The TuneControl-MultiKnob is the only hands on part of the Gibson Robot Guitar/Tronical Powertune system that you actually touch.
It looks just like any other of the control knobs that you use on a electric guitar. The best thing about this is that it comes in a kit form. If you do get this kit, I would highly recommend that you let a highly reputable guitar techie install this for you. This will set you back around $800.00 (US).
Here is what it looks like all stripped down.
To say this is just a regular multi-functional pot is an understatement! This is the real brains behind the product. It holds a tiny processor inside this pot.
Basically it controls all the pre-set tunings for your guitar. It allows you to personally program any type of open tuning that you may wish to use and implement it at a moments notice. They say that you can have 11 different tunings but they don’t say how many personal settings you can set up for yourself. I guess how many tunings does one guitarist need anyway?
Once you choose your tuning setting here, tiny LED lights will flash until your guitar is tuned perfectly to your desired requirements. This takes around 5 seconds to complete once activated. Once all the tiny lights, each light represents individual strings, are lit up then your new tuning is done!
These programed instructions are then sent to and performed by the tuning heads that have tiny motors is them. This topic is for another post for the future.
You WILL NOT ruin your guitar in any way once you have this installed! It is a modular system that you can be retro fitted to any guitar set up that you might have. You can also restore your guitar back to it’s original configuration very easily if need be.
They come in multiple styles and finishes to compliment your guitar so don’t worry about it making your axe look hideous! That’s one of the first questions that I had going through my head when I first read about this.
Just a side thought here, I wonder if you could apply this form of tuner into an acoustic? Humm, interesting. I’m just kiddin’ here all you acoustic purists out there!
Keep on Jammin’