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CNET News Video: Gibson's self-tuning guitar

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CNET News Video: Gibson's self-tuning guitar

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CNET News.com's Michael Kanellos takes a look at a guitar that can tune itself, saving time and making it possible for musicians to carry only one guitar instead of several. After selecting a key, a computer embedded in the back of the guitar takes over from there and automatically tunes the strings.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi, this is Michael Kanellos [phonetic] at www.news.com, and I'm at Banana's At Large Today, a music store in San Rafael [assumed spelling] to check out the Gibson robot, a guitar that tunes itself. >> Now, it's not made for tone deaf people like me and you, and things like that. It's make for professionals who have to tune up their guitar a couple times a night, instead of bringing three guitars, they just get this, and do it quickly. Let's go check it out. >> God's honest opinion, I could put it to use, a writer that I'm working with, he likes to do the drop D thing with the guitar... >> Okay. >> And I've never done that or changed the tuning. Albert King also had his own special tuning. >> Oh, okay. >> So if you could just hit a button, and all of a sudden be in that tuning set up that's pretty fresh. Now, I wouldn't do it because I would always have to restring or, you know, retune the guitar, and I wouldn't want to go back and fourth with that. So I'm in a... >> [Inaudible]. >> What they call a Hendrix tuning, where everything is a half step in, all right? >> Yeah. >> So let's see how long it takes for me to go to an open tuning, Gray [phonetic] somebody count it up, say go. >> One, go. >> Okay. >> One, two, three, four, five [inaudible] fifteen seconds. >> Fifteen seconds. >> That's pretty good. >> Fifteen seconds where you can be on the microphone in front of an audience chit chatting to the woman... >> Yeah. >> In the front role and, you know, she doesn't know that you're tuning, [inaudible]. >> This is our robot guitar, and what happens is it has a special bridge and a special [inaudible], and then inside the guitar, but here you can see, here's the two, these are just double A batteries... >> Yeah. >> So when these wear out, they can be replaced, and there's that little brain mechanism and the special switch is all right and one there. And then sends the information up the strings, this is everything coming in from the bridge and the tail piece [assumed spelling]. >> They received their information from the brain by [inaudible]. >> So there's no wires running through the guitar. ^M00:02:00 [ Singing ]

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