#1
So I was talking to my friend, an electrical engineer, and we were discussing guitar mods. I have a Squier Strat that I don't care much about so we were talking about some ideas that were pretty "out there." One such idea that I found really interesting was his suggestion that I turn my guitar into a midi guitar, as in I play a note and the output goes through a midi controller or something and I can synthesize many different sounds.

I was just wondering how feasible this actually is, or if anyone has tried or heard of such a thing (and if so, do they sound any good?).
#3
Ok so how does that thing work... is it just a pedal you plug into, or do you have to do some wiring, or what? When I was talking about it to my friend we talked about changing the physical guitar in some way, and he said something about a midi controller... would that be the equivalent to the "pedal"? I don't really know much about this as you can see.
#5
If you already have a Squier, is there any possible way you can "waste" it? (Especially because I have 2 guitars that are way better)

Anyway I thought it would be an interesting way to get around not having a full time keyboardist. anyone else have thoughts on this idea?
#6
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sounds like such a horrible waste of a guitar
Great advice.

Maybe you should have given the same advice to Fender and Roland before they started selling all those GK equipped Stratocasters.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Standard-Roland-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=517909

You could have saved them from having to wonder what to do with all the money they made.
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#7
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I was just wondering how feasible this actually is, or if anyone has tried or heard of such a thing (and if so, do they sound any good?).


It is extremely feasible, and actually it isn't that uncommon. There are a number of companies that make the pick-ups you can install and actually a few guitars which come with them. I think Ritchie Blackmore started messing around with them in the 70's or 80's and Neil Morse uses them.

The tracking isn't supposed to be very good on a lot of them. I actually got interested in the Shadow Electronics one yesterday looking up about the Nanomag. Neil Morse uses it and it is supposed to have much better tracking, but I haven't really found out much about it.

In terms of how good they sound, it is a midi controller, just like a keyboard, so they sound however good as the midi processor they are controlling. The main thing to look into is tracking, which seems to be the main problem with a lot of the units. I have also heard they can be a real pain to set up properly, but I haven't gotten a chance to really try any out yet. I just started looking at them for pretty much the same reason as you.
#8
What does it mean to say the "tracking isn't that good" or whatever? Does it mean when I'm playing the controller may have trouble keeping up or am I missing the concept?

OK so what exactly would I need to convert a normal guitar into a MIDI guitar..

1) A special pickup (and whatever electronics were required to wire it in)?
2) A MIDI controller
3) ... Anything else?

I do have a keyboard with a MIDI "In" and "out" but I have never used that part of it before and have no idea as to whether it can be used as a controller. For referece, it is the Yamaha PSR-220. If I can't use this, how much do you think a controller+pickup+anything else I need would cost? And also would the quality of the guitar affect the sound, and in what way (if anyone has had experience with this)?

Thanks a lot guys
#10
Quote by squier_4_life
What does it mean to say the "tracking isn't that good" or whatever? Does it mean when I'm playing the controller may have trouble keeping up or am I missing the concept?


Pretty much along those lines.

I haven't used them. I would assume you can just plug the Midi pick-up right into the keyboard and it would control the keyboard as though you were playing it instead of the guitar.
#11
You don't really have to mod anything, unless you call sticking the pickup to your guitar "modding"....you just buy one of these.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-GR20-Guitar-Synthesizer-with-GK3-Divided-Pickup?sku=150097
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#12
Graph Tech do a piezo bridge which can be out putted through midi, so you get, electic guitar, acoustic, and midi


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