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Offline tjinca1

What's the difference between a GK2 and GK3 pickup?
« on: August 06, 2008, 01:22:34 PM »
I've been searching for a roland ready guitar for my VG88, and I see some guitars have the GK2 pickup, where on my current guitar I have the GK3 taped on.  What is the difference between the pickups? 
« Last Edit: August 17, 2016, 02:07:14 PM by Elantric »

Offline Brent Flash

Re: What's the difference between a GK2 and GK3 pickup?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2008, 01:26:21 PM »
The GK-3 has an adjustable radius. That's about it.

Offline Schnitz

Re: What's the difference between a GK2 and GK3 pickup?
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2008, 01:32:59 PM »
What's the radius on the GK2?
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Offline Brent Flash

Re: What's the difference between a GK2 and GK3 pickup?
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008, 01:46:00 PM »
What's the radius on the GK2?
I don't know but it is used on this guitar that has a 9.5 inch Radius.

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Offline vanceg

Re: What's the difference between a GK2 and GK3 pickup?
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2008, 02:24:49 PM »
I don't know what the specific radius is on the GK-2, but I happen to own 4 of them and I use them with great success on a Strat, A Baritone set up a lot like a Jazzmaster, a LesPaul Recording (1970's), and a Honer Steinberger copy.  Using the sensitivity settings I can get the GK-2 to work pretty much everywhere.

Vance

Offline joerobot

Re: What's the difference between a GK2 and GK3 pickup?
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2015, 02:46:19 PM »
I am hoping to make a 13 pin - 5 pin MIDI multiplexer for my Roland GK-2A pickup, but can't find the right electrical specifications. Looking at the pinout of the Roland 13 pin DIN connector I see that it requires a +/-7V voltage supply.

1) What is a typical current draw of the GK-2?
2) Any ideas for a component that can deliver these requirements? I'm looking at the LT3032..

Thanks

Offline admsustainiac

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Offline joerobot

Re: What's the difference between a GK2 and GK3 pickup?
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2015, 06:41:22 AM »
Thanks for the response.

From Elantric's post, it looks like LM317 and LM337 are a good choice for the voltage regulators.

I couldn't find any information on a typical current draw though? It would be nice to find this out if I eventually move on to powering the unit with batteries. (Admittedly I could measure it myself but I am working with a very minimal setup and not very good equipment)

Thanks
Joe