More details are out about the Gibson Powertune line of self-tuning guitars—for one, they're now being peculiarly branded as "Robot" guitars. Whatever the name, I think we can all agree the new paint job is quite attractive. I'll never have a reason to own one (at least until the point in the future when the self-tuning technology is standard issue stuff) but for pros it's a neat trick.
If nothing else, it gives Create Digital Music's Peter Kirn a chance to slag guitarists:
My favorite line was this, from the press release: "Since the dawn of the instrument, musicians have come to accept the guitar's imperfections and lack of tonal precision as necessary evils. Onstage and off, guitarists have fought to stay in tune. Every music lover and performer has had to suffer through the show–halting, mood-killing atonal droning of a loudly amped guitar being brought into tune."
Or, erm, not brought into tune, as the case may be. (Jump!)
I read that initially as "every music lover … had to suffer through the show," and the whole passage makes it sound like pretty much everybody just has to suffer guitars. Boy, am I ever a Keyboard player.
The Robot guitar will be available December 9th. I'm on real crap internet right now so I'm having trouble discovering if they actually announced a MSRP yet. I'm sure, being Gibson, it'll be a few thousand dollars for the whole rig.
Gibson to Launch Self-Tuning "Robot" Guitar [CreateDigitalMusic.com]
Previously: Gibson Powertune Self-Tuning Guitars [BBG]