GIBSON > Robot SG Special Ltd.

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A self-tuning guitar could possibly be the best and worst thing ever manufactured for guitar players. For the sake of ease, there is no better invention-the ability to simply grab a guitar, push a button and presto…magic! You’re in tune. Unreal and unprecedented. It’s kind of the segue between Guitar Hero people and real guitar players, the “I’m always out of tune” guy meets the guy with a song in a different tuning-every other song.

LIST PRICE: $3,599.00
WEBSITE: Gibson

A self-tuning guitar could possibly be the best and worst thing ever manufactured for guitar players. For the sake of ease, there is no better invention-the ability to simply grab a guitar, push a button and presto…magic! You’re in tune. Unreal and unprecedented. It’s kind of the segue between Guitar Hero people and real guitar players, the “I’m always out of tune” guy meets the guy with a song in a different tuning-every other song.


How does it play? It plays amazingly. It’s a Gibson SG, one of the best guitars on the planet. I own three SGs because I’m a loser, baby. The non-robotic highlight is the neck and headstock binding. For some reason, it just seems extremely 1962 of Gibson to include that style binding with this new technology. I love it.

The Robot SG not only features earthshaking, self-tuning technology, buy it also comes standard with a mahogany body and neck, 22 fret ebony fingerboard, 490R neck pickup, 498T Bridge Pickup, chrome hardware, Powertune stop bar tailpiece and a Neutrik input jack so your cable never pops out…oh, and a reptile skin white plush case-pretty killa.

My only concern is for the person who relies on the robot tuning function and never has a clue how to tune a guitar, who isn’t prepared for the occasion when the robot headstock machines stop working properly between songs at a huge show, or for the poor guitar tech who is going to have to learn to read binary code.

Otherwise, I put this guitar through the ringer-every possible open tuning instantly…well sort of, the popular ones. You can program a channel for whatever tuning you desire. It truly is amazing. Please test drive one of these at a store. I can’t possibly explain how well it works, once you learn how to work it. Honestly, it is just as hard to tune a guitar. Learning to push three buttons is definitely easier than learning to tune though. So I guess the robot wins.



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