Gibson revisits Firebird range with robotic refresh
Classic axe gets new-age polish
Gibson Guitar has taken its classic 1960s Firebird axe into the 21st Century with the launch of a limited edition hi-tech guitar system, the Firebird X.
The Gibson Firebird X rocks up with features such as fourth-generation Robot tuners for automatic tuning, on-board effects and wireless bluetooth pedals.
It even allows for third-party developers to chip in with their own apps for an even greater number of add-ons and effects. These'll be sold through an authorised e-store, Gibson promised it will set up soon.
Limited to 1800 models, the Gibson Firebird X is available from tomorrow in both Redolution and Bluevolution finishes for a cool $5570 (£3553). ®
Even ignoring the robot tuning stuff, which is very good, surely they must know that this is the ugliest guitar they have put out in a very long time? I admit it is hard for them, as guitarists are about the most conservative anti technology people going, if it didn't exist in the 60's it isn't good enough, but that is.. well.. it pushes ugly to a new place.
And it has a great feature of looking like one of those bulbous childrens half scale guitars in the process. I think the market for that one is collectors, the ones who don't play guitars.
...can I use it to play Guitar Hero?
Muse's Manson Guitars
Not really a new idea... Manson do similar guitars following a specification of none other than Mat Bellamy of Muse.
Bells and whistles doth not a musician make ...
I think I'll stick with my 1985 Precision Big Block & the 1961 Les Paul that I learned to play on ... Remember, kiddies, you have to learn to crawl before you can walk. There are no magic pills that make you an expert at anything in life.
 I had already been playing guitar for 10 or so years when I heard The Stranglers "Rattus Norvegicus" for the first time. I knew instantly that I was a bass player, not a guitarist :-)
Will fancy new gimmicks help me play better?
I'll stick to my good old fashioned Strat I think... and there are plenty of old fashioned gimmicks on my pedalboard ;)