People in the 1950s thought that we’d all be wearing jetpacks and driving flying cars about now. But did they bother to predict what kind of guitars we’d be shredding on? No, they didn’t. Probably because they couldn’t imagine just how hard these eleven axes would rock. From robot-tuning to synth access, these guitars will have you dreaming of the possibilities.
First up is the Gibson HD.6X Pro Digital Guitar, an instrument that’s capable of making each string sound completely different than every other. Using fancy tech and hexaphonic pickups, the signal from each string is pushed through and Ethernet port to a computer, where you can tailor the sound, EQ and wave-shape. And did I mention that you can put a different effects signature and amplification on each string? Even though this guitar came out in 2007, it’s still pushing the envelope even now. Read more
Gibson Guitars are still paving the way in terms of guitar technology. Enter the Dusk Tiger, [Gibson claims] simply the most astounding innovation in the history of the guitar. In the wake of Gibson’s groundbreaking Dark Fire, the new Dusk Tiger guitar offers an unprecedented wealth of features to expand your sonic horizons exponentially Read more
As 2008 comes to a close, Gear-Vault decided to compile 10 reviews of 08′s guitar gear. From some of the smorgasbord of products launched back in the first quarter at NAMM, to the mountain of equipment scrutinized by the experts, guitarist and musicians, there’s been something new and exciting for all tastes, sounds and wallets. Read more
Imagine if you could bake a pie but had no idea what the ingredients were. Or if you could write a beautiful poetry without having a clue as to what the words you were using meant. Sound far fetched? Preposterous? Maybe, but this is the bizarre world in which so many rock guitarists operate. We play lush, complex chords and have no idea what notes they are composed of. We can whip up lyrical leads and never once stop to think what scale we are employing. In short, thanks to the pattern-and-shape-based nature of our instrument, guitarists can play music and know virtually nothing about music. Read more
Gibson’s self-tuning Robot guitar had a limited run; the legendary guitar innovator had a much more insane second stage Robot already blueprinted and hidden up their sleeves. Of course, the mad scientists of Gibson Guitar’s don’t stop there, G-V readers, meet Gibson’s Dark Fire Les Paul digital guitar! Gibson continues to bring us more scientific achievements of our time.
Think of this guitar as the Robot plus the Moog synth guitar all rolled up into one butter roll. First and foremost, it’s a guitarist’s guitar, with three various types of pickups-
- Acoustic Capabilities; bridge-mounted Gibson-designed piezo pickup that consists of six individual piezo pickups — one for each saddle/string.
- The BurstBucker 3 black humbucker in the bridge is slightly overwound with a hot output.
- The P-90H black soapbar pickup is yet another example of Gibson’s drive to stay two steps ahead. This pickup offers all of the soulful, classic tone of Gibson’s legendary P-90 singlecoil pickup (without the excessive 60-cycle hum) and delivers P-90’s vintage sonic characteristics.
These three pickups provide capabilities to create their own distinctive, yet, original, organic blend of exceptional guitar flexibility and sounds.
Having anchored itself firmly into Gibson Guitar traditional roots, the Dark Fire also incorporates some crazy new innovations. Like the Robot, the Dark Fire self-tunes (now up to 500 times per single battery charge), and using the “Chameleon Tone Technology” it is capable of producing “every imaginable guitar sound,” according to Gibson.
The company is especially pleased with the Master Control Knob (MCK) — designed so that turning the knob allows a very intuitive and significant change in tone—Dark Fire’s MCK control also allows you the ability to change the pickups and coils, and the ability to adjust each tone and tunings automatically and simultaneously, even during the same song that you are playing.
And, It Gets Better…
The Dark Fire features improved locking tuners, a Teflon-based frictionless nut, a bridge that locks to the studs and a chambering system that provides each one near-perfect tone, weight and balance. It also makes the Dark Fire one of the best-sustaining Les Pauls ever produced to date. Last-Minute Gibson Markdowns at MusiciansFriend.com
Those who know of Les Paul’s compelling determination of guitar pioneering will greatly appreciate Gibson’s drive to carry on that legacy. Since 1939, Les Paul has paved the intricate path to invent necessary means for cooler guitar technology. Even today, some of Les’ personal guitars have a number of unmarked switches on them, not to mention a few unnamed stomp-boxes off to the side.
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Hail the Gibson Robot Guitar! 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 7th year was held at the Roundhouse in London on Wednesday October 1st.
The Gibson Robot guitar is the world’s first electric 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 prominent industry judges. The Gibson Robot Guitar was sighted for its innovation, style, usability and price point among additional features.
The Gibson Robot Guitar is known for eliminating tuning problems for guitarists. The Robot Guitar automatically tunes to standard A440 tuning. In addition, it allows players to access six programmed tuning presets at the push of a button. The Gibson Robot intonates seconds after string changes, truss rod adjustments or change in weather conditions. Ultimately, with the locking tuner, single string changes or changing the entire set of strings is an automated luxury.
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. Gibson Robots official website: gibson.com