"Great piece of gear, a lot of hassle."
doesn't really have any sound
basically has everything a midi pickup should, but nothing new so it gets a 9.
Roland needs to come up with some way for the pickup itself to be able to bend slightly. I attached this to a guitar that is not quite a flat top, but not really a curve top either, a godin sd to be exact. very slight curvature to the body required me to screw the pickup to it. Not exactly the best option IMO. Other than that, it's controls and everything are made out of tough ABS plastic, frankly if your in a punk band or anything aggressive that might result in damage to this unit you won't buy it anyway so it's ok durability wise.
Roland is a real pain in the ass, in the old days you'd have to pay them to get a replacement manual. Now, in order to get a manual you have to send an e-mail request and hope they provide you with one.
Not a very good value. The Yamaha version of this pickup goes for 100, this thing goes for 170 because it's more popular. Frankly I think the GK-3 is probably a better pickup. Also, tracking is not effected by pickup, except of course placement. So most hex pickups are fine.
The Wow Factor:
the more advanced your guitar looks the more interested people are, and this thing adds more controls on the face of the guitar so, chances are it adds some appeal.
My only really big complaint is the fact that this pickup is not easily installable on all guitars, according to Roland it is, but lets face it, they are trying to sell the damn thing. It attaches to strats and any of the stopbar type bridges really easily, but if you throw anything at it other than a strat or les-paul your going to be hard press to mount it without screwing it.