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I changed pickups in my robot, now it doesn't tune. what could the problem be?

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The on-board computer that senses pitch is designed to work with the stock pickups. Changing them makes the computer unable to "hear" the pitch, and therefore unable to automatically tune itself.This is a common problem, but a Gibson authorized technician should be able to correct the problem.


Hope that helps!

Posted on Feb 13, 2011

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