Okay, so I got this Roland GR-50 & GK-2A via eBay, as I was saying. Good, cheap, supposedly a good option to paying ~$700 for the newest synth in the fleet, the GR-33. The synth itself is, of course, dated, but the tracking seems fine, and the GK-2A is compatible with all the Roland synths thusfar, even after, what? 13 years? Heh... I dunno exactly when the GR-50 came out, but it was a while ago. First trial: Unit arrives sans mounting bracket for the GK-2A. Well, that's cool -- the guy selling it had it permanently screwed down to his axe, and didn't say otherwise. So, off to Home Depot for a micro- clamp, and that does a fine job of getting the control box of the GK-2A to stay on the Hamer. I place an order for the "official hardware" direct to Roland that day. Then comes placing the "divided pickup" (hex pup for those so inclined). Just need to get that puppy closer to the strings... Roland suggests 1mm between the pup and the string when fretted at the highest fret. Q: Why in the hell aren't the poles adjustable? The GK-2A's pickup has a curved profile... for what radius, what guitar? Sheesh. Anyway, a $2 bit of balsa was employed to create a riser, and we're off and running in test mode (supply of double-face tape used to adhere pup to balsa, and balsa to Hamer). It tracks okay, but the E strings are too far from the pup to register when picking with normal force. Hmmm. Decide to wait for the Roland mounting bracket before trying to figure out how to resolve this. Trial Two: Bracket arrives. Oh, it mounts via the strap pin at the south end of the guitar. Looks like the Hamer is out -- it has countersunken Schaller StrapLoks, which I thought was a great feature... up until now. I take the Ibanez Sabre off the living room wall, and start wondering about how that might work out for the GK-2A. With a couple of wood blocks, perhaps; the body is so incredibly thin at the edges, it'd take 3/4"+ shim inside the bracket's clamp to make *that* happen, grrrr. Also, pushing the bracket north (towards the headstock) meant that the assembly would interfere with the vibrato tailpiece on the guitar. Again, a wood block and a longer wood screw to attach the strap pin, and... well, hell! I have other guitars! Trial Three: Bingo. It seemed an unlikely choice, given its extremely flat fretboard radius of 20", but I went ahead anyway, installing the GK-2A on my Carvin H2T. Oddly enough, the tracking works well, and the bracket fit the "southwest" strap pin with no intereference with other controls, and with excellent results (the H series guitars all have two "southern" strap pins). Again, balsa was used to raise the pup to the appropriate height. So NOW begins the real adventure. I should have 64 different patches available to me, and the previous owner already saved some of his own on here, of course. He has a decent glockenspiel patch that I've been foolin' with for the last 30 minutes. Looking at the manual, I am freaking out trying to make sense of it all, but I WAS warned about the complexity of this unit (and the Japanese TechWriter Syndrome, heh). I downloaded the GinoSoft MIDI patch-editor/librarian from the net, and have a low- octane Toshiba laptop (normally used for OBD-II work with my car, heh) available to run this... should I suffer the pains and arrows afforded by the steep learning curve which only *might* make it possible. Any advice, RMMG? Prayers? Support groups? -- Toucan "I could never force A Three-Legged Cat To do anything like that To do anything like that"