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Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller
from Guitar Heroes magazine, November 1982
General Specs
Body: Double cutaway body, Walnut and Ash
Finish: Acrylic, natural
Neck: Maple and Mahogany, thru neck construction
Fingerboard: Select Ebony with dot inlays
Frets: 22
Bridge: chromed Melobar bridge
Headstock: Mahogany with GR logo
Tuners: Gotoh
Hardware: Chrome-plated
Pickguard:
Pickups: (2) Gibson PAFs
Controls: Volume knob, Guitar Tone knob, Cutoff Frequency knob, Balance knob, Resonance knob, Vibrato Depth knob, Mode Switch, 3-way selector switch, BC-13 24-pin Input Socket, 1/4" Output Jack
Years in use: 1981
Website: http://www.rolandus.com/ 
The Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller is simply the finest guitar synthesizer controller ever built. The G-808 was built around a modification of the Greco GO 1000 Guitar, a top-of-the-line guitar sold exclusively in Japan, and never imported into the United States.

The G-808 was designed for the cutting-edge player ready to pay top dollar for the very finest guitar that could be built. The G-808 is often described as a reverse Les Paul, with a mahogany over maple body. The fingerboard is ebony, which gives the guitar the strength and stability for accurate pitch tracking. Even today, Godin Guitars make a point of using an ebony fingerboard to provide stability for synth tracking. Also, like a Les Paul, the G-808 has a beautiful carved top that makes the guitar a joy to hold and play.

While more people are familiar with the G-303 guitar, thanks to Pat Metheny, the G-808 was the premium guitar, with complete through-neck construction, gold hardware and more. The G-808 was simply one of the best guitars available at the time, and sold with the GR-300, the finest and fastest guitar synthesizer ever built.

Jimmy Page used a Roland G-505 Guitar, G-808 Guitar, TR-808 Rhythm Composer and (2) GR-300 Guitar Synthesizers (connected via US-2 Unit Switcher) in composing the music in Death Wish II: The Original Soundtrack.

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Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller
Japanese Magazine Advertisement
Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller
Japanese Magazine Advertisement
Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller
Japanese Magazine Advertisement
Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller
Japanese Magazine Advertisement
Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller
G-808 Control Diagram
Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller
from Guitar Heroes magazine, November 1982
Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller
Guitar Player, April 1982 Advertisement
Roland G-808 Guitar Synthesizer Controller
Guitar Player, April 1982 Advertisement

Resources and Information:

http://www.joness.com/gr300/GR-300.htm
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