MATRIXSYNTH: ARP Avatar Guitar Synthesizer with Accessories

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ARP Avatar Guitar Synthesizer with Accessories

via this auction

"I purchased the item around 2010. Initially, I used it as intended, as a guitar synthesizer, and I fitted the hex pickup to a Les Paul since it's designed for a Les Paul, not a Fender like some of the hex pickups.

The tracking circuit to change the string tone to a synth tone is unreliable. The hex pickup works fine for both clean and fuzz, but the pickup to synth tracking is sporadic. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't, but usually it doesn't work properly. It seems like this is a common problem with Avatars.

I have used this occasionally as a normal synth since then and it has worked nicely for me. I have recorded with it for two albums using it as a normal synth.

I had the pin connectors cleaned and resoldered, the power supply recapped, calibrated and all of the controls cleaned. Currently there is sometimes some slight crackling when a few of the sliders are moved. The synth has some of the slider caps missing.

There are a few scratches on the side of the synth. It has been treated with care over the years. The synth powers on normally; main power switch and main output button light normally. Sliders are moveable with no stuck ones. The guitar interconnect cable is completely functional.

This comes with the original owners manual, patchbook, instructional cassette tape, hexaphonic guitar pickup (without the original box), and a guitar to synth cable.

The guitar-to-synth aspects of it are really cool and fun and I'm sure that there's someone out there who could get the tracking circuit repaired. As a synth only, it works great..."

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