Korg SV-1 88 Stage Vintage Piano - Black

88-key Stage Vintage Piano with 36 Instrument Sounds, Amp and Effects, 80-note Polyphony, and 8 Instant-access Presets - Black
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The Gigging Keyboardist's Dream Machine!

The Korg SV-1 88 is the gigging piano you've been wanting. Inside, you've got the most in-demand keyboard sounds ever found on a single instrument - we're talking decades of essential analog and digital legends, plus all the modern mainstays. The SV-1 88 also has Korg's finest weighted keyboard, so you can play with expression. To fine tune your sound, just steer your tone using the hands-on knobs on the front panel. Amp models, effects, and a hot vintage look take this Korg SV-1 88 over the top.

Korg SV-1 88 88-key Stage Vintage Piano at a Glance:
  • Tap into 36 of the most in-demand instrument sounds
  • Shine up your sound with effects and studio processing
  • Get your hands on your tone with front-panel knobs
  • Editor/Librarian software lets you program, save, and load settings
Tap into 36 of the most in-demand instrument sounds

You know the 36 sounds in the SV-1 88 by heart; each one is an old friend. Rediscover hit-making vintage electric pianos, funky clavs, classic and cult-fave organs, string machines and, of course, pianos. The SV-1 88 serves up breathtaking grands, a real-deal upright, plus hall-of-fame electronic contenders. On top of the standard sounds you love, you'll find multiple, signature variations of many classic instruments, all designed to inspire your performance.

Shine up your sound with effects and studio processing

Enhance your sound with a whole collection of period-correct amps and effects. You've got a 3-band EQ on the front panel to get things going, then you can take charge of pre-treating your sound with Compression, Boost, U-Vibe, Chorus/Vibrato, Tremolo, and Wah. From there, put your tone through any of the SV-1's wealth of amp heads and speaker cabinets - you won't believe how tube-like you can get your tones, thanks to Korg's exclusive Valve Reactor circuitry. Super-famous Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, and Rotary stompboxes add nuance and motion to any SV-1 88 sound, then all the essential reverbs and delays - include classic tape echo - let you really cook up your vibe. Last but not least, you've got an optional limiter at the 6th step of the signal chain, ensuring your level remains balanced across all sounds.

Get your hands on your tone with front-panel knobs

The Korg SV-1 88's user interface has performance in mind! Every essential control is quickly accessible on the front panel, with no confusing menus or multiple button presses. Rotary knobs include illuminated LEDs showing the position of the knob, and you can press them to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the SV-1 88 has eight car-radio style buttons to instantly call up your eight Favorite sounds and settings. Storing a Favorite is equally as easy. Simply adjust the controls to your preferred settings, then press and hold one of the Favorites buttons; when the button flashes, press it again. Your custom setting is now stored in your Korg SV-1 88.

Editor/Librarian software lets you program, save, and load settings

More tech-savvy players out there that would love nothing more than to dig in a little deeper - and the SV-1 lets you. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to many effects parameters not available on the SV-1 88's panel. In addition, the Editor/Librarian software allows each of the 36 sounds and the eight Favorites to be programmed and saved individually. This makes it easy for you to share and swap your favorite settings, and for Korg to supply more sounds in the future. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian runs on Mac or PC, and is included free with every SV-1 88.

Korg SV-1 88 88-key Stage Vintage Piano Features:
  • 88-key stage piano with awesome vintage keyboard sounds!
  • Korg's acclaimed RH3 weighted hammer action keybed and 8 velocity touch curves
  • Transpose to any key in +/- 12 half-steps; fine tuning; 8 tuning curves
  • Korg's superb EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) Sound Engine
  • Sounds: 36 (6 banks x 6 sounds); Polyphony: 80 notes
  • 8 assignable Favorites for fast program recall
  • Effects/Processing: Five Individual Sections
  • Equalizer: On/Off Switch; Bass, Mid, Treble Knobs
  • Amp modeling, Valve Reactor tube (1 x 12AX7)
  • Extensive studio-grade effects, including Reverb/Delay
  • MIDI In, Out; USB/MIDI port
  • 3 pedal jacks: Damper (fixed), Pedal 1 (sostenuto; rotary speaker), Pedal 2 (volume/expression; wah)
  • Includes power cable, user guide, accessory disk, music stand, and DS02H damper pedal
Korg's SV-1 stage vintage piano: it's all about great sound and feel!

