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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Jim Pogue a part-time user from USA writes:
I've had my MG510 for about 10 years, using it for sequencing and LOTS of barband gigs. The synth I use is a Boss DS330 Dr. Synth. I've replaced ALL the switches and jacks (some 2 or 3 times), as the hardware was pretty low-quality and Radio Shack stuff isn't much better. Was originally white, painted it Toyota dark green metallic. All pickups were replaced with Seymour Duncans (2 Vintage Rails, 1 Vintage humbucker) to deal with light dimmer noise. Wore out the frets and replaced the neck to fix that (found on EBay for $35!). I have a "umbilical cord" to it with guitar cable, +9Vdc (powers the guitar) and MIDI cable, all bundled together and nylon-jacketed. Added a Hipshot Trem-setter to stabilize the tremolo.

Why have I done so much work to this guitar? It's the BEST guitar I've ever played in 38 years of playing! Neck feels right, great tone, switches/controls are right where they oughta be, pickup arrangement (2 singles, 1 tapped bridge humbucker) lets me dupe both Fenders and Gibsons, the MIDI tracking is good, and the built-in tuner is a great touch. It's been fun doing "keyboard" stuff and have the customers look for the piano onstage:-)

Currently I've got a problem with 5th string tracking (note rapidly repeats), trying to find a MG510 schematic, anybody out there got one? Voltage at the test jack TP5 looks good, so it's somewhere in the pitch-to-MIDI I think. The Troubadour Tech link to the service manual is now dead.....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-03-2004 at 13:57
Dan mears a professional user from UK writes:
This guitar was actually made by Ibanez a pretty respectable manufacturer it's funny how the name casio on the top makes people think it doesn't play well. It actually very nice just as a guitar. The Midi bit ( the Casio contribution) isn't too bad but midi guitar is an instrument in itself and one needs to learn the appropriate techniques

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-27-2003 at 16:34
Stu from USA writes:
I've had my Casio mg-510 for about15 years. It's a fun instrument to use as a controller (midi) or as a guitar. As a controller you need to play the instrument you are targetting. Don't try to play a piano as a guitar. The tracking is great, but don't expect guitar riffs with 64th notes to be synthesized. The only problem is getting reparis. Mine needs some work. The pickup switch is shot, the battery holder fell apart and I'd love to find a replacement for the bridge - the only thing I hate about the instrument. Every time I have to change a string it's a bitch. Finding that little hole is a nightmare. I couldn't imagine doing it for a live stage performance - I don't do those anymore. I use this instrument in my home MIDI studio. It's a wonderful instrument and helps annoy my wife to no end. If anyone knows of a parts distributer that can help me please let me know.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-20-2003 at 20:44
David Griffin a part-time user from UK writes:
I have owned a MG 500 for adout 15 years and a MG 510 for 2. OK so there can be some tracking problems but set them up well and they are minimal. I have used mide to create backing tracks on my PC and they have served me well. It gets better when you start to think like the instrument you are imitating. Pianists don't strum or bend notes. Saxaphones don't play chords. As a piano, play the left hand part or the right hand part, not both. Use a sequencer for that. Sequence short pieces and quantise them. Copy and paste the short pieces to make the full track. Be prepared to edit the mistakes. At the end of the day, a MIDI guitar and a PC makes an excelent musical sketch pad. Once the backing track has been created, it will last and it is easier than lerning the piano!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-22-2003 at 06:55
Frederick Tenca a part-time user from USA writes:
I notice that when I plugged in the AC the light got brighter, so I tried another battery that I got in a set of two, and it worked fine one bad battery. So I have a grate working Casio MG-510 Midi Guitar. And love it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-19-2003 at 01:42
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