Gibson's Robot Guitar Wins Award

Gibson Robot Guitar Wins the Best Music Hardware Award.

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The Gibson Robot Guitar was awarded with the prestigious "Best Music Hardware Award" at the BT Digital Music Awards 2008. The BT Digital Music Awards now in its seventh year was held at the Roundhouse in London on Wednesday 1st October. The Gibson Robot guitar is the world's first guitar with robotic technology and beat stiff competition from the Motorola ROKR E8 and Ripserver. The Best Music Hardware Award in association with Stuff Magazine was decided upon by a panel of distinguished industry judges. The Gibson Robot Guitar was sighted for its innovation, usability, style and price point among other features. The Gibson Robot Guitar eliminates tuning problems for guitarists. It automatically tunes to standard A440 tuning. It also allows players to access six commonly used altered tuning presets at the push of a button. It allows the guitar to be intonated in seconds after string changes, truss rod adjustments or change in weather conditions. Finally, with the locking tuner, single string changes or changing the entire set of strings are an automated breeze. The annual Digital Music Awards were presented by TV's Fearne Cotton and Rufus Hound and was filmed for ITV2. Bands performing in between the awards included Sugababes, Ida Maria, British Sea Power, Sam Beeton, Fightstar and Iglu & Hartly. Thirteen of the 20 awards given were voted for online and the remaining seven by a panel of industry experts. For more information on the Gibson Robot Guitar please visit this location. Thanks for the report to Music-News.com.

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    VieNam
    the main thing about it is you're buying what is essentialy a lp stahdard for about 1000, and now they're having a closeout sale, so its 400$ for the instant tuning... you wont need 5 guitars for different tunings 5 guitars being 5k and electric tuners/ ear tuning takes about 1 or 2 minutes
    Edo
    Josh Shiells wrote: Boo the robot guitar. Keep it old school, I say! Tuning is part of true guitar playing. I would never use a robot guitar.
    never say never
    tands
    i hope gibson makes a killing off this guitar and drops the prices on its les pauls
    Badmotorfever
    This seems to me like Gibsons answer to the VG Strat, and just says "VG Les Paul" all over it". However, i can appreciate the ups of this guitar - having C tuning at the flick of a switch would be nice. If this sort of tuning technology was on a floyd, then I'd be a lot more interested. Of course, the price would probably also have a big factor of my interest
    cfh0636
    haha i don't care what anyone says about tuning i'd rather have a guitar that tunes itself because I AM lazy not that I can't do it on my own besides the fact that its not like it makes it any easier for you to play it you still have to be able to play a guitar to play this guitar.
    Zida
    Head BANGER 81 wrote: Zida wrote: oh man, i didnt know it automatically adjusted the truss rod and intonated! thats nuts! i dont believe it does but it tells exactly how far everything needs to be adjusted
    You're right, i looked into it. kinda disappointed now
    weedwormschlag!
    the robot guitar is the worst instrument ive ever played. i picked it up at guitar center and when i finally found out how to work the tuners i strummed and they started tuning. and i noticed the e string is going a little higher than it should, and that shit broke! robot guitar sucks anyone that wastes their money on buying one of those is a SHMUCK!
    SGStrummer61
    weedwormschlag! wrote: the robot guitar is the worst instrument ive ever played. i picked it up at guitar center and when i finally found out how to work the tuners i strummed and they started tuning. and i noticed the e string is going a little higher than it should, and that shit broke! robot guitar sucks anyone that wastes their money on buying one of those is a SHMUCK!
    Why, because you played one of the most interesting guitars that tons of people probably played at Guitar Center? Try it with new strings first and not at GC.
    Woogles
    travd92 wrote: so, you wouldn't want to have EXACT perfect pitch all the time? i know i would. but my les paul classic is good enough for me. and they don't make lefties anymore
    If you want exact perfect pitch don't play a fretted string instrument
    Slashe
    [I Buy Peace] wrote: Musical instruments are not necceceraly improved by new technology. Plus tuning a guitar is a important part of being a musician and helps you know the notes by ear better. A self tuning guitar is kinda lazy in my opinion
    +1 How can you pretend to play music if you can't even hear when it sounds good ? In my opinion, this guitar is killing everything that Gibson built, and it kills the link that must exist between the player and his guitar.
    Mr. Saturn
    When i opened this i was expecting to read:" And award for most over priced obvious invention goes too"
    KennethJay
    -goes to a senior house and asks a retired person about how he thinks about the robot gibson guitar- "What??? First the remote, and now this?!?!"
    wontu
    i would have it as a cool little addon for shits and gigs but it doesnt seem as big as these people make it seem
    clawsofsteel
    korbhag wrote: Nobody thought about the possibility to change your tuning DURING a song??? May sound pretty crazy but I bet John Petrucci will be using this in the next Dream Theater album.
    exactly what i was thinking, but only with a few arpeggios by rudess so he could change the tuning mid song and have it still sound awesome.
