Being that this is a "new" system, there are bound to be some glitches. It seems like something they rushed out knowing full well that it doesn't always work. Maybe there will be a way to update the firmware in the future so that it's more accurate? If not, I'm betting Gibson is going to ditch this crap in the next couple years. Or at least go back to putting it only on specific models. I'd like to meet the guy who made the decision to put it on nearly every single guitar, just to ask, why? I will say though, if you use the automatic tuning to do one string at a time like you normally would, it works quite well. On the ones I've tried, anyway.
Joined: 14 Jan 2008 Posts: 9501 Location: Nr. Basinggrad, UK
Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:25 pm Post subject:
It was so funny when Josh forgot he'd demoed his Robot Les Paul to a friend in the interval and launched into a song with the wrong tuning, then had to wait several seconds for it to retune. Then again when it couldn't auto-tune because he'd knocked a string off the saddle..... I've never seen him use that guitar again.
I think in time the robotic tuning system could become something really great. But the technology is still developing. It's the kind of thing I'd probably quite like if I had, but wouldn't go out of my way to get one fitted to any of my guitars.
Joined: 02 Nov 2012 Posts: 3856 Location: Around the corner
Posted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:32 am Post subject:
The weakest place of every Gibson guitar is a thin tilted back headstock that is made of comparatively fragile mahogany. When this construction was only designed all guitars were equiped with realatively lightweight tuning heads aka Klusons, but later they were replaced with Grover style tuners that are like twice heavier than Klusons for the better tuning stability. Because of heavy tuners there are chances that the headstock will break even if you fall guitar forward on its face without actual contact between the headstock and the floor. I don't know how heavy is that robot system, but it looks huge, it has some electric motors inside, so I guess the weakest place became even weaker. _________________
I don't want any of the 2015 Gibsons because of the extra width they added to the fretboard either side the same old string spread "for playing comfort", and while the adjustable brass zero fret nut may be a cool idea in some sort of way, I don't see why they push these radical changes on EVERY model once a year now (I figured those robot tuners would've fucked off by now some ways back). It seems really desperate.
Thank god Fender are coming out with those Super Nintendo personality cartridge Strats or this would just seem like a dark year for the big boys. _________________
which one of you bastards sent me an ebay question asking if you can get teh kurdtz with that 64 mustang?
fran & paul are some of the original gangstas of the JS days when you'd have to say "phuck"
Joined: 01 Jun 2011 Posts: 1874 Location: United States
Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:17 pm Post subject:
Would I be insulting anyone if I voiced my opinion about how pointless the 'robot' tuning systems are? Honestly, how lazy or incompetent do you have to be to need one of those things?
i used to think this until i watched a friend try for 5 minutes (and fail) to tune a guitar with a headstock tuner-- and on stage? forget it-- i wish he had a robot tuner so i didnt have to do it _________________
in the future there must be only guitars or only computers
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