Introduction: Guitar Hero 3 Cameleon Cover

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How to make a changeable cover for your guitar hero 3 guitar,Gifts so you can print out a new face plate whenever you like, have a different faceplate when you like without having to buy a new one. Website Design Cornwall.

My son Robert (and me)(and me) wanted a faceplate for his new guitar hero 3 guitar, after looking at some we thought that it would be a shame that he would be stuck with the one he had chosen, so we thought outside the box and decided it would be an interesting make one, and then to post on-line, it is quite and easy project and it has been quite informative and fun for Rob and me.

Step 1: Mark Out Faceplate

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Get a piece of perspex 2mm thick and then remove your faceplate from you guitar, and place it on the perspex. and mark around it using a pen. dont forget to mark the inner holes for the buttons.

Step 2: Making the Grinding Table

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First drill a hole in each of the marked holes, this will let you get the grinder into them.
be careful drilling not to press hard because perspex cracks really easy, put it between 2 pieces of wood to drill to help it but no need to be too exact as they are just to get the grinder in.
Next bit to do is to make up your grinding table, I used a dremel clamped in a workbench, and then we raised the height with bits of wood to get just the cutter showing.

Step 3: Cutting

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now for the difficult bit, actually grinding it.
we used the dremel on a fast speed but tried to move the slow so that it would keep the heat down.

I know that you are supposed to use a jigsaw and a 2 peices of wood, but it cracked it when we tried it, we used the correct blade and still cracks appeared on the intracate pieces. best to use a jigsaw to cut the piece of work near the right size and grind it, we ended up using a dremel multipurpose/drywall cutting bit for the rough cut. then used the grinder to take off the last 1/2cm

on the photo below we are cutting out one of the buttons using the whole we cut out earlier. but it is starting to get warm!!

clean the perspex off and try it in the guitar, if you need to adjust it mark the area and take a bit off, eventually it should fit perfectly, be patient fine tuning it, and once it fits, smooth off the edges with some 800grit 1200grit aper so it has smooth clean curves.
be careful of cracking at all times, I know that I could have probably used a router with the edging bit (got a ball bearing on the bit) and cut round the old face plate but I am sure that it would probably have cracked or damaged the orginal faceplate so hence the dremel with a fine'ish grinding bit

Step 4: Preparing to Paint (Important)

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This step is to paint it, This step is important because most people will have an A4 printer, and that is just too small for the guitar, so our solution was to paint a 15mm border all the way round the perspex.


We are going to paint the inside of the cover so that the paint doesnt wear off and stays shiny, we used mat black paint, but the perfect stuff would be black plastic primer, as it is on the inside it doesnt need to be the best paint job!
To do this mark round the perspex, i put a light score in it with a pair of callipers but I could have done it carefully with a screw/nail or even made up something.

then after you have your mark stick masking tape around the inside. making sure you get nice clean lines, keep the tape pulled out about 6inches and touch it to stick it evenly so you get a nice curve, on the inside curve use lots of little pieces of tape to make a curve, the corners cut the tape to give the right angle. then put a piece of paper over the middle and tape it so all that is showing is the 15mm edge,
now sand the edge lightly with a corse sand paper 400-800grit ish I know that the marks will show through but it will help the paint stick and it needs all the help it can get without primer on perspex. we then wiped it in acetone ( only a tiny bit or the perspex goes brittle and white) essentially to degrease it.

Step 5: Painting

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Just spray and leave,
or in our case spray, get board waiting pull off the masking tape to early.
The paint takes about 20 min to dry enough to remove the tape because it is matt black.

wait 24 hours to clean the perspex in case the paint is still soft and gets hurt.

Step 6: End Result

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now you should have something that looks like this, or better.

Step 7: Print Your Design

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Now choose your design and print it out on your printer, this bit is up to you and open to your imagination, keep in mind where the buttons go as you will be cutting that bit out.
Then put the perspex over the paper and mark with a pencil where the buttons go and round it. The paper just fits all round hopefully

then cut out the buttons precisely.
and cut out the outer shape, no need to be to careful because you have a 1.5mm boarder so it is better to cut the outside 5mm short, makes a nice change being able to cut something out without worrying if you are missing the line!!

ours has Eddie from Iron Maiden on it because Rob is a fan.

the white one is cheaper to print but the second one on purple looked better, the possibilities are endless...

Step 8: Clip It In, and Turn It On

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now just put the paper on the guitar and then put the perspex over it, when you put the neck of the guitar on it should hold the perspex down,

we were going to fit a sticky velcro strap on the back above the start/back buttons to stop it comming out but do to my amazing dremel skills (aka luck) it doesnt need it. so that will save the £2 for the sticky velcro (in case you need to use it we got the stick and sew velcro, it has one part very sticky and the other that is just velcro, stick a piece on the perspex and a piece on the guitar side then use the non sticky bit to connect the two. this will hold perspex in place, the neck holds the other end)


Step 9: All Done

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All done,

I put a purple boarder on and a guitar hero logo, but the good bit about this is that you can have a folder with as many as you want in and change them whenever you like.



hope you liked this indestructible.


Ian & Rob

www.malcomp.com

Step 10: Additional Support Velcro

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P.S.

