MATRIXSYNTH: 1981 Casio DG-1 Digital Guitar Synthesizer Drum Machine

Monday, November 16, 2020

1981 Casio DG-1 Digital Guitar Synthesizer Drum Machine

via this auction

"1981 Casio DG-1 Digital Guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced for a single year, the DG-1 is Casio’s original Digital Guitar that launched a cult classic series of truly unique synthesizers. Looking like what would be RoboCop’s personal guitar, this digital axe features nylon strings and a rubber fingerboard pad that translates the intended notes through selected digital onboard Casio sound banks through a 1/8“ Line Out and built-in speaker.

The Tone bank includes 12 different selectable sounds, all with unique and arguably usable qualities. The Rhythm section features 12 different drum machine patterns with adjustable Tempo controls, and the drum machine can be played simultaneously as an accompaniment to the guitar output with a Start/Stop button and Synchro/Fill pad.

A Main Volume control and separate Rhythm Volume knob are located next to the Power switch, and the guitar runs on 6 AA batteries or a 9v power adapter (not included). The output is 1/8“ and will need a 1/4“ adapter to interface with standard instrument connections, while the built-in speaker works as it should. Cosmetically, there are light surface scuffs and scratches mostly relegated to the back of the plastic body and neck profile."

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