1 noiselab 1 month ago I went over to a buddy's place last week, and he was very excited to show me his latest acquisition - a pretty little SG in Pelham Blue with the min-etune system. The guitar exemplified everything you'd expect in finish and build quality from contemporary Gibson.There are few things in life that will conjure up an equipment failure faster than the phrase "check this out!" He turned on the min-etune system, strummed the guitar, and all the tuning heads started simultaneously and impressively moving a bunch. He strummed it a few more times and the tuners only twitched a bit.Being the ardent listener, I asked the question "Do you have that in some sort of open tuning?" - to which he replied, "Nope, standard tuning."And then he took the amp out of stand-by mode... Not one string was pitched in anything I could describe but "pure chaos mode", and it sounded simply gawd-awful. I've heard 9-year-old boys tune bent up Teiscos better.He quickly acknowledged something was amiss and started the whole process over. 15 extremely tedious minutes later, he had something grossly approximating standard guitar tuning, with the G string left somewhere between an A# and a G (closer to A# but still not on it). The other strings were what I would call "close enough for punk music".All I could do was shake my head while he was looking for his USB charger to re-charge the min-etune system and ask the question: "Can't you just turn it off and tune it manually?" - to which he dejectedly replied, "What's the fun in that?"I thought (but did not say): "Actually playing the guitar would be more fun than this... This is kinda painful to watch."After 30 minutes or so of charging, he tried it again. Still no go, but he continues to assure me that everything was working fine before I came over. Apparently, I'm now the gremlin, the jinx, or what-have-you...I've owned a couple of Gibsons over the last two decades, and they were all solid work-horses that I would take on stage without any fear. The min-etune just seems like unnecessary junk to me, and I can't see any serious professional depending on something like this on stage.If that were my guitar, it would have a standard set of Grover Roto-matics on it - right freakin' now - end of story.One thing is for certain - I'm sticking with Gretsch!