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Gibson Robot Guitar Released Today!

Published: Fri December 07, 2007  News Feed

The world's 1st run limited edition version of Gibson Les Paul Robot Guitars is finally going on sale today. This highly collectible piece of history will be available in an exclusive Blue Silverburst Les Paul model.

Gibson Robot Guitar is the world's first guitar with robotic technology. True to the spirit of innovation that inspired Gibson 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 Gibson Robot Guitar eliminates tuning problems for guitarists. It automatically tunes to standard A440 tuning.
  • It also allows players to access six commonly used altered tuning presets at the push of a button. These tunings were used on many well-known hit songs, giving players easy access for the very first time.
  • The Gibson Robot Guitar allows the guitar to be intonated in seconds after string changes, truss rod adjustments or change in weather conditions.
  • Finally, with the locking tuner, single string changes or changing the entire set of strings are an automated breeze.

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 at 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.

But, lest we forget, the Gibson Robot guitar is a “proper guitar” too, when you forget about all the high-tech side of it! The guitar has a big, fat, round neck like those of the classic ‘58 and ‘59 Les Pauls, with a distinct, traditional feel.

The Body is made of mahogany back and maple cap, that adhere to the forest-saving standards of the Rainforest Alliance. Also, it’s a chambered body, making the guitar acoustically louder, lighter and having increased sustain and resonance.

The beautiful Blue Silverburst Nitrocellulose finish is also unique - a Gibson first that won’t be offered on any other Gibson guitar. This finish makes less interference to the natural vibration of the guitar, allowing for a purer tone.

Finally, there’s the pickups, always a crucial factor to that classic Gibson sound. the Robot Guitar comes with the 490R and the 498T pickups. The 490R’s Alnico II magnet provides a warm, full sound with a slight upper mid-range boost. The 498T’s Alnico V magnet is hotter with enhanced mid-range and high-frequencies. Both offer singing humbucking tones and are handwired in Gibson USA, Nashville, TN!

In other words, the Gibson Robot Guitar is a bona fide Les Paul, with all the tone and playability you could expect.

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