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Old 02-05-08, 01:28 PM   #1
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Robot Guitar!!!11

http://www.gibson.com/robotguitar/

Saw an article on this at lunch. Very cool. Anyone here have one?
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Old 02-05-08, 01:32 PM   #2
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Please don't start me...

Cool concept, yes. I prefer to keep it simple, myself, but there's no denying it'd make a great studio tool.
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cool stuff - I realise that for a person with a single guitar tuning is simple but for roadies and session musicians it makes you wonder why did it take so long?
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Cool, but i think i keep my '74 LP Deluxe Goldtop a while longer. $2500 bucks is alot of beans.
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Old 02-05-08, 02:38 PM   #5
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If your roadie tunes your guitars...
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If your roadie tunes your guitars...
hey, my music ability stops at yankee doody on the harmonica

Having seen the "show your guitars" thread some people have 5-10 guitars. How many would get used in any one session/concert?

How much time would auto-tune/never being out of tune save?
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Old 02-05-08, 03:11 PM   #7
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Not enough to justify three grand

A lot of the time when we practice we have one guitar each, maybe an acoustic or two as well.
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Far from revolutionary.. if you're one of those artists who uses a thousand different tunings throughout a show, I see how it could be useful, but otherwise it's a pricey gimmick that might mess up.

And they still couldn't bring themselves to make it headless, thereby simplifying things greatly. Screw Gibson, I'll stick to building my own.
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hey, my music ability stops at yankee doody on the harmonica

Having seen the "show your guitars" thread some people have 5-10 guitars. How many would get used in any one session/concert?

How much time would auto-tune/never being out of tune save?
I used 2 at gigs. One in std tuning and the other tuned a half step down (we did alot of SRV). I was my own guitar tech.
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Old 02-05-08, 04:33 PM   #10
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A solution in search of a problem.

Gibson would be better advised to spend their R&D money on fashioning a headstock that doesn't self-eject at the slightest bump.
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Far from revolutionary.. if you're one of those artists who uses a thousand different tunings throughout a show, I see how it could be useful, but otherwise it's a pricey gimmick that might mess up.

And they still couldn't bring themselves to make it headless, thereby simplifying things greatly. Screw Gibson, I'll stick to building my own.
The Gibson company churns out some amazingly well finished guitars, to the point that anyone would be hard pressed to build one to that caliber.
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If you can and they repeat it, look for the episode of Some Assembly Required on Disco channel. They did part of an episode at the Gibson Kalamazoo plant where they make the Les Pauls. Fascinating.

Say what you want about Gibson, but I think the Les Paul is the greatest guitar ever created. I've had my Deluxe for over 25 years now and it just as great a guitar as it was when i resuced it from a small music store in 1983. Actually it's better. The tone is perfect, the patina is perfect, heck everything is perfect. The wear marks, the nicks and scrapes.

My wife asked me if she could send it to Gibson to have it restored and i told her NO WAY. It took me years to get it to look like it does. Dont touch it!!!
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Best part of the Robot is the short videos on the website about it. Friggin hilarious! $2500+ is about 5x more than I had to spend on a guitar when I was looking to buy one. I ended up with a Epiphone Les Paul. Love the shape and feel of the Les Paul.
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Old 02-05-08, 10:52 PM   #16
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Best part of the Robot is the short videos on the website about it. Friggin hilarious! $2500+ is about 5x more than I had to spend on a guitar when I was looking to buy one. I ended up with a Epiphone Les Paul. Love the shape and feel of the Les Paul.
the videos were good it is a cool guitar i agree for the money you could get a lot more
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I was personally surprised by how low the MSRP actually is, especially considering that stores will most likely sell them $500-700 less than list. One can easily spend more than that on any number of Les Pauls without all of the fancy gimmicks.
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The Gibson company churns out some amazingly well finished guitars, to the point that anyone would be hard pressed to build one to that caliber.
Trust me, you can get much better value at that quality (Carvin, etc.), and building one is a lot of work, but you can definitely do better than Gibson.. check out www.projectguitar.com
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How exactly do you plan on building a carved mahogany top?
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I don't have the patience to spend any more time on that cryptic site....someone please explain the robot guitar in one paragraph or less.

I gather from the robot site, you don't tune the guitar? It uses signal processing to ensure the desired note (corresponding to the selected fret) is played, without the need for tensioning the string to the proper tuning?

Incidentally, my Les Paul studio is my favorite electric (even moreso than my vintage PRS)...I can't imagine wanting to tinker with the elegant simplicity of that basic design. But...
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Old 02-06-08, 11:59 PM   #22
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no. the motor heads are replaced by servo motors that bring strings to tune by tensioning. It is very cool to watch. I am not a guitarist, so I have no idea of cost, etc. I just thought the guitar was cool.
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Old 02-07-08, 06:08 AM   #23
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How exactly do you plan on building a carved mahogany top?
The same way a luthier would, with rasps, spokeshaves, etc. A lot of people use angle-grinders and circular sanding devices to speed up the process a little. If you really want to you can use a router to do a step pattern to help a little. I'm not sure if Gibson uses CNC mills, but PRS does.
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How much does it cost to buy a robot that can play a guitar?
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Ah yes, the ancient Chinese art of Two-Ning. What is next, guitars that play themselves? It has already happened with pianos.
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