Gibson's Min-Etune – the basics

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    Read more about <a href="">Gibson's Min-Etune – the basics</a> at <hr><p><strong>You may have noticed the optional upgrade of a Tronical Min-Etune tuning system listed when we posted <a href="">Gibson's 2013 SG and Les Paul line-up</a>. But what does it actually do? We take a quick look...<br></strong></p><h4>What is it?</h4><p>As you can see from the video above, the Min-Etune is essentially an auto-tune system, similar to the one previously found on Gibson's high-end Les Pauls and robot guitars, such as the <a href="">Dusk Tiger</a>. You pick the tuning, strum the strings and the tuning pegs turn automatically.</p><p>Like the systems found in the aforementioned models, it's built by German firm <a href="">Tronical Components</a>. </p><h4>How's it different to previous Gibson auto-tuners?</h4><p>The key difference is that the Min-Etune is hidden in a black box on the back of the headstock and can be installed as an optional extra on a range of more affordable Gibson models, primarily the forthcoming '50s, '60s and '70s Tribute Les Pauls and SGs. </p><p>In addition, instead of being operated via the guitar control knobs (requiring more body work/wiring), the Min-Etune has it's own controls built into the headstock unit.</p><p><a href=""><img src="" width="200" alt="Min-Etune"></a></p><h4>What can it do?</h4><p>We've yet to get hands-on with one, but Gibson has already posted the (27 page!) <a href="">Min-Etune manual </a>online. Essentially the unit can store three 'banks' of six tunings – six because the presets in the bank you select are indicated by the same LED-lit letters that are used to display the strings. The bank that you are using is navigated to via a small D-pad and is indicated by the colour of the LEDs.</p><p>The red bank is the go-to for most standard tunings, including 'Standard', 'DADGAD', 'Drop-D', 'Low D', 'Double Drop D' and 'Eb'; the green bank is all about open tunings and includes options for open E, A, D and G, as well as 'Dobro' and 'All 4th'; finally, the blue bank has six slot free for user-defined presets. So that's a total of 18 tunings available, via what we hope will be an easy interface.</p><h4>Will it be worth the money?</h4><p>It's too early to say without trying it out for ourselves. 18 tunings at the touch of a button is an exciting prospect, but the fact that it adds a not inconsiderable $400 (approx. £249) to the guitar's MSRP, requires a (supplied) rechargeable battery pack and, judging from early videos, makes a slightly annoying whirring sound when tuning, could deter some. </p><p>Really though, Min-Etune will live or die by the ease-of-use of its interface. </p> Read more about <a href="">Gibson's Min-Etune – the basics</a> at<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><div class='mf-viral'><table border='0'><tr><td valign='middle'><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" /></a></td><td valign='middle'><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" /></a></td></tr></table></div><br/><br/><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="" border="0"/><img src="" height="1" width="1"/>

    Gibson's Min-Etune – the basics