How to Remove the Pick Guard on Your Guitar Hero Controller for Under $1, Basically Free!




I'm Mikey!

This works with only the original Guitar Hero Gibson SG Controllers..
You can remove the pick guard and give it a paint job, or whatever, but I hope you like my Instructable!

Items Needed:

It is under $1.00 because you probably already have screwdrivers.

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Step 1: Removing the Back of the Guitar.

Ok, flip over your guitar and remove all the screws on the back.

You have to unscrew the neck of the guitar too. There should be around 5.

Unscrew all the screws on the back, There should be something around 11.

When you finish doing that, move onto the next step.

Step 2: Almost Done..

Now, look for the main circuit board... it's directly in the middle..

You see how there is 4 screws, 1 in each corner right?

Remove all 4 of those.

Now, look at the neck. There should be 2 screws on each side of the board of where the buttons are. Unscrew those both.

When you finish that, move onto the next step.

Step 3: Doing More Stuff!

Pull the circuit board for the buttons backwards, but don't rip or damage anything. Since the button circuit board is off, the MAIN circuit board should be able to come off backwards.

Now, look at the controller... you can see an outline of the pick guard. There should be 9 screws. Unscrew ALL of those. Then the pick guard should come off.

Then, move onto the next step.

Step 4: Put It All Back Together.

Now, when you remove the pick guard, screw everything back in (except for the pick guard's screws.)

Put everything back together, and you're done!

Now go give your pick guard a paint job or add in some kill switches where the pick guard used to be!

Thanks for checking out my Instructable, rate it if you want.

Sorry about not having the picture of the pick guard.. but if you do it then you'll know what it is.


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    31 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    your controller looks like a knock off i can tell this because a real guitar hero controller has a switch that takes the whole top off

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    not the controller for the first game. the first and second games guitars were all one unit that did not come apart. guitar hero 3's les paul model could come apart though. you could take off the faceplate and the neck was removable. guitar hero 1 and 2 used a gibson sg model, which is what is in the pictures. hes not using a knock off.

    after you take it off spray paint it shiny black and then put it back on that's how it looks cool.


    Okay, on real guitars, pick guards are... basically pick guards.. they keep the guitar from getting scratched by the pick. But on the Guitar Hero Controllers, they just looks cool.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i was just checking this out last night hahaha have you seen the led buttons one? i think im gonig to do both to my guitar hero 3 controller

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