Vintage Roland Guitar Synthesizer Resource
Webmaster: Wayne Scott Joness
I purchased my first vintage GR rig in 1985, a Roland GR-700 system. I was in a "cutting edge" college band in Charlottesville (University of Virginia), called "His Boy Elroy" with my best friend Stuart Wamsley on bass, and our drummer Fred who played Simmons Syndrums!
But get this: we were not the first guitar synth band in C'ville! We were overshadowed by the immensely talented trio Rude Buddah that included Brian Daley who played a metallic blue Roland G-505 guitar and GR-300. Brian was joined by Jenny Wade on bass, and Spencer Lathrop on drums. At the time, they seemed to come out of nowhere, juiced on pure creativity, though in retrospect Brian had a pretty heavy King Crimson influence.
Since college I have continued to work in music, and now live in Los Angeles and specialize in direct response marketing music, though I have also toured nationally with Jane Powell as keyboardist and guitarist, composed songs, scored films, and worked for a period of years as a sound editor. As a life-long electronic experimenter (I started UVA as an engineer), I began making interfaces for vintage and modern guitar synthesizers about a decade ago, and continue to tinker with gadgets to bridge between the great vintage Roland guitar synth technology and most recent guitar synthesizer innovations from Roland, like the GR-55 and VG-99.