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Technology tunes new guitar

December 04, 2007|From the Associated Press

Robotics technology developed by German company Tronical Gmbh in partnership with Gibson Guitar Corp. enables Gibson's newest Les Paul model to tune itself in about two seconds.

For users who purchase the add-on technology, the guitar recognizes pitch. Then its processor directs motors on its six tuning pegs to tighten or loosen the strings accordingly.

The Gibson Les Paul guitar model with Blue Silverburst finish goes on sale globally Friday. The guitar will cost about $2,500; the self-tuning feature is $900 more.

Gibson and Tronical said Powertune is the world's first self-tuning technology.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday, December 06, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 41 words Type of Material: Correction
Self-tuning guitar: A Quick Takes item in Tuesday's Calendar section about new technology that allows a guitar to tune itself said the instrument that Gibson Guitar will begin selling Friday is called the Powertune. It is called the Gibson Robot Guitar.

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