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Roland GK-3 Divided Pickup

by Roland
35 customer reviews
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  • Sends individual string signals to GK-compatible devicesBig, smooth GK knob for quick control movesSelector switch moves between synth, normal guitar tone, and mixed settingsIncludes extensive attachment accessories1/4" phone jack for normal guitar usePickup redesigned to adjust to the varying curvatures of different guitars
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Product Description

Why should the synth guys have all the fun? If you're looking for a way to get the coolest sounds from your axe, whether you're tapping into the power of one of Roland's mighty Hex guitar processors or looking for a way to use your guitar as a MIDI controller, you're going to need a hex pickup. Do yourself a favor, get a Roland GK-3. You see, Roland's been in this game longer than anyone else, and they sure know how tho build a killer hex pickup. And check this out, the GK-3 mounts on your guitar without laving a mark. An adhesive strip lets you stick the GK-3 right on your bridge, and a pressure-plate-based housing holds the rest of the hardware on. No scratches and no drilling... not that you can't mount the GK-3 on with screws (go right ahead, no one's stopping you) but you don't have to by any means.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 2 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0002D00BO
  • Item model number: GK-3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,145 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at December 20, 2008

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Got Picks? on December 10, 2013
I've had this for over a year on my Les Paul Custom. Installs without drilling holes. I won't review tracking because all this is only a 6 pole pickup. What I can speak to is the durability. The wire that goes between the hex pickup and the control unit on the guitar became loose and interrupted my rehearsal--luckily not at a gig. It should be an easy fix at a service center, but this is a mission-critical item for a guitar synth user and there is no excuse for such a blatant design flaw from such a well-regarded company as Roland. But they also have very little competition in the hex pickup arena, so they may let us suffer.

If it wasn't for that annoying flaw, the GR-55 is just absolutely fantastic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By moozikall on January 9, 2014
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At age 59 I decided to try guitar synthesizer world with very limited knowledge. I bought GR-33 Roland. I was in love with the unit use Gk-2a. I turned 60 Time became an issue .sold GR-33 bought almost $500 more GR-55. within one month realized what a disappointment.It was too many sound in each group you had to constantly edit . Sold half price only 4 month old just the unit, buyer was a bass player who told me people don't need your pickup GK-3. I guess what they use is Gk-3B for bass. Buyer got a good deal because I by mistake send my Roland cable . but he told me to try GR-20 . He was right easy really no need for manuals. I used a goodin guitar. I mostly play nylon string. It is well built but input jack 13 pins was acting. BE Aware If you have goodin brand new buy an extra unit circuit board with both 13 pin and 1/4 jack because if your 13 pin acts all Godin reps only want to sell guitars not repair or parts. The local guitar repair shop decline to install a new 13 pin input jack and told me godin them self can't fix it .So far I tried to give some of my experiences to those that are new to this . I install around 12 of these type Pick ups, the last one was an Axon 101 pick up. THIS PICK UP WON'T WORK ON YOUR NYLON STRING GUITAR. That is why I mentioned Godin because you can play 13 pin with nylon string. If you are into guitar synthesizer to play moon light Sonata Piano sound using your Guitar think again. but it is very handy if you are one of those people who likes to right his/her own piece. If you are young and eager go for it . Axon is better although no longer is made specially when the latency is an issue the sound board is no match for Roland controller . This is a good pick up with a part for Les Paul type bridge. but I rather use guitars with single saddle .Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drcabinetshop on October 27, 2012
Got it for a second guitar for gigging. Works great. Exactly what I expected. Received it in a short time as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Schultz on April 16, 2015
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Excellent product. Owner's manual is in both English and Japanese, for those concerned about buying the import model... Plenty of spacers and pads, to accommodate any string height. Installed cleanly, no drilling necessary, with the included bracket for the controller and double sided tape for the pickup itself. Installation time was about an hour, with most of that time spent getting the spacing exactly right before sticking the pickup to the guitar body. Those of you with Les Paul style bridges can probably cut that time in half, thanks to the included bracket. Quality is superb, completely identical to what you'd get at the $219 price with the exception of the USA warranty. My only major complaint is that the included 1/4" cable is not long enough for my guitar. I'm left-handed and this is most definitely a right-handed design. However I'm more than used to adapting to a right-handed world, so no deduction.... 5 stars, especially considering the $92 savings over the virtually identical USA version. Purchased from "BuyJapan". Top notch experience.

FYI the 13 pin cable is not included. I bought a cheapo cable (IMC Audio) and although it works, the quality is suspect... I'd recommend spending some of the money saved here on a genuine Roland GKC cable. The USA version doesn't include the cable either, so you are still saving a ton of money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pepper power on May 16, 2015
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It is nice in some ways and total failure in other ways.. I expected more from Roland..

#1 This item will NOT fit an acoustic guitar without drilling holes or using nothing but double sided tape to hold it on, the pressure clip is too short for even a thin body Concert acoustic guitar. The FIX: Roland should have provided 2 clips, a short and a long for acoustic. $0.50 part.

#2 This item will NOT work with Elixer strings, even though they are brass and steel with a very light poly coating. (I use thin coat Elixers to prevent string noise.) The FIX: Notify the public and potential buyers for quality assurance.

#3 The shims and tape included is a bit cheap, no extra tape. The FIX: Include extra double-sided tape and a few carbon fiber shims, the little "pickup cushions" are retarded and cause the pickup to not seat properly.

#4 The pickup needs to be installed almost exactly, 1mm/20mm ect.. This is NOT a 30 minute job, it could take hours to get everything properly situated. Possible FIX: allow more power to be sent to the pick-up, allowing greater versatility.

The fixes would require an extra $1-$2 spent on part of the manufacturing process but will allow greater customer satisfaction.
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