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Ukulele Hero or a Guitar Hero controller for Toddlers

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My two year old daughter recently started playing Beatles Rock band with me, but she had a lot of trouble reaching the buttons on the neck. The strap wouldn't adjust high enough either, so I decided to get her own controller and modify it for her.

For this Instructable, you will need a Torx driver, a small Phillips head screwdriver, a hacksaw, some epoxy and a few mending plates.

 
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Step 1: Disassembly

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Use the Torx driver to remove all of the screws on the back of the neck. Take out the circuit board and the buttons so they are not in the way when you start cutting.

Put the two halves of the neck back together and reconnect them with a few screws. This will hold them together and make sure you get even, matching cuts. I decided to cut from after the screw post at the lower end of the circuit board and before the guitar strap knob. This allowed me to cut out about 3 3/4 inches out of the neck.

Step 3: Reattaching

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Try to use an epoxy that is good for plastic. Most epoxies will work for metal, but not all are very good on plastic. I bought these corner brackets instead of mending plates because they were narrower and I didn't want to have to cram them into the controller while the epoxy was setting up. This epoxy works very fast and was already hardening when I was applying the last of it. This led to the inside of the controller being a little messy, but no one will ever see it once its screwed back together.
luvit4 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAg5KjnAhuU  
Brother_D luvit4 years ago
 I can't help but smile when I see this video. Love it.
that would be cool if it was electric lmfao.
 What Talent! Both the making the instrument and the singing, and playing, Best.
winkman luvit4 years ago
haha very funny :)
zOMG! thats AWSOME!
quite funny aswell xD
mry774 years ago
cool girl, i love her
I feel for you! I personally have a 6 year old cousin who is also a HUGE fan of guitar hero, but luckily her arms are (just barely) long enough to reach the buttons. Although usually she just likes to strum while I hit the frets, it's all good fun :]
trademarks4 years ago
 The Photo of your girl is super cute.  Big thumbs up dude!
tonic44 years ago
I can't wait to make one for my 3 yo son.  He would just love getting to play with us!
 My two-year-old and three and a half year old always want to play along with us - this is just awesome!  Your daughter is lucky to have a maker parent!
McMoogie4 years ago
 You are the best Dad in the world :D  (but only because mine's in heaven)
malexander4 years ago
I have to ask... what's her high score?
thecapper4 years ago
Thumbs up for awesome dads!

Maybe your daughter will grow up to be an awesome female guitarist like....um....er....that chick in Heart? The skinny one that played guitar. Yeah!
scottel174 years ago
ha ha that's great I am going to do that for my daughters guitar hero  ! thanks

Why don't you get the guitar hero hung up on the wall too it's a great idea it looks really cool and also stops the house getting from getting  cluttered up with guitar hero modules !

check it out @

www.wiamusic.com
 Okay, You are Brilliant.
robotguy44 years ago
Bagpipe Hero
Didgeridoo
kelseymh4 years ago
That is most seriously cool.  My own two year old really loves doing anything that Mommy and Daddy do: I bought her a cheap set of plastic toy tools at Target, because she really loved using my hammer on the walls :-/  What a great way to let your daughter participate with you!
coreyjune124 years ago
I just saw this linked from Makezine's blog, nice instructable. I've always wondered why no one has ever done this before.
jaquer4 years ago
That's just awesome man. My 9mo. old already has a good time watching me play so I hope when she's a little older she can join me in playing.
 Very VERY nice!!!!!!