Monday, April 28, 2008
A second-generation self-tuning Robot Guitar was recently announced by Gibson Guitar Corp. (Nashville, Tenn.). Two new models are available--a Les Paul Studio Ltd. and an SG Special Ltd.--both offering a new locking input jack. The first-generation Robot Guitar was superseded by the new second-generation models earlier this month. The new instruments, which sport a metallic purple finish, are now sold out, but EE Times has learned that a new metallic green finish will be announced by Gibson soon. All second-generation Gibson Robot Guitars have an automatic-locking input jack from Neutrik AG (Liechtenstein, Germany). The locking phone jack prevents accidental disconnection by latching whenever a standard 1/4-inch plug is inserted. Automatically mated plugs unlock only by pressing red release tab. Tronical's patented Powertune system uses motorized tuning pegs that all turn simultaneously until every string is tuned. For alternative tunings, a twirl of a knob shows illuminated settings for six non-standard tunings (Open-E, Open-G, Drop-D, Double-Drop-D, A and E-flat); custom tunings can be substituted by the player.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 10:21 AM