- GS-500 Video Playlist featuring Terje Rypdal - Luc Bertels hipped me to videos of Terje Rypdal using the Roland GR-500 and GS-500.
- Roland GR-700 and GR-77B AB-700 Case - Image gallery with 12 photos of the rare official Roland factory road case.
- Xotica EA-1 with Roland Ready Guitar Graph Tech Ghost Pickups - Detailed information on this very rare, Rland ready 13-pin Acoustic/Electric Roland guitar synthesizer controller.
- Factory Blue Roland GS-500 - Last year while visiting Japan I stumbled upon a factory BLUE Roland GS-500 in a Tokyo music store! Check out the exclusive photos published for the first time.
- Sounds of the GR-77B! New video posted featuring a layered bass combination of the Roland MKS-70 (same sound engine as the GR-77B) and the GR-77B.
- Pat Metheny Extended Interview - I tracked down the original Guitarist Magazine, May 1985, and have posted the complete interview with Pat Metheny. The previous interview was an abbreviated version.
- GR-300 Synthcheck - A detailed 2000 word review from "The Complete Music Magazine", dated November 1980
- Gibson Explorer - Finally! A home for one of the rarer custom Gibson vintage Roland guitar synth controllers
- Jimmy Page - Vintage 1985 magazine ad featuring the guitar legend and his G-707/GR-700 rig!
- LPK-1 Installation Diagram thanks to John Doucette for emailing the scans.
- GK-20 Schematic - 13-pin Guitar Switcher, Schematic ready for download
- Filter/Buffer Schematic - Schematic ready for download.
- Roland GR-700 and GR-77B Updates: From the Roland User Group Archives, a complete MIDI guitar and MIDI bass system profile!
- Roland GR-77B Updates: Finally! The Roland GR-77B and G-77 pages have been updated. Be sure to check out the G-77 page as well.
- Vintage Roland G-505 and GR-300 combination magazine advertisement.
- GR-700 One Step Beyond!: From the 1985 Roland User Group Magazine
- GR-700 4x Memory Expansion!: Easy to do, super DIY Memory Expansion!
- Ibanez IMG2010 and MC1: Updated! High-Res Brochure from 1985
- G-707 Steve Hunter: Vintage Product Review from 1985, Part 2!
- G-707 Steve Hunter: Vintage Product Review from 1985, Part 1
- GR-500 Steve Hackett: Vintage Product Review from 1978!
- GR-500 Patch Sheet: Original Blank Patch Sheet
- GR-500 - Solo Voice Tuning : Adendum on Tuning the Solo Section
- GR-300 Filter Mod: LFO to Filter Modification
- GR-300 Output Mod: Increase the output of your GR-300!
- GR-55 Schematics, Service Notes: Full factory service notes for the Roland GR-55
- Ibanez MIU8: Specs, photos, details on the rarest of rare!
- MIU8 Schematics: Schematics and Service Manual (pdf)!
- Korg Z3 Product Page: From early Product catalog!
- Hamer A7 Guitar: Added to the guitar pages, a tribute to the Hamer Phantom A7! Tubo Lover rocks!
- GR-500 24-pin Connector Change: Documentation of the change from the original, pin-type C24 connector to the much more common C24 positive (locking frame) connector.
Features and Specifications:
- Body: Maple/Walnut neck-thru-body construction
- Finish: Satin Amber
- Neck: Fast, ultra-thin profile
- Fingerboard: Ebony Fretboard with Creme Binding
- Frets: 24 Jumbo
- Bridge: Schecter/Gotoh Locking Tremolo System and Tuners
- Tuning machines: Schecter/Gotoh
- Pickups: EMG 81-TW (bridge) SA (neck and middle)
- Scale:25 1/2"
- Truss Rod: Dual, Adjustable
- Neck Width: 1 5/8"
- Weight: 9 lbs 4 oz
The EMG 81TW is a splitable variation the EMG81 pickup that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone was designed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut and fluid sustain. This pickup will make your leads slice right through even the densest mix.
The SA pickup combines the attributes of the early Strat sound but with an added midrange response and higher output, giving it "bell-like" ringing harmonics and increased sustain. One single Alnico bar magnet delivers classic overdrive with a smooth midrange distortion, while still retaining the familiar high-end of a single-coil pickup. These characteristics provide greater versatility than what is normally found in single-coil pickups.
In addition to the versatile features and guitar synth friendly construction, the Stiletto Classic is very easy on the eyes with a body using highly figured maple wings. The Stiletto Classic has a powerful and elegant appearance.
The original guitar electronics have been modified using authentic EMG and Roland parts. The original guitar volume and tone controls have been consolidated onto a single concentric controller, using the EMG A25KX2 control pot. In the position of the original guitar volume control is the Roland GK synth volume control. And a spring-loaded toggle switch has been added to send Roland GK S1 and S2 commands. The Stiletto Classic still has the ability to split the output coils on the 81 TW humbucker, but the coil split switch has been stashed underneath the pick guard. The player can choose to install the switch at any time by simply drilling a hole and mounting the switch. The current configuration of controls was selected to keep control panel clutter to a minimum.
Careful observers will notice the GK-3 divided pickup is mounted "backwards." This was to keep the extension arm away from the hand when palm muting. This is, incidentally, the same way Roland mounted the pickup on the rare Roland GC-10 guitar synthesizer controller. Normally, this would require the GK setting to also be reversed. However, when the pickup was installed, the wires from the GK pickup were also reversed, restoring the original polarity of the GK-3 pickup. Also, the GK-3 LED was not installed, and the gtr/gtr+synth/synth switch was not installed. These parts are included if the buyer wants to add them to the guitar.
On the side of the guitar is both the 13-pin and standard guitar output. When the guitar is attached to a powered Roland 13-pin synthesizer, the active EMG electronics get their power from the Roland synthesizer.
When a 1/4” cable is plugged into the guitar, an internal 9 volt battery supplies power to the active EMG pickups.
Warning: do not have a 1/4” cable plugged in and powered Roland synthesizer active at the same time. In this circumstance, the EMG pickups will be receiving power from both the Roland synth and battery at the same time, which can potentially cause damage.
The battery supplies +9 volts of power, but the Roland synth supplies +7 volts of power. As a results, there is a very slight hiss, or loss of headroom when using the Roland synth power. If you want to separate the EMG power supply from the Roland power supply, this is a very simple modification. Just disconnect the (one) red power wire that connects the EMG power supply to the +7 volts on the Roland.
I experimented with this when I was first trying out configurations. In the video clip, at 10 seconds, you hear the EMG pickups as powered by the +7 volts, and they sound very, very clean (this point is at the closeup of my fingers after playing the main theme). I would suggest this: before making the modification, play it yourself and see if you can hear anything that needs changing. For me, I liked the convenience of not having to rely on an internal 9 volt battery.
Review From Ultimate Guitar Forum:
"the schecter stilletto classic is, simply put, the most amazing versatile, and beautiful guitar i have ever had the pleasure of playing. this is the guitar i have been searching for my entire life. i play a 1972 gibson les paul and a frankenstein strat with a 57 body and an 80s maple neck with a roller nut. niether one comes close."
GK PU Type: GK-3
Guitar Scale: ST
GK PU Phase: Normal
GK PU Direction: Normal
S1, S2 POS: Normal
|Pickup - Bridge
1st - 23.0 mm
2nd - 24.0 mm
3rd - 25.0 mm
4th - 23.0 mm
5th - 24.0 mm
6th - 25.0 mm
1st - 56
2nd - 46
3rd - 35
4th - 45
5th - 42
6th - 58