• Roland G-303, electric guitar synth controller


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1980 to 1984

The Roland G-303, made from 1980-1984, was Roland's most popular synth controller guitar.  Some of this popularity came from the G-303's association with Pat Metheny, who played one in combination with the Roland GR-300 synthesizer. But the G-303 was also a high quality playable guitar in its own right, and although not the most technologically advanced synth controller its synth controls were intuiative and usable. The G-303s were made by the Japanese Fujigen Gakki company, an important OEM builder for brands like Greco, Ibanez, Fender, Squier and Yamaha.

A more expensive neck-through version was available as the G-808 - but was less popular because the G-303 was functionally identical, cheaper and had better neck balance.

Source: Wayne Joness G-303 page

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Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body top materialmaple body top


Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece
TunersGotoh tuners


Configurationguitar synth controller
Finish colorsnatural finish, white finish
Made inJapan
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Pickup selector controls1 pickup selector switch, 3 synth control switches, 3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls


Pickups brand and modelRoland PU-114H pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups, hexaphonic pickups

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