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  1. Dave Hillebrandt
    April 26, 2014

    Has anyone found a good repair tech who can tackle the cap replacement problem. in need myself and hoping to find someone in Florida but willing to ship guitar out of state if necessary. thanks in advance, Dave

    • cyberocker
      April 30, 2014


      I have the SMT equipment, and the experience to repair the Casio PCB, as long as it is in a condition that is repairable; meaning someone has not attempted to repair it and botched the job. I have successfully repaired these in the past; however, parts are becoming harder to find, which can impact the end result. (connectors, and other parts, besides the caps).

      Send me an email, if this is of interest to you.


    • stuka
      October 6, 2014

      Did you find someone to do the cap job, Dave? I have done it on my own, and could do it for you if you need, you wouldn’t have to ship the guitar, just the relevant PCBs.

  2. Frank
    June 10, 2014

    Hi Grant, I have a rare white Casio PG380 which is only played about ten times. It was my backup and is in excellent condition! For many years my main guitar was a black Casio PG380 which I sold to a friend. It was subsequently destroyed in the “Sandy” Hurricane. Every five to seven years I would have to replace the capacitors. The first time I took the whole guitar to Glen Lyon, PA to get the job done while I waited. After that, I just disconnected the board under the front lower horn of the guitar and sent it in a bubble pack. It was repaired and sent back to me in three days, and this was the only times I used my white guitar. It usually cost $100. This company main busines was repairing Casio cash registers whic also used the same capacitors. I am retired now but I used to use a Korg, Roland U110, Roland 550 etc. All my stuff is now for sale. The Casio comes with a card and a brand new hard case originally intended for bass. The casio will not fit in a regular guitar case. Frank.

  3. Frank
    June 11, 2014

    Hi Grant, I forgot to say in my last message that I modified my white Casio PG380. I found the original middle and neck pick-ups sounded dull, so I replaced them with the Fender 2000 FLS (The Legendary 1950’s “Strat’ Sound, and the Fender 2002 FLS (The Red Hot Mega Output Sound. In case anyone would want to restore the original pick-ups I still have them storedin the Fender plastic cases. They woul be included in the sale of my guitar along with a locking guitar strap. Frank.

    • stuka
      October 6, 2014

      Frank, what did you do to replace the p’ups? I ask b/c the originals are hooked up to connectors on the PCB rather than being soldered to pots like on a regular guitar. I’d like to set mine up as an S/S/S with either Lace Chrome Domes or something fatter-sounding, especially on the Bridge-Middle setting, which I tend to use almost exclusively in my playing.

  4. Jishnu Dasgupta
    June 11, 2014

    Grant, what value of capacitors did you use? Would 1 uf caps do the job?

  5. Vic
    June 30, 2014
    • Frank
      July 1, 2014

      I have never had to repair my two Casio PG380 guitars except for the capacitor on the small circuit board located on the lower front of the guitar. I used to disconnect this circuit board and send it to a Company in PA. Unfortunately, this Company seems to be out of business because they have not returned any of my phone calls. Frank.

  6. Jishnu Dasgupta
    October 28, 2014

    Grant,hi! I was wondering where I could get a complete list of all the electrolytic caps used in the PG380 – – in both boards – – have decided to go ahead and replace all of them.

  7. Matt Dickson
    February 27, 2015

    I am going to install one or more Lace Sensor Chrome Dome pickups in my PG-380 to beef up the regular guitar sound, and as I recall, the PG pickups use press-in connectors on the main PC board. My thinking is that I’ll cut the pickup wires going to the board and splice the Lace wires with the remaining wires to the connector. My question is, does anyone know which wire is which on the originals? I’d prefer to get it right the first time so the phase is correct, so I don’t have to take the damn thing apart and put it back together if I get the phase wrong. I’m installing the middle pickup (reverse wound) first, and want to see how the guitar sounds with the Lace middle pickup against the bridge pickup with the coil split. At this point I have only gotten the middle replacement (Chrome Dome) pickup, and if it sounds right for what I want, I may just leave it at that rather than mess with figuring out how to either install a single coil bridge pickup in place of the original HB, or find a (rare) Chrome Dome humbucker and figure out how to wire that in to the PG circuitry and get it to split right. Anyone know which is which on those wires?

    Thanks all :-)

  8. peter
    March 16, 2015

    I have a less than perfect PG380. Completely functional though. And I have all the add on cards for more sounds. Email if interested. -Peter

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