This is a video of me playing the GH controller. The Song is called Holy Diver. I'm playing it on Hard. It demonstrates that it is working just fine (every part of it).
Note: I hadn't seen an original red octane controller (nor any 3rd party copies) at the time I made this controller, only on pictures.
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Step 1: The mentioned "scratch"
- a PS1 controller with analog sticks (important! PS2 controllers won't work with GH2, only GH1)
- trigger buttons of another PS1 controller (I used an old one with no analog sticks - i haven't used it for ages) or some sensitive micro switches for the guitar fret buttons
- some other switches and plastic pieces
- a whammy bar
- some csrews
- a tilt sensor, covered in my fist instructable, the correct one for this project starts at Step 4
- a longer flat cable consisting of 6 wires (it will be easier to glue it down) and a bunch of other shorter wires
- 2 pieces from a roll-top (guitar neck)
- a thick paper with fine surface on one side (guitar body shape)
- a long piece of wooden slat or more smaller pieces (body stability)
- lots of hot glue
- soldering-iron and some solder and of course soldering knowledge
- an electric drill, rasp, Stanley knife and some other tools
Step 2: The electronic part of it
I used a Typhoon 3rd party PS1 pad, because it had an ugly shape...
Ok, so here is "what goes where":
1. You have to solder the left d-pad - as if it was always pressed down - it tells the PS2 that this is a guitar controller (try to push it in the game, the tutorial menu will be unfolded).
2. GND - needed for all the switches. There are a lot of outlets of it fortunately.
3. up d-pad - strum up
4. L2 - 2 outlets for the motion sensor (star power)
5. down d-pad - strum down
6. select - I haven't found any other uses of it than star power
7. start - important for pausing the game and for the in-game menu
8. square - orange fret button (be careful, there's no little extra solder pad - but maybe yours will have)
9. R2 - green fret button
10. cross - blue fret button
11. circle - red fret button
12. triangle - yellow fret button
13. Y-axis of the left analog stick - whammy bar trimmer (connect it between GND and Ucc)
14. Ucc - the easiest place where it can be found
I won't go into details with these later, there will be a reference always in this step.
Note: I would recommend you to remove the rumble motors, because in GH they don't have a role.
Step 3: The StrumBar
Step 4: The WhammyBar
Take the plastic stick and drill a hole into it slantly, then place some bar into it. The Whammy is done!
Step 5: The neck - 1
Step 6: The neck - 2
Step 7: The Body - 1
So cut the shape out with scissors, make the edges finer. Cut out a piece of the slat, it's size must be the same as the length of the guitar. It will be the main slat. Make a hole for the strum bar - it must fit totally, still it must be stable! So measure it precisely. Make a hole for the wiring of the strum bar. Then cut it in a way, that the neck could perfectly be fixed on it by screws and some glue. Hot glue it on the back of the guitar (back paper shape). Now cut 4 other slat pieces, one to each edge of the guitar. Of course you need to measure the circuit board, etc. to make sure everything will fit from those slats. Glue and possibly screw everything together. Make some holes for the wires passing from one part of the guitar to the other. Now fix the neck to its place (with glue and screws). Don't spare with the hot glue because you'll regret it later.
Step 8: The soldering
Step 9: The Body - 2
Cut the second neck piece as it is a bit shorter than the other. Glue the two neck pieces together now.
Now cut some strips of the same paper that you used for the body, with the same width as the thickness of the slats. Carefully glue it around the guitar (i guess it needs at least 2 people). It is the harder part of the whole process, i guess. Don't spare with that glue!!!
Make a hole on this strip for the connection cable. You can also add 2 holders for the guitar strap.
And now another hard task - cut the holes on the body cover very precisely. Then place it correctly on the body and fix it with 5-6 screws. Voila, done. Now for some design.
Step 10: Design
So that's it. Thanx for reading and if you would like to help me in my further projects or/and want to know how to get free stuff, please read my blog. Thanx and please save your comments about my blog to my blog comments. But still, feel free to leave a lot of comments about my project, I'd like to have some response, and if you have any questions about anything according to my project, don't hesitate to ask!