The second working Lego Guitar Hero controller that I have made, designed after a B.C. Rich Warlock guitar.
About this creation
This is the second Lego Guitar Hero controller I have made so far. I gutted the real controller, taking out the electronic boards and special working components, and placed them inside of a Lego chassis of my design. It is modeled off of a B.C. Rich Warlock guitar (a personal favorite of mine second only to the Explorer), which is a guitar I now own. Check my Brickshelf or Google "Warlock guitar" for a reference picture. I was not very careful when I built this guitar, so I screwed up the guitar's dimensions, elongating certain parts and shortening others.
The Lego controller works just as well as the real controller does. All of the components work correctly, from the Strum Bar to the Whammy Bar to the seven buttons on the guitar.
I made many radical and intelligent changes to this guitar. I only have one set of boards and components currently, so I wanted to be able to easily transfer from my Explorer to my Warlock (hence, I made things like the strap door, which holds a piece that holds the strap in place). The fret button board could be described as "Uni-body" instead of "frame-based," so repairs are easier. I made a custom Strum Bar with Technic gears, so it would be easier to grip than the bar on the real guitar. The inner structural supports use Duplo bricks instead of System bricks to minimize weight but keep the guitar together.
The only change I was forced to make was with the Start/Select buttons. First, the board for the buttons is not directly underneath the buttons, it's about 3 inches away. That meant I could not have the buttons where they were in the reference picture. I made the Start button a switch so that it could reach far enough. It's weird. I also added a white Katamari Damacy logo, and the PlayStation logo on the headstock.
All of these advances, and it still took less time to create than the Explorer.
The full body. As with all of my models, I did not use glue. You can find this picture in the Lego article in the December 2007 issue of Game Informer.
The body of the guitar, without the the headstock. The Katamari Damacy logo is on the left side.
The headstock of this controller is much bigger than it would be on a real Warlock, but this was an instance where I chose the true look of the stock over realistic size. The PlayStation logo is in the center, and the fret button colors are used on the pegs (excluding white).
Katamari Damacy Logo
A closeup on the Katamari Damacy logo.
Instead of the brightly colored buttons of the Explorer, I replaced them with buttons that mimicked the look of actual frets, with jeweled color spots marking the position of the five buttons.
Switch and Buttons
The Select Button remains a button, made in the style of the Warlock knobs. It is the one with the white stripe. The Start Switch is below that, and below the switch are two cosmetic "dummy" knobs. All three knobs have the ability to turn.
The Start button that was present on the real guitar is not present on this guitar. The Start Button became a Start Switch. Press down, and the button activates.
Unlike on the Explorer guitar, I fabricated the strum bar out of Lego, instead of using the standard piece. This strum bar has a much better grip, although the movement is not yet quite as smooth.
The PlayStation PS logo, with an opaque background, and translucent bricks of the same color.
Strap Holder Door
This is the "door" that you open in order to get the strap-holder elements inside of the guitar.
Great work!! Nice warlock, I have to say it is probaly my favorite guitar in guitar hero. The only improvment I see is moving the whammy bar over 1 stud so it doesn't inerfear with the strings. I'd also suggest only have six nobs for the strings... not seven, otherwise great work! I also was wondering when your next warlock will be done.