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Pouxe

Re: Post Your GK / VGuitar Pic Here!
« Reply #650 on: March 20, 2017, 02:23:27 PM »

I think, maybe a little more convenient when the cable comes below ? See my photos on the two Maybach above

Rodrigo Schwarz

Re: Post Your GK / VGuitar Pic Here!
« Reply #651 on: March 20, 2017, 03:31:57 PM »

I think, maybe a little more convenient when the cable comes below ? See my photos on the two Maybach above


Great idea, I should have installed this way!
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Pouxe

Re: Post Your GK / VGuitar Pic Here!
« Reply #652 on: March 21, 2017, 12:02:21 AM »

Hi,
In this case, don't forget to set the PU DIRECTION on REVERSE in the GK settings

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« Reply #653 on: March 25, 2017, 04:32:16 PM »

A few weeks ago I bought a used Charvelle guitar (made in China)  for $270. Pimped with Seymoure Duncan pickups (I pimped it with GK)...
It's great. Well worth the price!!! Charvelle is rare up here in the North.

I been playing like hell with it today, I'm a happy chap! ;D

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GuitarBuilder

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« Reply #654 on: March 27, 2017, 08:53:07 AM »

My recently revived 1979 Schecter with Roland STK-1 installed:



Details of the restoration: http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=20524.0

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Re: Post Your GK / VGuitar Pic Here!
« Reply #655 on: March 27, 2017, 06:42:05 PM »

Wow - so many Scholz rockmodules!
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« Reply #656 on: March 28, 2017, 03:49:12 PM »

Wow - so many Scholz rockmodules!

The top head is ADA: MP-1, MP-1 Classic, and MP-2.  They happen to use the same blue color as Rockman.

And yes, the bottom head has 10 Rockmodules in it.  About 30% of my total inventory.
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« Reply #657 on: April 07, 2017, 06:45:05 PM »




https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwex5E91aJJDb1VXeUpIR1pmNkU/view?usp=drivesdk

So, it's a GREAT guitar. I'm very happy.

It appears to be a DF824 with the GK-KIT installed. I'm not sure if they offered the GK-KIT as a production model. I do remember seeing another one pretty much the same in a sunburst color.

The previous owner swapped out the SD pickups and put in Dimarzios and they sound great! I'm really impressed with the tones available from this guitar. The previous owner did not wire the push/pull switch, so it is inactive. I'm trying to think of what I could use it for, but I'm very happy with the tones as-is.

I did have to rewire the GK-KIT. Their default installation at Parker omits the guitar signal from going down pin 7 of the 13 pin cable. That was a problem for me. Easy fix and now it works like a charm. I remember talking with Parker tech support back a few years ago and they had mentioned some issues with crosstalk between the Powerchip and the GK-KIT as the reason they omitted the pin 7 connection. I've never had a problem. It does get tricky since the Parker is already a stereo guitar and has the autosensing Powerchip. This makes the battery connection a bit tricky, but I have a few different ways around that.


Anyway, I couldn't be happier. It was a little bit pricey, but I feel I got an overall good deal. I did pay less than the asking price so I felt good about that. I'm just spoiled because I've been fortunate to get a lot of great deals on my Parkers.
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« Reply #658 on: April 09, 2017, 03:30:37 PM »

My remodeled and revised GC-1.  AllParts compound radius neck w/ stainless steel frets and Hipshot tuners.  Babicz tailpiece and block.  Plays like butter and sounds like a different instrument.  The OEM pickups are surprisingly good.






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Re: Post Your GK / VGuitar Pic Here!
« Reply #659 on: April 11, 2017, 08:06:39 AM »

Found an interesting Squier Strat GK-2A installation while searching GK Guitar pics  the net

https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/my-squier-roland-gk-2a-synth-mod.134539/













My Squier Roland GK-2a synth mod
Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by Misfit, Dec 11, 2011.

Hi DIY'ers,
I just rescued some photo's off my old mobile phone that I took during my last "upgrade" hack to my '88 MIK Squier strat, that I'd like to share.

In the early nineties I had already replaced the bridge pup with a black SD Hot Rails, and the saddles with graphite but those were the only upgrades thusfar.
In '03 I bought a guitar synth, the Roland GR-33, and attached the GK-2a pickup with the supplied adhesive tape to the PG and the controller unit to the strap button, sitting like a big wart on top of the body.
During the following years, I really grew into using this setup for my home recordings; it's just so easy to sketch out arrangements with a multitrack recorder -without putting the guitar down.
But the guitar wouldn't fit in a case anymore, and the big plastic controller unit (and its wiring) always seemed to be in the way. Especially when I wanted to use the strat as a "regular" guitar. And you can't just take it off and put it back on in a couple of minutes.
Since the guitar needed a good overhaul anyway (new volume pot, trem setup, intonation), I decided to try to integrate the GK into the body.

