I like it when it sounds like a guitar synth and don't necessarily want to emulate 'real' instruments.
Absolutely agree. To me, the guitar synth is a new instrument in itself, and its sonic capabilities must reflect that.
I don't like too neat and clean sounds.
My feelings exactly. I find a lot of the softsynths from nowadays too clinical, especially from a guitar player perspective (I guess we are used to a bit of grain or dirt coming out from our instrument). That's one of the reasons why I haven't stepped into the tripleplay yet (not the only reason).
Yes the sounds are cheesy but the manual hands on ADSR and cut off and reso are fantastic at creating really out there unique sounds
Also agree. GR-1 sounds are very dated, but manually editing is a breeze, and that fact opens a great amount of possibilities for the open minded guitar player. Compared to it, the sonic palette of the GR-55 is wider and more "contemporary", but editing the sounds is tedious and not intuitive at all. In the end, there's a danger of ending using only presets in order to not to mess with the menus. Not ideal for the sonic adventurer.
And for the price GR-1s can be had nowadays, it's a winner.