One thing you can say about Roland is that they listen to their customers. The Roland GR-55 looks like most other members of the Boss footpedal family and combines amp modeling, guitar modeling, and synthesis in one snazzy unit. It looks and sounds amazing. The street price is well under $1,000 too ($699 without the GK pickup, $799 with) – not bad at all.
I was able to test one out at the recent NAMM show, and it’s at the top of my must-buy list. I just need to save up for my Carvin synth guitar I’ve been dying for and jump in again, since it’s been a while since I’ve had a desire to use any 13-pin equipped gear. The GR-55 has changed my mind, as have the new crop of Carvin synth guitars.