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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Dru Rosander a professional user from USA writes:
Hey everyone...I'm just now entering the world of guitar synthitry (if thats a word?!?) and I just had a few quick easy questions IE can I run rack effects or floor pedals through it? Would it react better if it was closer to the neck? Is it ok to run it through a guitar amp? Can you run it through synth modules like the nord micro or roland jp8080 i have? If you know any of these or any other helpful hints you could bestow to an experimental player, please let me know i would be forever indebted!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-04-2001 at 15:57
Jesus Christ a professional user from US writes:
I got this sucker WITH the gk-2a pickup for about $500 at, and enjoy it.

You have to get to know it well first before you really enjoy. When you first get it, you love it because of it's possibilities of playing guitar+keyboard both at once. You then realize that it isn't as simple as a regular guitar, where some notes come in loud, or not at all. You then play it for a long while, and you adapt to it. You become better at playing the guitar with working with the gk-2a. You then enjoy it.

It's an aquired taste. The majority of guitarists would look at it as a novelty, much like the keyboardists. I play both instruments, so I thought it might bridge the gap. Instead, it makes something almost totally different, like a new instrument.

Most people will yell at the delay problem, especially when playing live. I noticed it, but it's not as severe as they make it out to be. You just need to get better at the instrument.

I enjoy the guitar out option so it now defeats having to chords come out from the guitar or using the same amp for keyboard and speaker. You can use a big guitar amp for the guitar, then say a KC-500 for the keyboard part.

Alright keyboard sounds, but it's a good thing it has MIDI. It could use a good expression pedal.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-04-2001 at 13:30
Mark Robinson a professional user from USA writes:
I recently purchased the GR30. After years of playing in rock & country rock bands without keyboards, I find this is absolutely the most fun I have ever had playing. Although the tracking can be a little bit of an issue for players doing some fast picking,it is well worth the trade off for the incredible versitility of the GR30. I can't wait to try the GR33.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-25-2000 at 22:23
BAGS a professional user from usa writes:
I think some one should cut to the chase.Why keep making mediocre pickup driven midi converters instead of someone coming out with an affordable midi guitar. It's been years since the Synthaxe came out and prices have come way done for synths/computers. Of course the reason is economics, if more guitar players demanded midi guitars there would be a market for it. This in mind, I've had this model for 2 years and previously owned the GM70/GK1. The GM30 is an improvement but there is the potential for so much more. The tracking is always a fight, it still feels/sounds 'glitchy', and the patches tend to sound the same. I use this live and often have to play keyboard, horn, and bass parts and many times the GM30 just can't respond. I also use this in my studio and though it's a step up from the GM70, it's still a struggle to put information into the computer.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-10-1999 at 13:31
Dragan Todorovic a professional user from Yugoslavia writes:
I bought GR30 at August, after three months waiting. It`s the best; here all

kind of guitar sunthesis are rare, but I tried everything what I found. I think that

Arpeggio should be better ( more resolutions), harmonist is excellent ( for our

folk music, especially for organs and accordeons). I want to exchange patches

with all owners of that great stuff; so, email me!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
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