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Gibson Robot SG Special Ltd. Electric Guitar

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The Gibson 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... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Gibson 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 SG Special 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 has got you covered!

The Robot SG Special 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.


  • Body Type: SG
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: Set-in
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: C-Shape
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.695"
  • Fretboard Radius: 12
  • Bridge: Fixed
  • Pickup Bridge: Gibson 490T Humbucker
  • Pickup Neck: Gibson 490R Humbucker
  • Controls: Volume / Volume / Tone / Tone
  • Hardware color: Chrome
  • Pickup selector: 3-way switch
  • Finish: Lacquer
  • Includes hardshell case
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GibsonRobot SG Special Ltd. Electric Guitar

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Traditional SG sound, Geek Squad approved

By Mario Singer

from Adairsville, GA.

Comments about Gibson Robot SG Special Ltd. Electric Guitar:

Not every guitar has the "sound" for every genre. If the traditonal sound of an SG fits your unique playing style and or genre you typicaly play, then don't hesitate to purchase it. Go play it, nothing unexpected. The bridge PUP is very tight and punchy w/ a little distortion or overdrive. The neck PUP is much smoother and you can pull of some convincing blues licks especially when paired with a Boss Bd-2 or another thick overdrive pedal. The neck itself fills my long alien fingered hands extremely well. Bending is rather easy for a 12 inch radiused neck. Fret work is ok, just a couple small edges. Robot tech is very cool!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


SG Robot

By Merrill Anderson

from des moines, ia

Comments about Gibson Robot SG Special Ltd. Electric Guitar:

The Gibson SG Robot is an outstanding guitar. The automated tuning feature enables me to quickly tune to customized settings and alternate tunings (e.g., D-tuning) and go back to standard (E-tuning) in seconds. Plus, the SG neck with inlays is sweet and fast, longer and thinner than some other guitars (e.g., Les Paul). I run it through a Line 6 SpiderValve amp and can create any sound, not just the "chunky" sound that SGs are known for. All in all an outstanding and versatile instrument.



By Gibson Lover

from Marietta Georgia

Comments about Gibson Robot SG Special Ltd. Electric Guitar:

This Gibson Sg Robot really blew my mind! It has an outstanding tone and quality. Moreover, it is a great guitar for any style of music such as: country, blues, classic rock, modern rock, punk all the way to metal. I also love the auto tunning feature, really saves time on stage as well as not having to carry 3 different guitars to a gig. The only thing to watch out for is the tunning knob, be really careful to not pull too hard on it. I absolutely recommend this guitar to anybody!

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