The Gizmotron 2.0 Meets Robert Randolph’s Pedal Steel

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Robert Randolph has officially become the first pedal-steel guitarist to play the instrument with a Gizmotron 2.0, according to Official Gizmotron.

In the video below, the sacred steel artist performs with the device mounted on his pedal-steel guitar, creating some truly stunning ethereal sounds.

As many of you know from our previous posts and product review, the Gizmotron 2.0 is a refined version of the mechanical string-bowing device created in the Seventies by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme of the band 10cc. Though it was used by artists like Jimmy Page and Paul McCartney, the original Gizmotron suffered from the manufacturing challenges of producing a reliable and gig-tough device and never caught on.

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Aaron Kipness is a fan of the device and didn’t want to see it end up in guitar gear’s dustbin of history. After years of refinements, his company's Gizmotron 2.0 reintroduced an updated and improved version of the Gizmotron—shown above—for guitar and bass earlier this year.

Check out the beautiful and eerie tones Randolph conjures up with his Gizmotron 2.0. For more information, check out our review of the Gizmotron 2.0 and this story, as well as the company’s website.