Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth - Black - Without GK-3 Pickup

Guitar Synth with 910 Tones, 93 Effect Types, 3 Foot Pedals, Expression/Volume Pedal, and Onboard USB WAV/AIFF Player - Black
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Guitar Synth Like Nothing You've Heard Before!

With decades of experience developing the industry's hottest guitar synths, Roland's GR-55 guitar synth and effects processor gives you more incredible tones and features than ever before, making laggy and inaccurate tracking a thing of the past. When Roland designed the GR-55, they totally redeveloped their already leading pitch-detection technology to bring you their fastest guitar synth ever. Pitch, velocity, sustain - the GR-55 doesn't miss a thing!

The GR-55 also includes Roland's world-famous COSM tone modeling. Together, these amazing processor cores open up never-before explored realms of tone and texture shaping. From pop to rock to undiscovered genres of music, the GR-55 has the guitar tones you need to stand out. Dive in and create your own intensely intricate patches, or keep it simple and explore the hundreds of built-in tones onboard. The GR-55 has the perfect sounds of any music. On top of that, the GR-55 features an onboard USB memory music player with handy foot controls, so you can rock out with your favorite tones, long after the rest of the band's packed up. If you're ready to discover a whole new era of mind-blowing guitar tones, you're ready for the Roland GR-55!

Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth System Features at a Glance:
  • Ultra-fast tracking provides incredibly responsive synth processing
  • Color: Black
  • 3-pedal live control plus a built-in expression/volume pedal
  • Sound Generator: PCM (2 tones), COSM Modeling (1 tone)
  • Tones PCM: 910 types
  • Modeling: 23 types (guitar mode), 17 types (bass mode)
  • Effects MFX (Multi-Effects): 20 types
  • AMP (Preamp): 42 types
  • MOD (Modulation): 14 types
  • DELAY: 7 types
  • REVERB: 5 types
  • CHORUS: 4 types
  • EQ: 1 type
  • 270 x Guitar patch memory presets (plus 297 user patches)
  • 90 x Bass patch memory presets (plus 297 user patches)
  • 240 x 64 LCD display
  • 1 x 13-pin DIN GK input connector
  • 1 x 1/4" guitar output jack
  • 2 x 1/4" main outputs
  • 1 x 1/4" stereo headphone output
  • MIDI in and out connectors
  • 2 x USB port (computer connectivity and USB memory connector)
  • USB Memory Audio Player File Format: WAV, AIFF
  • Sampling resolution: 24-bit/44.1kHz
  • Power supply: DC 9V
  • Current draw: 700 mA
  • Dimensions (maximum measurements): 16" x 9-5/8" x 4-3/16"
  • Weight: 7 lbs. 5 oz.
  • Included accessories: AC adapter, owner's manual

The Roland GR-55 guitar synth and effect's processor is your key to discovering guitar tones beyond your wildest dreams! Features at a Glance:

Additional Media

Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number GR-55S-BK

Customer Reviews

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A guitar gear-head's dream come true!

Tried a GK first gen pickup and synth module about 7 years ago and was disappointed. Then I saw a friend use one of the GR55s and was blown away with what it could do! I toyed around with it for an hour or so and was convinced I wanted one. Once it arrived, I had to get the pickup installed by my tech guy. The results exceeded my wildest dreams. I immediately purchased a Godin Freeway SA as another synth access guitar and they both track perfectly. I am a very fast player (from the 80's metal scene) and this keeps up with every note! Bob Mondock has been my sales advisor for 7 years and has always been there for any of my tech-head questions that annoy and stump other sales people at other stores. Bob is a great source for info and 100% supportive. I love Sweetwater and doing business with them! Would rather wait a couple days for shipping and buy from them. I know they have my back!
Music background: 40 year player, open mic nights, blues band

A world of possibilities

IMHO just as a midi controller this unit is worth its price. I personally do not like most of the factory patches but that can be remedied by controlling some other synthesizer or hooking it up to a computer that has virtual instruments software. Yes that would meam more gear to acquire. Nevertheless, the point is if you are not satisfied with the sounds you do not have necessarily settle. I have been playing live with it for a little while and my band mates have been impressed. While it takes time to master the sound possibilities seem limitless. Along with computer virtual instruments this has become a one stop all in one solution for all my needs.
Music background: Hobbyist

Roland GR 55 Black

The ultimate in guitar synth. Phenomenal sounds and great versatility from an affordable unit. The USB WAV player makes practicing a pleasure with studio quality backing tracks. If you take the required time to set up your patches correctly, you will blow away your audience . Also, my sales representative was terrific and would buy from again.
Music background: Praise and worship guitarist .


Been using this for a year and it never let me down. Truly amazing gear for guitarist like me and i can easily penned my idea on every note whenever the needs are there..THE BEST from ROLAND...
Music background: Hobbyist

Roland GR-55

I have a custom made Carvin SH675 with a Graph Tech pickup. It was easy to set up my favorite patches so that I could select them from a switch on my guitar. I especially like the large display screen. The expression pedal allows me to fade orchestra sounds in and out especially on a pause in a song. I had fun with the Telecaster patch. It sounds just like a Fender Telecaster.
Music background: Pro Musician
See also: Guitar Synths, Roland, Roland MIDI Guitars/Pickups, Roland Multi-effects