Gibson Robot Guitar

Gibson Robot Guitar
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ManufacturerGibson
PeriodDecember 7, 2007 (Limited Run)
Construction
Body typeSolid
Woods
BodyMahogany
NeckMahogany
FretboardRosewood ('Production' Les Paul, SG), Ebony (Flying V, Explorer, 'Original' Robot Les Paul)
Hardware
BridgeFixed
Pickup(s)H-H
Colors available
Blue sunburst

The Gibson Robot Guitar (a.k.a. GOR) is a limited-edition self-tuning Gibson guitar, typically a Les Paul.[1][2] The first run of limited edition Robot Guitars was exclusively made up of Les Paul bodies.[3] Five different Gibson models were available (2008-2011, Robot X-plorer 2008-2012)) with Robot Guitar features: The Robot Les Paul Studio,[4] Robot SG,[5] Robot Flying V, Robot X-plorer, and a Robot Les Paul Junior. Developed by Chris Adams, its most notable feature is that it uses an onboard computer to automatically tune itself. This is not the first guitar to be able to tune itself,[6] but it is regarded as the most modern, unique, and non-invasive self-tuning model available, because it does not employ cams or cantilevers throughout the body of the guitar.[7] The non-limited edition SG and Les Paul Studio are available in a variety of finishes. The Flying V and Explorer are only available in metallic red. The price can range from about $1,000-$3,000 or more for custom options. In the case of the "Original 1st Production" Robot guitar, the only finish available was Blue Silverburst nitrocellulose, a color which Gibson has stated will never be used on any other Gibson guitar (see photo to the right). The original Robot guitar also featured headstock and neck binding which are not standard on any current Les Paul Robot as well as a chrome truss rod cover with "Robot Guitar" engraved. The production version featured 22-fret rosewood-bound (standard finishes) or white-bound (metallic finishes) ebony fingerboard with figured acrylic trapezoid inlays, white-bound headstock with MOP Gibson logo and flowerpot inlay (metallic finishes) or unbound headstock with screened logo (standard finishes), three-per-side robotic Powerhead Locking tuners, tune-o-matic Powertune bridge, Powertune stop tailpiece, two chrome-covered humbucker pickups (490R, 498T), four knobs (three normal, and one Master Control Knob that controls the robotic actions of the guitar), three-way pickup switch, Neutrik jack on side of guitar, chrome hardware.

  1. ^ Reader, Ruth (29 January 2008). "Gibson Guitar Releases New Self-Tuning Guitar". VOA News. Voice of America. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Gibson Robot Guitar
  3. ^ Limited Edition First Run Archived 2009-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Robot Les Paul Studio". Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  5. ^ "Robot SG". Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  6. ^ Transperformance Archived 2008-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Blackett, Matt. "Gibson Robot Guitar." Guitar Player, February 2008