Step 1: Parts List
1 x Guitar Hero X-Plorer Guitar Controller (with it's warranty prepared for departure)
1 x Phillips screw driver. I'm sure Phillip won't mind.
1 x Wire cutters/wire stripper
1 x strand of 26 gauge single conductor insulated copper wire. You might find this is some old phone wire or phone jacks.
1 x Hot glue gun with some glue sticks. (Hot glue is mandatory for this one)
1 x Drill with drill bit. Or a Dremel. Or a round file. Or something else that will make a 1/4" hole in the side of your beloved axe.
1 x Patience. Yeeeeeeaaaah. Just a little patience.
No solder option:
1 x Wire crimper
2 x small female disconnect spade terminals (need to find ones that will work with 26 gauge wire. I recommend finding some non-insulated ones for easier crushing.)
Things you'll need to buy if you don't have.
1 x Radio Shack Part# 274-0252 1/4" Mono Phono Jack. Panel mount, open circuit. UPC# 040293131401 (is a two pack in case you need to do two guitars or manage to lose/melt the first one) This will set you back about $3.
1 x Best Buy Lo Duca Universal Sustain Pedal Model# 3781 UPC# 013148037814. Of course you don't HAVE to buy this pedal but for $12 I think it's a good deal. Especially sense it has a polarity switch that allows you to step activate or lift activate. Meaning you can stomp this thing or lift your foot off of it to activate the switch.
Step 2: Screwloose
Step 3: Flip side of the circuits
Step 4: Get the point?
Step 5: The tricky part
The reason why this is no solder is two fold:
#1 The contact points are really small and my solder gun is too large for this job.
#2 The contact point of one of these wires is located under a large chip on the flip side of this board and would be therefore impossible to solder. This is what gave me this idea.
Step 6: Heat up the gun
Step 7: Ground control to Major Tom
"Hey wait a minute!" you say. "How is this no solder?"
Ok you caught me. In this step I did in fact use solder. But you can in fact do this with zero solder. Here's how:
Find yourself some small crimp terminals as shown below, and crimp the end of the wire and then slide it onto the two tabs that are on the phono jack. Add some hot glue to make sure it stays put.
See? No solder! :)