Robot SG Special Ltd. Electric Guitar  

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The Robot SG Special Ltd. has joined the lineup of Gibson Robot Electric Guitars. One of the most common, and passionate requests that Gibson received after the debut of the Robot Les Paul, the world'... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Robot SG Special Ltd. has joined the lineup of Gibson Robot Electric Guitars. One of the most common, and passionate requests that Gibson received after the debut of the Robot Les Paul, the world's first guitar with robotic technology, was for an SG sporting the revolutionary tuning automation. The Gibson Robot SG Ltd. is a guitar that offers all the power, tone, and performance of a traditional SG electric guitar, with the revolutionary Robot automatic tuning.

You don't have to tune up your car every time you drive it. Now you don't have to tune up your guitar every time you play it. The Robot Guitar does it for you. Just plug it in, dial in the tuning, strum the strings, and play.

The self-tuning system is built into a gorgeous Gibson SG guitar without changing its looks while retaining all the sound and playability that have made the SG one of the most successful electric guitars of all time. To tune itself, the Robot Guitar uses an onboard central processing unit (CPU) that analyzes the pitch of each string as detected by the Tune-Control bridge. Tuning information from the CPU is relayed to the motorized tuning machines that efficiently adjust each string to the correct pitch with a distinctive whirring sound that lets you know Robot Guitar is on the job.

You activate the Robot Guitar with the Master Control Knob (MCK) that functions as a tone control in the down position and is pulled up to activate the tuning system. In addition to standard (A-440Hz) tuning, six commonly used tunings are selectable from the MCK. Users can also program their own custom tunings as well as set the guitar's intonation. Now, with the Gibson Robot Guitar, you'll spend more time playing--in tune. In live performance you can easily change tunings practically soundlessly on the fly, keeping your show flowing smoothly. There's no longer any need to haul several instruments to the gig to cover various tunings; The Robot does it all for you!

The Robot SG Ltd. has a solid mahogany body with a nitrocellulose finish. The mahogany neck is hand-shaped into a rounded '50s profile and is topped with an ebony fretboard. A Gibson 490R humbucker pickup with Alnico II magnets in the neck position and 498T humbucker with Alnico V magnets in the bridge position provide that "Patent Applied For" sound. Four-conductor wiring allows connection of a push/pull pot for coil-splitting. Wax potting reduces the chances of microphonic feedback. The performance-safeguarding Neutrik jack secures the cord into the guitar.

  • Mahogany body
  • Chambering
  • Nitrocellulose finish
  • Rounded '50s neck profile ” hand-shaped
  • 22 fret ebony fingerboard
  • 12" fretboard radius
  • Medium-jumbo fret wire Hand-shaped using nickel/silver alloy
  • Gibson 490R Alnico II (neck)/498T Alnico V (bridge) humbuckers
  • Four-conductor wiring
  • Wax potting
  • Pole pieces aligned for treble pickup
  • Tune Control Bridge/Tailpiece (modified Tune-O-Matic)
  • Neck CPU
  • Powerhead Locking Tuners
  • Multi-Control Knob (MCK) with LED display
  • Neutrick jack
  • Body Style: SG
    Body Species: Mahogany
    Binding: None
    Fingerboard Species: Ebony
    Scale Length: 24 3/4"
    Number of Frets: 22
    Width at 12th Fret: 2.260
    Inlays: White Acryclic Trapezoid
    Fingerboard Binding: White
    Neck Pickup: 490R
    Bridge Pickup: 498T
    Control Pocket Cover: Smoky transparent acrylic
    Toggle Switch: White
    Toggle Switch Washer: Black HS White
    Other Electronics: Charger & Power Plug, Battery Pack
    Neck Species: Mahogany
    Peghead Pitch: 17
    Nut: Corian, Pre-radiused
    Nut Width: 1.695
    Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.818
    Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.963
    Heel Length: 5/8
    Neck Joint Location: 19th Fret
    Head Inlay: Holly
    Head Binding: White, .075
    Truss Rod: Nickel plated truss rod nut
    Truss Rod Cover: B/W Bell
    Hardware Color: Chrome
    Plating Finish: CHP
    Tailpiece: Powertune Stop Bar
    Bridge: Powertune
    Knobs: Vol/Tone: Silver Insert, Master Control Knob: Silver
    Tuners: Powerheads w/brass sleeves
    Strap Buttons: Butt/Heel
    Jack: Neutrik on lower bout
    Jack Plate: None
    Pickguard: Carbon Fiber
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Awesome Technology, But do you need it?

By gibsonfan

from New Jersey

Sure this guitar can tune itself, but a good guitar player can tune by ear. A musician shouldn't need a self tuning guitar although it does seem helpful. Plus the Gibson SG Special Faded costs about 1/4 less than this. Not to mntion this is a hot ticket guitar for those who really want it. If you really want this guitar go ahead, but if you want it just for the tuning, don't waste your money.

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