Korg 01/W FD with new backlight (EL panel) for sale – not on ebay

Good condition.  Was all working OK when I last tested it.
When I have a buyer I’ll check it all through again.

The EL backlights in many old Korg synths have either died by now or
have become very difficult to read because the backlight is dim or has failed.

I fitted a new replacement backlight and the display is easy to read now.

Collect only – am not risking posting this!

SOLD – may have another one for sale in a while
Also in the process of repairing an 01R/W for sale

No bag or case

Owner’s manual can be downloaded here


Replacement backlights are likely to be needed for any of the older Korgs like M1, M1R, 01/W, 01/W FD, 01R/W, T2, T3, i3 and Wavestations.  Roland and Yamaha synths of this age also suffer from the same problem.  Typically Roland D50, D70, Yamaha W5, W7.

Getting to the display is not easy in most synths.  Fitting a new EL panel can be  a bit of a fiddle (and usually needs quick, accurate soldering)  but it’s nothing like as difficult as getting to the display in the first place.  The display is usually the last thing you get to having completely disembowelled the synth.  Definitely not a job for anyone.  You need to be the sort of person who is really, really good at taking things apart – very methodically – and getting everything back together perfectly in a piece of equipment you’ve never seen before.  I can do this for you.  I do this sort of work all the time for a living.