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Guitar Hero Controller Anti Double-Strum Mod (Wii Version)

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There are a few different techniques for playing the guitar hero controller. There's the "thumb" technique, where the player pushes down on the strum bar with his/her thumb to play a note. Some players grasp the bar between the thumb and forefinger like a pick, rocking it up and down to play the "notes". Some (like myself) actually strum the "strum" bar", brushing it with my fingernail as though I were picking an actual guitar string. Still others use an actual pick (you know, for heightened realism) to play the strum bar.

Those of us in the last two category have had to fight an enemy most foul: the double strum. When you strum the bar, it will play the note, but then spring back and play a second note on the rebound. The harder you strum, the harder it bounces back: it's especially bad on the up-strum. Once you get into hard mode, it's a near-impossibility to get through without strumming up and down, and passages that are played perfectly will get you booed off the stage.

The problem is this: the strum bar sits right on top of two switches, one for the up strum and one for down strum. The only thing restraining it from playing the second "ghost" note is the weak spring inside the switch itself. We need to add some padding to the switches that will stop the bar from pressing on the opposite switch on the rebound without interfering with a normal strum.
 
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fisktwo5 years ago
I didn't know if this would really work - but I followed your instructions and it worked beautifully! Your pictures are very helpful and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. I now have a guitar that has perfect playability thanks to this instructable. Great job and thanks!
DYLEGO5 years ago
your first pic is a stock photo of a fake guitar hero guitar because all the hardware is white instead of blak. ive seen it on ebay before
RFilyaw6 years ago
I hold the bar, too, but sometimes it slips and double strums on me. This would be a great way to prevent that. Now I'd love to see an instructable where somebody makes a more pick-friendly switch. Perhaps one that is a string suspended between a switch and an anchor point, where the switch is pulled on each strum. That would rock.
sesqio (author)  RFilyaw6 years ago
You're probably better off getting a switch-friendly pick. I've had the best luck with the stubby, pointy ones.
I've considered getting a rubber pick of the type that some bass players use for use with my GH controller, but I just never got around to it. It seems like something like that would work well with the strum bar as it is (with this anti-double strum mod).
What about this....
Guitar Hero controller mod.bmp
I might have to try this. Good idea.
I just now thought of this. You take the strum bar and notch out a nice grove and put a guitar string in there, make sure its nice and taught, and use a pic to play. This would go great with this anti double strum mod. I don't have GH, so if some one wants to try this go ahead.
Cool ideas. If I ever get off my arse and decide to void my guitar controller, I'll do this. I like your illustration.
oh4u2bme6 years ago
I use a pick (having played real guitar for over 10 years) to play guitar hero, and have been having the same problem. I followed your Instructable, and it was amazing. My scores jumped up on average 50000 points! I could barely believe it. I had been killing myself trying to play the songs correctly when in reality it was the guitar controller screwing me out of my multiplier. Great Work Man!!
I have the same problem. I'm a bassist, and when I play GH I flick the strum bar with my fingers instead of strumming it, and the back-action of the switch messes me up something FIERCE. I've had to learn a whole new style. I will totally try this mod!
andokomando5 years ago
this works for my wii guitar great. nice instructable
porras6 years ago
Does this work with an Xbox 360 guitar?
sesqio (author)  porras6 years ago
I'm pretty sure that the rocker switch mechanism is the same, so it should work as long as you can get to the circuit board that has the switches on it. Both of the PS2 controllers I have use the exact same board. Standard warranty disclaimers apply, of course ;)
sonic_dan6 years ago
just made a new guitar hero instructable :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Guitar-Hero-Fret-Buttons-Mod/
asyrith6 years ago
Very creative mod! The only thing is, I play on expert and I can't, for the life of me, imagine NOT needing to double strum through some of those songs. Otherwise...my hand would fall off. Then again, maybe it's different on the wii? Never-the-less, great idea for those who use it!
sesqio (author)  asyrith6 years ago
Good Lord, it's hard enough to get past hard mode without going down AND up. No, this mod is to prevent unwanted ghost notes when the strum bar rebounds from stroking the strum bar and letting go.
RFilyaw sesqio6 years ago
ok, so you still go up and down, but picking instead of fingering. I don't play real guitar, so I'm not sure how you play quick notes on one. Do you strum both up and down on a real one, as well?
sesqio (author)  RFilyaw6 years ago
Yes. Unless you are James Hetfield.
asyrith sesqio6 years ago
Ohh, I get it now. I guess I just misunderstood a bit before then. Well, excellent! +1 from me :)
cool i play on expert too, did you beat Guitar Hero III on expert
nice but im one of those people that hold the strum bar so I don't worry about this ,but some times I do on the long slow notes strum like I have a pick. great instructable great mod! 1+ rating
Cool! I +1 rated it, and added it to my Guitar Hero Mods group. Great job!
gmjhowe6 years ago
Nice! well done
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