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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Neil Speers a professional user from Liverpool UK writes:
Further to my review below I would like to add that the Casio Midi Guitar is also a very good instrument in it's own right. It is very playable and sounds great. The pickup system (2x single coil and 1x humbucker), 5 position toggle switch and tremelo unit all allow you to make all conventional guitar sounds. The quality maple neck/rosewood fingerboard is perfect and you also get an onboard guitar tuner!!!. I have just found a few tracks I created 10 years ago using my Casio midi guitar and a Roland Sound Canvas module. Apart from some of the drum tracks all percussion, midi instruments and live guitar were created using the Casio. You can download and listen to the music from my web site ("mp3 files" link) music listed under "Musical Sketches". The midi tracks did need some editing but this was a labour of love and a small price to pay for the benefit of being able to access this technology as a guitar player.If you do get the chance to acquire one of these guitars - buy it!!!.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-06-2005 at 15:36
Claes Cornelius a professional user from Copenhagen, Denmark writes:
My first one was stolen during a tour but I was able to get another one, exactly the same (white with black parts) just the same mid-80s model.

Later, I got a Washburn Jennifer Batten as I'm MIDI crazy - that is basically a Roland-ready instrument, mated in my case to a GR-33 pedalboard with built-in soundbanks (and a MIDI out).

There might be an advantage in a guitar-and-pedalboard for a live performance, but I found out that the MG-510 is as fast and precise in tracking despite its age. That said, there are limits as to what you can expect from a MIDI guitar. A lot of what you might do will need heavy editing when using a guitar as a MIDI input device.

On my MG-510 I use relatively light strings (10-56), a bit higher up and never use the tremolo bar for MIDI stuff. Bends are done by finger power (trying to bend as cleanly as possible). I like (live) to have a plucky sound on the guitar and having a slow rise MIDI patch (could be strings, for example) to fade in when holding a sustained chord. I agree with previous comments about for example horns - a guitar is better at voicing horns or strings in a natural way that a keyboard in many cases. So that's my 5 cents worth - if you haven't got a MG-510 and stumble upon one don't hesitate to check it out. My #2 has been battered many times over and still works despite rough handling.

Ciao to everyone, Claes

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-04-2005 at 14:59
Neil Speers a professional user from Liverpool UK writes:
I have had my MG510 for 10 years and still using it. Have had no work done on it and it still plays fine. Had a similar problem as Jim Pogue 5th string triggering sounds rapidly.Cured this by taking off the back plate housing the microswithes and sensitivity screws - adjusted the sensitivity screw of the 5th string in combination with another screw now revealed having taken off the plate (not mentioned in the manual) - was a little tedious but it cured the problem.I am using it as a gigging instrument with a Korg 05R/W synth module just plugs in and goes - there are obvious adaptations of technique required to get the best results but any compromise is worth it. Can't find any up to date version - only competitor the Roland range but you need the synth, pick-up, cable, power supply -the Casio will plug as it is into any keyboard/module.The versatility and simplicity of this instrument is amazing would recommend to any guitar player interested in midi.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-12-2005 at 17:21
David Urbinati a part-time user from USA writes:
I purchased my red MG-510 new in 1990 and used it alot for composing for about 4 years. Mostly to simulate horns. I never felt comfortable using it to perform live. I found slow tracking to be a problem. In the studio to get around that I simply slowed down the tempo of the sequence, played the part, then put it back to the original tempo and corrected a note here and there. After that I used it as a backup guitar for playing shows for a couple of years but then corrosion got the best of the bridge so I mothballed it. Casio no longer supplies parts for it. I hoped to replace the tremolo system with strat parts, wish me luck. I miss its all-around abilty, and the looks you get when you pick up your guitar and start playing the drums!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-10-2005 at 18:29
Ron Crites a professional user from Missouri writes:
I love the Casio MG510 use it with a Solton MS40 Musicstation and it tracks as fast as I want it to. Maybe the reason outher folks did have a tracking problem was that they didn't have a good recieving unit. I have used these guitar for about 5 years and I tell everyone to get one. I do a Solo gig on the ships for Carnival Cruise Lines 4/21/2004 Thanks Ron Crites

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-20-2005 at 13:48
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