Roland GS-6 Digital Guitar Processor [cool unit with some crazy sounds]

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This is a pretty cool digital multi-effect guitar processor released in Japan in the late 1980s, during the "Golden Era" of Japanese audio equipment. Like other Roland gear from this period, the GS-6 is built to a high standard of quality. With its rugged design, it can be kept in the studio or brought out to play live.

It was designed to be a 1-stop shop for guitar players and offers not only effects such as delay, reverb, and chorus, but also preamps, noise cancellation, and MIDI control. The front panel is well designed, and once you get the hang of it you can quickly dial in awesome tones. It has 16-bit DACs for studio-quality sound. I like the 3-stage input adjustment. There's a lot of flexibility in tone with this. It overall has a nice high-quality feel.

As for the sound itself, I personally think there are 2 major avenues you can go with this. The most obvious to me would be clean reverb tones. The ones I built up sounded nice and have an authentic 80s digital Roland reverb feel. I found some reverb settings quite beautiful and strangely shimmery. This would be the typical way the GS-6 might be used. I wouldn't recommend this unit for a conventional distortion guitar tone. However, I feel the GS-6 is overlooked as a source of RUDE tones. Just playing around with this, I was able to dial in some pretty sick and out there guitar tones. These aren't tones you would want to use on a rock or modern metal production. They are very cool and unique. Mojo for the right context. I think they would be well suited to underground/garage; experimental/noise; or huge-sounding guitar-forward crushing doom. The high end can be particularly rude in a great way. Anyway, just my take.

This one is in excellent condition. It has a few expected signs of age and use (please see pictures), including some minor scratches and scuffs. Overall it is cosmetically looking great. The display looks good and is easy to read. All functions I tested are working perfectly. I tested everything except the MIDI and memory shift on the back, but I presume those are working along with everything else.

Shipping prices are for express air shipping (typical delivery <2 weeks). If you'd like to significantly save money on shipping and don't mind waiting 2-3 months, I can also ship via boat. Just send me a message before purchasing.

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Product Specs

Listed4 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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