There is a new guitar in town, sort of. The Chameleon Guitar takes on almost any style with an internal computer. By swapping part of the soundboard it changes the acoustics. For example, adjusting the hybrid instrument can make a classical-sounding guitar turn electric. Amit Zoran and his team from MIT will keep working on the prototype and envision music companies developing their own soundboards and new instruments.
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Gibson Guitar has finally come up with a gimmick to get those amateur musicians that cannot play past “Smoke On the Water” to attempt something more. Their Robot Guitar is self-tuning and features open tuning with 6 presets that were used on such tunes as Zeppelin’s “Going to California”, The Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women,” and Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.” Due out December 7, the instrument will be sold with its first run in a Limited Edition. Contact Gibson for information on price and to find out exact locations of sales.
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