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Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup   

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The Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup sends individual signals from each guitar string to GK-compatible devices. It is carefully designed for guitar performa...Read More

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Instantly turns your guitar into a monster synth!

The Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup sends individual signals from each guitar string to GK-compatible devices. It is carefully designed for guitar performance with a big, smooth GK knob for quick control moves. A selector switches between synth, normal guitar tone, and mixed settings. It comes complete with attachment accessories including double-sided tapes, a holder to secure the controller to your guitar's body, and a special pickup attachment plate for LP-style guitars. Other features include adjustable pickup cable length and a 1/4" phone jack for normal guitar use. The Roland GK-3 Pickup has been redesigned to adjust to the varying curvatures of different guitar models including pronounced archtops.

FEATURES
  • Sends individual string signals to GK-compatible devices
  • Big, smooth GK knob for quick control moves
  • Selector switch moves between synth, normal guitar tone, and mixed settings
  • Includes extensive attachment accessories
  • 1/4" phone jack for normal guitar use
  • Pickup redesigned to adjust to the varying curvatures of different guitars

SPECIFICATIONS

GK-3 Guitar Pickup

  • Controls
    GK Volume
    DOWN/S1 Switch
    UP/S2 Switch
    Select Switch


    Indicator
    Power Indicator


    Connectors
    GK Connector
    Normal Pickup Input Jack


    Accessories
    Normal Guitar Cable Owner's Manual


    Options
    GK Cable: GKC-3 (3 m), GKC-5 (5 m), GKC-10 (10 m)Unit Selector: US-20GK Parallel Box: GKP-4


    Size and Weight ( BODY )

    Width
    87 mm
    3-7/16 inches


    Depth
    74 mm
    2-15/16 inches


    Height
    23 mm
    0-15/16 inches


    Weight
    0.1 kg
    0 lbs. 3 oz.



    Size and Weight ( PICKUP )

    Width
    102 mm
    4-1/16 inches


    Depth
    8 mm
    0-5/16 inches


    Height
    9 mm
    0-3/8 inches


    Weight


    * The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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RolandGK-3 Guitar Pickup
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (6)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT GK-3 GUITAR PICKUP

I bought this kg3 pickup about 2 week ago. this is my second kg3 pickup, i got one already buy just buying another one just in case. when i got the kg3 package...Read complete review

I bought this kg3 pickup about 2 week ago. this is my second kg3 pickup, i got one already buy just buying another one just in case. when i got the kg3 package 1 of the item is missing which was the double sided C tape which u need that to stick to the pickup and guitar to hold.i call roland they told me they will sent me those double sided C tape which will take up to 4 to 6 week for them to get those tape!that long long to get some tape? but lucky my freinds have some left over from his kg3 so he let me have the tape.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very frustrating.

I have spent the better part of ten or more hours (over the period of a few months) trying to tweak this pickup and I'm still getting some horrible results. First of all,...Read complete review

I have spent the better part of ten or more hours (over the period of a few months) trying to tweak this pickup and I'm still getting some horrible results. First of all, this pickup WAS NOT made for my guitar. I play a 2005 Maton (Australian made guitar), which has a bridge not suited for the GK-3. While I tried two different placements (one between the guitar's pickups, which was WAY over 20mm from the bridge) and the other right in front of the bridge (putting it TOO close to the string causes some popping). My biggest complaint is having to remove the strings every time I need to adjust the pickup. Not only that but I'm still not getting adequate levels on the 6th string. It's also very frustrating that the instruction book doesn't take into account other guitar bodies (it really needs more troubleshooting details). I think I've nearly mangled the GK-3 yokes trying to adjust the unit. As it is now, my action is laughably bad because of this thing. The strings have to be a good 3mm from the fretboard. I'm playing through a VG-88, which is a good unit even without a GK pickup. It's too much of a pain to mess with this thing. I'd rather just buy a Roland-Ready guitar.

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5.0

GK-3 controller and mounting hardware.

By Larry

from Bristol, NH

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

    This is my third GK controler. I have them mounted on an American Delux Strat, Duesenberg CC and a Gibson 335.
    Used for sound augmentation during performance.

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    5.0

    GREAT GK-3 GUITAR PICKUP

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

      THE BEST MONEY CAN BUY GK3 PICKUP!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT GK-3 GUITAR PICKUP

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      By CTROCK

      from Houston

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

        I bought this kg3 pickup about 2 week ago. this is my second kg3 pickup, i got one already buy just buying another one just in case. when i got the kg3 package 1 of the item is missing which was the double sided C tape which u need that to stick to the pickup and guitar to hold.i call roland they told me they will sent me those double sided C tape which will take up to 4 to 6 week for them to get those tape!that long long to get some tape? but lucky my freinds have some left over from his kg3 so he let me have the tape.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Roland GK-3 pickup

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        By Hutch

        from Eastern KY

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Missing Parts

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Studio Quality

        Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

        The Package containing the GK-3 was missing a few installation parts but it did not hinder the installation. I told Roland about this and they said they would forward it to Japan. They didn't offer to send them or make up for any compensation. After installing the pickup to Roland's specifications, it tracked perfectly.

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        5.0

        Love it!

        By DoctahGroovy

        from Maine

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

        Was ineresting to put together. Has some minor issuses with glitching....But overall I'm very happy with my GR-55 hooked up to my SG. Has created some groovy inspiring jams.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fantastic product.

        By Musicman

        from Buffalo, New York

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Sound
        • Versatility For Guitar

        Cons

        • Size Of Module

        Best Uses

        • Recording Live Performa

        Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

        Fantastic product. Adds great versatility to my guitar! It really added to the band's sound. Great for recording and live performances.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Options

        By N/A

        from Leland IL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • Volume nob bad positio

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

        I love this machine but it does require that you learn how to use it. Which means you have to relearn how to manipulate the guitar. Once you do its totally worth. There are some glitches with sound hiccups popping in , but in the studio it can be remedied easy enough. The actual pickup itself has been improved but volume knob is in a gad place and you should have a choice of jumper jacks. For instance; I have ans SG and striagth jacks stick out to far.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My 2nd GK 3 pickup

        By Ron Eaton

        from Texas

        Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

        I purchased this 2nd gk for my Jackson, 1st pickup was installed on my strat. Love the many different sounds I got from the Roland GR 55. Both Guitar sounds great, with the jackson, a slight increase in a tone. Not bragging but I have been playing guitar sense I was knee high to a grasshopper. I don't do the weekend giging around Houston anymore but I do enjoy playing with our 6 piece church band. Really adds alot when you need a flute or a bango, well anyone who owns the Gr 55 knows about the large amount of instrument sounds you can produce. Just to be safe I purchased the second pickup to have handy as a backup guitar. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a Roland GR-55 from Musician's Friend and if it's not right for you, then return it. What a deal, best deal around I say. Hey don't take my word for it.
        What the heck, this is my first time to write a review, Just read the first one and be done.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I caught VG

        Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

        this through a vg-99 is too addicting. come on, dual sounds, my whole step down-octave lower- 12string gibson setting into a metal stack, mixed with a customized strat with chorus into a chunked out marshall, then my actual 7 string left handed carvin though my boss me-50 into an 2x12 amp then midi out to my keyboard is insane.1 guitar four sounds ,im hooked up into the the digital age.and this isnt even scratch the surface of what you can do. highly recomend the gk-3 if you dont have a midi fitted guitar

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No hasle great sound

        Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:

        I was sold when I heard the B3 sounds. There is no latency as others had suggested. Easy set up, a little costly. I use it constantly thru a Zoom 16 track. I have a problem removing my head phones and letting it go till the next session..it's too much fun!!!

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