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Discover the World's Most Powerful Guitar With Thrilling and Historic Tuning, Technology
and Tone Capabilties, the Dark Fire Changes the Guitar World Forever
Dark Fire
Gibson’s Dark Fire is nothing less than the most versatile 6-string music-making machine on the planet, offering you an infinite number of tonal possibilities to let you change the tone of the instrument to suit your requirements. By using either of its purely analog or digital capabilities, or blending any proportion of the two, the adventurous guitarist can open up unlimited new horizons of creativity. The Dark Fire combines a pair of Gibson’s most popular pickups (a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge and a P-90h in the neck), a piezo bridge with individual pickups loaded into each string saddle for an acoustic-like tone, and direct-to-digital capabilities via the included Robot Interface Pack (RIP) breakout box for a truly unprecedented sonic potential.

Using the guitar’s analog magnetic and piezo outputs alone, there are already more than 20 separate tonal combinations available through Dark Fire’s onboard control matrix and Master Control Knob. Send it direct to your computer via the RIP, and use the Guitar Rig 3 effect and amp simulating software and/or the Ableton Live 7 Gibson Studio Edition recording software that are both included, and the sky’s the limit. In addition to its sonic capabilities, Dark Fire revolutionizes your live performance by carrying the automatic-tuning facilities of Gibson’s pioneering Robot Guitar series. Turn the knob, and within seconds Dark Fire’s automated machine heads put you back into standard tuning, or any conceivable alternate, open, or original tuning you might desire. Add it all up, and the Dark Fire presents more powerful performance options than ever before seen in a single instrument.

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Pricing & Finish
  • Dark Fire
    $3,477 msrp


Firmware Downloads

Version RIP Firmware
5.2.1 PC (3.0 mb)  
5.2 PC (3.0 mb)  Mac (2.4 mb)
5.0 PC (1.8 mb)  Mac (2.3 mb)

3rd Party Software

Version Software
4.0 Guitar Rig
8.0 Ableton Live Lite - Gibson Studio Edition

Hex Patches

Version Patches Manual
1.0 ZIP (1.8 mb) PDF

Owners Manuals

Version Type (pdf)
4.0 Dark Fire Owners Manual 4.0
3.0 Dark Fire Owners Manual 3.0
1.1 RIP Owners Manual 1.1

Quick Start Guides

Version Type (pdf)
RIP Guide Vista Mac
Applications Applications Quick Start
Guitar Dark Fire Quick Start


Letter to Dark Fire Owners View PDF
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