Free iPhone app for guitarists from Gibson

Yes, it's a thinly disguised advertisement for Gibson Guitars, but the company's new iPhone app does include useful tools like a tuner and metronome, and it's free.

Getting in tune with Gibson. Screenshot by Matt Rosoff

I love advertising as much as the next content creator, but using sponsored iPhone apps always makes me feel a little bit like the Zune tattoo guy. That's true even when they're from a company whose products I admire, like Gibson guitars. (I'm the longtime and very satisfied owner of a Gibson L-4A.)

Nonetheless, the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar app, released today, offers considerable value for a free app. It's got a chromatic tuner for getting in tune, a metronome to help you stay on tempo, and chord charts for some basic open and barre chords--perfect for beginners. There are also a couple of full lessons and some video previews from the Legacy Learn and Master Guitar video series--apparently they're hoping you're impressed enough to purchase the full lessons on DVD. I'd still be willing to plunk down $9.99 for the far more complete and ad-free Guitar Toolkit app, but if you're strapped for cash and just learning how to play the guitar, the Gibson app will get you started.

About the author

    Matt Rosoff is an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, where he covers Microsoft's consumer products and corporate news. He's written about the technology industry since 1995, and reviewed the first Rio MP3 player for in 1998. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network. Disclosure. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattrosoff.


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