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Synth Guitar. Discuss.

Postby christianrock » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:31 pm

So I might pick up a Roland GR-55 this week.
It's got both a guitar modeling amp (their latest COSM thingie) and a 2-part synth based on the latest Juno engine. Which I think sounds good (I've commented on the Juno-Di a while back - I thought it sounded pretty good).
A friend of mine has one and the tracking from the guitar is very good, it's come to a point that it tracks everything you do with the guitar - the bending, the vibrato, the harmonics, etc.
The guy wants to trade my Mesa Boogie DC-3 for it. Which is fair, I think.

I think I might do this.
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Postby ElectricPuppy » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:56 pm

DOOOO EEEEEET! :grin:

But, you know, it's a gee-tar, so I gots no opinion on the matter. I figure you just detune two strings, and then what?
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Postby christianrock » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:42 pm

Yes, it's a guitar processor (not a guitar). But it's also a synth! It's mind-boggling!

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Postby Plink Floyd » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:14 pm

I dunno, maaan... Meesa Boggies are mighty sweet amps. But again, I dunno much about it. I mean about gitsynths. Must you have a git with hex pups?

But I've always assumed that if someone plays guitar better than keys but still wants synthy sounds, y not? It's no different than this (from which I still get the big kick).

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Postby christianrock » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:18 pm

It comes with the hex pickup, it needs a special one cuz it's teh fastest guitar synth evah. Or something.

One of the cool sides of guitar synthing is that you can mix the guitar and synth sounds.
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Postby ClavAnother » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:04 am

I thought the gr300 was teh fastest.
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Postby Plink Floyd » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:17 am

They r both GR8.
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Postby ClavAnother » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:36 am

srsly, wats not to :love:.?


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Postby Plink Floyd » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:19 am

I looked up some demos. That thing does more than I though it did.

But watch out for the douchewank syndrome:

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Postby christianrock » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:45 pm

After reading lotsa reviews, I think I'm gonna end up passing it.

Apparently the presets are pretty cheesy for the most part, and if you want to get good sounds out of it, you have to put a lot of time and effort - especially since they never made a computer editor. And with 3 small kids, time and effort programming through endless menus, is something I don't really have. I'd rather play when I have time.

Also, it seems like my DC-3 might be worth a little bit more than a used GR-55. But it's not in great shape (the main volume button broke off, but that should be a cheap plastic button to replace it. And the back is open, I already got it like that, it was an amp that was gigged a lot).

Clav: your axe looks fantax-tic :)
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Postby selfinflikted » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:00 pm

In the pic: What is the bar from the body to the stock for? Does it have synth controls on it?
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Postby ElectricPuppy » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:07 pm

That's the panty-dropping bar. Chicks dig it.
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Postby selfinflikted » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:10 pm

ElectricPuppy wrote:That's the panty-dropping bar. Chicks dig it.


Then I have no use for such shens.
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Postby ElectricPuppy » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:35 pm

Oh! Right. Uhhhh then it's the boxer-dropping bar? yes. Let's go with that. :grin:

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Postby christianrock » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:38 pm

Crap. I keep going back and forth, can't decide if I want this or not :lol:

Sometimes I think it's the coolest thing, sometimes I think I won't use it's no longer the new toy.
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Postby selfinflikted » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:43 pm

ElectricPuppy wrote:DROP ALL THE UNDIES.


This.

So, in all thuper theriouthneth (super seriousness), what is that bar for?
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Postby selfinflikted » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:45 pm

christianrock wrote:Crap. I keep going back and forth, can't decide if I want this or not :lol:

Sometimes I think it's the coolest thing, sometimes I think I won't use it's no longer the new toy.


I will have to listen to a demo of it tonight. I meant to do it last night but got busy talking to my upstairs neighbor who has a Camaro and who has also been having issues with people denting his car.

Tonight, I will listen.
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Postby soundwave106 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:22 am

christianrock wrote:Crap. I keep going back and forth, can't decide if I want this or not :lol:
Sometimes I think it's the coolest thing, sometimes I think I won't use it's no longer the new toy.


It does have MIDI Out, right? So at least you aren't *completely* limited to the cheesy preset sounds.

Alternatively, you could get a Korg MS-20 Mini, which is TEH ANALOG COOLNESS or something. (And, from what I understand, is completely useless at tracking. :lol: )
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Postby Plink Floyd » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:41 am

soundwave106 wrote:MS-20 Mini sux at tracking. :lol: )
Wut means this?
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Postby selfinflikted » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:01 pm

Plink Floyd wrote:Wut?
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