Taito's Robot Guitarist

At the World Expo 1988 in Brisbane Australia I saw and heard this startling device.

Taito Corporation's Robot Guitar player, which I saw performed at Expo in Brisbane, Australia. It had an expertly programmed repertoire of solo guitar pieces ranging from classical to jazz and popular music. Taito Corporation's Robot Guitar player, which I saw performed at Expo in Brisbane, Australia. It had an expertly programmed repertoire of solo guitar pieces ranging from classical to jazz and popular music.

Built by Taito and featuring a Kohno guitar, it ran on compressed air and sounded great!

It had an expertly programmed repertoire of solo guitar pieces ranging from classical to jazz and popular music.

I observed it closely for a couple of hours and paid particular attention to the "Right Hand" technique. By attacking the strings at an angle it produced a good strong tone. I figured that a human player ought to be able to produce at the very least this strength of tone, with the added advantage of being able to vary the timbre.