PS3 Wireless Guitar Hero Controller




Take one SIXAXIS controller and one SG guitar controller and slap them together to play Guitar Hero 1 on the PS3! *Be aware this ONLY works on Guitar hero 1... if someone knows how to use a controller with guitar hero 2 I can modify this guide but holding the left d-pad only works on 1*

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Step 1: Symphony of Destruction

This is the step where you have to break stuff.
First open the guitar and cut the controller wire off the board.
Then cut the traces to all the switches. (Fret buttons, Strum Switch, Start/Select)
Next open the SIXAXIS and cut the body so that the flat part where the start and select buttons are.
Last cut the guitar body where you want to put the controller.
I positioned it so I can charge and see the controller number above the strap.

Step 2: Solder, Solder and Solder

Now comes the fun stuff. A little reverse engineering tells all but I'll save you guys the fun.
First of all the controller contacts have to stay plugged in since there are some resistors on the plastic.
Now the pinout for the connector is:
Tie 4 - 7 Which is the left d-pad to tell the game it's the guitar controller
3 - Up Strum
5 - Down Strum
7 - Gnd for Up and Down
8 - PS Button
9 - PS Button
10 - Start/Select Gnd
11 - Select (Also Star power so if you have a mercury switch or a gravity switch for the tilt sensor)
12 - Start
13 - Fret Gnd - 6
15 - Square - Orange - 5
16 - Cross - Blue - 4
17 - Circle - Red - 2
18 - Triangle - Yellow - 3
20 - R2 - Green - 1

13 to 20 are the fret buttons. 1 - 6 is from left to right on the guitar controller board looking from the back with the neck up.

Lastly the whammy bar goes to the left analog and the reset button goes to the red button.

Step 3: That's It! Get Rockin!!!

Lastly drill holes for the PS button and Reset button. Install them, glue the controller body inside the guitar. Close up the guitar body. Charge up the controller and fire up the PS3. After you start guitar hero with a normal controller and the PS2 screen pops up then you can hit the ps button on the guitar and it should assign itself to controller one. Make multiple guitars for multiplayer matches wireless!!!

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    21 Discussions

    symphony of destruction? megadeth megadeth aguante megadeth. nice, made me want to read on


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I play GH1-2-80s with my sixaxis controller on my PS3 (60gb model). why the heck it wouldnt work this way ? im desperate to find something like that.

    1 reply

    11 years ago on Step 2

    what sort of wire's did you use right here?


    ive played GH2 with a controller before but it was on ps2. you would think it would work on a ps2 because of the backwards compatibility.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    would you please list more detailed instructions on which traces go from the GH controller go to which traces on the PS3 controller?


    12 years ago on Introduction

    The problem wth Guitar Hero 2 (and Encore the 80s) is that the GH2 only recognizes PS1 controllers. GH1 accepts PS2 style guitars as well. I do not know if you can use PS1 controllers on PS3 (I'd never used one), but there's a path that you can apply on a ISO image from GH2 that allow you to use PS2 controller based Guitars on GH2. Look for "GH2" PPL patch on edonkey or bittorrent.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I'd love to see this mod done with a logitech wireless controller for the ps2. That way I can make my wired controller wireless. How can I figure the pinout inside the logitech controller?

    2 replies

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Follow the traces from the buttons onto the logitech board and use my pinout for the guitar buttons. - ellis90009 - when you hold the left d-pad it tells "guitar hero 1" that the guitar is plugged in. The buttons are different for the guitar then the controller.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I just tried.... it's too complicated for me. :D At least right now, it's late.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    what are you talking about when you say "the left d-pad only works on 1" as far as i knew the controller setup for the two games were the same i just played two with the controller after i read this and it worked just the same


    12 years ago on Introduction

    how the hell can you afford to be modding a 700 game system already?