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Fender bender

Review | The Mix, Jul 1994
Roland GR09

Down-to-earth guitar synth

Gibson Explorer Synth

Review | International Musician, Feb 1986

Plug in, lean back, legs apart — and sound like an accordionist. Tony Mills taxes the axe

Licensed To Thrill

Review | Recording Musician, Nov 1992
Roland GR1 Guitar Synthesizer

What the world needs is a guitar synth that sounds good and behaves predictably. Does Roland's latest model pass the test?

Out Of the Shadows

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1986
Shadow MIDI Guitar

Geoff Twigg takes a look at the latest guitar synth technology. Now you can have a Synclavier system behind the strings of your old acoustic.

Roland GM70

Review | Music Technology, Apr 1987
Guitar-to-MIDI Converter

Paul White, who's owned almost every Roland guitar synth built, puts the new GK1 synth driver and GM70 "brain" under test. Is this the first pitch-to-MIDI system that really works?

Roland GR-300 Guitar Synthesiser

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Nov 1981

Roland GR50

Review | Music Technology, Aug 1989
Guitar Synthesiser

Roland's latest guitar synthesiser is quickly earning a reputation as the most playable guitar synth yet built. Aaron Hallas turns from widdly-widdly merchant to MlDdly-widdly merchant.

Roland GR700 Guitar Synth

Review | One Two Testing, Apr 1984

Review. In colour.

Shadow Guitar To MIDI Converter

Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1986

The 'guitar synthesizer' appears to be going through a new lease of life at present, with many manufacturers releasing guitar-based synth controlling devices that make good use of MIDI's powers of expression. Ian Gilby tries out one such model: the Shadow GTM-6.

Shadow MIDI guitar controller

Review | Making Music, Jul 1986

Shadow SH075 MIDI Guitar Convertor

Review | Recording Musician, Oct 1992

Silver Shadow

Review | In Tune, Jul 1986
Shadow MIDI Guitar system

Stepp DG1 Digital Guitar

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1987

Few instruments have caused as great a stir in the marketplace as the futuristic-looking DG1. Stepp describe it as "a radically new instrument that plays like a guitar, and which can produce some of the most phenomenal sounds you're ever likely to hear." Ian Gilby visited Stepp to find out for himself and talk with its creator, Stephen Randall.

Stepp DG1 Electronic Guitar

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1987

The "guitar player's synthesiser" is now in full production. We analyse the mechanics of the Stepp, and let two musicians - a guitarist and a keyboard player - give their views on its playability.

Synth You've Been Gone

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Feb 1985

We return to bring you the latest news and developments on the astounding SynthAxe.


Review | One Two Testing, Jun 1984

digital guitar science

Synthaxe revisited

Review | One Two Testing, Sep 1984

update on THE guitar synth

The Final Cut

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Jul 1984

Approx. £7,000 worth

The Guitarist's Revenge

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1984

The all-but-forgotten guitar synth is due to return to music shops with a vengeance this summer, in the shape of Roland's GR700/G707 system and a breathtaking new British design, the SynthAxe. Paul White puts both instruments through their paces.

Yamaha G10

Review | Music Technology, Dec 1988

The quest to build the ideal MIDI guitar controller continues with Yamaha's eagerly-awaited G10. Aaron Hallas makes the pick-up.

Yamaha G10

Review | Music Technology, Aug 1988
MIDI Guitar System

Is the practical MIDI guitar finally with us? Bob O'Donnell checks out the latest, and most promising, MIDI guitar controller from Yamaha.

Zeta Mirror 6

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1991
MIDI Guitar Controller

Dave Lockwood gets down to some serious MIDI guitar histrionics...

We found these other (non-review) articles that are linked to this gear:-

History of the Guitar Synthesiser

Feature | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1983
A personal account of its development

A personal look at designs past and present

More GR-500 Comments and Mods

Feature | Topic: Maintenance / Repair / Modification | Polyphony, Jul/Aug 1981


Feature | Topic: Synthesizer Patches | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1984

Readers send in their own favourite synth sounds and details of how to generate them. This month sees, among other things, our first patch for a guitar synth, the Roland GR300.



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