Synth Site: Casio: MG-510 Midi Guitar: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Claes Cornelius a professional user from Denmark writes:
I've been offered to buy a MG-510 while already having one! But... tempting. I got my MG-510 back when they were the hottest thing on the MIDI guitar market and competing with Roland's MIDI guitars. Later, I got a Jennifer Batten JB-100 with MIDI. For some unfathomable reason, that MG-510 is a fantastic guitar on its own when un-MIDIplugged. It's a sort of souped-up Strat and the on-board tuner is handy. Back when Roland and then Casio among others launched MIDI guitars, it was ultra-important to convince guitarists of the worth of investing in MIDI, linking up synths or sound boxes that keyboard players used. Regardless of its MIDI capabilities, that MG-510 is a great instrument and definitely worth checking out if you come across one!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-20-2007 at 08:39
Randy Hemming a professional user from USA writes:
I purchased mine in 1990 on sale at Sam Ash New York for $300-they were blowing them out. It is probably the best playing guitar I ever owned. I added an original Floyd Rose whammy and Seymour Duncan pickups and the thing is a monster. I actually stopped using it for blues jams as my playing was so effortless on this baby I found myself overplaying and switched to regular Fender Strats to make me work harder. The MIDI performance is pretty good considering the state of technology in the mid-eighties. The tracking improves as you play up the neck on the higher strings as the pitch sensing will detect a high frequency note faster than a lower one. You can play low notes on a synth by switching to a lower octave and playing up the neck. I modified the midi jack to work with an outboard power supply. It is not that tough to do, just be sure to use a 4-conductor MIDI cable and use the 2 unused conductors for the DC. The MIDI responds best to a fingerstyle approach and a 20th century guitar mindset. You can also run the MIDI through a keyboard controller to take advantage of more controllers like sustain and modulation etc. One other tip I just discovered: don't leave stale batteries in the guitar and try to run it off the power supply. Mine wigged out and started transmitting random junk until I took them out.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-19-2007 at 11:11
afrank a professional user from canada writes:
I have had my mg 510 since it hit the market 15 yars ago with limited repairs. However,recently I pluged in a new adapter which had oposite polarity & my midi function has not worked since. Can't find a repair shop that will even look at it. Any body got any suggestions? i hate the thought of buying another guitar.I'm stuck on this one. afrank

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-27-2006 at 00:05
Stefan a part-time user from Serbia writes:
On my MG-510 MIDI has been taken off and some modifications are done, I use it just as an electric guitar... It sounds great !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-21-2006 at 05:24
SADIM a hobbyist user writes:
The guitar is great, I've been just tweaking a couple of my synths through it. The waldorf micro q is crazy with this thing and also the korg ms2000. I have noticed much comment and inquiries on the availability of the battery holders for this model. Well I was stuck with using the 9volt charger until I got frustrated enough to go to Radio Shack. Radio Shack does not sell the holder for our guitar but they do sell one that holds 8 batteries. I purchased that and neatly took off the last two battery chambers and took the spring wire and connected it to the adjacent chamber to complete the circuit. Holy Moly this thing works. The Radio Shack part # is 270-387b. PEACE

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-31-2006 at 16:02
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