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Front, Chet Atkins SST
Inventor Neil Skinn developed his Performer automatic tuning system for solid-body electric guitars such as Gibson USA's Les Paul and Fender's Telecaster and Stratocaster models. Recently, Skinn adapted the Performer installation for Gibson's Chet Atkins SST, the solid-body acoustic guitar shown here. Small electric motors and a system of rocker arms change the tension on open strings to pitches preset by the player. All tunings are entered into the system's onboard computer. Sensors automatically activate the motors to adjust string tension, tune to the preset pitch and correct pitch inaccuracies, Skinn says.