This Is the World's Most Heavy-Tech Guitar

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Gibson's Dusk Tiger has a name like cheap cologne and guts like no guitar before it. And with only 1,000 being manufactured, they're something of an endangered species.

You're forgiven for thinking Dusk Tiger looks like your average Les Paul. It's certainly similar enough, but as Wired points out:

The top is flat, not contoured, and the mahogany back of the marblewood body covers a chambered interior which reduces weight and tweaks tonality... The regular pickups also differ from the Les Paul standard setup. The neck pickup is a hum-canceling single-coil model (P-90h), and the bridge pickup is a Burst Bucker 3, a slightly over-wound humbucker.


You want more? Okay! How about Robot Tuners that can switch between tunings on the fly and tune your guitar for you 500 times on a single charge.

Throw in an internal pre-amp and parametric EQ, FireWire output, Ableton Live Lite 8 software included, and a master control knob that turns your axe into a LED light show. The only thing left for you to do is strum... and scrape together $4,150 to buy one of these. But trust me, it pays for itself in groupies. [Dusk Tiger via Wired]

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The auto-tuning guitar has been around for a few years now, but the rest of the guts...

I'm digging the built-in preamp, and what kind of software is this thing boasting? I'm not even sure what that means. Do I access the software via nobs or does this thing have a USB or what? I'm digging the pickups though. Hum-canceling pickups? When I want clean, I mean CLEAN.