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Self-tuning Guitar????

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Dec. 4, 2007, 12:23AM

For around $3,500, this guitar better tune itself

By YURI KAGEYAMA

Associated Press

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Gibson launches robot guitar

 

 

 

TOKYO — Musicians of the world are getting a new kind of artistic freedom with technology that eliminates the challenging chore of tuning.

Robotics technology developed by German company Tronical Gmbh in partnership with Gibson Guitar Corp. enables Gibson's newest Les Paul model to tune itself in about two seconds.

For users who purchase the add-on technology, the guitar recognizes pitch. Then, its processor directs motors on its six tuning pegs to tighten or loosen the strings accordingly. Tronical has offered its "Powertune System" online and through retailers in Germany since March, according to the company's Web site.

The Gibson Les Paul guitar model with Blue Silverburst finish goes on sale globally this Friday.

Nashville, Tenn., guitar maker Gibson and Tronical said Powertune is the world's first self-tuning technology, and Gibson says it is particularly useful for beginners, who tend to find tuning a headache.

Musician Ichiro Tanaka, who tuned and played a sample guitar at Gibson's Tokyo office Monday, said the technology is handy for professionals too. If they use special tuning for just part of a concert, as he often does, it means they don't have to lug around an extra guitar with the second tuning ready.

"It's more than just convenience," said Tanaka, of Japan. "It's a feature I really appreciate."

The Les Paul Silverburst model is to cost about $2,780 in Japan and $2,499 in the U.S., with self-tuning offered for $900 extra.

Powertune is also listed online for about $800, and Tronical says it can be installed on many different models of electric guitars without leaving a mark.

Gibson guitars with the technology come preset with six types of tuning to play different kinds of music. They also can remember a player's additional original tuning styles, by listening with a microphone to the sounds of the strings.

To set the instrument to a particular tuning, the user pulls a knob, turns it to the desired style, indicated with a blue light, and then pushes the knob back in. An electric signal travels up the strings to the motors on the tuning pegs. The system is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Gibson hopes to sell 4,000 of the first limited-edition "robot guitars" worldwide, with 10 percent of those sales expected in Japan, said Yasuhiko Iwanade, president of Gibson Guitar Corp. Japan.

"Robots are very popular in Japan. So this is something that matches the developments here these days. It's a technology that Japanese can understand," he said.

Gibson has a history of innovating with guitars that fits well with robotics technology, Iwanade said.

 

 

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/bizarre/5349457.html

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if i played guitar i feel like i would be really hyped over this.

 

but I dont.

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dude, you have no idea how big this is

 

 

 

but i think i will still manually tune my guitar. that and i dont want to pay over $2000 for a guiatar

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Guest R@ndomH3ro

Drop C

 

can it tune down to the devils music?

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wow. fucking pathetic.

real musicians can tune by ear.

i guess this guitar caters to the obese, lazy, guitar hero generation.

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I am the obese, lazy, Guitar Hero generation.

 

I won't be buying this guitar.

Because I spend all my money on weed and snacks.

And don't even know how to play a guitar.

 

Dude.

I am too old to live this life.

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But then you wouldn't be able to impress chicks with your super expensive and high tech guitar.

Girls really dig dudes that are into robots and high tech devices.

It's so metal and sexy.

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Guest R@ndomH3ro
My first question...Can it tune down to a drop C or D?

 

Answer is yes!

 

http://transperformance.com/news/index.htm

 

But....who the hell is so lazy they can't tune their own guitar? Or learn how to?

 

I guess if you are in a speedmetal band and you go out of tune often...but still...

 

 

Yeah, it would make sense if you in some kind of crazy metal band that tunes for diffrent songs.

 

 

but then when I used to play in a metal band i would just look down and tune real quick on my tuner....if it was a little flat or sharp fuck it...

 

 

we came to bring the mosh...

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couple ppl i know in school made a self tuning guitar for a senior project... looked mighty complicated haha

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if it can take the headache out of a lo-pro edge then gimme one...oh and if R&D are reading this how about a self calibrating truss rod too, maybe hydraulic action and self tuning intonations...and power gloves that take a memory stick with all your favourite songs on so your hands magically dance across the frets and nail every note......yeah power gloves, they'd be sweet.

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