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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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jon rudolph a hobbyist user from california / us writes:
Amazing tool - but a lot of work to get it where you want to go - I am still working on getting it fluid, but it has great potential to take the guitar to a new place. I ended up putting my pickup on the humbucker platform of my guitar - yep, I took the seymore off and dedicated the guitar just to synth.. so I have to get guitar tones out of it if I want to play guitar. This mounting allows me to adjust and hold a great position undr the strings, so it tracks pretty fast! I agree with earlier review about some cheesie distortion adn so on, but if you doctor up the clean strat setting with compression and chorus, and delay, it takes on a character of it's own. Nice. And you can add distortion on it's way to the amp from a pedal - that will fix up some of the other synth lead settings. I like the simulated feedback setting too. All other orchestra, band, and pads are way cool. I love this thing - hope to get good at it someday, but it's good to keep an acoustic around for reality checks.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-13-2009 at 14:43
andy green a part-time user from UK writes:
It would be useful to have a breakdown of the various settings for the preset sounds to enable the User settings to be programmed more easily. ( like you have on your Boss ME 30 guitar effects unit) Is there asite where GR 33 users have posted any good User settings tey have created ( again like the ME 30 site )

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-03-2006 at 16:48
Dee M a professional user from Cincinnati, Ohio & Atlanta GA- United States writes:
I've found the GR33 to be Liberating! I do a lot of classic Funk/ Neo-soul production & as such I use an MPC-60 as my sequencer/ Drum module....Being more of a Guitarist than a Keyboard man I use the '33 as a controller & it works fine...Tracks great, too ( though you have to play around with the sensitivity params & adjust the pickup to get optimum results, no "out the box, ready to play" shit..) The internal sounds? Well, there's some good "colors" in there like the Brass(horns) patches, the Organs & 1 or 2 of the Basses...most usable...But somebody tell me this, why would Roland waste memory programming Fake distorted guitar sounds on a guitar "Synthesizer"??? Especially when the '33 is set up to Separate your Real guitar sound for allocation to an amp (Line 6 is what I use)..Guitar players usually have their own Distortion/ effects pedals! Obviously a Non-guitar playing engineer/ programmer came up with that. I personally would have liked to see more Fender rhodes variations ( as is on the new GR-20 & the Fantom-x Keyboard) and Pads/ electronica type sounds. I rate it close to a 4, more like a 3.5...But I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of the thing playing live...Folks trip out when they realize I'm doing all the horn hits & synth stuff..."don't need a Keyboard player" they say. Good. More money 'fo me.......!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-02-2004 at 01:39
Travis Vega a professional user from U.S.A writes:
Roland has done it again. The GR 33 will take every guitarist a step futher in their quest for full control with thier music. It is plain and simple; a keyboard, with all the toppings. As a producer, I've seen my music come a live with the GR 33, you get endless porduction value that will allow you to play every instrument, the right way, the way you want it. It's the most important thing I've added to my rig.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-27-2002 at 16:40
dB writes:
Great unit. I have a few gripes. 1) I wish it were smaller. Rack mount option would be nice. 2) cheap construciton ...

The sounds are GREAT... tracking is great. fx are good. I don't use it a whole lot because it's a bit clumsy to set up with the gk and everything (time for a wireless gk hint hint)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-16-2002 at 01:47
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