"I use that primarily in the studio to create different sounds. What’s nice about it is with the Roland/Fender Strat guitar, it tracks so nice and it doesn’t feel like you’re playing a guitar synth. They’re so accurate and easy to play. You have a full range of BOSS stompboxes [inside the GR-55] as well. The synth sounds are really amazing, ranging from pianos to flutes to full-on brass sections," says Paul, about his GR-55, at 4:37 in this video.more
I use Guitar Synthes for almost three decades, but this is the firs time I feel really comfortable using one alive. This unit is plenty of resources, but essentialy it's very musical and well thought. The V-Guitar part really shines and is very usefull with onboard effects or external ones.
The tracking on the PCM side is a lot better, but even best performance I got when I start to use the FenderRoland CG-1, a very good Stratocaster with built in GK, as a controller. I just put some better pickups and stuff and the guitar became "first class"!
The only thing I think it could be worked out perhaps through some sort of new firmware version (although Roland seems to be closed to this possibility...) is making its USB MIDI connection a Class Compliant one, so we could use it directly with iPad and others iOS devices...
I have been using the Gr-55 live since i came out, and am very satisfied with it. I have been using Rolands VG-8 and Vg-88 before this unit. The possibilities are almost endless. IF you want to go deep into the programming of this unit you can really set up the most complex combinations. For me the combination of the real guitar sounds and the different COSM models works wonders. I can switch to a very convincing 12 string electric og a nylon string guitar with the push of a button. Only thing that is a bit strange is that Roland has not provided a computer based editor for this board. Luckily there is a very good shareware editor available. That Roland hasn't bought this from the guy that developed it is a complete mystery.