Drop D is available as an open tuning, but if you really need help
lowering your E string by two notes then you probably aren't skilled
enough to operate this Gibson's master control knob! lol
In addition to tuning itself, another feature
being promoted is this Gibson's ability to help you set the intonation.
If i were new to guitars, i might ask:
Won't my $2,800 guitar come with the intonation already set?
How often can i expect the intonation to be in need of adjustment
over this guitar's lifetime?
I like the fact that this Gibson is able to
simultaneously tune all six strings and (obviously) without having to
hold some device between the pegs. This is a big step forward from
the hand-held tuner.
I also like the fact that this guitar can jump to an open tuning;
although i didn't get to see the process for doing so and i wonder how
involved it is.
One thing i do not like about the Gibson
Robot guitar is the process of changing a string. If you tune to
standard 440, it goes something like this:
* Pull out the tuning gear knob (for manual operation)
* Pull out the ball-end half of the string
* Loosen post screw and pull out that end of the string
* Thread the new string through the bridge and post
* Tighten the post screw
* Clip the excess string (recommended, but not necessary)
* Push the tuning gear knob back in
* Pull out the master control knob and place it on the revolving arrow
position, then press it twice (no i'm not making this up)
* Turn the master control knob to the appropriate string position
* Press and hold for three seconds to engage the String Up mode
* [are you laughing yet?]
* The tuning gear you selected will then begin to wind up to tension, at
which point the string symbol (on the master control knob) will turn
blue indicating that the string is ready to tune up as you like
... It's at this point that i become unclear as to the next step, which
i *think* is to put the guitar back into self-tune mode and strum the
strings again so it can tune itself up.
Another thing i'm unclear about is switching
to manual-tuning mode, which i believe involves pulling out all six
tuning gear knobs.
Ok so this particular Les Paul's ability to
simultaneously tune all six strings without having to hold some device
between the pegs is great, even if *changing* strings is way more of a
hassle (in my opinion).
But i still think that having a machine tune your guitar (versus being
able to tune it yourself) is basically ridiculous.
The string changing thing wouldn't keep me
from using the Gibson Robot guitar to gig out since i don't break
strings often enough for that to be an issue. I can't imagine paying $2,800 for this particular guitar.