Playing In Tune

Sure, we’d all like to see world peace and an end to world hunger, but some nearly as remarkable has been been unveiled today: the self-tuning guitar.

Tuning is a ubiquitous problem for guitiarists, especially for those who change strings frequently. I used to change strings a day or so ahead of a show, just so they wouldn’t go all stretchy on my at an inopportune time. Even then, I often only had one guitar and if something went awry, it was particularly awkward to try and fill those moments with meaningful banter while at the same time getting the pitch just right.

But for those playing on an every day basis, there’s no luxury of time between stringing and playing, though there is usually the option of changing guitars and having a guitar tech fix the problem.  Now for those who don’t mind playing a Gibson, this can be a non-issue.

Personally, I’ve never be a Gibson man, and I’m even less likely to be one now, especially as the self-tuning feature adds $900 to a $2,500 guitar. The only time I strapped on a Les Paul, it was way too heavy in more than just price. No, I’m a Strat man and I’m sure that Gibson have patented the technology to keep it out of the hands of rivals.

I’m sure it will be even longer before it’s available for acoustic guitars, and a 12-string will offer a particular challenge. However, technology is a wonderful thing and now that the breakthrough has been made, advances can’t be far behind. Perhaps one day the world will all sing in harmony. Or at least the guitars will all play in tune.