Saturday, October 18, 2008

Gibson Robot Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

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True to the spirit of innovation that inspired Gibson to invent the legendary Tune-o-matic bridge, the powerful humbucker, and the revolutionary Digital Les Paul, Gibson proudly presents the Gibson Robot Guitar—the world's first guitar with robotic technology.

Since the dawn of the instrument, musicians have come to accept the guitar's imperfections and lack of tonal precision as necessary evils. Onstage and off, guitarists have fought to stay in tune. Every music lover and performer has had to suffer through the show—halting, mood-killing atonal droning of a loudly amped guitar being brought into tune. And in the studio, or at home, imprecise intonation throws the guitar in and out of tune, up and down the neck, as the instrument requires tweaking with each season and at times with each string change.

For as long as the guitar has existed, guitar lovers have had two choices—live with a temperamental and out-of-tune instrument or make frequent trips to the shop for setups. Not anymore.

Introducing the Gibson Robot Guitar. All you have to do is play it.

Hearing Is Believing: The Power and Possibility of Open and Alternate Tunings
Great guitarists have often gotten themselves heard by busting out past the norms, and one way to do this involves looking past "standard tuning" (EADGBE) to explore alternate and open tunings. These tunings, which include some time-tested along with some more radical and original configurations, have helped plenty of great artists stand out from the crowd over the years, and can be a quick way for new players to catch the ears of their listeners too. Frequently, alternate tunings provide easier access to unusual melodic structures or self-accompanied parts that can be extremely difficult to achieve in standard tuning. As such they are real attention grabbers, and have contributed to making a number of major rock, blues, jazz, and country hits over the years-many of which you might not have realized were accomplished in anything other than good old standard tuning, until you tried to play them.

This amazing self-tuning guitar captured everyone’s attention when it was released in a special edition version that was limited to only 4000 units. Gibson was being bombarded with requests for a production Robot guitar. This guitar is the answer to this public demand. Featuring a performance-safeguarding Neutrik jack, which secures the cord into the guitar, the Robot Les Paul Studio offers all the power, tone, and performance of a traditional Studio model, with the revolutionary Robot automatic tuning.

Mahogany body and Maple top
There isn't anything more fundamental to a Les Paul than a mahogany back with a maple top, as well as the regimen involved in selecting the right wood and the formula to dry it out. First, every piece of wood is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enters the Gibson factories. Once inside the Gibson factories - where humidity is maintained at 45 percent, and the temperature at 70 degrees - all woods are dried to a level of equilibrium by ensuring the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, and helps control the shrinkage and warping of the woods, in addition to helping reduce the weight. It also helps with improving the woods' machinability and finishing properties, and adherence to glue. Consistent moisture content means that a Gibson guitar will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.

Controls
At the heart of Gibson's revolutionary Robot Les Paul Studio are its ground-breaking controls. At first glance, the four control knobs seem to be indistinguishable from those on any other Les Paul. But look again. While the four knobs do provide the standard tone and volume controls for each of the two pickups, the Multi-Control Knob (MCK) - the one with the illuminated top - serves as the master control for all aspects of the Robot Les Paul Studio's amazing, self-tuning system. The MCK is what is commonly referred to as a push-pull knob. When in the normal position (down), it behaves as a regular volume or tone pot. When the MCK is pulled out, the Robot Les Paul Studio's radically new self-tuning system is activated and ready for use. It immediately places the Robot Les Paul Studio in standard tuning mode (A440). A quick turn of the MCK presents six factory presets, all of which can be customized. At any time, you can also restore the tunings to the factory presets and start all over again. The LED display on top of the MCK also lets you know when a string is out of tune, or when all strings are in tune, and even when the tuners are turning to get them in tune. It even guides the setting of accurate intonation. At the end of the tuning process, the blue lights on top of the MCK flash. Push the MCK back in and it's ready to go. The only thing you have to do is play.

Powerhead Locking Tuners
Gibson's revolutionary Robot Les Paul Studio is unique in many ways, but the robot-like Powerhead Tuners that grace the headstock are extraordinary. Pull out the Robot Les Paul Studio's Multi-Control Knob (MCK) and watch the Powerhead Tuners spring into action. It takes only a few seconds for the Powerhead Tuners to tune the Robot Les Paul Studio to the desired tuning. Each tuning peg is equipped with a tiny, put powerful, servo motor that kicks into action once the system is activated. The Powerhead Tuners rely on the strings themselves to send the signals, eliminating any potential for interference. Made of lightweight metal with a satin nickel finish, the Powerhead Tuners weigh only 46.5 grams each. A standard Gotoh tuner weighs in at 49 grams.

Neutrik Jack
Neutrik has been making superior electronic interconnection products since 1975, making them the logical choice to supply the performance-safeguarding jack in Gibson's revolutionary Robot Les Paul Studio Limited. Like many Neutrik products, the jack in the Robot Les Paul Studio is manufactured from strong, high-grade thermoplastics and housed in a rugged diecast nickel shell. A retention spring inside the jack ensures optimum grip on any guitar cable, thus avoiding the chance of lost connection.

Technical Info

Body
Body Style: Les Paul

Top Species: Mahogany

Back Species: Maple

Binding: None

Fingerboard
Fingerboard Species: Ebony

Scale Length: 24 3/4 inches

Total Length: 18.062 inches

Number of Frets: 22

Width at 12th Fret: 2.260 inches

Inlays: White Acryclic Trapezoid

Fingerboard Binding: White

Electronics
Neck Pickup: 490R

Bridge Pickup: 498T

Control Pocket Cover: Smoked Acrylic Backplate, Black Switchplate

Toggle Switch: White

Toggle Switch Washer: White HS Silver

Other Electronics: Charger & Power Plug

Neck
Species: Mahogany

Profile: LP5M Neck with Classic Drilling, Studio Tongue

Peghead Pitch: 17

Nut: Corian, Pre-radiused

Nut Width: 1.695 inches

Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.818 inches

Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.963 inches

Heel Length: 5/8

Neck Joint Location: 16th Fret

Head Inlay: Holly, Gibson

Head Binding: White

Truss Rod: Nickel plated truss rod nut

Truss Rod Cover: B/W Bell

Hardware
Color: Chrome

Plating Finish: Chrome

Tailpiece: Powertune

Bridge: Powertune

Knobs: 1 Powertune Master Control Knob, 3 Blk Tophats

Tuners: Powertune Satin Nickel

Strap Buttons: Butt/Rim

Jack: Neutrik on Rim

Jack Plate: None


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