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I haven’t listened much to Jackson Browne, but he sure is a great artist! I just read that his grandmother grew up in Norway, and in the same article I found this picture:

This guitar Browne’s playing here is very nice; I really like these small body Gibsons, I even own one myself (LG-1 I think). Anybody knows what specific guitar it is he’s playing here? It looks like it’s an electro acoustic..

I would like to recomend Brownes acoustic live-album called Solo Acoustics Vol. 1. On the first track, The Barricades of Heaven, he plays a very good sounding Gibson Roy Smeck model.

For more on Jackson Browne and his guitars, there’s an article in Guitar Player

Advertisements now has a review of the Gibson Dark Fire. There I found this video from Guitarist magazine. Some of Dark Fires tuning possibilities and sound options are demonstrated briefly.

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New guitar deisgned at MIT Media Lab
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This guitar represents something very new in guitar design. By using a small woodplate with five piezo microphones coupled with a dsp audio chip that simulates a guitars body the researchers at MIT Media Lab has made an instrument that is capable of a wide range of inspiring sounds. It is possible to change the sound of the guitar by simply using a woodplate with another wood and profile. The piezo microphones pick up the sounds of the wood, and by using the dsp technology the guitar can be small but recreate the sound of larger acoustic guitars. The dsp opens a lot of possibilities regarding how sounds can be tweaked or even modulated while you play, all inside a regular size electric style guitar. they are currently working on a system that makes changing the woodplate easier.

Now this would be a great product, so I hope it sometime it will find it’s way out of the MIT Media Lab.

The project is discussed here.


The Gibson Dark Fire is more than a beautiful guitar; it also has some fancy technology inside:

  • The strings  can be tuned automatically as in the Gibson Robot Guitar released in 2007 – not to be confused with auto tune..
  • Two regular pickups, the Burstbucker 3 humbucker and a P-90H singlecoil
  • Each string has a piezo pickup routed to a hexaphonic output
  • Lots of tone options : the sound from the six piezos can also be blended with the humbuckers
  • Built in four band parametric EQ for pickups and piezos – a wider range of sounds
  • The Robot Interface Pack connects the guitar to your pc via firewire
  • If you buy it you also get a Dark Fire edition of Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3
  • The guitar can be controlled from Guitar Rig
  • Listprice 3,499 USD
  • So if you can afford a high quality guitar that not many others have, this is it!

Here’s a short demo featuring Dark Fire inventor Chris Adams:
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Go to Gibsons Dark Fire page