Introduction: Guitar Hero Killswitch Mod - Awesome for Jordan by Buckethead!

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I think Buckethead is an AMAZING guitar player, and since they have Jordan in GH2, I decided to make a Killswitch.

First of all, A killswitch on a regular guitar cuts out the pickups on the guitar. Doing that causes a cool effect as heard in Jordan. Since the GH2 remotes are plastic, and don't have pick ups... The killswitch does the exact opposite. It acts as if you were strumming, but instead you are pushing a button. It may make it easier, but it still looks cooler.

This is purely for fun, and really has no point to it except to look cool.

Disclaimer: Try at your own risk, I am not responsible if you screw things up and break your remote.

This is my first Instructable, so please critic anything that is wrong...
P.S. Thanks to Weissensteinburg, I got the boxy things to work.

Step 1: What You Need...

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I thought this Guitar Hero Mod was Really easy, and It only took me 30 minutes, but you will still need a few things.

-Guitar Hero Remote
-2 pieces of Wire (about 6 inches of each)
-Drill bit that is the same size as the button
-Soldering Iron
-Soldering Wire
-Electric Tape
-Wire Stripper or teeth

Step 2: Opening It Up.

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There are 11 screws (may vary with guitar) on the Back of the controller.
You do not need to take any of the screws out that are on the neck of the guitar, only the ones that are on the body.

If you look at the 2nd picture that is attached, That is what the inside looks like. As you can see, It is a very simple circuit board and a few switches... Yet they still charge $70 for it...

Step 3: Looking at the Circuit Board and Wiring It.

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In the middle of the main circuit board, There are 4 solders. (marked in blue)
You can use either the left, or the right... It doesn't really matter, except that the left on will act as you picking up on the strum bar, and the right will act as you pushing down on the strum bar.

So pick any side that you desire, and solder 1 wire to each solder point on the board.

My solders are very messy, but the important thing is-
1. Make sure there is enough Soldering Wire melted onto the wires to keep them in place.
2. Make sure you don't drop ANY chunk of hot solder onto the surrounding board.
3. Make sure the solders don't touch each other or any else.

After you are done soldering the wire, take some electric tape and tape the wires to the inside of the body, so they don't pull out.

Once you have soldered 1 wire to each connection and taping it, you may move onto the next step.

Step 4: The Button!

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I found this button laying in my toolbox, but I think I picked it up at radio shack, either for $.15 or like 5 for $1... Not really sure about the price.

What is important is that it is just a normal button.
It shouldn't be a switch, or make a clicky sound when you push it (which means it stays on).
This is one of those buttons that if you hooked it up to a lightbulb-
When you push it in- Light turns on.
When you left go- Light turns off.

Make sure it has a screw top, and a nut and washer, so you can mount it onto the guitar.

Very simple. You can literally have ANY sized button that you would like, as long as it doesn't click in and out.

Step 5: Drilling the Hole & Wiring the Button.

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One thing that you must remember is to ALWAYS measure, before you cut/drill.
It's better that a hole is too small, rather than too big.

Start with a bit a little smaller than the size of the button, and drill a hole from the outside- into the body. (so it makes a clean hole)

Test to see if it fits, if it's way off, switch to the next bit higher.
If it is really close, or fits but it a little to tight. Keep the same bit, but try turning the drill onto the sides of the hole to open it up just a hair.

You can choose where you want the button to be. I thought right about the start button was a good choice because it is easily to get to. The only problem is, if you switch from strumming to hitting the button, you may hit the start button. It's not a big deal, and you get used to it.

After you put the button threw the hole, Screw it in, and make sure it tight. Don't make it too tight that it cracks the plastic, but you don't want it loose so it spins and breaks off the wires.

Feed the wires into the eye holes. (it's doesn't matter which wire goes to with eye hole, it does the same thing)

Solder the wires to the eye holes, so they don't move.

Step 6: Tape It, and Close.

Picture of Tape It, and Close.

You want to tape over the solders that you made, so-
A: There is less of a chance that they fall off and
B: They don't come in contact with each other or any other metal and short out the controller.

Make sure the guitar strap pegs are in the right holes, and the wire guard is in the right hole, and close it up. Make sure it fits snuggly, and place all 11 screws back in the holes.

