Started by Bill Ruppert, January 18, 2012, 03:40:43 PM
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Quote from: Chumly on November 20, 2020, 11:41:24 AMHere's the pix from the seller, I cannot see any direct reference to GK2A or GK3
Quote from: jipegonzo on June 01, 2021, 06:13:14 AMhi there !any opinion about Fender stratocaster roland ready first generation (1999) with Gk-2 ? thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu !
Quote from: gumbo on June 01, 2021, 07:48:09 AMNothing wrong with that...as long as everything works..BTW, no matter WHAT people say, most (later) GC-1 Strats use the same GK internals... ...which means you pay a lot more for the privilege of one more fret..It's basically a standard Mexican Strat with about a couple hundred bucks (retail, new) of GK bits inside, so don't let anyone get too carried away with what they think it's worth 22 years later.The factory wiring was usually fairly elementary (but fixable with a soldering iron and some decent cable), the S1 & S2 switches are ghastly, overly big inside and can come unglued (yes, unglued!) from the underside of the pickguard, the two short countersunk head black M3 bolts that hold the Roland jack to the black plastic rectangular mounting plate were factory assembled WITHOUT spring washers so they usually lose their small M3 nuts inside the guitar which eventually stick to the underside of one of the pickups so you don't hear them rattle any more...and as a result, heavy-handedness when inserting a jackplug ends up cracking/breaking the mounting plate near the remaining M3 bolt...this becomes a pain to fix when half the jack mounting plate has disappeared in tiny bits inside the guitar.The jack mounting plate is NOT available any more as a replacement part...The pickup itself, with its attached white plastic cover is also NO LONGER available as a replacement part, as was only ever fitted to the R-R Strat, the GC-1 Strat, the VG Strat and the G5 Strat....good luck finding one from somewhere if you find you need one.Retro-fitting a 'normal' GK2A pickup (if you can find one second-hand from an External Unit) is possible but messy, and leaves the pickguard looking a bit shabby.....Retro-fitting a (later) G3 pickup to the original mainboard inside the guitar is likely to cause you performance problems. as there is an impedance mis-match between the two systems.If you are up against a GK failure, you would be better advised to either purchase a complete new GK3 Internal Kit and install that (quite possible, but a lot of screwing around) or look for another, different solution via another platform altogether.BTW, most people also seem to think that the original MAG pickups that came with the guitar are fairly Ho Hum, and could benefit from being replaced with a set of something nicer.BUT...all that being said, if you find a good example that hasn't had the $#1! beaten out of it during the intervening years, they can be a nice guitar... ...I have two of them, and I don't bitch about them all that much...but I think I ended up with ones that were in good condition to start with. YMMV....HTH Cheers,Peter
Quote from: philjynx on June 10, 2021, 04:43:41 AMMaybe what you need is here?https://fendercustomersupport.microsoftcrmportals.com/en-US/knowledgebase/category/?id=CAT-01018 When the page finally loads (it is reallly slow for me) put 'Roland' in its search box, a number of models will come up.
Quote from: MrJim65 on November 18, 2023, 12:10:28 AMI have searched throughout the forum first so this isn't too frivolous a question I hope....So I have a GC-1 upgraded with bare knuckle apache pickups and it sounds rather lovely at least to my ears but the tremolo isn't especially inviting and the tuning is pretty unreliable:-I've also upgraded to locking tuners. I've read on here a lot of recommendations for the Super-Vee Bladerunner tremolo system and am intrigued by this. But I've also seen a lot online about the Vega Trem system as an upgrade for strats yet not on here. Is there a reason why the Bladerunner is so specifically recommended for the GC-1?Thanks, Jim