Additional Media

SV-1 Series User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Weighted
Presets 36
Polyphony 80 Notes
Effects Yes
Audio Inputs 2 x TS
Audio Outputs 2 x TS, 2 x XLR, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Pedal Inputs 3
Height 6.1"
Width 53.3"
Depth 13.66"
Weight 45.3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SV188BK

Customer Reviews

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Amazing simplicity endless sounds

I purchased the 88. The first thing you will notice is the play-ability. The key bed is simply a sensation all to itself. The touch setting for key sensitivity makes it so easy to personalize your playing style to what you expect to hear when you hit the keys. Truly a joy to play. At first i thought the sounds while good were kind of simple. As i worked with the SV-1 i found that tweaking sounds could not be easier. You wont find the hundreds of presets, what you will find is the most solid set of sounds you will ever need to play a live show. The combination of sounds is amazing. If you really need a huge tone list for shows add a laptop and use the software to give you that huge library. I could write a book on everything I love about this keyboard. If it has a fault, and to say a fault is being well built and and kind of heavy, could be argued. This one is 88 keys after all. All i can say is it is truly amazing. One little note to add. The rotary sim using the foot peddle is astounding. You can set high and low speed and foot switch between. It has a break period and isn't instant so it sounds so natural you will think you have Lesley sitting next you.
Music background: Bar bands / home studio

Great interface, great sound

I purchased this as a second keyboard to my Yamaha S90ES. The keyboard is simple to use on stage, has XLR outputs, a great interface, great samples and a sound pack 1 and 2 allowing you to mix and match updates to build your stage library.For some reason the folks at Korg set the touch control on the keyboard to require a lot of force to produce the 8 layer dynamics. For all acoustic pianos, electro mechanical and organ voices I strongly suggest using the provided software to recalibrate touch to a 3 or 4 and store the settings. This makes the instrument easier to play and much more dynamic. It also opens the voices up a bit as you are generally using louder samples which produce more overtones and ambient resonance from adjacent keys pick up in the sampling.Great for live venues, very well built but a bit heavy.

3 years on

I obtained my SV-1 88 in 2012 (see my prior review). I have been using it since 2012 non-stop in a variety of situations (live and studio), with a variety of live and recording formats. It has been very dependable and a pleasure to play. I would have made the same choice again today.
Music background: Keyboard enthusiast


I am a young musician who truly appreciates the classic sound and feel of all the classic vintage keyboards. I thought that there would never be a digital option for a Rhodes or a Wurli. I was wrong. The SV-1 is perfection in keyboard form. Its weighted keys feel absoluetly amazing, and the Rhodes sounds (there are 6 different models) sound incredible. It's so great to show fellow keyboard enthusiasts the little tube on the left-hand side, then drive it to a deep, rich, fuzz. The pianos, okay...I mean I wasn't looking for a stage piano, but they could have been better. But if you're looking for the best Rhodes, Wurli, or Vox Contenental Sounds for a great price, BUY THE SV-1! I take it on every gig, and continue to be blown away at the look, feel, and sound of this demon. Thanks Korg!

Korg SV-1 88 key black

I have been very pleased with the performance of my SV-1 88. I have been playing it for about a year. They keyboard feels authentic. The piano sounds are impressive in this portable set-up. I honestly can not see myself playing any other type of keyboard.; Once you have tried it, it will be har d to switch to anything else. It truely is a classic.
Music background: Keyboard entusiast

Sweetwater Advice

Nathan Wall

I love my Korg SV-1! This keyboard has it all: style, tone, and attitude! It is by far my favorite live performance keyboard. The big knobs and buttons are perfect for fast switches on the fly. There's no menu diving to get you lost or confused, but still plenty of variation and modulation to keep you busy. I love the voicing and amp modeling. But my favorite part of the whole keyboard is that big orange glowing tube! Overdriving it feels really good and gives a feeling of connection to the keyboard I've never felt before.
See also: Electric Pianos, Korg, Korg Digital Pianos