Today I took a drive out to a used music shop that I hadn’t visited in a few weeks. I didn’t expect to find anything, but there they did happen to have this little gem sitting on the shelf that I almost missed. The Roland GP-100 was in mint condition with no visible scratches or marks on it at all. The manual was all torn up so it looked like the person who previously owned the Roland GP-100 spent more time with the manual than using the processor…laugh. In any event, the store had a price tag of $125 on the unit and after a little bit of thinking I decided to pick it up. After bringing it home and going through some of the effects with the guitar, I’m so glad I bought it. It’s much nicer than I thought and the reviews are quite good on the GP-100.
I was excited to pick up the Roland GP-100 because I was in need of a rack effects processor mainly for keyboards and synths. I also heard that the GP-100 was used a lot with guitar synths as well, so I figured it should work out well with keyboards. I have yet to try it out with anything other than a guitar, but for guitar it’s really fantastic. All of the effects are really good and I was hard pressed to find anything really wrong with the unit or sound. I was nervous about the knobs being “jittery” but they work just fine. My Boss SX-700 had some finicky knobs which I replaced and now work fine. I also didn’t have any bad hissing or humming noises with the Roland GP-100 either. It’s really quiet and works very well.
Very much like the Yamaha FX500 unit I picked up a few months ago, the Roland GP-100 has some really interesting effect patches. I’m sure one can reproduce them on more current models, but I honestly hadn’t heard some of the effect combinations before and I thought that was really cool. I flipped through the first 100 patches with the guitar and I’d say all but maybe one or two were completely usable. In fact with many I wanted to whip out my Boss RC-50 and do some looping because I thought many of the effects would worked well with ambient or chill type of music. It was very easy to find 2 or 3 effects to layer with which would create some really interesting gooves. The GP-100 instantly was a breath of fresh air despite it being an older processor and I was constantly being inspired to create something unique with the sound effects.
Some of the more cool effects that I found to be totally usable were Slow Gear, most of the Reverse effects, chorus stuff, and many of the glistening tremelo and vibrato patches. Even the synth emulations were excellent. Without a doubt, if I was into creating ambient and atmospheric sounds or layers with the guitar the Roland GP-100 would be a goldmine of inspiration…absolutely! I can hardly wait to try it out on some synth and keyboard stuff.
For more info about the Roland GP-100 you can check out this site here: http://www.greenoak.com/gp100/gp100.html
The site gives a great Comparison between GP-100 and GX-700 which ultimately influenced me to get the GP-100. http://www.greenoak.com/gp100/gp100.html
If anyone has any comments about the Roland GP-100 Guitar Preamp / Processor, please leave a note below and I’ll do my best to answer any questions. I’ll update more about experience with the Roland GP-100 as I work more with it over the next couple of weeks. Stay tune!