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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:43 pm    Post subject: Power Gig guitar Reply with quote

Anyone know about these? Specifically, if it might be used as a MIDI controller? Found one at Goodwill for cheap. It kinda sucks to use as a Rock Band controller, as it really doesn't recognize pick strokes very well, but the tuners and bridge are usable, so I thought of taking it apart and seeing if I can make use of whatever is converting pick strokes to game input.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/252351333813?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Power Gig guitar Reply with quote

Dillon wrote:
Anyone know about these? Specifically, if it might be used as a MIDI controller? Found one at Goodwill for cheap. It kinda sucks to use as a Rock Band controller, as it really doesn't recognize pick strokes very well, but the tuners and bridge are usable, so I thought of taking it apart and seeing if I can make use of whatever is converting pick strokes to game input.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/252351333813?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true


Hoo boy....I feel one of my old-school type posts coming on.....

I bought one of these at Goodwill for $14 about eight months ago with the same/similar intents as you and have reviewed the guitar and plan to maybe harvest that pickup to build a self-contained guitar synth of sorts.

I wrote a pretty elaborate review of it at U.G. that got a lot of funny responses in my typical sense of humor earlier this year - https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/electric_guitars/first_act/power_gig/index.html

TLDR VER - It has a great sound from the pickup, kind of a neato hollowbody-esque tone, but it's a PITA to fix if the pots or jack go bad, setting it up to play with any level of decency is impossible due to it's highly flawed design. That's why I'm thinking of either harvesting the pickup, or redesigning it in some way to use a regular Guitar neck I can shim and level the frets on. Maybe cannibalize the SMD boards for Synth experiments.

In my research to make a home-made guitar polyphonic synth (we're talking 60's Moog's Garage experiments level crap here), a forum I visted mentioned that the design of the pickup is more succeptable to crosstalk, and a big problem with it is getting it close enough to the strings to register without getting the stacked humbucker next to it too close and introducing those "Wolftones" or making it sound a bit too overdriven. I'm still undecided myself on weather I'm going MIDI or trying my hand at a Home-Made Sample/Hold Polyphonic divided pickup-based basic synth.
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