The third Lego controller I have made for Guitar Hero, based off of a Fender Jazz Bass.
About this creation
This is my third Lego guitar, made for use with the Playstation 2 versions of Guitar Hero. While the Explorer and Warlock guitars are regular six-string guitars, this controller is a four-string bass guitar, modeled after a Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass guitar.
I gutted the real controller, taking out the electronic boards and special working components, and placed them inside a Lego chassis of my design. Every working part works as well as they do in the real controller. As with the Warlock I had to make Lego extensions for the Start and Select buttons, but, using spring bricks, it is hardly noticeable. The Whammy Bar is in a more awkward position than on the other two controllers, due to the strange position of the Start/Select buttons. The Strum bar is fabricated from Technic pieces, as it was on the Warlock. I had discovered that the design of the Lego Strum Bar made it very hard for someone to strum quickly, so I developed a new model that is displayed below.
The guitar took four days to make and, build-wise and playabilty-wise, is the best out of the three so far. The guitar was critically damaged the day I was preparing a YouTube video for it. It was knocked over and the connections to the fret board buttons were severed. It is now deconstructed.
In response to "Gibson Jazz Bass (NOT)," I would like to mention two things. One is that I had correctly named the guitar in the real information (which you probably did not read), and the Gibson part was a mistype. Two, I don't care about the opinion of a nameless poster too afraid to leave an email address. As for playing guitar? Yes, I do.
The guitar in its entirety. For some reason, I love the way this shot looks. Maybe the urban look that the worklight wire shadows give?
The controller is, of course, larger than the normal Red Octane controller, and is a little larger than a Fender Stratocaster, just like in real life.
Scratch Plate (Pick Guard)
I tried replicating the shape of the scratch plate (also called a Pick Guard) as much as possible. The Whammy Bar is in much closer proximity to the strum bar than on any of my other previous guitars.
The heat-reactant U.F.O. stickers denote the working buttons. The large button is the Select button. The one below it is the Start button. The one below that is an aesthetic, non-functional button. All three knobs can turn. Notice that the I/O cord comes out where the amp jack cable would be on the real guitar.
A new pickup design. Personally, I like the chrome elements.
Bar and Body
The new strum bar design.
My crude attempt at replicating the look of the Fender "F" logo.
The back of the headstock.
The large bass pegs.
Jewel-encrusted, black-entrenched, fret buttons. I kept the translucent piece look of the Warlock.
Fret Button Refit
With the purchase of General Grievous' Starfighter, I finally acquired enough tan-colored tiles to re-texture the fret button area of the controller.
I got rid of the black on the board and replaced it with tan, and replaced the black on the buttons with brown.
The exposed tilt sensor, kept in place by two riveted panels.
Buttons and Whammy Bar
To the left is the Whammy Bar, and to the right is the Start/Select Button board. The short length of the S/S Button board forced me to place the Whammy Bar in an awkward position.
I fabricated the Strum Bar out of Technic. Typically, it aids user grip. However, so far, it has made it harder to strum extremely fast passages for extended amounts of time (i.e. Six, Misirlou, Play With Me, The Light That Blinds, Hangar 18). I made a new strum bar that fixes that problem.
I love how theres a bunch of random guitar adds floating around your page lol. This new guitar is amazing though! How do you do it?! The detail is incredible and so is the realism. Another success in my opinion.
Ok Gibson Jazz Bass (NOT!!) This is a Video game controler that is mad from lego and really works!!! maybe you should figure out he is not trying to make a real guitar and give a better review. YOU DID GREAT THIS IS SO KEWL DONT LISTEN TO THE MR.CLUELESS OVER HERE IT ROCKS!!
A life size guitar made from Lego would be impressive enough. Hooking it up to your video game system so you can actually play it? Amazing. The phrase "this rocks" is overused, but particularly apt here. DUDE, THIS ROCKS!
This is probably the most awesome thing I have ever seen... Haha, where did you get this idea? Building a life size LEGO guitar is one thing, but putting the GH2 controller parts inside of it is just so ingenious... Great job!