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Lego Guitar Hero Controller #1: Gibson Explorer
A full-size Lego controller for the game Guitar Hero (PS2). Using real electronics, it actually works with the game!
About this creation
By now, the Guitar Hero franchise is ubiquitous in the video game arena, so I won't explain it other than the fact you play it with a guitar-shaped controller.

I gutted the real controller, taking out the electronic boards and special working components, and placed them inside a Lego chassis that I designed,modeled after a Gibson Explorer guitar (renamed X-Plorer a few years ago). Check my Brickshelf or Google "Explorer guitar" for a reference picture.

The Lego guitar controller works just as well as the real controller. All of the components work correctly, from the Strum Bar to the Whammy Bar to the seven buttons on the guitar. This controller has been designed for the PS2 versions of the Guitar Hero games. It was disassembled before I could create a video for it, but I should have videos on my next electronic MOCs coming up.



Original Guitar and Lego Guitar

The real guitar, the Lego guitar, and the Guitar Hero Game case.







Size Comparison


The two guitars side-by-side to show just how small the real controller is.




Down the Guitar

Lego Guitar Hero Controller

The Strum Bar, the Whammy Bar, the pick-ups, the scratch-plate (or pick guard, it's called both), and the Start, Select, and the fake pickups and button.






Buttons

Lego Guitar Hero Controller

Comparing the fret buttons of the real and Lego controllers. The Lego buttons are just a little bit narrower.




Headstock

Lego Guitar Hero Controller

The headstock shape, with the functionless detail of colored pegs for the non-existent "guitar strings."






Underworks

Lego Guitar Hero Controller

The electric board for the fret buttons.








The Guts

Lego Guitar Hero Controller

The wiring and boards for the whole guitar.









More Guts

Lego Guitar Hero Controller

Wiring, the Whammy Bar mechanism, the tilt sensor, and the Start/Select board.








Strum Bar Board

Lego Guitar Hero Controller

The Strum Bar and its electronic board.







Stripped Body

Lego Guitar Hero Controller

The overall open chassis.











Comments

 I like it 
  April 24, 2013
Wicked! A well-deserved MOTD!
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  April 24, 2013
cool!
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  April 24, 2013
Quite clever. Well done.
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  April 24, 2013
excellent MOTD!
David McNeely
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Hi-Jak .
  April 29, 2012
sweeeet B)
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  November 6, 2011
Fully functional..... AMAZING!!!!!
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  December 5, 2010
WOW! How long did it take to make it? What components did you use?
  November 24, 2010
Very nice
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  November 1, 2009
i think that is amazing, but, isnt it alittle flimsy if u tried playing with it
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  August 17, 2009
wait, you can actuly play that, ....AWSOME!!!
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  May 3, 2009
Dude sweet!
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  April 27, 2009
Wow, can't believe you made a WORKING controller! Well done!
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  April 12, 2009
I LOVE IT!!!I want one!!!
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  March 31, 2009
Now that is impressive.
David McNeely
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Patrick Leon
  February 12, 2009
That's so cool!
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  December 4, 2008
wow... dude... thats awsome! you should make a bunch, and sell them!.
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  December 2, 2008
revolutionary. great.
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  November 26, 2008
Hwo old are you, cause' this is AMAZING!!!
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  October 23, 2008
This the coolest thing ever!!! Great job. I like this more then the Real X-Plorer!! (Cuz this one is in lego)
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  March 27, 2008
Awesome, it would be so cool if you took the colors off the frets. it would look so cool. I mean by now you probly don't look at the controller when you play. Just a suggestion though
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  February 9, 2008
thats heca cool that it works at first i thought it was a real guitar.but guitar hero is realy old series i have #3
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  February 8, 2008
Awsome I wish it really looked like that
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  February 5, 2008
I love this, I'm a big fan of the GH seris. I have one question though, is any of this glued? Thanks!
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  January 3, 2008
wow! its cool you build you own but you should have got another guitar just in case the Lego one brakes the wires or circuit boards. do you still have it build? i would like to see more of the in-side and how you keep the boards & wires in place. great moc.
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  September 10, 2007
screw you, john.
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  August 7, 2007
ok, i am a big fan of guitar hero 2 and ever since i saw this its taken over my view of the game____im going to guess that this guitar is fully functional just like your other one. that is awsome____the little guitar the game gives you is too small for me to be confortable with and i need a bigger guitar to finish the game____so, i want to build one of your creation guitars myself now, and was wondering if you could walk me through it or at least help me with some tips____ i'd make it a defferent color so it wouldnt look like yours and i'd post it on this site____thanks a bunch, please email me back if you can
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  June 19, 2007
that's incredible!!! so it realy works, huh? Also, it's obviously been awhile since you made this considering Guitar Hero 2 is out and on 360
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  April 14, 2007
Amazing. A fantastic job.
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  December 7, 2006
Very nice! You have done a great job in approximating the shape of the explorer - & it sure as heck beats the game controler version ;)
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  December 7, 2006
Great Job!Specialy for someone like me that Love LEGO and GUITARS! Keep Up with the Good Work!
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  December 6, 2006
very good job, when i look for good creations (this being one of them), i look for functionality, and man did u go above and beyond, one queston though, did u model it after a Gibson X-Plorer or a Gibson X-Plorer New Century, because on normal X-Plorers, they dont have a pick guard that big, but if u make a pick guard for the whole body, u can call it a New Century, and a couple of white plates on the head, on top of the nut, just go to the Gibson web site and look at it for reference, but if u got some chrome plates, that would be even better since the Gibson New Century guitar line use mirror pick guards instead of regular white ones, try it
 I like it 
  December 6, 2006
Wow! That is so cool, and a huge bonus that it actually works! You've got me thinking of Lego stuff that I could build that actually works...
 
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