Price paid: $ 595
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 10
There are over 350 preset sounds that you can modify in a number of ways. You can save them to a bank that holds 99 custom patches. Some sounds include Orchestra, Sax, Voilin, Piano, Sitar, and drums. There is a expression pedal that controls volume, frequency(kind of like wah), bending, and effects. There are also two foot pedals that can bend and sustain notes. The tuner is a plus. The best feature is the ability to blend your own guitar sound with synth sound by using the switch on the pickup cntroller and your guitar's volume knob.
Overall Impression — 10
For just about every style of music the GR-20 has a sound to go with it. What I like is playing and having a full orchestra backing me up. It has some very sweet sounds. Bottom line is if you really want to be different you need to get a Roland GR-20. It has the best features, it has the best price over any guitar synth, and it's reliable.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It is very reliable and the sound will not cut out or sound funny like with other synths. This uses the best tracking technology that exists so even when your playing those fast licks the GR-20 will Pick up every note. I haven't owned it long enough to test durability but it looks like it could withstand some damage.
Ease of Use — 8
Once you get the pickup in place and sensor adjusted you can easily make incredible sounds with this syth. Editing the patches is easy becuase there are knobs that adjust attack, release, chorus, delay/reverb, and volume. There are also more indepth settings such as frequency, resonance, transpose, and play feel(how the sound reacts to your picking). You can also change patches in a number of ways. If you use another foot controller or midi with the GR-20 you can esily change the settings for best performance. The only problem is taking the time to attatch the pickup. You will have to take off the strings. For guitars with a tune-o-matic bridge(Les pauls, Eclipses) there is a bracket that attatches to the posts. Im not sure how it attatches to Fenders but I believe it uses 2 sided tape. As for the pickup controller it mounts to your guitar with a bracket that holds on to the strap pin. But the good thing is it is not permanant and will not damage your guitar. It also looks better than the previous model.