Casio DG-20

Casio DG-20

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DG-20, Other Synthesizer from Casio.

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Casio DG-20 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Casio
  • Model:DG-20
  • Category:Other Synthesizers
  • Added in our database on: 07/31/2003

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Casio DG-20 user reviews


mooseherman's review"An all around Bad Idea"

Casio DG-20
This is probably one of the most ridiculous instruments I've ever encountered in my relatively short lifetime. It's a digital MIDI guitar, made in the 80s (of course). It's basically a guitar synthesizer, and while it has real strings and plays like a normal guitar, all it really does is send data to the MIDI converter that you happen to be using. While it has a few (bad) sounds of its own that I would never use as a substitute, its tonal palette is as limited as your MIDI setup, regardless of what you are using.
This would theoretically be really cool if you use MIDI a lot, and want to get a different feel to a keyboard. However, it doesn't really react all that differently from a keyboard, as there is no way to do vibrato or pitch bends with it. At this point, it makes me wonder why a guitar would be necessary at all, as without the actual guitar tone, or the ability to use vibrato, a guitar is borderline useless. I imagine it could free you up from using a keyboard as it would encourage different chord shapes, or perhaps different kinds of rhythms, but considering that a guitar is limited in the ability of rhythms anyway, this is kind of a bad trade-off.
While a real guitar is easier to get rhythms out of than a keyboard (unless you are a great keys player, in which case it's much harder), this instrument is severely limited. If you are using MIDI data that can be manipulated and controlled after the fact anyway, I'd be surprised that anyone would prefer to use this. In fact, I found a clip of some comedians using it just because it was absurd and ridiculous. I would only use t in live situations if I was going for comedy.
In short, this was a disappointment. I guess I've been going about using MIDI the wrong way, as it's really a keyboard player's game.

Ravaillac's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Casio DG20, an endearing instrument"

Casio DG-20
Casio DG20 is a synthesizer / controller as playing a guitar: it has 6 strings and 22 frets handle. On each note lies a sensor that sends a MIDI signal.
It contains 20 patches, 10 rhythms and a non-editable "Sustain / Reverb" effect in the Casiotone style.
The connector consists of a line output and a headphone jack (Jack both) as well as a MIDI Out port.
Polyphony is 6 ratings, of course.


Step setup, the area on business or we put the batteries (which weigh the beast) and it's gone! We can also connect headphones or connect the synthesizer to a receiver.
Finally, connect the MIDI Out to the MIDI In of another synthesizer (preferably polyphonic), the DG20 is a controller for such sweeping agreements, and facilitating the use of synthesizers for those who have mastered the guitar better.
Bought used, I did not have the paper manual, but even before receiving the beast, a look at a pdf version quickly made me realize that it would not be very useful to me:. His use is childish.


In true "Harware Digger" I am, my music is meant to be a mix between "serious" instruments (Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer) and "Synth Toy" (Casiotone, Omnichord and other Bontempi) so I do not have trouble mixing presets the machine to my music and I also use it to control other more professional synthesizers for some solos.
The sounds are not realistic, but it is not really of interest: nothing beats a guitar to play a ... guitar. on the other hand patches are rather well done, I sometimes use the preset guitar to double real guitars, and the preset "Chorus" is interesting when agreements on plate.


I rode extensively for a month now and I am very satisfied and I had never tried before, but I was informed me on the net, and I looked at similar products (YouRock that the advantage Pitch Bender, but without the charm and sounds of 80's look).

The +:

- Playing with a guitar synthesizer with MIDI Out
- The childish but usable sounds kind Casio
- Ease of use
- A cup of tune

The -:

- No Midi In
- No Pitch Bender

Finally, I find this tool particularly endearing and useful in my setup, but it does not suit all kinds of music, and will be very useful for some who now masters keyboards.

PS: Tame Impala uses this instrument in a Pitchfork session.


riot688's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Casio DG-20
Casio DG-20, basically a keyboard format guitare.Solide, practical, plastic toy, but is resisting!

I bought a year ago on ebay, Germany, for 150euros including postage (one chance!)

I use it to make my keyboard part, because not knowing this intrument playing the synth came in handy.

The handle is very special coated gum, hiding pressure sensors under each box / note (ie 132 pressure sensors, imagine 132 piano notes!), Each corresponding to a note via the midi.La gameplay is the same as on a classical guitar (I say classic because the 6 strings are nylon pulling even, very easy to change if it were a break), except that it is impossible to make bends, not restored by MIDI.
Given that there is such pressure sensors, it is possible to do tapping, even with two hands (very funny).
It is possible to adjust the string tension [(a unit) I mean tension because if you give the strings it has no influence on the return of the note) via a set of head type Steinberger.

The built-in speaker is of good quality, powerful, simple and effective settings (a 20aine sounds, reverb, and the ability to adjust the height of the notes, lab and #). Ability to plug it into an amp guitar, or output sound, plus a headphone jack (which cuts the HP).

4 drum pads also included on the lower horn, a drum machine and a side effect (on the top).

The batteries last trèèèèèès longtemps.6grosses batteries are required, which increases the weight (3Kg vacuum, 6avec batteries), but it is possible to use an adapter (such as Boss pedals, 9V 400mA).

According to connoisseurs noon, it is fully controllable via a DIN plug ... So as a controller, replace the internal sounds ect .. Royal!

Have no equivalent model, I have not compared, but I hesitated between that and the Roland GR707 (although more expensive, but a "real" instrument).

Value / unbeatable price (even if you find one has 300euros, not more ^ ^)

Yes, a thousand times yes, I would resume if the one had to let go, although I will look at the end of the world! (...)


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