Not much to lose; I don't expect the resale value to ever exceed the sentimental value. So I took my (manual) woodworking tools to the body. I was surprised to find a solid wood underneath; sort-of expected plywood. It's a really light-colored soft wood, I suspect basswood. It was really easy to work, no splintering.

Took apart the controller unit, and added a hole to its case to feed the cable in through the side. Un-soldered the Guitar-IN mini-jack from the PCB, and replaced it with a cable (to be connected to the switching jack connector I've putt in place of the regular output jack - when there is no regular guitar cable plugged in, the regular strat output is sent to the GK2a)
Sanded the poly up a bit, gave it a layer of primer and then a couple of layers of rattle-can black. It's a satin with a plasticky feel to it; a bit like a car dashboard.
Put the whole thing together and to my relief it all works well! Have been using it for 2 years. Got myself an American Standard as new #1 in the meantime, but the Squier is the foundation of my home recording setup and hopefully in the near future my live looping setup.
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Re: Post Your GK / VGuitar Pic Here!
« Reply #660 on: April 11, 2017, 06:24:51 PM »






Jerry Garcia's Rosebud Guitar with GK-1 Hex PU
http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-news/jerry-garcia%E2%80%99s-tiger-and-rosebud-look-last-guitars-he-played-onstage/%0924864

Jerry Garcia’s Tiger and Rosebud: A Look at the Last Guitars He Played Onstage
Posted 07/02/2015 by Christopher Scapelliti


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Jerry Garcia’s Tiger and Rosebud: A Look at the Last Guitars He Played Onstage
This weekend, the Grateful Dead will reunite for what is being billed as their final concerts.
From July 3 through 5, guitarists Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will reunite, along with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, for three shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the site of the band’s last concert with legendary Dead cofounder Jerry Garcia on July 9, 1995.


With Grateful Dead’s last stand on the horizon, we thought this was a good time to celebrate the genius of Garcia, that band’s heart and soul.
We could talk about Jerry’s playing, but instead we want to look at a pair of instruments that were near and dear to him: the Doug Irwin creations Tiger and Rosebud. These were the last two guitars Garcia played onstage, when he made what would be his final performance 20 years ago at Soldier Field.
Tiger (1979)
In 1972, Garcia began a long association with Irwin when he purchased a guitar called Eagle from the luthier. Garcia liked the guitar so much that he placed a custom order with Irwin. That guitar—dubbed Wolf, for the cartoon wolf sticker Garcia had originally applied below its bridge—was completed in 1973. When Garcia went to pick it up, he was so impressed by it that he placed an order for another custom guitar before leaving.
Wolf became Garcia’s main instrument for the next four years, during which time he asked Irwin to make several modifications, including a buffered effect loop that let him wire his effect pedals to the guitar and bypass them with a switch. Eventually, though, Wolf was replaced by the guitar that Garcia had ordered back in 1973, when he’d received Wolf. That guitar was Tiger, which he received in July 1979.
Garcia had given Irwin total freedom with Tiger, and he was not disappointed. The guitar was beautiful, with contrasting layers of tone woods, including cocobolo, maple and vermillion. Detailed pearl inlays on the body’s back and fretboard heightened the guitar’s status as a work of art.
But Tiger was also a testament to Irwin’s technical innovation. The guitar’s coil-tap switches, five-position pickup selector, unity gain buffer, effect loop and other controls gave Garcia the freedom to craft a broad range of tones from the DiMarzio pickups, which included Dual Sound humbuckers in the middle and bridge positions and an SDS-1 in the neck (the Dual Sounds were replaced in 1982 with DiMarzio Super IIs).
“There are 12 discrete possible voices that are all pretty different,” Garcia said of Tiger’s electronics. That tonal power is the reason Tiger was his main guitar for the next 11 years, a continuous run longer than that of any other guitar Garcia played.
Rosebud (1990)
Rosebud was Tiger’s replacement, and Garcia considered it to be Irwin’s masterpiece. While it bore similarities to Tiger, it featured a very different complement of electronic components. These included three humbuckers and a Roland GK-2 hexaphonic guitar synth pickup. Irwin mounted the GK-2’s MIDI and synth controls on the guitar for ease of use. The guitar also had hollow body cavities that reduced its weight by two pounds.
Rosebud’s MIDI features were key to its versatility. Garcia had begun using guitar synths in the Eighties when he installed a Roland hexaphonic pickup on his Wolf guitar. In Rosebud, Garcia finally had one instrument with all the features he’d sought, allowing him to play a broad range of guitar tones as well as external sounds via MIDI.
Rosebud was eventually succeeded by a replica of Tiger called Lightning Bolt, built by luthier Stephen Cripe. The guitar takes its name from the Grateful Dead lightning bolt, which adorns the cover plate below the bridge. But when it came time for the Dead to play Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9, 1995—Garcia’s last gig with the group—Lightning Bolt was in the shop for repairs. In its place was Rosebud. When the guitar began to suffer technical problems midway through the show, Garcia pulled out Tiger, playing his last notes onstage with the guitar that had been with him longer than any other instrument.
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