. The GK-Ready Stratocaster GC-1 can be used with both standard guitar equipment and revolutionary Roland V-Guitar category products like the GR-55 and VG-99.

Roland V-Guitar category products like the GR-55 and VG-99 put the unlimited potential of digital technology into the hands of guitarists everywhere. To harness this power, Roland developed the GK Divided Pickup, a special pickup that allows each of a guitar's strings to be processed independently. Connecting the GC-1 guitar to a V-Guitar System opens up a world of magical music expression to the guitarist, including instant alternate tunings, transforming the guitar sound into another instrument entirely, and much, much more.

As a guitar, the GK-Ready Stratocaster GC-1 is a 100% authentic Fender Strat guitar, with the same legendary sound and feel that players have loved for over 50 years. It features a solid contoured alder body, maple neck (with rosewood or maple fingerboard), three single-coil pickups with 5-way switching, a Fender synchronized tremolo bridge, a 3-ply pickguard, American in-line tuners, and chrome hardware.

Includes gig bag.

A Stratocaster® Equipped to Drive the V-Guitar category products by Roland.

FEATURES
  • Alder contoured body
  • 25.5" scale maple neck
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • 3 Fender single-coil pickups
  • 5-Way pickup selector
  • Master volume control
  • Tone control for neck and middle pickups
  • Embedded Roland GK divided pickup
  • 13-pin output
  • Fender synchronized tremolo bridge
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Chrome hardware
  • Includes gig bag

The GC-1 is not simply a guitar”it goes beyond guitar. Order yours today.

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RolandGC-1 GK Ready Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Suuuuper Strat!

By Gear Junkie

from Central NJ

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Pros

  • Extremely Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Roland GC-1 GK Ready Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have several GK pickup driven devices, Including two guitar synth units and an early V Guitar system and found that when I was using one of my Strats that I allocated as a slave for my externally mounted GK-2A pickup I would run into tracking issues when switching between older and newer GK driven units. I called Roland Artist Support (FYI you can do that) and asked for suggestions and they made several good ones, all of which I tried, but still had issues around string sensitivity that I couldn't resolve and so I called Roland Support again (no offense to the guys at Musician's Friend as they have great knowledge, but I really needed to hear it from the horses mouth) and we discussed the Fender GC GK. So I bought one as an upgrade, figuring if I'm not happy with it I could always return it as MF has a good return policy. FYI Musician's Friend, I'm not returning it, its a keeper. Solved all my tracking and sensitivity problems, came out of the box perfectly set up and worked great. I opted for the maple neck as I wanted a brighter sound which I believe works better with GK driven systems, I have no real proof, but that's just my opinion. The quality of the guitar is very good for a MIM, with a nice flat lacquered neck and I agree with the other poster, its really quiet compared to a conventional Strat and agree that it must be shielded, because even in rooms with Fluorescent lighting, it was real quiet. It is an incredibly versatile guitar and can be not just with your guitar synth or V units, but you can midi it out to external keyboards and keyboard modules as well as effects and drum machines. I gave it 4 stars for on reason and is minor. The GK cable jack hangs off the bottom of the guitar like a Les Paul, which normally isn't a problem, but the GK multi-pin jack isn't as durable as a standard input. I wish the jack was placed in a contour cut into the body like a Rick 230/260 to protect the jack port from getting damaged. When I sit I am mindful of the cable.

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5.0

Excellent Strat - unlisted features

By Nokie

from So Cal

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Frets Ends Needed Dress

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues
  • Without Bounds

Comments about Roland GC-1 GK Ready Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Excels as a GR / VG synth/modeler controller. I've used the GK-3 pickup with fairly good results but this came set up beautifully for GR-55 and VG-1. I didn't like my old GK-3 pickup set up with it's wire to be taped to the top of the body of my other guitars. I like the more stealth appearance with this guitar controller. I was surprised at how good the Roland Ready Strat was on its own - without the synth capabilities. Features not listed: I'm getting none of the usual Strat noise from any switch position with these pick-ups. The pickups are either noiseless, wired, or shielded to eliminate that usual hum. It feels to have a 9.5" radius neck. I'm use to the 7.5" strat radius - this feels a bit flatter. The fret ends did need dressing as another reviewer noted. Overall, though, it is an excellent Strat.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LIKE THIS GUITAR SO MUCH I OWN TWO

By townsend.john52@gmail.com

from Myrtle Beach, SC

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Roland GC-1 GK Ready Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I purchased my first RR Strat new in 1995. I liked it so much I bought an other (with some upgrades) used two years ago.

      I have been playing guitar for 45 years and think this is, without a doubt the best value in the market place. I own 25 guitars and if I had to keep just one this would be it.

      The only thing I had to change was the strings which come med/light out of the box. Anyone who plays synth guitar knows the more mass the better the tracking, so I have been using Fender Stainless Steel 10's, which, when initially done, required a little tweaking in the setup. Other than that one change, the guitar is perfect.

      The stock pickups sound fine and have that Stratocaster versatility. Both of my guitars stay in tune well and, also common to Stratocasters, are very comfortable to play.

      If you are looking to branch in to synth guitar I would recommend no other guitar (I have played and owned different brands as well)

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      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Don't judge a book by its cover!

      By Mo

      from Laval Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Roland GC-1 GK Ready Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Neck not aligned with bridge. Strings not spread properly on the nut. Fret buzz, fret are sharp and wider than neck. Need complete rework on set up and finishing.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By con

      from delray beach florida

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Roland GC-1 GK Ready Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        whether you are a pro or a beginner you will love this guitar

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