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how \'bout those self tuning guitars?
« on: September 12, 2007, 02:12:21 PM »
well looky what those crafty mofo\'s over at gibson have done...
 

 
http://www.gibson.com/en%2Dus/Lifestyle/Features/Introducing%20Powertune%5F%20Gibson%5F/
 
Introducing the Powertune Les Paul: Gibson\'s Revolutionary New Self-Tuning Guitar

There are certain natural laws that govern the behavior of our world: what goes up must come down; for every action there?s an equal and opposite reaction; to play in tune, you have to get yourself in tune. Ever since the invention of the instrument, this third law has been grudgingly accepted by guitar players. No longer. Gibson?s new Powertune System rewrites the laws and frees guitarists from the drudgery of tuning. To play in tune, tell your guitar to tune up for you. Impossible? Not any more.

The Powertune System, available as original equipment only on Gibson guitars, is the first fully functional, performance-ready, and non-obtrusive automated tuning system, and the only self-tuning system practical for use by the professional guitarist. It is operated solely from the guitar, with no external connections or interface from a third-party device, and no need to move your busy fingers from the guitar strings and controls they are already manipulating in the course of your performance. Simply activate your guitar?s Master-Control Knob (MCK), strum the strings lightly, and within seconds the Powertune?s digital brain and Powerhead tuners work together to put you perfectly in tune. Or to achieve any open or alternate tuning, rotate the MCK to the desired preset, strum, and you?re ready to play in Open E, Dropped D, Double Dropped D, DADGAD, Open G, Hendrix Tuning (half-step down), or any of your own custom tunings. In the time it takes you to say, ?Hello, Cleveland?we think you?re gonna like this next one?? you?re back in tune, and ready to rock. No stomping on pedals, staring at the floor, or breaking eye contact with your audience, and your fretting hand doesn?t even have to touch a tuning key to get you there.


 
Other tuning systems require either the use of an external gadget, extensive and obtrusive modification to your guitar, or are extremely limited in their capabilities. Fender claims to have automated tuning on its VG Stratocaster, but it is far from being a genuine self-tuning system, and lightyears from having the capabilities of Gibson?s Powertune System. In fact, if you put a VG Stratocaster into correct ?relative? tuning but slightly flat or sharp of true concert pitch (i.e. the guitar strings are ?in tune? with each other, but not with other instruments in accepted A-440Hz tuning), it is not even capable of correcting its virtual tuning to make the guitar actually in tune.

In fact, Fender?s owner?s manual refers to the VG Stratocaster as having ?a ?Tuning? control??as in, ?a [so-called] ?Tuning? control?? There?s virtual, and then there?s actual, when you want the real thing. When it comes to your performance, you want to actually be in tune. Only Gibson?s Powertune System gives you that.

In addition to the Powertune System?s many capabilities, it is installed on a genuine Gibson guitar that isn?t otherwise modified or compromised in any way. The guitar looks, plays, feels, and sounds exactly like a Gibson USA Les Paul, with all the genuine analog tone, resonance, and touch sensitivity of the world?s greatest set-neck electric guitar. It doesn?t even weigh discernibly more than a non-Powertune Les Paul model. Physically, the Powertune System is virtually invisible. From the audience?s perspective there is nothing but the subtle MCK to distinguish your instrument from any legendary Gibson electric, and when pushed down the MCK functions as a standard Tone control. (Perhaps even more important, tonally the Powertune System is entirely, actually, invisible?it tunes you up, but doesn?t change your tone).

A rechargeable battery pack gives you more than 200 tunings, and charges up from the discrete charging unit (included) through a regular 1/4-inch guitar cord. Also, no ugly power jacks are installed in the guitar. (In the event that you are caught out with a low battery, the Powerheads can function as standard tuners for manual tuning.)

Imagine the possibilities: tune up instantly without breaking the flow of a performance, access any conceivable open or alternate tuning to change from standard to slide playing, or tune-up mid-song quicker and more seamlessly than ever before. Imagine the freedom: cover any gig with a single guitar, no need for a bevy of instruments in alternate tunings propped around the stage.

There?s a new law in town: a musician?s hands are for playing, Powertune is for tuning, and it?s available as original equipment only on a genuine Gibson guitar.
 
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2007, 06:33:18 AM »
Cool stuff.  I wonder how much more they cost.

Now though we will spawn a whole generation of guitar players who can\'t tune their instruments (as if we don\'t have enough of those already).  It will be just like the cashiers at stores who look at you like you are from mars when you give them $5.04 for a $4.79 bill.

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007, 09:38:39 PM »
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well looky what those crafty mofo\'s over at gibson have done...
 

 
http://www.gibson.com/en%2Dus/Lifestyle/Features/Introducing%20Powertune%5F%20Gibson%5F/
 
Introducing the Powertune Les Paul: Gibson\'s Revolutionary New Self-Tuning Guitar

There are certain natural laws that govern the behavior of our world: what goes up must come down; for every action there?s an equal and opposite reaction; to play in tune, you have to get yourself in tune. Ever since the invention of the instrument, this third law has been grudgingly accepted by guitar players. No longer. Gibson?s new Powertune System rewrites the laws and frees guitarists from the drudgery of tuning. To play in tune, tell your guitar to tune up for you. Impossible? Not any more.

