We all love Guitar Hero and Rock Band. We also know that we'll never learn how to actually play guitar playing these games. But what if we could at least build a Guitar Hero controller that let us use a real guitar? That's what we here at OpenChord.org are trying to do.
This instructable will show you how to take a regular electric guitar and turn it into the OpenChord V0, a Guitar Hero / Rock Band controller that you play by actually playing notes on the guitar. Instead of pressing buttons, you'll be pressing strings, sliding up and down the fretboard to connect notes together. However, it still relies on the internals of a Guitar Hero controller to generate the proper signals to the console, and it uses the strum bar from the controller as well.
This project has been superseded by the OpenChord V1, which actually uses the real strings and generates real controller signals.
For a little more information about the project as a whole, visit OpenChord.org.