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 t... Click To Read More About This Product
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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 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.
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Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:
for years, i've wanted to play the keyboards, but after a certain age, it was not something that was what i wanted. it was at this point that i started to look into a guitar synthesizer, mostly due to hearing jimmy page using one on his deathwish II soundtrack. it was the price that kept me away at first, until i came across the roland. though midi guitar controller doesn't quite have the response as a regular guitar pickup, this model for the price range works quite exceptionally for me. i still got what i wanted in a guitar synth without a financial burden. over all response and the sound is good, and that this unit can be adapted to fit on both electric and acoustic permanently or by using the non permanent hardware for thos who does not want to drill holes into your axes.
Comments about Roland GK-3 Guitar Pickup:
Got this to put on my acoustic/electric and my strat. I have been doing MIDI Guitar for over 20 years and the GK-3 pickup system design is the evolution of the species... It is compact and relatively easy to install if you take your time to read the installation guide and have patience, making sure you get the correct distances and pick-up to string tolerance. Most folks will be able to fit this on a guitar in about an hour or less, and get good results. It is important to follow the directions to insure that you get the best tracking response.
I used the provided spacers with adhesive-tape to mount the pick-up because I do not want to drill into my guitars for permanent mounting. Roland provided enough sizes of spacers to get the pick-up to string tolerance just right, along with the radius adjustment and the included gauge, I was able to get a really nice set-up.
Having years of experience with the Graph Tech Hexaphonic piezo pick-ups and Ghost MIDI pre-amp as well as the earlier versions of the GK MIDI pick-ups and the early Shadow pick-up system. The GK-3 does the job very well... The pre-amp/switching housing is nicely slim and the mounting system is excellent, unobtrusive, easy to install and does not permanently attach to the guitar. No worries about damaging the finish...
(Speaking about the Acoustic set-up):
After careful installation and matching to my AXON AX-100 system, the tracking is excellent... Pretty amazing to have MIDI tracking on an acoustic!
Initially it seems that it produces less false triggers as compared to the Ghost pick-ups/Hexaphonic on a solid-body electric, which are excellent, but the GK-3 system tracking just seems to be a bit more solid, especially with 32nd notes on low-E... With the AX-100 I had to crank the individual string sensitivity levels up to get good string balance as compared to the Ghost/Hexaphonic pick-ups... (The GK-3 will not work for guitars using Silk & Steel or Nylon strings).
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