Tighten each screw so it is snug, but not ready to crack the plastic.

Step 7: Finished Product & Testing.

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Well, Here it is.
I attached a video on my playing the Jordan Solo F on hard with 100%.

Thanks & Enjoy,
Kevin Saw


psychofish25 (author)2007-06-19

Great instructable, I did this today because after I got my haircut I stopped into radio shack and bought a few switches. Anyway, I also read that if u solder a wire from the select button wire to the circuit board (shown above) it'll come out the same way. I heard this is how people have been makign kill switches. Anyway, I think the extra button looks great (if you install it right). 45 minutes well spent I should say. Thanks.

Yeah, if you do that then when you strum (up or down, depends which one you soldered it to), it will activate star power... Since the select button is connected to up or down strum, when you have star power, and you press it, it will activate star power... so this instructable is very helpful.

Good point, I was also thinking of taking my other GH2 and soldering wires so that each fret button acts as a strum bar, this would eliminate they need to any kind of strumming all together, do you guys think this douns like a good idea?

Azor (author)psychofish252008-12-24

Do the rock band idea and add 5 more buttons, and wire the new buttons to it so u can strum on the normal one, and tap on the new ones

Fudgey13 (author)Azor2009-01-12

there is a guy on youtube who made a made somewhat like that. but he didn't make a tutorial. what he he did was he managed to wire in two switches which you see on the out side of the guitar, and he flips them both, and it lets him just tap the normal buttons with no strumming on the regular notes, and of course the hammer-ons. it was pretty cool.

musick_08 (author)Fudgey132011-04-09

I'm thinking about doing that if i can get like 2 more controllers for cheap. It's pretty easy to do

What do you mean? You'll have 10 buttons on the fret board? If yes, that would be cool haha.

No i mean like u could just push the button nd that would both press the button nd pick at the same time, eliminaing the need to pick at all, i thot itd be a good idea

Yeah... this is basically what the instructable is about, except if you solder the select button to the strum button then it is kind of the same thing.

KevinSaw (author)psychofish252007-09-29

no... that defeats the purpose of the game.... the concept of lining up the strums and buttons is what makes it fun. Also, you would look like a noob and would be able to pull off some pimpin' pull-offs and hammer ons

psychofish25 (author)KevinSaw2007-09-29

Yeah i dnt mean to actually play with it competitively, just for fun

KevinSaw (author)psychofish252007-09-29

lol, i guess... what ever floats you boat. Also i am in the process of designing a min guitar hero remote. should be pretty cool :D

PieMaster777 (author)2010-10-15

Ikr does it even do anything?
I have one on my actual guitar and its an awesome effect, but i don't understand its point on a guitar hero controller.
What does it do?

Glockenator (author)2009-12-19

it tops the singal from going to the amp so when its pressed you dont hear anything

PieMaster777 (author)Glockenator2010-10-13

Whats the point of it on guitar hero?

Trogdayton (author)2010-01-09

Heh, very nice man. I wish I could mod it to make me play better... I play expert, but routinely lose to my roommate. :)

Thanks, great instructable!

345138 (author)2007-08-03

im scared ill break it

toogers (author)3451382009-08-15

than don't do it.

Spense09 (author)2008-01-28

whats a killswitch?

toogers (author)Spense092009-08-15

it kills the power, so it turns the guitar off. it's an on/off switch.

qwazy9 (author)2008-09-26

k i have a question will this work with a gh3 wii les paul guitar? cuz i really dont wanna risk a 70$ wii guitar >.> ty

KevinSaw (author)qwazy92008-09-27

probably not

MilotisX (author)2008-08-20

Hey, this doesnt effect the actual strumbar does it'? Like splitting the voltage can sometimes reduce the percentage of actual registered clicks, can't it?

Facially Challenged (author)2008-03-27

Great instructable, I plan on trying it in the near future. Would it be possible to wire up two killswitches to one guitar. The guitar I plan on putting the switches on has the strummer broken so I'd like to put two on their so I can better handle the speed picking parts of Guitar Hero.

REA (author)Facially Challenged2008-08-10

you could just replace the dead switch wit a new one (from Radio Shack) and install the kill switch.

