Wired CES 2008: Gibson Robot Guitar

Wired’s Chris Hardwick checks out the Gibson Robot Guitar. If you’ve ever had trouble tuning up your electric, look no further. This one of a kind instrument uses robotics to tune itself!

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25 thoughts on “Wired CES 2008: Gibson Robot Guitar

  1. People that are …
    People that are good at guitar know many songs in many tunings and it’s a to go from tuning to tuning inbetween songs, and I’m tired of people who have probably never seen a robot keep saying you won’t learn how to tune a guitar by ear, I think that if you are commited to buying a gibson of any kind, you’ed know how to tune a guitar by ear before you bought it.

  2. tuning a guitar …
    tuning a guitar doesn’t suck… that guy doesnt know what he’s talking about

  3. Ok now I want to …
    Ok now I want to see a guitar that can prevent strings from breaking on stage. And when it does, it replaces the string right after and tune it as well. And if it could have some vending machine, with like, beer, it would be veeery nice.

  4. lol, i didn’t …
    lol, i didn’t notice until almost the end that the guy doing the interview was Hard from Hard n’ Phirm.

  5. ps

    The James bond …
    ps

    The James bond gadget fascination attracted me to the idea of getting this guitar, but the sound quality and playability was what sealed it. I think Gibson pulled out all the stops with this, aware it was going to be scrutinized, made sure it was built top notch!

    It is my favourite Gibson and plays as well as my beloved Gretsch 6120 Brian Setzer.

    Matt

  6. I own this guitar …
    I own this guitar and 16 others (5 Gibsons). I agree with the comments about not being lazy. I have trained my ear over the years to write scores away from an instrument. Where this guitar is great is playing live and changing tunings (while vocalist talks to audience) I press the E major command and 20 seconds later I am ready to play slide!

    Matt

  7. man thats just a …
    man thats just a waste of money cuz people that play guitar and are good at it..theres no need for a guitar like that…also people have to learn how to tune them selves

  8. this is cool… …
    this is cool… real amazing, in fact… but i will refuse to play with a person that does not know how to tune by hand.

  9. 3. Why do guitarist …
    3. Why do guitarist feel like they need to waste time tuning, when I’m playing a gig I want it to be as fast and as easy as possible plus it obviously doesn’t change the aesthetic of the guitar because all the machinery is on the inside. People need to stop being elitist or overly traditional, its ok to be different.

  10. 1. Tuning isn’t all …
    1. Tuning isn’t all that easy as a beginner so it only makes the instrument more accessible
    2. No matter how good you make the tuners you can’t keep a string from going out of tune, other things besides the tuner affect the string like temperature, stretching and bending etc.

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    Je vous la propose à 1500 euros allez sur babeloorecords a la page guitare ! Merci .

    The best price on the net 1500 euros
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  12. if you cant tune …
    if you cant tune jit yourself how are you suppose to do the rain song or thats the way by led zeppelin i mean a little to high tech for now.

  13. this is ing …
    this is ing amazing you people complain about it but why whould you want to wate your time tunning a guitar when all you have to do is toch a button pick up the guitar and play.

  14. Add on: While I …
    Add on: While I love Planet Waves locking tuners (they cut the strings for you too), but they could use some improvement aesthetically before putting them on a Gibson Les Paul. Maybe a “Classic Version.”

  15. I really don’t get …
    I really don’t get it. Tuning is the easiest thing in the world, do you really need help? And why ruin a classic, time-honored instrument with goofy gimmicks like this?

    I understand making changes and improvements, but why not just equip the guitar with improved tuners and so on to keep it in tune longer? A $70 set of planet waves tuners, and a decent quality nut + setup will do the trick. I set up an Epi LP like that (w/ an Earvana nut) and it stays in tune.

  16. yeah, its pretty …
    yeah, its pretty easy to pick up with tuning, spechially using harmonics

  17. (cont. @ vibrax7795 …
    (cont. @ vibrax7795)

    C) I’m pretty sure this is also a perfect example of how innovative some Americans can be. And you realize this isn’t being marketed towards just Americans.

  18. vibrax7795:

    A) All …
    vibrax7795:

    A) All Gibsons are pretty expensive. In fact, the Robot Guitar is most definitely not the most expensive guitar in Gibson’s line-up. There are guitars that go for $10k. The difference is, the guitar players know they’re paying for a good guitar. You clearly don’t see anything but figures.

    B) Who would want to pay over $2k for something that does things for you? Why would you pay $30k for a car when you could walk?

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