CASIO PG-380 VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER / MIDI GUITAR Sounds amazing with very very low latency. Faster tracking than the Roland VG guitar synth.Super excellent conditions condition! Works Perfectly! HARD CASE AND ORIGINAL MANUAL INCLUDED!
PG-380: This was Casio's top of the line guitar, listing for about US$1500 when new in 1987.. Body: Alder, longer than a Strat's and lacking the tummy cut and armrest contouring of the Strat, due to the numerous cavities routed in the body to accomodate the electronics. Pickups: neck and bridge single-coil, bridge humbucker splittable by a pushpull switch on the tone control. Bridge: Gotoh Floyd Rose-style (licensed) locking vibrato. Neck: Maple with ebony 22-fret fingerboard; locking nut.
"Apart from the synth built in, the guitar itself, a strat style "Ibanez", is of very high quality. Adding the synth makes it THE MOST ADVANCED GUITAR EVER BUILT allowing the full transition from a normal screaming strat to a scary synthezised dentists drill by by slowly turning a knob on the guitar. Seen from the front it looks like a normal strat (S/S/H) with a Hex-pickup close to the floyd rose tremolo and a small panel below. On the panel there are 12 small buttons for controlling patches and octave, a 2-digit LED display, and two LED's for the built-in tuner. Strat-wise there is a five pole pickup selector and controls for tone, guitar volume and synth volume. Apart from a normal DIN MIDI-OUT connector there one mono output for guitar only and a stereo for guitar + synth. The synth can be set to send on six different MIDI channels, one for each string, or everything over one channel. Tracking is very good, and you can even bend the tones to play your favourite blues. The backside is full of electronics and a slot for the ROM cards. Acoustically it has quite a woody sound due to all the chambers routed for electronics"
What makes this guitar unique is that
you do not need any external electronics or computer to generate the tones. The
tones are internally generated and go straight to your amp. Unlike the Roland
synth guitars that require a 13 pin connector to connect to external electronics
and then out to your amp.
The PG-380 was way ahead of its time when first introduced. Built-in Hex pickup. MIDI capable. Onboard synth tones (64), expandable with RAM / ROM cards. On the front, there is a synth control panel.