    Altered_Carbon
    And what happens when Skynet takes over and nobody knows how to tune their guitars? Eh? They're actually pretty neat, but I like tuning manually. A little zen moment before the stage.
    rancidryan
    gibson-sg-rocks wrote: ROBOT GUITARS: BECAUSE YOURE TOO FUUKIN STUPID TO TUNE YOUR GUITAR
    idiot just because you cant afford one i think its a good idea for live or studio playing but normal people, i dont see the point
    cornmancer
    It sounds interesting I might get one, but probably just as a secondary guitar.
    BonezShaker
    check it out on youtube guys..... pretty cool and all the led lights... i just wish it has more pretty classic colors instead of the cheap white and blue fade
    HighPotency
    Impressive technology, but not necessary. Best of the year? I'd bet there's something more useful that has come out this year.
    xxdarrenxx
    What a load of bollocks. 99% of all piano players let other people tune their piano's. Does their hearing suck? You guys probably just learned to tune guitar by ear and find it impressive or something. I will tell you when u play gigs alot and jam with others, it doesn't do anything for ur ears, then it just sucks. Also a good guitar with a floyd rose hardly needs retuning; does that mean if you play those guitars u are lazy or have a bad ear? nuff said
    groll01
    Rock Boy wrote: silhouettica wrote: I think that it is a little rediculous. I mean, whenever I play live, my strings sometimes get up to even a half step out of tune, but at different places. Really, this just adds to the character of the song. The technology is a good idea, but it can take away from the atmosphere of live playing I think people would prefer to listen to a tuned guitar rather than a detuned guitar.
    i think thats subjective. one mans noise is another mans music
    b-rock34
    What have we come to. We're so ****ing lazy these days it's ridiculous. Seriously, it's ruining our society. We're becoming a society of spoiled, narcisistic, lazy morons who can't do anything or think for ourselves. We would we, it's all done automatically for us. BTW, I'd love to have one of these guitars.
    b-rock34
    What have we come to. We're so ****ing lazy these days it's ridiculous. Seriously, it's ruining our society. We're becoming a society of spoiled, narcisistic, lazy morons who can't do anything or think for ourselves. WHY would we, it's all done automatically for us. BTW, I'd love to have one of these guitars. (I have to be the world's worst self proof reader)
    mikelb7
    sorry i realized i should mention that the robot is VERY quick at doing slight tuning adjustments with strings, for the theatrical quick tuning part. so if you've been playing for 30 mins or something and the tuning isnt sounding as fresh, pop the knob out and you'll be back in tune in under 3 seconds
    Kegan
    Robot guitars are entirely unnecessary, especially when electronic tuners are only $15 away. And, ****, we've got ears, haven't we? I'd far rather spend $1700 on a ton of pedals or a nice amp.
    mikelb7
    everyone talking shit about this instrument isnt really thinking about this guitar the right way. if you notice, gibson only makes 4 models in limited runs of the robot guitar. how many models and how many runs of non-robot guitars do they make?? the number doesn't even compare. the robot was designed for professional stage guitarists, keyword being PROFESSIONAL. you know, people who make a living by playing guitar... not the average bedroom teenager who doesn't realize scooping your mids sounds like ass on a stage. for these people, being in tune instantly matters very much: to the people they play to, to the people who pay them, to other instrumentalists they might be playing with, such as a horn section or even instruments like pianos or synths which cannot be tuned on the fly. i can also see many instances (in a theatrical production for instance) where you wouldnt have time to quickly retune your guitar. not too mention it would keep touring costs way down by greatly reducing the number of guitars you would have to bring along. so in the light of a working and not hobbyist musician, many could see this as a godsend. my dad one of the original blueburst robots and i will say that it probably doesnt sound as nice as a comparable non-robot les paul. but at the same time this thing is going up in value like crazy and to hold a guitar thats tuning itself is unbelievably ****ing cool. and yes, i do know how to tune my guitar thank you
    alnicoV
    xxdarrenxx wrote: What a load of bollocks. 99% of all piano players let other people tune their piano's. Does their hearing suck? You guys probably just learned to tune guitar by ear and find it impressive or something. I will tell you when u play gigs alot and jam with others, it doesn't do anything for ur ears, then it just sucks. Also a good guitar with a floyd rose hardly needs retuning; does that mean if you play those guitars u are lazy or have a bad ear? nuff said
    i agree with you dude, i was jamming with my friend during the summer and my guitar would go out of tune cause i was beating the crap out of it. we would have to stop so i could tune (he was a drummer). I would personally love a self tuning guitar, especially to switch tunings. but tuning by ear is an important skill so i reccommend everyone at least learn how.
