I originally posted this in the guitar forum but it occured to me that people here might know something as well - it's a bit of a tweener question: I recently saw one of my favorite bands (The New Deal - live, breakbeat, progressive house - three guys and excellent chops on real instruments) play a free show here in Toronto at the Harbourfront Centre. As the seating at the venue is permanent, there wasn't the usual space available for the crowd to get down with its bad self. My friends and I took this opportunity to check out the band's gear. Something in particular struck me about the bassist's axe - a red LED and what looked like an add-on pickup. I subsequently E-mailed the guy and he said it was a Roland GK series pickup and explained his general setup on stage. Cool enough, now I know what it is, but does anyone here have anything to say about them? Positive or negative, it doesn't matter. I know The New Deal puts it to good use and I've always been intrigued with the idea of combining guitar and synth sounds. Now that idea has come into a sharper focus - but I'd like to hear some testimonials. It would be cool to know what guitar synths and processors are 13-pin compatible or some of the intricasies of playing a synth module from a guitar... Incidentally, if you ever get a chance to see The New Deal, they are something else. Truly a band that restores my faith in the power of music to bring positivity and ingenuity to the fore.