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Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer with GK-3 Pickup (Black)

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This is a special order item and is non-cancelable and non-returnable. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment.

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You Pay: $899.00
Product Highlights
  • PCM Synthesizer and COSM Guitar Modeling
  • Over 900 Tones
  • 270 Presets
  • Lightning-Fast Tracking
  • Accurate Pitch Detection
  • Multi-Effects
  • Phrase Looper
  • Easy to Use
  • USB Connectivity
  • Includes GK-3 Divided Pickup

The GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer with GK-3 Pickup from Roland is a fast reacting and accurate guitar synthesizer for use with the included GK3 pickup attached to any type of electric guitar. Guitars are not normally thought of as synthesizer controllers, but the company has been pursuing this concept for many years. When paired with the GK-3 pickup, any electric guitar can trigger the sounds of the tone module with imperceptible latency, a huge consideration when playing live. Pitch detection is also very accurate.

The triple-core generator houses an array of virtual guitars, basses, amplifiers, and synthesizer voices, delivered by two PCM synthesizers containing over 900 tones, along with COSM guitar modeling. Using the simple category buttons, the onboard ready-to-use presets (270, plus 297 user) can easily be auditioned, either on stage or in the studio.

The GR-55 connects the guitarist to desktop music production with two USB ports. The rear-panel port can be used for MIDI/audio data communication, while the side-panel port is dedicated to real-time playback of audio files from a USB memory device (sold separately). Foot control of USB audio playback is available, so that hands never need to leave the guitar.

The GK-3 Divided Pickup attaches to any steel-stringed electric (no drilling necessary) and delivers accurate performance data to the GR-55, sending individual signals from each guitar string to the device. The pickup's slim-line design enables ideal placement on the guitar, while a big and smooth GK knob and Select Switch allow for changing from synthesizer, to normal guitar tone, or using both mixed together.


Fusion of guitar synthesis and powerful COSM guitar modeling
Up to four sound sources at a time - two PCM synthesizer tones, plus COSM guitar modeling and normal guitar input
Easy to use and easy to play with hundreds of great, ready-to-use sounds for rock or pop guitarists
Advanced Roland technology provides superb sound quality and lightning-fast processing
Over 900 of Roland's latest fully editable PCM sounds, including pianos, organs, strings, vintage synthesizers, and much more
COSM guitar and amp modeling
Two types of multi-effects engines, plus global reverb, chorus, and delay effects, and an onboard looper
Built-in USB audio player with foot control


Mounts easily on any steel-stringed electric without damage to the guitar
Attachment accessories include double-sided tapes, holder to secure the controller unit, and special attachment plate for installing the pickup unit to Les Paul-type guitars
Adjustable pickup cable length
1/4" phone jack for normal guitar input
Adjustable Curve Design adjusts the curvature of the pickup unit to the curvature of the guitar strings
Sound Generator PCM: 2 tones
Modeling: 1 tone
Tones PCM: 910 types
Modeling: 23 types (guitar mode), 17 types (bass mode)
Effect Variations MFX (Multi-Effects): 20 types
AMP (Preamp): 42 types
MOD (Modulation): 14 types
DELAY: 7 types
REVERB: 5 types
CHORUS: 4 types
EQ: 1 type
Presets Guitar Mode
Preset: 270 + User: 297

Bass Mode
Preset: 90 + User: 297
AD Conversion 24-bit (GK Pickup)
24-bit + AF method (Normal Pickup) 1
Please Note:

AF (Adaptive Focus) method is a proprietary method from Roland and BOSS that vastly improves the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of the A/D and D/A converters

DA Conversion 24-bit
Sampling Rate 44.1kHz
Inputs GR-55
1 x 13-pin DIN GK

1 x 1/4" TS phone Pickup input jack
Outputs 1 x 1/4" TS phone Guitar
2 x 1/4" TS phone Output Left/Mono, Right
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphones
Output Impedance 2kΩ
Nominal Output Level -10dBu
Other Connectors GR-55
2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI IN/OUT
1 x USB Computer
1 x USB Memory Stick (for USB Memory Audio Player playback)
1 x DC In

1 x GK connector
External Storage Sys-Ex
Display GR-55
Graphic LCD 240 x 64 dots

Power Indicator
Power Requirements 9 VDC via external adapter 2
Please Note:

700 mA current draw

Dimensions (WxDxH) GR-55
16 x 9.6 x 3.1" (405 x 244 78 mm)

GK-3 Body
3.4 x 2.9 x 0.9" (87 x 74 x 23mm)
GK-3 Pickup
4.1 x 0.3 x 0.4" (102 x 8 x 9mm)
Weight GR-55
7.3 lb (3.3 kg)

GK-3 Body
3 oz (100g)
Specialties USB Memory Audio Player file format - WAV, AIFF
Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer with GK-3 Pickup (Black)
  • External Power Supply
  • GK-3 Pickup with Various Attachment Accessories
  • 16.4 ft (5m) GK Cable
  • Normal Guitar Cable
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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