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Casio DG-20 Digital Guitar

Apologies for the long delay. We had a family health crisis that took up a lot of time the past few months. Everything's going well now and I'll try to update the blog more often. Let's begin! Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead played a cool Casio synthesizer guitar. That is not this instrument. This is the Casio DG-20. It's a genuine oddity from the early 1990s. Although it is pretty un-cool, they are starting to go up in price and I suspect they will be rather collectible on eBay of the future. Let me tell you about them and my experience with one. The DG-20 should be considered a guitar-like instrument, not a guitar. It resembles the guitar in form factor, but that's about all. You can play notes and chords on it like a guitar, but not in the same way. That said, it did offer some fun, unique possibilities for a guitarist, especially on a budget. Where to begin? Let's start with sounds. If you ever walked through a JC Penney or Sears store in the 1990s, you probab

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