Gibson seems to be heading in the right direction with their new HD 6X Pro electric guitar. First off the most important aspect is that the guitar is a traditional Les Paul design so that the musician doesn%u2019t have to compromise by playing on some weird digital hybrid. The pickups on the HD 6X are a new %u2018Hex%u2019 system designed by Gibson that uses 6 small humbuckers positioned under each string at the bridge that send 6 individual signals to studio-grade preamps allowing them to be immediately digitized.
These digital signals are then sent to a BoB (break out box) via a special ethernet port designed by Gibson called %u2018MaGIC%u2019 that can carry up to 32 bi-directional channels of audio over a single cable. The BoB can then be connected to a multi-channel sound card where the guitar can be recorded with a piece of professional software such as Cakewalk SONAR which is included with the instrument.
The Gibson HD 6X is available now and retails for about $5,000.