Bringing the V-Guitar and GK technology in to the famous Boss twin pedal format, the new Roland GR-D V-Guitar Distortion pedal gives uses the same technology seen in the famed GR-55 and VG-99 systems in a shape that guitarists can use on their pedalboard and incorporate in to more traditional set ups easily.
GR-D - A new approach towards distortion in a twin compact pedal
The Roland GR-D uses a 13-pin GK input which is seen on GK equipped guitars such as the GC-1 Stratocaster or can be attained by fitting a Roland GK-3 pickup to an existing guitar. By monitoring the output of each string and treating them differently, this distortion pedal can create incredibly defined tones with significant benefits over using a standard guitar output.
Because each string output is treated independently when used with a 13-pin GK input, the Roland GR-D V-Guitar Distortion gives you the ability to create a range of high quality and responsive sounds that are studio and stage ready. Four modes give you unique performance, kicking off with VG-DIST 1 and VG-DIST 2 which are two newly developed distortions specifically for the GR-D unit. POLY DIST mode is reminiscent of the polyphonic distortion mode seen in some of the early Roland guitar synthesizer models. Finally there's a SYNTH mode which effectively uses your string as the oscillator to create a responsive synth with endless possibilities.
Roland have kept things simple with the operation of the GR-D Distortion pedal. All of the controls sit on the front of the pedal, just like in any of their famous twin compacts. Gain, color and tone controls give you a surprising amount to work with and one of the two footswitches enables a "solo" mode that adds volume and presence to the signal path so you have an effective boost option for soloing or any time when you need to stand out more.
Simple to combine with your current pedal rig
A separate stereo pair of inputs can be used to input your regular guitar signal or any other sound source for innovative blending options. A guitar output works as a "thru", not applying any of the GK processing to the signal so you can add other effects in to your signal chain. The many possibilities of the Roland GR-D are truly too extensive to cover, making it the ideal pedal for the tonal innovators among us.
Manufacturer Roland Model GR-D V-Guitar Distortion Pedal Dimensions (H x W x D) 57 x 173 x 158 mm Weight 1.1kg Nominal Input Level MIX INPUT: -10 dBu, GUITAR INPUT: -20 dBu Input Impedance MIX INPUT: 1 M ohm, GUITAR INPUT: 1 M ohm Nominal Output Level OUTPUT: -20 dBu, GUITAR OUTPUT: -20 dBu Output Impedance OUTPUT: 2 k ohms, GUITAR OUTPUT: 2 k ohms Recommended Load Impedance 10 k ohms or greater Controls ON/OFF pedal, SOLO pedal, TYPE knob, GAIN knob, COLOR knob, TONE knob, LEVEL knob, SELECT button, WRITE button, OUTPUT SELECT switch Indicators POWER indicator (serves also as battery check indicator), ON/OFF indicator, SOLO indicator Connectors MIX/GUITAR INPUT (R, L/MONO) jacks, GK IN connector, GUITAR OUTPUT jack, OUTPUT (R, L/MONO) jacks, DC IN jack Memory 4 Effect Type VG-DIST 1, VG-DIST 2, POLY DIST, SYNTH Power Supply Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) or Carbon-zinc battery (AA, R6) x 6, AC Adaptor (PSA-series: optional) Current Draw 200 mA (9 V, when used with GK-3) Expected battery life under continuous use Alkaline battery: Approx. 7 hours Carbon-zinc battery: Approx. 2 hours These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use. Included Accessories Owner's Manual Leaflet (USING THE UNIT SAFELY, IMPORTANT NOTES, and Information), Alkaline Battery (AA, LR6) x 6 Optional Accessories (sold separately) AC adaptor: BOSS PSA-series, Divided pickup: GK-3 (for guitar), V-Guitar: GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster (R), GK Cable: GKC-10 (10 m), GKC-5 (5 m), Unit Selector: US-20
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