Boss is launching an electric guitar that is laden with onboard synthesis. The new EURUS GS-1 promises to mix electric guitar and synthesis effortlessly. But will it take on?
Boss EURUS GS-1
According to the Japanese makers, the new Boss EURUS GS-1 can switch between synthesizer and regular guitar sounds, so you have the best of both worlds. It comes with six onboard memory slots for storing different synth sounds.
“EURUS GS-1 infuses a premium instrument with advanced guitar synthesis techniques refined over more than four decade” – Boss, Japan
The guitar itself has a 24-fret neck, with a compound radius rosewood fingerboard, and offset double-cutaway body design. You get two custom-designed pickups and a five-way selector switch, so it’s similar to many standard guitars on today’s market. Hardware includes a Gotoh two-point tremolo bridge and a set of locking machine heads.
You have two independent ¼-inch outputs for synth and the regular guitar sounds, and you can process each separately and send them to various inputs. There is also an app for editing synth sounds for iOS and Android devices. These use the onboard Bluetooth for connecting with both the editor app and the optional EV-1-WL Wireless MIDI Expression Pedal. The expression pedal allows players to add things like octave bends on a synth lead, slow filter sweeps over pads, etc.
With Roland, all its years in synthesis, behind the company, I expect this new synth-guitar to be pretty special and am looking forward to hearing reviews in the coming days. The synth engine included is an evolution of the SY technology found in the SY-1000, SY-300 and SY-1.
Updates and Power
You also have USB for any system updates, which can be done via a Mac or Windows computer. The onboard synth engine runs from either four AA batteries or the optional PSA-series adaptor. The guitar itself ships with a CB-EG10 high-quality gig bag for easy transportation.
More Information on Boss
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