After the scorching success of their limited edition Robot Guitar launch in December––in which some 4,000 self-tuning instruments sold-out in just four days––Gibson is back with a robotic guitar for the masses.
Make that two robotic guitars for the masses––the Robot Les Paul Studio LTD and the Robot SG Special LTD. As I understand it, both instruments will be in regular production, making the “LTD” moniker a bit misleading.
For the time being, Gibson’s new Robot Guitars will be available in Metallic Purple and Metallic Green finishes only, and both models are tricked out with Neutrik jacks, mahogany bodies and necks, ebony fretboards (24 3/4“ scale length,) and a pair of 490R (neck,) and 498T (bridge) humbuckers.
Chrome ”Robotic“ hardware includes the Powertune ”Data Transmitting“ Tailpiece, Powertune ”Tune-Control“ Bridge, Powertune Master Control Knob, and Powertune Satin Nickel Tuners.
The Gibson Les Paul Studio LTD is selling for a bank-breaking list price of $3,999, while the Robot SG Special LTD lists at $3,599.
It should be interesting to see how well these things sell in a standard production run… give me a few extra color choices (where are the bursts?!) and I just might be tempted.