The Roland GR-D V-Guitar Distortion Guitar Pedal
provides powerful V-Guitar technology for GK-equipped guitars in a compact, performance ready format! Unique distortion and synth tones are produced by independently processing each guitar string which gives an array of fresh, bold sounds never before possible. Housed in the popular twin pedal format and equipped with connections including 13-pin GK input and 1/4 inch outputs, the GR-D distortion pedal can easily integrate with amps, stomps, multi-effects, and other V-Guitar devices.
Roland GR-D V-Guitar Distortion Guitar Pedal Features
Welcome to the Family
- Roland’s powerful V-Guitar technology in a Twin Pedal stompbox
- Bold, high-clarity distortion and synth tones only possible with GK processing
- VG-DIST 1, VG-DIST 2, POLY DIST, and SYNTH sounds, with real-time DSP for latency-free performance
- Sculpt your tones with ultra-responsive GAIN, COLOR, and TONE knobs
- Solo function provides an instant volume and presence boost for lead playing
- 13-pin GK input; designed for use with the GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster, GK-3 Divided Pickup, and all GK-equipped guitars
- Flexible connections for easy integration with amps, pedals, and multi-effects
- Four user memories, with remote selection from GK-equipped guitar
The GR-D V-Guitar Distortion joins Roland’s acclaimed V-Guitar family, which also includes the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer and VG-99 V-Guitar System. The convenient stompbox format of the GR-D distortion allows players with traditional setups to experience the incredible sound potential available with GK processing. When used with an optional US-20 Unit Selector, the GR-D also gives current GR and VG users new sounds for their existing rig.
Unlock All-New Sounds with GK Processing
The GR-D pedal features a 13-pin input for use with a guitar outfitted with a Roland GK-3 Divided Pickup or a GK-equipped instrument such as the GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster. Unlike standard monophonic guitar pickups, the Roland GK pickup senses and isolates each individual string, sending them as six discrete signals to a 13-pin jack. When connected to a V-Guitar device like the GR-D pedal, each string can be processed individually, opening up a universe of sound possibilities that are impossible with a normal 1/4-inch guitar output.
Bold Distortion Tones for Modern Players
Inside the Roland GR-D distortion is a huge array of unique tonal colors made possible with GK processing. By applying separate distortion processing to each string, the atonal harmonic artifacts of mono distortion are completely eliminated. This results in incredible string definition and clarity, even with full, complex chords and extremely high levels of gain.
VG-DIST 1 and VG-DIST 2 offer two very different distortion flavors newly developed for the GR-D pedal, while POLY DIST is a new variant on the classic polyphonic distortion in early Roland guitar synths, enhanced with the power of modern digital technology. SYNTH is an analog synth-type sound based on string vibration instead of an oscillator, providing an ultra-responsive playing feel with true guitar expressiveness.
Tweak and Store Your Custom Sounds
Like a normal stompbox, the Roland GR-D pedal features simple controls that are quick and intuitive to use. When you turn the GAIN, COLOR, and TONE knobs, you’re actually tweaking multiple under-the-hood parameters specifically tailored to each sound type, letting you achieve substantial tonal shifts even with small changes. Four memory locations let you store your favorite sounds, with quick recall via the control switches on your GK-equipped guitar. A Solo function, accessible with one of the pedal’s two footswitches, gives you an instant boost of volume and presence for lead playing.
Easy Integration with Any Rig
The Roland GR-D distortion pedal offers a multitude of connections for integrating with different rigs, including pedalboards, multi-effects setups, racks, mixers, and other V-Guitar devices. A dual MIX/GUITAR INPUT allows you to connect devices and blend them with the GR-D sound, with the combined mix sent to the pedal’s mono/stereo output. The 13-pin GK output carries the guitar’s normal pickup signal as well, and controls on the GK-equipped guitar allow you to blend the GK and normal sounds right from your instrument.
A dedicated GUITAR OUTPUT jack on the GR-D lets you connect the normal guitar sound directly to an amp or effects with no GK processing applied. It can also be used in conjunction with the MIX/GUITAR INPUT to create a send/return loop for your normal effects chain.