Analog or digital, the Gibson Dark Fire gives you an infinite number of tonal
possibilities to let you change the tone of the Dark Fire to match your environment.
And it begins with a guitar's most basic element — the pickups. The Gibson
Dark Fire combines two of Gibson's most popular pickups — the P90h in
the neck position and a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge position. Both are capped
with new carbon fiber-like pickup covers, impeccably designed to match the
Dark Fire's advanced fade.
Dark Fire also gives you the ability to adjust and blend the
acoustic sound from the piezo bridge pickup with the sound
from the guitar's traditional pickups. It does this by utilizing
a revolutionary rotary potentiometer which is part of the pickup
selector toggle switch. By twisting the switch's head clockwise
or counterclockwise, you can blend the piezo acoustic sound
from zero percent acoustic sound (100 percent traditional pickups)
to 100 percent acoustic sound (no traditional pickups).
Burstbucker 3 arrived on the scene in 1990, and — like
the Burstbucker 1 and 2 — represents Gibson's drive
to capture and recreate the characteristics of the vintage
Patent Applied For humbuckers of the late 1950s. On the shop
floor of the original Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Mich., the
earliest Gibson PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise
machines, resulting in pickups with varying degrees of output
and tone. The Burstbucker line represents those variations,
but with some modern appointments. The Burstbucker 3 provides
historically accurate PAF tone with two slightly overwound
coils, creating a raw, airy tone packed with enough punch
to cut through any mix.
Let it RIP.
While the heart of the Dark Fire’s abilities lie within
the guitar itself, the compact Robot Interface Pack (RIP) interface
can connect this versatile guitar to Windows or Mac computers
to release Dark Fire’s ultimate tonal versatility — live
or in the studio. In fact, the RIP lets you realize the full
potential of Gibson’s new Chameleon Tone Technology
Master Control Knob.
The key to controlling the powerful functions of the Dark Fire
is the Master Control Knob (MCK), which has been completely
redesigned with much improved ergonomics and a sophisticated
full color matrix display featuring LEDs and high-tech light
pipe technology, all to deliver a more powerful and easier
to see visual display under any light condition. In addition
to the MCK's top mounted display, LED-lit symbols now adorn
its outer edge, which blend with the color of the knob so
that they're only visible when lit. The Dark Fire's new MCK
also controls the ability to change pickups and coils, allowing
you the ability to adjust tone and tunings automatically
and simultaneously, even several times during the same song.
New P-90H Pickup.
The new P-90H black soapbar pickup is another example
of Gibson's drive to stay one step ahead. This new
offers all of the soulful, classic tone of Gibson’s
legendary P-90 singlecoil pickup, but with none of the
60-cycle hum that usually plagues traditional singlecoil
pickups. Gibson’s pioneering engineers were then
able to secure all of the P-90’s vintage sonic
characteristics, and deliver the same high output and
sweet treble response
that still makes the P-90 one of the most desirable pickups
in the world.
Dark Fire also features a revolutionary Gibson-designed
piezo bridge pickup that
of six individual
piezo pickups — one for each saddle/string.
These piezo pickups go through a studio-quality
allows for a stronger and more natural acoustic
guitar sound. Combined, the two classic electromagnetic
piezo bridge pickup are wired in such a way to
allow each individual coil to be used in a switching
you over 20 separate combinations of tone and
an incredible array of tonal possibilities.
Chameleon Tone Technology.
The original Robot Guitar took the guitar world by storm
when it was first introduced in December '07, but the new
Dark Fire from Gibson is simply the most advanced guitar
system ever developed. In fact, many of the technological
advances on the Dark Fire were virtually inconceivable
just a few years ago; the powerhead tuners, the tuning
brain, the battery function and the sonic capabilities
of a fully digital guitar make the new Dark Fire a virtual
upgrade in every respect. Perhaps most impressive is Gibson's
new Chameleon Tone Technology, which allows you to change
your guitar's tone to match countless environments and
to recreate any guitar sound you ever lusted after. The
Dark Fire has arrived, and it's guaranteed to give you
a new, stunning level of tonal and functional freedom.
Release your creative potential.
500 Tunings from a Single Battery Charge.
The Dark Fire's battery system and power circuit have
also been significantly improved to last nearly twice
even with the guitar's enhanced performance. You can now
expect nearly 500 tunings from a single charge. As an added
plus, you can also play the Dark Fire while the battery
system is being charged. In addition, there’s a 12-volt DC
connector for the Robot Interface Pack's power supply (see
right), which both powers the RIP itself and recharges the
Dark Fire’s battery when required.
Fire-Specific Audio Equipment.
Gibson is already developing a range of audio equipment designed
specifically to work with your new Dark Fire, some of which
is already scheduled for release in early 2009, including
a small transmitter module designed to work with Bluetooth
wireless technology, allowing you the ability to connect
wirelessly to your computer or laptop.
Upgrade Your Original Robot.
These incredible advances are not limited to owners of
the new Gibson Dark Fire. Gibson players who bought
Robot will soon be offered an opportunity to upgrade
their Robot’s self-tuning technology to the new and improved
self-tuning technology found on the Dark Fire. In just a
few months, an upgrade kit will be made available at a price
significantly lower than its standard retail price – reaffirming
Gibson's aim is to keep all Robot products current
and cutting edge, for all Gibson customers.
Lighter, Smaller Powerhead Tuners.
The redesigned powerhead tuners on the Dark Fire are significantly smaller and
lighter, and more in line with the size and weight of conventional tuners. They're
also radically faster. You can now access any preset tuning in less than one
second, which means you can realistically change tunings in the middle of a song,
if needed. What's more, the tuners are now automatically engaged to operate both
electronically or individually by hand