A Great Deal On A Closeout
The GR-S is being sold for $99 reduced from a previous price point of $299. At $299 the product wasn't a success, but it's a great deal at $99. Here's why:
1. It runs on batteries- Try finding another 13 pin compatible pedal that creates polyphonic effects and runs on batteries. They are rare-to-nonexistent. You can power with a Boss adapter, but batteries can be handy for portable uses.
2. It is compact and simple- It takes up very little pedal board space and you will figure it out within minutes.
3. It offers 4 useful effects- The 12 string is clean and quite good. The pad is good enough to create a quick synth or string effect. The crystal sound gives you organ overtones and sounds great through an external rotating speaker effect, The modulated chorus wouldn't be very strong by itself, but is terrific when used with the Freeze function, which brings up:
4. It has a Freeze function- Even EHX's Freeze costs more than the price of this pedal, and you get the Freeze included with everything else.
5. It has an effects loop and versatile I/Os- This pedal has features you wouldn't expect to see at this price point. It has stereo I/Os, and a separate guitar out. I use this to take the clean out of my piezo 13 pin guitar into its own channel. Very handy for increasing the flexibility.
6. Well, yes, you can use it as a chorus with an external guitar if you must- Another reviewer commented that this pedal is nothing more than a glorified chorus... I wonder if he actually plugged a hex-equipped 13 pin guitar in or just plugged into the guitar in jack with a regular guitar. It WILL work as a standalone chorus, but that's not why you would buy it!
Here's my point. Roland thought these would sell at a much higher price so they didn't skimp on the quality or the features. They were wrong. At $99 the GR-S is a steal if you have a 13 pin equipped guitar.