Jake Turner (author)2008-03-21

Hey, great Instructable. I popped one of these into my Gibson SG, makes playing tough sequences and mopping up 5 stars on medium much easier. Thanks for posting it!

Yerboogieman (author)2008-03-04

the buttons at radio shack like that are 4 for about $2-3

illi11 (author)2008-02-15

what egzactly does the kill switch do? please send me a message.

345138 (author)2008-01-22

im gonna add a button so you can switch from strumming with buttons to just buttons

23Maniax (author)2008-01-01

My first killswitch test failed, but I learned how to properly set the connections and now the switch works for good!

The Pusher (author)2007-08-11

I can play the guitar. I have a strat unlike you,tell me MR WEED can you play stairway?

KevinSaw (author)The Pusher2007-08-11

lol, everyone can play stairway... but can you play Blackwater park? or Drapery Falls? by Opeth If you can master those, you are awesome... Go smoke some weed... :)

The Pusher (author)KevinSaw2007-08-11

those are sick, I'm not worthy.But you were in a band so I applaud your abilities O great Mel Gibson.[I watch like nine hours of tv a day] I've also been awake for three solid days


The Pusher (author)The Pusher2007-08-11

I'm a total newb so It's harsh,considering I've been playing for two months and am self taught,sorry if I sound conceded. ill try, and i will:)

Clayton H. (author)2007-09-22

When I tried this all I got was a hunk of plastic with a button on it.

KevinSaw (author)Clayton H.2007-09-22

how did you mess it up? Messed up the solder?

Clayton H. (author)KevinSaw2007-10-29

Well I fixed it and it works fine now.

Clayton H. (author)KevinSaw2007-09-23

I don't really know

jco221 (author)2007-10-28

if anyone has seen the game rock band the new controller is going to have the top 5 buttons like guitar hero but then will have an extra 5 solo buttons down lower is it possible to make 5 extra buttons on a guitar hero controller just for fun when a solo comes up or something if anyone can help i would love it

Thornburg (author)2007-10-25

I made this over the summer, and ran over this forgetting to comment. This is really cool looking. I made mine look like a volume knob, though yours looks better.

locofocos (author)2007-09-29

Okay, apparently some people don;t know what a kill switch is. It would normally open the circuit going to the pickups when pressed. When you press it, no sound would come through the amp from the guitar. Bucket-head would tap it in certain parts and let the string ring the whole time, so it's like you're plucking the string really fast. This is the opposite of a kill switch. Pressing this switch in once complete would be the same as hitting the strum bar up or down (depending on which connections you soldered to).

KevinSaw (author)locofocos2007-09-29

:D yeah, but why do people need to know what it is if it doesn't to the project. plus it sounds cooler as a killswitch, rather than an "anti-killswitch" or "opposite of a killswitch"

The Pusher (author)2007-08-11

I have on question, if I want to wire it with a select button? do I attach the solders to the small grey rubber things

KevinSaw (author)The Pusher2007-08-11

I dont understand what you are asking... Why do you need another select button?

The Pusher (author)KevinSaw2007-08-11

sorry I don't explain things well,or have a life, but i want to wire to my original select as a killswitch

locofocos (author)The Pusher2007-09-29

If you want to make the select button a kill switch, then you cut (or preferably de-solder) the wires going from the select button. Keep them on the select button. Then solder the ends of the wires to the spots shown in the simple diagram, like the button from radio shack. Basically just rewire it. Of course, it won't work as a select button any more.

KevinSaw (author)The Pusher2007-08-12

yeah, you can either wire it to that, or strip the wire and run a new wire to the spots in this instructable

GorillazMiko (author)2007-09-28

Hey, I just finished doing mine.. I did it in like 5 minutes. Also, man, my freaking whammy bar got messed up, like, when you use it nothing happens, so I can't get more star power. You think you know the problem?

KevinSaw (author)GorillazMiko2007-09-29

Take off the tape and check your solders. it's possible that when you put on the tape, the wire touched another solder, thus not making the connection for the whammy. Also, check to make sure that the wires coming out of the whammy bar have not been cut. Finally, check to see that the whammy bar is set up properly and is in the right spot and hasn't turned or anything.

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