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Self Tuning Guitars

Gibson has introduced the Gibson Robot Les Paul, a unique guitar that not only tunes itself, but has preprogammed tunings in its memory and can instantly change to any one of them.

Gibson has made the Les Paul electric guitar since the 1950′s and it remains one of the highest quality and most sought after electric guitars to this very day.

Watch the demonstration video below to see this amazing instrument in action!

 

 

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Gibson Robot - Self tuning guitar


 

Gibson made a series of promotional YouTube videos to promote the 2007 launch of the Gibson Les Paul Robot – some were demonstrating the Robot’s capabilities, others were to simply have fun with the marketing and included mock horror flicks such as a Robot guitar as psychopathic killer in a shower scene reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s epic film, “Psycho”.

Here are some more of the Gibson Robot videos:

The Gibson Robot kills the Fender Strat:

 

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A 440


A440 or Concert A or Middle A is the 440 Hz tone that serves as the standard for musical pitch. A440 is the musical note A above middle C (C4). The term literally means that the A above Middle C = 440 vibrations per second.

A440 is the standard for tuning forks which many people still use to tune their guitars. The tuning fork is gently banged on a reasonably hard surface (often one’s knee) and then the stem is pressed against the soundboard of the guitar. See our demonstration video on tuning your guitar with a tuning fork.

We also have an A440 “Ring Tone” for your mobile telephone. No, we do not expect you to use it as a ringtone, however, if you put it into your phone as “A440″ you will then always have a reference tone, or digital tuning fork in your pocket wherever you go – even if you have no Internet connection. You can simply parse your ringtones and play your A440 tone to tune an instrument wherever you are.

 


 

Click on the download button to download an A440 (Concert A) tone, click the play button to play the tone.

 

You may also get this file as a .wav file from our “Whole Scale” page which has all of the notes of the scale in .wav format.

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The Whole Scale

Below you will find all of the notes of the scale. You may play any of these reference tones, or if you right click them, you may download them.

Note Frequency Play
A3 220.00Hz play
A#3 233.08Hz play
B3 246.94Hz play
C4 261.63Hz play
C#4 277.18Hz play
D4 293.66Hz play
D#4 311.13Hz play
E4 329.63Hz play
F4 349.23Hz play
F#4 369.99Hz play
G4 392.0Hz play
G#4 415.3Hz play
A4 440.0Hz play
A#4 466.16Hz play
B4 493.88Hz play
C5 523.25Hz play
C#5 554.37Hz play
D5 587.33Hz play
D#5 622.25Hz

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E5 659.26Hz

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Tuning to a Piano

Tuning your guitar to a piano is very simple once you can locate “Middle C” on the piano keyboard. It is a good idea to learn the keys on a piano – all music students are required to do this as the piano is regarded as the best instrument for visualizing the musical scale.

(Click on the image below to see a high resolution version.)

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Alternate Tunings

There are a number of alternate guitar tunings that are commonly used, the most popular being drop-d tunings which have become almost a standard for heavy metal music. Others are commonly used for guitar like instruments such as the Dobro or Lute.

String 6 5 4 3 2 1
Standard
Tuning
E A D G B E
Drop D D A D G B E
D sus9 D A A G A E
DADGAD D A D G A D
Open D D A D F# A D
Open D (2) D G D G B D
DAD D A D D A D
Dobro G B D G# B D
Lute E A D F# B E
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Ringtone Tuner

What is a ringtone tuner?

A ringtone tuner is a simple way for anyone to use even the oldest mobile telephone as a guitar tuner!

The way it simply works is that you download the tones from this site and put them into your phone as ringtones. Of course, you do not set this tone as your ringtone – unless the sound of an A440 is your thing – but you simply save them as ringtones in your phone’s memory.

Then if you need to tune a guitar – say at a campfire somewhere… you can do so, even if there is no mobile telephone coverage. I personally keep an A440 ringtone in all of my phones as a reference tone, thereby ensuring that I can always tune a guitar perfectly no matter where I am!

If you are really hopeless with standard tuning, you can even save ALL of the tones for all six strings. They are all downloadable below.

A440 is the standard for tuning forks which many people still use to tune their guitars, so that is the recommended ringtone for all of you who would like to use this fast, simple trick.

 


 

Click on the download button to download an A440 (Concert A) tone, click the play button to play the tone.

 

You may also get this file as a .wav file from our “Whole Scale” page which has all of the notes of the scale in .wav format – or below where you can actually get the tone as a plucked guitar string which will loop.

 


String Tones

 

Below are the notes and corresponding string numbers for tuning your guitar.

Each of these tones is an mp3 file which may be downloaded and saved to your mobile device to be used as a reference tone. These are actual recordings of the individual strings as they are played on an acoustic guitar.

Click on the play button to play, or if you right click on it, you may save the file to your computer or mobile device.

Note String Play
E 1 play
B 2 play
G 3 play
D 4 play
A 5 play
E 6 play
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