I thought I’d share with you that I successfully built a Guitar ¼ inch Adapter Cable for Roland GK 13-Pin connections! This is a cable that allows you to connect a guitar or other instrument with a ¼ inch output (bass, ukulele, etc.) to the Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer. If you are on a gig using the Roland GR-55 the usefulness of this is that if you don’t have another amplifier and effects, you can access the Roland COSM effects and amp models within the GR-55 and use the same sound reinforcement system that the GR is connected to.
Below is a copy of my wiring diagram that was adapted from a similar diagram posted on Vguitarforums.com by “Elantric”. As the diagram indicates, the normal guitar (or other instrument) signal is transmitted to the GR-55 via pin 7 in the 13 pin plug. A voltage divider has been added to reduce the GR-55’s +7 vdc to +5 vdc to feed pin 8 which signals the GR-55 that a GK pickup’s volume control is set to 10. I tested it and, yes, it works!
I found a tune called Angeline the Baker in a book called “The Fiddler’s Fakebook” left over from my aborted attempt at learning to play the violin/fiddle. I never got rid of the book because I love a lot of the music in there and find it enjoyable to play on the guitar.
My recording of “Angeline the Baker” is an arrangement I created of an old time fiddle tune based on a song called Angelina Baker written by Stephen Foster for the Christy Minstrels, and published in 1850. The original laments the loss of a woman slave, sent away by her owner. The melody of the fiddle tune, Angeline the Baker differs from the Stephen Foster version.
In my arrangement and instrumentation in this recording I spiced it up and added a bit of country flavor! See my music page to buy a copy of Angeline the Baker.
Here is a demo of some sounds from my new Fender Marauder guitar using the neck pickup, the triple bucker bridge pickup and a Roland GK-3 and Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer. The Marauder may be made in China, but no matter how much I gripe about it I am unfortunately restricted to a made in China budget. But Fender has done really well with this item.
Its construction was flawless and it sounds great. So for $399 I think it rocks. In this video you get a little taste of the Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer tone machine. There will be more about that in the future. Anyway, this is, believe it or not, my first Fender guitar. A few years ago I was tempted to buy a Stratocaster, but being the budget conscious (cheap) person I am I was disappointed frankly in the quality of the Strats that I checked out back then compared to the price tag and ultimately decided upon an Epiphone Dot. I love my Epi and it will continue to get use. But I have never been totally happy with the one solid body axe that I’ve had: My Godin SD. It was my first electric guitar and it is a nice guitar, but the playability was always less that I wanted. When I tried out the Marauder it clicked with me right away and I knew I had to have it. Everyone has a Stratocaster…..so I knew this would be unique.
It seems guitar players can never have enough guitar chord grid paper around. So to be sure you don’t you can download a copy of this guitar chord diagrams sheet and draw and analyze chords from G to D13b5b9 until your heart’s content. This is formatted in US Letter (8.5″ x 11″). I might make an A4 version too if I get some requests for it. Just let me know.
I also have a link to a copy of this on the Get Free Stuff Page so it is easy to find in the future. Searching through blog posts gets kind of tiring after a while.