Introduction: Guitar Hero(1-4)Rock Band Broken Whammy Bar How to Fix

This instructable will show you how to fix a whammy bar that isn't springing back.

The same method will work with guitar hero 1 ,2 ,3 ,4's guitars (it will possibly work for Rock Band's guitar)

you will need:
1. small philips screwdriver
2. small 6 wing screwdriver (I'm not exactly sure what they're called)
3. a spring made of 1 millimeter wire that is at least as tall as the guitar if it's to tall then you can cut it to the size of the guitar and a 1/2 of an inch in diameter.
4.a hot glue gun
5. a broken whammy bar :)

why the whammy bar isn't springing back.
Ether the tiny piece of plastic is broken off of the whammy pars rotating axes ,the anchor could have broken off ,or the spring its self broke. Makes the Guitar sound really cruddy doesn't it?

Step 1: What You Need

you will need:
1. small philips screwdriver
2. small 6 wing screwdriver (I'm not exactly sure what they're called)
3. a spring made of 1 millimeter wire that is at least as tall as the guitar if it's to tall then you can cut it to the size of the guitar and a 1/2 of an inch in diameter.
4. a hot glue gun
5. a broken whammy bar :)

Step 2: Disect the Guitar

time to see what's in this animal. Guitar Hero 1-3 ,and rock band's screws are on the back ;and Guitar hero 4's screws are under the face plate.

pic 1 gh4

pic 2 gh3

I don't have hg2's guitar

Nor do I have hg1's guitar

or rock band's Guitar.

those of you with of brand guitars I don't know if it will work but the odds are it will.

Step 3: Actual Fixing

get your spring and put a big doughnut of hot glue on the one side of the spring. having the glue hot enough to where it takes about a minute to coll will give you the most time to get it set right.

2nd part:
Ok lay out the other half of the Guitar in an accessable area because after you apply the glue your going to have to be able to get the Front piece on top of the back of the guitar before the glue cools. (the hotter it is the better the bond you will get)

Ok now to get started apply the glue on the edges of the spring don't worry about using so much the more the better... but don't use so much that it falls off. Now with the skills of the ninja deep inside of you put it on top of the back panel. After you get it connected to the back panel DO NOT TRY OUT THE WHAMMY BAR FOR 2 MINUTES.

Step 4: Put It Back Together.

hope you saved your screws... this will give the glue some cooling time.

pic 1 gh4

pic 2 gh3

I don't have hg2's guitar

Nor do I have hg1's guitar

or rock band's Guitar.

Step 5: Test It Out

ok did you wait 2 hole minutes? ok good. just push the whammy bar up and down slowly at first then a little faster until you get as fast as you can do it just to make sure it works.

if it didn't work don't be discouraged the first time I did this with my gh3 Gibson it took me 3 trys to get ti to work.

Comments

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baseaball1 made it!(author)2009-08-10

Another super simple fix is to get a rubber band and but around the whammy bar and the strap nut on the end. It works amazingly and you don't have to take apart your guitar =D

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cali_mrtnz made it!(author)2009-09-23

Genius! now why didn't i think of that......? i ve already tried taking apart my GH2 'troller. I HAD to take out the little broken tab; it kept rattling every time i tilted! my problem was that i couldn't figure out a good replacement tab that would hold up to me slamming on it. W/ a rubber band, i can just keep popping 'em on. YAY!

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baseaball1 made it!(author)2009-09-24

Glad that helped =D

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CapnTac made it!(author)2010-06-14

Plus you can adjust the amount of rubberbands to make it feel more realistic, or easier, depending on your preference.

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Bright+Shadow made it!(author)2009-01-17

Ooohhh! I love that song!

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Owenmon made it!(author)2009-01-17

they didn't ): like half of the songs are from the 60s-90s XD

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Bright+Shadow made it!(author)2009-01-17

FAIL

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fordman15243 made it!(author)2009-07-22

No... win! That's when most of the song with great parts for all the instruments were made, all the new stuff in GH4 sucks when it comes to the guitar part.

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Bright+Shadow made it!(author)2009-07-23

You have a point, there... A good one... Agreed.

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Owenmon made it!(author)2009-07-22

Concurred!

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2008-12-23

blaaa. I don't know that song and I don't think I want too.

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fordman15243 made it!(author)2009-07-22

Trust me... you don't... -_-

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Owenmon made it!(author)2009-07-22

Haha, now I hate it. =P

Rock Band 2 has shown me the epic-awesomeness of Classic Rock and Metal! :-D

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Owenmon made it!(author)2008-12-23

Lol, it's awesome. Although there is a mild amount of swearing, witch i kind of don't mind

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Yerboogieman made it!(author)2009-07-22

I hate that the Whammy bar will slowly slide down, and even when you hold it up it makes the song sound weird.

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Raiden97 made it!(author)2009-06-06

i want my guitar to turn on...

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2009-06-08

maybe try changing the batteries. lol I cant do any thing about your broken gh controller.

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Raiden97 made it!(author)2009-06-08

its not the batteries

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2009-06-09

ok then go ether get it serviced or open it up and look for something wrong with it.

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Raiden97 made it!(author)2009-07-19

i got a new one

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fordman15243 made it!(author)2009-07-22

So? Try and get it working anyway, then you'll have two! =D

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Raiden97 made it!(author)2009-07-22

it is working...the new one is, but the old one isnt, and i think the old one broke because this watery stuff got in it when i was cleaning it

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Owenmon made it!(author)2008-12-19

first view (w00t~!)

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2008-12-19

lol how much more off topic can you get?

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Owenmon made it!(author)2008-12-21

egshenarf?

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fordman15243 made it!(author)2009-07-22

That much... >_>

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yerjoking made it!(author)2008-12-20

How did you break it? And damn, lucky, I gotta wait for gh4 on 360, I can't have it till christmas :( Are the drums good? Oh and 5 stars =P.

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2008-12-20

MY DRUMS BROKE ON THE SECOND DAY!!!!! if you know any thing on how they work fix them your self there is an insructable for that. How I broke it. I was sitting down on the couch while the whammy bar got braced against my leg and my stomach it got squished a little and I heard a pop and it flopped down. the spring actually broke I don't know why.

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Bartboy made it!(author)2008-12-22

Rockband is awesome!

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fordman15243 made it!(author)2009-07-22

This.... is about guitar hero... o.o

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Yerboogieman made it!(author)2009-03-31

They do have a hole for the Wiimote in the back.

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2009-03-31

yup. but i wish it would go facing out the back so there wouldn't have to be a hole on the front.

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fordman15243 made it!(author)2009-07-22

They do it because they're nintendo and they're proud to play stupid-looking guitar hero controllers! =]

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MisterHay made it!(author)2009-01-01

We ended up just using an elastic band hooked over the strap peg and the whammy bar, but yours definitely looks better.

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Owenmon made it!(author)2008-12-21

i'm getting rock band 2 fo teh wii on christmas :D

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2008-12-22

cool have fun.

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Owenmon made it!(author)2008-12-22

Thanks. I hear that the have a weekly song list update online! Good thing i have a routor :D

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2008-12-22

yeah they do.

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pls made it!(author)2008-12-22

Does this have anything to do with knex.>.

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the_burrito_master made it!(author)2008-12-22

no I don't even remember putting in the knex tag.

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pls made it!(author)2008-12-22

lol:)

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