November 13, 2007 by Rachel Cericola
Gibson just announced its Robot Guitar just in time for a little “Jingle Bell Rock.”
It can’t fix your off-key singing, but the unit will always be ready to rock in tune at the touch of a button. Using Gibson’s own Tune-o-matic bridge, the guitar can be tuned to one of seven presets. The default is the standard A440 setting, while others were based upon popular songs.
I hope none are “American Pie.” That seemed to be the guitar go-to when I was in high school.
Does this mean more people will pick up the guitar? I’m sure Gibson hopes so. And while serious guitar geeks may scoff, the new technology is packed into a Les Paul. That should shut ‘em up.
But seriously, Robot Guitar? Is that the best they could do? Even Tune-o-matic would have been a cooler name. I dub thee: The VanHalenator.
Get ready for a battle of the bands indeed: Only 4,000 units will be available come December 7. Check the website for a list of dealers.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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