The tracking was good, on guitar I used it with a godin and there were a lot of sounds in it that were quite useful, especially if blended with a guitar sound. The looper was cool, and there was a “dry out” that I could run to my actual guitar rig and have a more… “real” guitar sound.
Here’s where the problem was; my picking wouldn’t track. It was glitchy and I didn’t like it.
Glitchy, because of me and my technique. I know now that I tend to swipe (a lot) and my pickstrokes are trapped. So any note that bleeds into the next, even slightly- causes a glitch. And that’s fine for slower playing, but when I want to play fast… well… legato stuff worked well, so did tapping. Chord playing could be…. Intermittently successful depending on the patch/synth. Lol again, my technique or lack thereof exposed. The other reason that I got a GR55 was that I thought I could connect to Logic or guitarpro and just record what I play via midi. You know, make it easier to record a bass line, or unison keyboard lines etc. Not efficient.
Also, tracking drums. Jeeeeeez it is beyond terrible. Heh I already play drums so it’s much easier to just jump on a kit and play, or do finger drumming via keyboard or lightpad!
Actually, having a gr55 really exposed my picking deficiencies to me at the time! So much in fact that I bought a Chapman Stick and decided to be a tapper for, like 7 years. It turns out tapped articulations on the stick were glitchy also. Also, as it turns out I found the Stick to be extremely limiting in a lot of respects, that’s a different story though lol
Plus I have Logic Pro. It comes with every synth I could ever want. Then I got NI Komplete and that has all of the synths that I never knew I wanted! Let the guitar be the guitar I say…
Positives = I learned how to tap, really got into looping and reinforced my love for instruments as-is. Guitar synth is great for those who like it, but it’s not for me.
PS I also bought the fishman pickup. It was ummm ok.