Roland GR-55S-BK Guitar Synth

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Roland GR-55S-BK Guitar Synth


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Manufacturer's ID: GR-55S-BK

What we say:

Roland have always been trailblazers in the world of the guitar synth. Since players like Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew decided to explore new territories with their newly acquired GR-300 systems back in the early 80s, guitar synthesis has been an area for maverick players and artists prepared to push the envelope forward in terms of art and expression.

Guitar Synths allow you to perform note groupings and pitches that are otherwise impossible, not to mention tones and textures that are completely un-guitar-like! Guitar synthesis has come a long way since the early 80s and can be considered a viable and powerful asset to the bold guitarist seeking new sonic landscapes.

The GR-55 is Roland's most advanced guitar synthesis unit yet. Tracking, always an issue with guitars, has been improved greatly and pitch detection has been refined with new technology to be more accurate than ever. The actual sounds contained within are top class and very varied: there are over 900 sounds on here from strings and brass to vintage 'analogue' synths, ethnic instruments and a whole range of unorthodox tones, textures and rhythmic pulses.

Power like this requires a special type of pickup to turn the raw audio into data. Roland's own GK-3 is the industry standard model so you'll need to already have one of these if you buy this option (we have another option to buy the GR-55 together with a GK-5 in a pack too). It's a hexaphonic pickup that slides under your strings near the bridge and has it's own raised control panel that sits on top of your guitar. Not everybody will love that but others like the sci-fi modded look and we reckon it's a small price to pay for such exotic power.


Sound Generator PCM: 2 tones
  Modeling: 1 tone
Tones PCM: 910 types
  Modeling: 23 types (guitar mode)
  17 types (bass mode)
Effects 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
Patch Memory Guitar mode
  Preset: 270 + User: 297
  Bass mode
  Preset: 90 + User: 297
AD Conversion 24-bit (GK Pickup)
  24-bit + AF method ** (Normal Pickup)
DA Conversion 24-bit
Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz
Nominal Output Level OUTPUT jacks: -10 dBu
  GUITAR OUT jack: -10 dBu
Output Impedance OUTPUT jacks: 2 k ohms
  GUITAR OUT jack: 2 k ohms
USB Memory Audio Player File Format: WAV, AIFF
Display Graphic LCD 240 x 64 dots
Connectors GK IN connector (13 pins DIN type)
  GUITAR OUT jack (1/4-inch phone type)
  OUTPUT L/MONO, R jacks (1/4-inch phone type)
  PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4-inch phone type)
  MIDI connectors (IN, OUT) (5-pin DIN type)
  USB COMPUTER connector (supports Hi-Speed USB, USB MIDI and USB Audio)
  USB MEMORY connector (supports Hi-Speed USB Flash Memory)
  DC IN jack
Power Supply DC 9 V
Accessories AC adaptor
  Owner's manual
  Divided pickup (GK-3) (only for GK included model)
  GK cable (5 m) (only for GK included model)
Width 405 mm / 16 inches
Depth 244 mm / 9-5/8 inches
Height 78 mm / 3-1/8 inches
Weight 3.3 kg / 7 lbs. 5 oz.

Firmware Update Ver.1.50 introduces the following features

  • New preset patches, including 90 guitar and 18 bass patches.

Customer reviews

Overall Rating 5 (3 reviews)

Amazing piece of kit,2 synth plus modelling and effects, Easy editing and the depth of control is awesome,

david h. - 11/10/2020

Great unit, Roland's usual high standards. It incorporates a wide selection of sounds that you can adapt to all genres of musical taste, I'm still working my way through the catalogue of sounds!!

Stephen O. - 8/6/2020

No nonsense sale, excellent Roland product

antony b. - 29/6/2019

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