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Gibson Robot Les Paul Studio Ltd. Electric Guitar  

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    The Robot is Back! Extremely Limited Edition!

    The Robot Les Paul Studio Ltd. is an electric guitar that offers all the power, tone, and performance of a traditional LP Studio model, with the addition of the revolutionary Robot automatic tuning system.

    Gibson's Robot Guitar, the world's first guitar with robotic tuning technology is available once again. 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 Les Paul Studio guitar without changing its looks. All the sound and playability that have made the LP one of the most successful electric guitars of all time are retained. 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 Gibson Les Paul 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 Les Paul Studio Ltd. has a chambered mahogany body with maple top and nitrocellulose finish. The mahogany neck is hand-shaped into a rounded '50s profile and is topped with an ebony fretboard. A Gibson 490R humbucker 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.

    Features

    • Mahogany body/maple top
    • 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
    • Gibson hardshell case
     

    Robot Les Paul Studio Ltd. Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Body Style: LP
    • Top Species: Maple
    • Back Species: Mahogany
    • Fingerboard Species: Ebony
    • Scale Length: 24 3/4"
    • Number of Frets: 22
    • Width at 12th Fret: 2.260"
    • Inlays: White Acrylic Trapezoid
    • Fingerboard Binding: White
    • 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
    • Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.818"
    • Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.963"
    • 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
    • Pickguard: None
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    4.7

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    5.0

    Amzing guitar!!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought this guitar thinking that it will be amazing to play,hear and to tune ofcourse. I was right. I got the silverburst one and love the look of it and the whole guitar in general. Totally worth it.

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    5.0

    Surprised How Much I Like It!

    By The Redge

    from Northern Colorado

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    I won this guitar a couple of weeks ago at a charity auction. I already own a Dusk Tiger, a 57 Historic Goldtop, a CS-336 and two PRS SC245's so I am COVERED in the high end double humbucker department. I thought I would bid on the guitar for the Red Cross cause and sell it afterwards to recoup some of my dough but after one rehearsal and one show, I have decided to keep it. I love the tuning feature - and it stays in tune, too. I really like the 490/498 pups. They're more PAF than the 57's with a little more brightness / top end. All in all, it's great, understated Les Paul - sounds great, plays great - couldn't be happier or more surprised.

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    5.0

    Robot Rocks

    By wicked red band

    from Kokomo, IN

    I actually have the Limited edition 1st run version of this guitar. I am happy to say it was a great buy. The guitar is awesome. I have had no problems with it not tunning properly. I planed to but it as an investment and selling in in a few years; however ,it sounds so good I think I'll keep it.

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    5.0

    At last I can play in tune...

    Gibson, come on, this is a quality instrument althought it is a "studio" model, it is superior to the "ordinary" studio model, better finish. My first guitar was a new 1972 Fender Statocaster, good guitar but I find this Robot guitar asbolutely "Genial" I have always struggled to keep my guitar in tune. This Robot solves that problem quick. It appears that there is very often one string that does not quite synchronize with the others...well strum again and it will adjust by itself. Be sure to read the instructions, it is very tempting to just pull the key and finish the tuning by hand, which you can do, and forget to push it back ALL THE WAY IN , if you don't it will spin and spin and spin. Bottom line Gibson are inovators and put out a quality insrument, Yeah pricy but these guitars sound good unless you have a low quality amp and instument wires. Got mine at this website and I recommend it to my friends.

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    5.0

    AMAZING GUITAR

    By GuitarGuy-SCB5D

    from New York City

    this has got to be the best sounding i have ever bought. Im am a big time collector. I have collected everything from a Epiphone SG to a Tiger Eye Paul Reed Smith Custom 10th Anniversary Private Stock Electric Guitar. I have got to tell everyone who loves guitars "this is a must have".

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    3.0

    Dodgy and Faulty

    By Lespaulercustom5

    from San Fransisco, CA

    I purchased this guitar thinking that it was a revolutionary step in electric guitars, I should have known that the high tech tuning would be faulty. When I first purchased this I realized that the A string wouldn't tune properly, I returned, and still the exact same problem occured with the replacement, and the replacement after that, before they put a model into production Gibson should work out all the bugs. Over all a very dodgy guitar I would prefer a standard of over this, and for the price... Perhaps in a few years it will be perfect but now it's terrible.

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