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Roland GR-700/G-707 Guitar Synthesizer

In  the 1980s, guitarists longed to get into the act with keyboard players with all the great synthesizer sounds. Today Roland makes guitar synths that are modules that connect to a special pickup you mount to your guitar. For a few years, Roland made the guitars, too. It was said that Roland had the guitars made by Ibanez in Japan. There were several different models, at varying price points, with different finishes and configurations. A couple were sort of Stratocaster-style bodies with maple, bolt-on necks. Others were a sort of Les Paul shape. Then there was the G-707, a mutant-bodied, asymmetrical oddity with a composite stabilizer bar that ran from the body to the weird-looking headstock.  The guitar had two humbucking pickups, a hex-pickup, a three-way pickup selector for the humbuckers, and a three way toggle to switch between the standard guitar and the synth sounds. A guitar synth needs to separate out the pitches of the six strings. The hex pickup was really six pickups in o