Check out the Peavey AT-200 guitar. Unlike the other self-tuning guitars on the market, this one doesn’t retune your guitar mechanically – no motors, gears, or anything like that. Instead it uses what boils down to a guitar-ified version of auto tune software to take whatever notes you play and spit them out perfectly in tune and perfectly intonated all the way along the neck. Change the tuning pegs and it won’t make any difference. Wild! The guitar itself sounds pretty impressive and it works very well in the demo provided by Peavey at their NAMM display. I haven’t got my hands on it yet to check out what the latency is like. All the guts is neatly contained in the back compartment, and if you didn’t look at the backplate you’d have no idea there was anything unusual about this guitar at first glance. More pics at the end, but here’s the press release:
Peavey & Antares Announce the Peavey AT-200TM Guitar Featuring Auto-Tune® for Guitar Technology
Jan. 19, 2012, ANAHEIM, Calif. (NAMM Exhibit 5740, Hall B)—Music and audio innovator Peavey Electronics® has partnered with Antares Audio Technologies, the creator of world- renowned Auto-Tune® pitch-correction technology, to announce the dawn of the new guitar revolution: the Peavey AT-200TM guitar featuring Auto-Tune for Guitar, a new musical instrument that electronically self tunes and intonates continuously as you play.
With the simple push of a button on the Peavey AT-200, guitar players can now create music in perfect tune and pitch. The Peavey AT-200 utilizes Antares Auto-Tune for Guitar, a DSP technology that works behind the scenes to bring the clarity of perfect pitch to a quality instrument in an unobtrusive manner. No bulky, unattractive hardware weighs down the playing experience— the Peavey AT-200 looks, plays and sounds just like a conventional guitar, exactly the way it should.
When you sign in you’ll be given the opportunity to fill out your details to win a Peavey Devin Townsend Signature PXD Vicious 7 String Baritone. Check out the details about the guitar here. I played this axe at NAMM almost two years ago and it’s great to finally see that it’s about to be released.