Dont put the velco under the perspex because it will make the covers stick out too far, the guitar has a boarder all the way round that will keep it in, the switches help keep it still too and the fretboard on the neck keep the frontend locked in place. But if you still need velcro...


Get one piece of velcro about 2 inches long with the furry bit being sticky and the hooked bit not sticky, then we were going to cut the fury bit into 3 sections. then throw away the middle section leaving you with 2 short sticky fury bits and one long 2inch hooked bit now I would stick the first small furry bit to about 1inch above where the guitar strap connects at the back and then stick the other small furry bit on the outside of the perspex on the black boarder about the same height as the other bit we just stuck, now put the hooked bit on them going round the edge of the guitar, this would give it just a bit of down pressure.

The photo below shows where the velco goes on the guitar, (I used bodge tape so that it would show on the camera)
putting it overlapping the edge means that you can still use the old cover :)

Comments

officeblueprint (author)2008-12-04

ok i have something kinda stupid to ask ok i got gh3 for a ps2 and it doesn't have a detachable cover how would i do it?

malcomp (author)officeblueprint2009-01-13

Hi, you could cut out a piece of perspex and attach it with a few velco strips over the top of your existing guitar, or use 4 velcro dots with a peice of perspex cut to size and when you print out your cover you could just cut 4 holes for the velcro that would keep the perspex from moving then, or you could drill into your controller (obviously this will damage it) and araldite/glue 4 nuts into it at each corner and then you would be able to screw the cover on. let me know how you get on :) Ian

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-06

Cool. I might post an Instructable soon on how to do something like this to the old Guitar Hero controllers. Nice job.

Yeah that would be cool! I have Guitar Hero 2 not 3. Do you have all of them?

Yeah. 1,2,3.

not lucky just rich

i have 1, 2, and 3. i also pre ordered 4 and aerosmith.in addition i pre ordered on tour for nds

Flumpkins (author)frankfarms2008-07-21

Aerosmith isn't as good as the advertisments said. I think that the Guitar Hero: Metallica coming out in 2009 will be 1,000x better. I beat aerosmith in 2 days even though I barely played it

bombs go boom (author)Flumpkins2008-07-23

i think its better to have an assortment of songs like gh3.i would know cuz ihave it

Flumpkins (author)bombs go boom2008-07-24

I do too. I also have rockband. I can beat every song on expert drums except this one I bought called "Blinded by Fear" by At the Gates. But I also play a real drumset...

Shut Up Now (author)Flumpkins2008-11-26

good instructable. nice neat result. good work

Flumpkins (author)Shut Up Now2008-11-26

You clicked the wrong thingy LOL Scroll ALL THE WAY down to click "Add comment"

Shut Up Now (author)Flumpkins2008-11-26

i know how to do that but didnt care to.

bombs go boom (author)2008-07-23

cameleon should be chameleon. good instructable though

the_burrito_master (author)2008-04-07

very nice just 2 days ago I was looking at the custom skins and I said why cant I do this my self then I tried and well you know what happened it was to big to print. I don't think I'm going to do this but its still very cool.

Nickotodo (author)2008-01-19

Yep cheers man...because i got kind of confused with the velcro but i understand now so thanks man and when i get around to making the faceplate i send you the pics. Nick

Nickotodo (author)2008-01-19

Very nice, I must do this! One thing though you said about the velcro thing but since you stuck the velcro on the main body would that mean you can't put the original on or....i'm confused but it is a very nice instructable.

malcomp (author)Nickotodo2008-01-19

I added a new step to this showing where the velcro should go. have a look at step 10. good luck Ian p.s. don't forget to send me a photo!

malcomp (author)Nickotodo2008-01-19

Hi, don't stick the velcro under the perspex or as you say the old one will stick out, we were going to get one piece of velcro about 2 inches long with the furry bit being sticky and the hooked bit not sticky, then we were going to cut the fury bit into 3 sections. then throw away the middle section leaving you with 2 short sticky fury bits and one long 2inch hooked bit now I would stick the first small furry bit to about 1inch above where the guitar strap connects at the back and then stick the other small furry bit on the outside of the perspex on the black boarder about the same height as the other bit we just stuck, now put the hooked bit on them going round the edge of the guitar, this would give it just a bit of down pressure. the guitar has a boarder round it so that will keep the perspex from sliding out, and the cutouts round the buttons will keep it even better in place, and then at the other end the fret board of the neck stops that end from moving. because there are so many things keeping it in place ours didn't need velco. if I find a way of posting a pic I will do a drawing. good luck and send me a photo of yours when it is done!! Ian

malcomp (author)2008-01-13

LionBrand, ahh didnt know what that was, I see a tick box and it has to be ticked :) glad you liked it, it is our first.

malcomp (author)malcomp2008-01-15

hmm crocheting a guitar case? not cool but possible lol!! fetch the needles....

GorillazMiko (author)malcomp2008-01-13

It's a great Instructable, but the LionBrand Yarn is like a crocheting type of contest, and this is not it, so it has to be removed, just saying. :-)

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-13

Nice job! I added this to my Guitar Hero Mods group, join if you want. And you can't add this to the LionBrand Yarn challenge, this has nothing to with that, sorry. :-O