Roland has begun shipping the GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer and the GK-3 Divided Pickup. The GR-20’s new interface allows it to operate more like an effects pedal, according to the company. Sounds can be selected using the Bank knob to choose a category (such as Strings/Orchestral, Brass, Bass/Guitar, Organ/Keyboard, Synth/Lead, or Rhythm and Percussion loops). Individual sounds can be selected using the Value dial. The system offers 48-note note polyphony.
Roland says the new GK-3 Divided Pickup is easy and safe to install and comes with a 1/4-inch jack for normal guitar input. The pickup’s adjustable curved design can be adapted to fit a variety of guitars, and the pickup's cable length can be adjusted by coiling it inside the controller unit. The GK-3 also includes a special attachment plate for use with Les Paul-style guitars.
Once installed, guitarists can blend their normal guitar tone with the GR-20’s synthesizer sounds using a large knob on the pickup. Roland’s Patch Link function allows the user to pair the GR-20 with a MIDI-capable multi-effects processor, such as the Boss GT-6. For more details, visit www.rolandus.com.