    drumpat
    Lolz, this "technology" (it's actually more of an idea) has been around for years, and now, after Gibson bought it, it wins an award. Can't have anything to do with the name xD
    Lemoninfluence
    Slashe wrote: [I Buy Peace] wrote: Musical instruments are not necceceraly improved by new technology. Plus tuning a guitar is a important part of being a musician and helps you know the notes by ear better. A self tuning guitar is kinda lazy in my opinion +1 How can you pretend to play music if you can't even hear when it sounds good ? In my opinion, this guitar is killing everything that Gibson built, and it kills the link that must exist between the player and his guitar.
    to know the notes by ear you have to actually tune correctly at some point. this does that part for you. you still have to recognise the pitches, it just does away with the need to turn the tuning peg. and I think everyone's forgetting. This costs way more than the average beginner can afford. the people playing this guitar will have already learnt to tune. checked.
    joshman
    A guitar like this I think is better for touring musicians when playing sets with multiple different tunings becuase you don't have to bring a handful of other guitars with you.
    rejected1
    ferretface wrote: the only use I can see for it would be for a trem-equipped guitar.
    +1, I think so too.
    Lemoninfluence
    b-rock34 wrote: I get his point. He's not saying that the guitar should sound horribly out of tune. He's saying a little here and there adds "live character". Plus, I'm sure he retunes between songs. I think he saying that when everything is always perfect, (robot guitars, amp modeling, total noise reduction, etc) it takes the "human-ness" away. Sounds sterile, like something a computer program could do. Where's the art in that? Folks, technology, as great as can be, often comes with a sacrifice. And some of us feel like that sacrifice can be the art of music. Remember, music is supposed to be an art. Not a science! Have you ever seen a Monet up close? Technology should only aid in creating a palette for the artist to create. Allow the guitar to remain an art!
    even when the guitar is 'in tune' it isn't actually in tune. so your point is moot. and it doesn't stop the instrument going out of tune during songs. all this does is tune for you when you want it to. it's doing the same thing you do between songs, but doing it better. you might as well suggest that using an amp is taking away the humanness of the piece, or that recording it detracts value from the piece. I mean, it's not like it's not the sound of a person playing an instrument anymore, it's a replica of it.
    b-rock34
    DaylightSavings : dmntr wrote: I'm sure all the best piano players in the world all know how to tune pianos too. Having an intonated guitar is a necessity to playing music. Being a "good" at tuning isn't. Couldn't have said it better myself. I don't know why people are crying about 'laziness' and this ruining playing/learning. If you're seriously considering one of these, chances are you can already do it manually. Therefore, no harm done with reducing tuning time. It means more playing time! At any rate, shouldn't 'the art of guitar' really be about the playing?
    You're missing the point completely. Reread my earlier "Art of Guitar" post a couple of times and you'll see my comment doesn't disagree with your above comment whatsoever.
    BurningTheLives
    People say this will make you lazy and unable to tune by ear, but really you're still hearing the notes get tuned regardless if a machine is tuning the strings or you are.
    HammettFTW
    [I Buy Peace] wrote: what I mean is that your not actually turning your machine heads so you get less of a feel for the guitar. And belive it or not but beginer guitarists don't seem to tune guitars as well as more experienced players even when using the exact same tuner It's like if they invented a guitar that self restrung, you'd miss out on one of the main instruments on careing for your guitar and when your using a guitar without the feature it will take ages for you to restring it or tune it or anything I'm not saying the robot guitar is a bad idea, some people will love it. It's just not for me
    Josh Shiells wrote: Boo the robot guitar. Keep it old school, I say! Tuning is part of true guitar playing. I would never use a robot guitar.
    wow. firstly i want to say that a guitar that could restring itself would be a dream come true, particularly being an owner of a guitar with a floating trem. more to the point - i cant believe you can think that. maybe for the first 6-10 months you should probably tune your guitar by ear but who would get one of these at that level. but to tune from standard to drop c to just down half a step in the matter of seconds is such a convenience. if u dont want to go tone deaf try transcribing songs. Oh and Josh Sheils - you sound like a complete douchebag. people forget that its about rocking out, and those that critique other peoples guitar playing dont deserve to play it themselves
    Melodic_Rocker
    maybe the next thing is downloading songs on the guitar and then it electrocutes you for playing a wrong note. anyway, good for gibson. if i had the money i would probably be picking that guitar up right now
    cKygnardog
    the gibson robot is the sweetest guitar ever and is actually worth the price i love it and continue to rock with it
    b-rock34
    Lemoninfluence m even when the guitar is 'in tune' it isn't actually in tune. so your point is moot. and it doesn't stop the instrument going out of tune during songs. all this does is tune for you when you want it to. it's doing the same thing you do between songs, but doing it better. you might as well suggest that using an amp is taking away the humanness of the piece, or that recording it detracts value from the piece. I mean, it's not like it's not the sound of a person playing an instrument anymore, it's a replica of it.
    No, dude, you're not getting my point, whatsoever. Read what I wrote...then read what you wrote. You missed the point completely.