The Powertune System, available as original equipment only on Gibson guitars, is the first fully functional, performance-ready, and non-obtrusive automated tuning system, and the only self-tuning system practical for use by the professional guitarist. It is operated solely from the guitar, with no external connections or interface from a third-party device, and no need to move your busy fingers from the guitar strings and controls they are already manipulating in the course of your performance. Simply activate your guitar?s Master-Control Knob (MCK), strum the strings lightly, and within seconds the Powertune?s digital brain and Powerhead tuners work together to put you perfectly in tune. Or to achieve any open or alternate tuning, rotate the MCK to the desired preset, strum, and you?re ready to play in Open E, Dropped D, Double Dropped D, DADGAD, Open G, Hendrix Tuning (half-step down), or any of your own custom tunings. In the time it takes you to say, ?Hello, Cleveland?we think you?re gonna like this next one?? you?re back in tune, and ready to rock. No stomping on pedals, staring at the floor, or breaking eye contact with your audience, and your fretting hand doesn?t even have to touch a tuning key to get you there.


 
Other tuning systems require either the use of an external gadget, extensive and obtrusive modification to your guitar, or are extremely limited in their capabilities. Fender claims to have automated tuning on its VG Stratocaster, but it is far from being a genuine self-tuning system, and lightyears from having the capabilities of Gibson?s Powertune System. In fact, if you put a VG Stratocaster into correct ?relative? tuning but slightly flat or sharp of true concert pitch (i.e. the guitar strings are ?in tune? with each other, but not with other instruments in accepted A-440Hz tuning), it is not even capable of correcting its virtual tuning to make the guitar actually in tune.

In fact, Fender?s owner?s manual refers to the VG Stratocaster as having ?a ?Tuning? control??as in, ?a [so-called] ?Tuning? control?? There?s virtual, and then there?s actual, when you want the real thing. When it comes to your performance, you want to actually be in tune. Only Gibson?s Powertune System gives you that.

In addition to the Powertune System?s many capabilities, it is installed on a genuine Gibson guitar that isn?t otherwise modified or compromised in any way. The guitar looks, plays, feels, and sounds exactly like a Gibson USA Les Paul, with all the genuine analog tone, resonance, and touch sensitivity of the world?s greatest set-neck electric guitar. It doesn?t even weigh discernibly more than a non-Powertune Les Paul model. Physically, the Powertune System is virtually invisible. From the audience?s perspective there is nothing but the subtle MCK to distinguish your instrument from any legendary Gibson electric, and when pushed down the MCK functions as a standard Tone control. (Perhaps even more important, tonally the Powertune System is entirely, actually, invisible?it tunes you up, but doesn?t change your tone).

A rechargeable battery pack gives you more than 200 tunings, and charges up from the discrete charging unit (included) through a regular 1/4-inch guitar cord. Also, no ugly power jacks are installed in the guitar. (In the event that you are caught out with a low battery, the Powerheads can function as standard tuners for manual tuning.)

Imagine the possibilities: tune up instantly without breaking the flow of a performance, access any conceivable open or alternate tuning to change from standard to slide playing, or tune-up mid-song quicker and more seamlessly than ever before. Imagine the freedom: cover any gig with a single guitar, no need for a bevy of instruments in alternate tunings propped around the stage.

There?s a new law in town: a musician?s hands are for playing, Powertune is for tuning, and it?s available as original equipment only on a genuine Gibson guitar.
 
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2007, 03:41:09 PM »
Could come in handy when your too blind to see the tuner.
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2008, 05:11:35 PM »
Yeah yeah yeah.... but could it survive a weekend on the road with Automag? ..... I think not. All that fancy schmancy shit would be dead in no time. Just tune through the P.A. while you\'re apologizing for not really knowing the next song too well because you just wrote it and you haven\'t practiced it much. We all love the tuning song. Well, that and the telling of inside jokes to your bandmates through the P.A. that we don\'t understand. That shit is soooo funny! More please!!! Self tuning...sheeesh!
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008, 01:42:49 AM »
It\'s fun to sit and tune for irritatingly long periods... especially when people are drunk and start yelling!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2008, 01:48:36 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2008, 01:48:43 PM »
Pissing people off is my "raison d\' etre".
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2008, 04:14:01 AM »
Products THE INTERVAL BETWEEN THEIR C0NCEPTION AND THEIR REALIZATION
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Self tuning guitar           2007           ????????????????????????????

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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2008, 06:50:32 PM »
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Self tuning guitar           2007?

Tronical started working on Powertune in 1996.

In 1996 Ivor Arbiter took out a patent on a drum which tuned with just a single screw ...

People were thinking LAZY in 1996!!!
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