Introduction: Guitar Hero Killswitch Mod - Awesome for Jordan by Buckethead!
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...
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
-Wire Stripper or teeth
Step 2: Opening It Up.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I attached a video on my playing the Jordan Solo F on hard with 100%.
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