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Liquidayno
02-03-2015, 05:26 AM
I really enjoy modding things and the Multiukes are a great starting point for several reasons.

I previously modded a sunburst Multiuke with an RMC external system, that one turned out great as well and I sold it to someone here on the UU.

I imagine most uke players are not very familiar with the 13-pin electronics, but they offer some AMAZING possibilities for different sounds. As these systems have a separate signal for each string, each string can have a different effect. The pitch can be changed digitally for alternate tunings, or capo-type effects - this means you can program different patches in your effects unit to make it have Baritone, Tenor, Concert and Soprano tunings, as well as slack key tunings, even getting into the guitar and Bass range as you can tune up or down by 2 full octaves. In addition, the Roland VG99 or the newer Boss GP10 have lots of effects, amp modelling, and even GUITAR modelling. Les Paul into a Marshall stack, Rickenbacker into a Vox, Tele into a Twin, nylon strings into a full range amp, sitar, resonator, and on, and on, and on - more fun than someone should be allowed to have!

This uke now has a piezo acoustic signal coming from the 1/4" jack, as well as the 13-pin output (which also carries the acoustic signal to blend with the 13-pin signal).

There is piezo volume, synth volume, and 4 bands of active EQ.

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Brad Bordessa
02-03-2015, 07:41 AM
Been waiting for Godin to do this. Seems like it would have been a no-brainer from the start. What is the cost on a retrofit like this?

Nuprin
02-05-2015, 04:24 AM
I was the one who bought the sunburst Godin from Liquidayno...first off, a great uke. The outfitted RMC external PolyDrive pickup sounds great and it's been A LOT of fun messing with the 13-pin output (I've played around with the GR-55 and the GP-10).

RMC used to make a breakout box that, through the 13-pin output, would separate each string into separate outputs. A friend of mine is a very accomplished bassist (has had his songs tabbed out for bass tab books, is endorsed by MXR for their pedals, etc.) and he uses one of these breakout boxes for recording. Unfortunately RMC has stopped making them for the time being.

I found another gentlemen who makes them though so I have one on order...should arrive on Saturday. So, with this 13-pin output and breakout box, I can record each string separately to have complete control over each aspect of my recordings...volume balance, EQ, compression, etc. Honestly, not something I ever felt I really needed, but it will be a fun experiment. (His website here (http://www.ubertar.com/hexaphonic/)).

I also have a Lexicon MX400 effect processor, which has 4 inputs and 4 outputs so, if I so desired, I could have a different effect on each string. Again, definitely not needed, but fun nonetheless.

So, I've really been enjoying messing with this Godin. Thanks Liquidayno!

Liquidayno
02-06-2015, 06:32 AM
Glad you are enjoying the RMC modded Godin Nuprin!

Hippie Guy, the cost depends on whether you go RMC or Graphtech, and if you do the work yourself or pay someone else.

As Nuprin said, these type of electronics open up a HUGE world of possibilities for different sounds.