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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Paca Thomas a professional user from USA writes:
Just upped from the GR-30 to the GR-33 and am most impressed! The sound pallette, though somewhat standard vanilla flavor in professional synthland (the long out of production JV1080) gets a very nice fresh coat of paint as guitar-player oriented fodder. And it it's leagues beyond the colors that the GR-30 can muster up. Programming is more like real "grown-ups" tweakage, and the interface is simpler, and more intuitive than both the GR-30 and the 1080! And everything you've heard about the tracking is true; it feels about twice as fast as the older model ( I may be crazy, but it seems as if it reads the first pluck of the low strings, then corrects the lag somewhat for the successive plucks) and is far less likely to give you those stange, annoying greeps! and glerps! that the GR-30 was so happy to dish out to a less-than- agile performance (mine, frequently). Very forgiving. Small gripe: They're putting guitar processors in everything but shoes nowadays, why not a little bit of Boss tech in the box for the source guitar signal; not just a send-return for external schmutz. This is, afterall, a Guitar Synth. Really like it a geat deal!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-25-2002 at 03:32
Dean a part-time user from USA writes:
This thing is great, the trigerring is good if you set up the pickup correctly and the sounds are good an useable. I have used the Gr-33 exclusivley for synth sounds on my latest recordings. the nice thing about it is that it's very verstile so what I do with it probablly far different from what other do. If you want to hear some of my work using the GR-33 go to

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-08-2002 at 21:49
Terry G a part-time user from England writes:
I've had three MIDI guitars before the GR 33 two casio 510s using a MT 32 expander and a casio PG300 with built in expander the GR 33 is by far the best, instant triggering the only gripe is the FX dont work when playing normal guitar sounds, marks 4 out of 5 because of this.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-04-2002 at 17:19
Dave Stokes a part-time user from Scotland, UK writes:
The GR33 is a good, convenient, easy to use guitar synth. You have to play fairly cleanly to get the best tracking, but it has some great gadgets, such as the arpeggiator and harmonist. The built in FX work only on the synth and not on the guitar sound(why not both Roland ?) The internal sounds are good, but can be made much better with some tweaking, organs, strings and ambient synth type sounds are excellent, didgeridoo on guitar, no problem !!I'm happy with this guitar synth, definitely the best Roland have produced, but try before you buy, guitar synths dont suit everyones style of playing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-04-2001 at 06:31
Dale Dunphy a part-time user from Eastern Canada writes:
I have had the GR-33 for about 10 months now - totally awesome. Best sounds are the Organ (complete with leslie sounds), pianos, harmonica and variety of horns - the breathy sax is incredible.

I am now using the unit with my Godin LGXT (synth ready guitar) and a Boss GT-3 - who could want for more?

As most have said, getting used to playing the unit to avoid mis-tracks takes some time, but I have mostly overcome this learning curve.

Check out the link to Thomas Werhle's GrapeLight GR-33 patch editor at

Have fun.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-24-2001 at 23:29
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