Introduction: How to Change the Button Colors for the Guitar Hero Controller.

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Well, att first I wanted to change the colors of the buttons on the controller around to confuse my friends, and I didn't know how. Then this is how this instructable was made. I decided to make my controller buttons rainbow colored. This instructable will in no way damage the guitar, it just changes the colors up. The buttons will not change the game either, all the buttons will stay the same. (Green, red, yellow, blue, orange.)

Items needed: Screwdriver.
Common sense. Don't be an idiot and break your controller.
Wait, don't get those last 2 items.. wrong list.


Step 1: Opening the Guitar.

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Unscrew the back of the controller.

Then after you unscrew it, go on to the next step.

Step 2: Unscrewing the Guitar Neck.

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Unscrew the guitar's neck, and make sure the back is off. There should be 5 screws I think, I'm just too lazy to go check. It's either 4,5, or 6. Or maybe 7. YOU'LL KNOW WHAT TO DO, JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURES!! =)

Step 3: Unscrew the Button Board.

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Okay, now. Here is the button board, it should say A,B,C,D,E. Unscrew the 2 screws on the side.

Step 4: Changing the Buttons.

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Now, re-arrange the button colors in any way you like. I made mine rainbow colored. This is cool, and you can trick your friends! Note: The button color changes made will not effect gameplay, it just makes the controller look cooler.

Step 5: Finishing Up.

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Now, screw the button board back on, screw the neck back on, and then screw the back of the guitar back on.

Step 6: Finished!

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Now, you're done! This is my first instructable, and I hope you guys enjoyed it! Have fun tricking your friends with the button changes! Also, in the pictures, my controller's white pick guard is off, I will be giving it a little paint job. If you want to know how, just hang on, another instructable is coming soon!



Viral Death521 (author)2008-08-14

I did this with my Guitar Hero 3 Controller, and my family is looking at me with very confused looks *laughs* Very nice! Any other patterns you could suggest? I'm not very smart when it comes to creating stuff on my own *laughs* Very nice instructable though!


Redgerr (author)Viral Death5212010-07-07

get several controllers and make each one full of the same color my friend and i have 5 guitars in total and thats what we are going to do lol, will be AWSOME

binglebeebop (author)2008-07-19

hehe had one of those screwdrivers, they kill the fingers when you're trying to get a tight screw out =\

sonic_dan (author)2008-03-26

just made a new guitar hero instructable :)

fredricksburgthethird (author)2008-01-21

this will probably only confuse beginner players that have to look down, just like rearranging the keys on a keyboard wont mess up a typist. wonderful Instructable A++

Thanks! Yeah, that is true, but it's funny how they're confused.

yea sort of like my dad playing left handed without lefty mode.

My cousins (two of them) do that, and they're really good at it.

0utCold (author)2008-01-03

Did you come up with this on your own?

GorillazMiko (author)0utCold2008-01-03

Yep. Never saw it before, opened up the controller, looked around, saw this. So I decided to do this. :-)

hikinotimasha (author)2007-12-30

This is pretty cool. You should put solo buttons on it with a costum paint job to match your pick guard.

shadowgravity (author)2007-12-26

i know someone already got the prize, but im going to guess. is it.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................coins?


Thornburg (author)2007-12-16

Nice I just did this. Looks sweet. Post that other instructable about the pick gaurd.

GorillazMiko (author)Thornburg2007-12-16

ill post it up soon.

sonnimo123 (author)2007-11-21

awesome idea!! goin to try to trick friends. great instructable!!

GorillazMiko (author)sonnimo1232007-11-21

Thanks :-)

the_burrito_master (author)2007-11-05

ha ha ha ha that would be meen.

pimpin M (author)2007-09-27

um good job but why didnt you just spray paint the buttons

GorillazMiko (author)pimpin M 2007-09-28

Because this could save you money. Spray paint would be kind of cheap too but I wouldn't want to keep on spraying it all the time..

Metal4God (author)2007-09-21

they ar cards

GorillazMiko (author)Metal4God2007-09-22

Cards? I don't know what you mean by that, but they are plastic buttons. If you look on the step where you change them around, you can see the electric board where the buttons press the buttons connected to the button board. Confusing? Then look at the instructable. I hope you liked it!

Metal4God (author)GorillazMiko2007-09-22

no i mean the thing that starts with the letter "c"

GorillazMiko (author)Metal4God2007-09-22

Ooooh! Nope, no cards in there.

Metal4God (author)GorillazMiko2007-09-22

then whats in there? Cocaine? LOL

GorillazMiko (author)Metal4God2007-09-22

Almost. You're really close. LOL just kidding. Nope, not even close. Remember, some people COLLECT THEM.

Metal4God (author)GorillazMiko2007-09-22


GorillazMiko (author)Metal4God2007-09-22

It's not any drugs. You can't eat it. It's not food.

Kayjay (author)GorillazMiko2007-09-23

is it coasters? like for ppl to put drinks on?

GorillazMiko (author)Kayjay2007-09-23

Nope, sorry.

Kayjay (author)GorillazMiko2007-09-23

can i guess again? lol well im gunna guess coins u cant eat them (unless chocolate)

GorillazMiko (author)Kayjay2007-09-24

Yep, you got it! It's coins.

Metal4God (author)GorillazMiko2007-09-25

darn i thought it was bottle Caps

tomonto (author)2007-09-21

why would you want to do this?

GorillazMiko (author)tomonto2007-09-21

Well if you actually READ the instructable you would know.

Ward_Nox (author)2007-09-21

heh with fabric dye you can turn all the buttons black

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