By cannibalizing a PS2 Guitar Hero Controller, I added all my favorite elements to my Xbox 360 Rock Band Controller: Raised buttons and mechanical switches for strum bar.
This mod results in increased functionality for my Rock Band Controller: The new buttons are smooth and responsive, they are wired into the bottom fret buttons, allowing automatic hammer-ons, and the strum bar is reliable and consistent, and complete with clicky feel and sound.
I completed this mod in a few hours, in between binge drinking, and reading depressing political commentary blogs. If I can do it, you can to!
You will Need:
One PS2 Gibson SG Controller, that is no longer loved.
One Rock Band Fender Controller, that was never loved like it deserved.
Dremel Compatible Rotary Tool, with sanding discs.
Phillips head screw drivers, of various sizes.
Hot glue gun, and at least 3 sticks of hot glue.
XTREME GLUE. I used Gorilla Glue, but you could use JB Weld, or shoegoo, or any other plastic holding mega glue with a warning label big enough.
Step 1: Why Would You Do This?
This Tutorial was constructed for those of you who have an extra rock band controller lying around. I say extra, because When I play Rock Band, I exclusively use my Xplorer, and that of my friends. The Rock Band guitar's weak, often faulty strum bar, and the flat buttons make it relatively unpopular with my friends, and I believe, guitar heroes around the world.
But it Doesn't have to be that way! You paid for the thing, so why not put it to use! And not just as the bass guitar you make your girlfriend use.
Many, many of us have Guitar Hero from the PS2 days, and many of us have controllers that are no longer up to the task of play. My PS2 controller had a broken whammy bar that no amount of glue could fix.