Hereâ€™s how Gibson see it, â€œSince the dawn of the instrument, musicians have come to accept the guitarâ€™s imperfections and lack of tonal precision as necessary evils. Guitar players without guitar techs have shied away from the use of alternate tuning due to the time and difficulty require to tune and retune the guitar. The result is the guitar player and the music listener often suffers out of tune instruments. In the studio, or at home, imprecise intonation throws the guitar in and out of tune, up and down the neck, as the instrument requires tweaking with each season and at times with each string change. This all changes with the introduction of the Gibson Robot Guitar, the world's first robotic guitar.â€�
Gibson believe that, true to the spirit of innovation that inspired them to invent the legendary Tune-o-matic bridge, the powerful humbucker and the revolutionary HD.6X Pro digital Les Paul guitar, the Gibson Robot Guitar is set to make music industry history.
The system consists of five high technology components which are extremely light and do not change the instrument in any way. A control knob (which also serves as the volume knob) enables the tuning with a simple push or pull. Each tuner is equipped with specialized servo motors. As the motorized tuners adjust the pitch of the strings they are monitored by means of a Tune-Control Bridge.
The user interface of the Gibson Robot Guitar is the Master Control Knob (MCK). The Master Control Knob has all operating and control functionality contained in 11 different positions. The Powerhead-Locking tuners are constructed with a lightweight alloy housing and are not heavier than common tuning keys. They represent a revolution in guitar technology. Each Powerhead has a motorized high-performance gearbox controlled by signals from the Neck CPU mounted on the back of the headstock.
The Tune-Control Bridge, Tune Core-Controller, Data-Transmitting Tailpiece and Neck CPU work as the command center of the entire Gibson Robot Guitar. The strings carry the control signal and the power supply from the Data-Transmitting Tailpiece to the Neck CPU operating each of the Powerhead Locking Tuners individually. The Gibson Robot Guitar is the first production instrument offering robotic ability and is exclusive to Gibson Guitar.
Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar, told us, â€œWe are very excited about making the world's first Robot Guitar available to our customers and its ability to offer our customers a remarkable musical experience. Gibson has always been known for innovation. From the HD.6X-Pro Guitar System to this Robot Guitar, we will continue to produce unique and affordable systems for all Gibson guitar enthusiasts worldwide. We expect the Gibson Robot Guitar to sell out within hours on December 7th, and have been taking reservations for orders as fast as we can answer the phone lines.â€�
Pricing and Availability:
The worldâ€™s 1st run limited edition version of Gibson Les Paul Robot Guitars, available in an exclusive Blue Silverburst, will go on sale at 5 PM on December 7, 2007 at 400 dealers throughout the world. Each store will only have 10 instruments.