The Robot Guitar Arrives This Friday: Get ready for the revolution!

This Friday, December 7 at 5 p.m., Gibson will unveil the First Run Limited Edition Robot Guitar, the world’s first guitar with robotic technology. Select dealers worldwide will have a maximum of only 10 Robot Guitars per location.


A groundswell of anticipation for the most incredible guitar innovation of the century has spread all over the Internet and all over the world, from Burgebrach to Beaverton, from Mebourne to Memphis to Lima, Peru. With a limited quantity of First Run Limited Edition Robot Guitars hitting stores on Friday, be ready to order yours! Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. There will never be another First Run Limited Edition Robot Guitar!

The “normal” Robot Guitar will have a different finish and will only be available at the end of 2008!

This is literally history in the making. Are you ready for the Robot Guitar?

Of course, the announcement of the Robot Guitar was met with a certain dose of cynicism by a few, more traditionalist guitarists, that didn’t like the concept of a self-tuning guitar. Of course, any guitarist worth their salt should know how to tune their guitar, but the Robot Guitar is much more than just about that.

Onstage Tuning

Tuning your guitar in the middle of a gig can be a shore, and kill momentum. The Gibson Robot Guitar can solve this, tuning your guitar with precision, and quicker.

Alternate Tunings

Using alternate tunings can be a great experience, and many famous guitarists often explored those different tunings, and wrote some classic songs that way, from “Dear Prudence” to “Street Fighting Man” and others. However, few guitarists would attempt to try different tunings at gigs if they were only using one single guitar. With the Robot Guitar you can easily and quickly go from Open G to Open D to Standard Tuning and back to Open G in the space of a few songs.

This will simply facilitate it for guitarists to expand their sound, trying new melodic structures, and catch the ears of their listeners. Not a bad thing, eh?


Guitar intonation is at the same time one of the most crucial things about a guitar, and one of the most elusive aspects of it to many guitarists.

Correct intonation is a necessity for great guitar tone. Guitars that are not fully and correctly intonated don’t ring with the full spectrum of harmonics, frequently sound out-of-tune on chords (even when they are supposedly “tuned up”), and throw out clunker notes even in simple single-not scale runs, higher up the neck in particular. But the time and skill required to achieve correct intonation mean that many players limp along with imperfect tone rather than going to the trouble of perfecting it. Doing it right usually means going to a professional repairman, surrendering your guitar for however long the shop’s worklist is backed up, and paying a hefty charge for the time-consuming work. Doing it yourself, if you don’t have the training and experience to do it right, risks throwing your guitar even further out. Until now.

In addition to its automated tuning and alternate/open tuning functions, the Gibson Robot Guitar offers a unique Intonation function, which guides even the most tweak-phobic player through the simple steps of achieving perfect intonation on this revolutionary instrument. No tools or external tuners or other gadgets are needed other than a small screwdriver and the Robot Guitar’s own Master Control Knob (MCK). The guitar itself “talks you through” the entire process, resulting in a correctly intonated guitar in a fraction of the time it takes even a professional guitar tech to do the same job.

To access the Intonation mode, you simply pull out the MCK and turn it to “I,” then activate it by pressing the control button for three seconds. Pluck the desired string, and the Robot Guitar system tunes it up. Then fret the same string at the 12th fret, pluck it again, and the MCK tells you exactly how to adjust that string’s bridge saddle to correctly intonate it: for each green LED illuminated, turn the saddle screw half a turn clockwise, for each red LED turn it half a turn counterclockwise. Repeat with each string, and you have correctly intonated your Gibson Robot Guitar to within 0.2 percent accuracy… in a matter of minutes.

Play a guitar that is correctly intonated, and suddenly you will realize what you have been missing. Chords and scales ring true, harmonics resonate in sympathy, and your overall tone sounds bigger and richer thanks to the absence of the dissonance and harshness that was formerly working against you. Intonation, easily, automatically-only on the Gibson Robot Guitar.

Instant Collector’s Item!

gibson_robotguitar2.jpgThe Robot Guitar is history in the making. And, considering it’s cheaper than most Gibson Custom guitars, it’s sure to be a great investment, too!

As a limited edition first-run Les Paul, it continues two great Gibson traditions: cutting-edge innovation and a limited edition first run that will surely go on to become a highly sought-after Gibson instrument.

These limited edition Les Pauls, featuring Gibson’s amazing self-tuning robotic technology, launch globally on December 7, 2007, at select dealers, each of whom will have only 10 of these beautiful guitars. If previous limited run releases are any indication, they won’t have them for very long.

Each limited edition, first run Gibson Robot Guitar will feature a dramatic Blue Silverburst nitrocellulose finish, created especially for this limited run. It will never be used on any other Gibson guitar. Also featured is a certificate of authenticity, a power adaptor for the system’s rechargeable lithium battery, and a limited edition first run case with silver tolex and a plush silver interior. Each Robot Guitar’s serial number will also be sequentially exact, beginning with “RG0001,” and continuing through the end of the limited run.

Many of Gibson’s limited run models of the 1950s-guitars that could be purchased for as little as a few hundred dollars-now command huge sums of money as some of the most desirable collectables in the industry, and the same is proving true with Gibson’s recent limited runs. If history is any indicator-and it usually is-the Robot Guitar will soon join the ranks of such models as:

  • 1958 Flying V (only 81 produced; typically sell for $100,000 and up)
  • 1958 Explorer (only 100 produced; one example with original Bigsby and custom made plate cover sold for $611,000 at a Skinner Auction in Boston in October 2006; it was purchased new in 1958 for about $250)
  • 1958 Les Paul Standard (only 434 produced; typically sell in the $50,000-$250,000 range)
  • 1959 Les Paul Standard (considered the Holy Grail of guitars; only 643 produced; typically sell in the $100,000-$500,000 range, and up)
  • 1960 Les Paul Standard (only 635 produced; typically sell in the $50,0000-$250,000 range)
  • The 2004 Gibson Custom Shop Duane Allman Signature Les Paul (only 57 produced, and rarely available for purchase)
  • The 2005 Gibson Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Crossroads” ES-335 (250 guitars produced, sold out in 72 hours)
  • The 2006 Jimmy Page Custom Authentic Les Paul (first 25 were signed, played, and numbered by Page himself; $25,000 original price tag, but now typically sell for $80,000-$100,000)
  • The 2007 Custom Shop Jimmy Page Signature EDS-1275 Doubleneck (25 Aged, 250 VOS models, sold out in less than two weeks)

 The limited edition, first run Robot Guitar will certainly follow in the footsteps of these legendary Gibson instruments. Who knows, maybe one day you might even be able to buy a house after selling your Robot Guitar!!!

The Guitar Itself!

And, lest we forget, the Gibson Robot guitar is a “proper guitar” too, when you forget about all this high-tech stuff! The guitar neck is a big, fat, round one, 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.


And here’s a good tip:

Although Dolphin Music is one of the selected dealers chosen to sell the Robot Guitar, Dolphin is not yet listed on the dealers directory of the Robot Guitar site. It might turn out to be a good thing for those of you interested in purchasing one of those guitars, if they sell out as fast as Gibson hopes they will…sometime soon, some people might think the last of the Gibson Robot Guitars can only be found in Guayaquil, Ecuador, when they got it right here in Liverpool, England!

Dolphin Music Website


~ by dolphinblog on December 6, 2007.

2 Responses to “The Robot Guitar Arrives This Friday: Get ready for the revolution!”

  1. This is awesome! I want one

  2. Thanks for the good review!
    Made me want one of these!

    I will try to find one at Used Gibson Guitars.

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