This how-to takes you through the steps you need to hook your Rock Band guitar controller up to a real guitar. And, of course, to a pair of boxing-gloves.
Does the plastic guitar controller of Rock band and Guitar Hero make you feel silly? Wouldn’t you rather play the Harmonix games with a REAL guitar? Of course you do! And how about getting punched in the shoulder with boxing gloves as you play, just to make it all more interesting?
Tested with Rock Band and DJ Hero.
Norwegian audio but the end where we play this monster is worth watching.
What you need: A real guitar
A Kawaii. I swapped this for a Thin Lizzy LP back in the 90′s.
What you need: Xbox360 og Rockband 2 or DJ Hero
Rock band guitar controller for XBOX360.
Testing finger contacts
First test of my tinfoil contacts, with wired running to the green and yellow button (hurray for alligator clips with matching color). Works like a charm!
The drawback of using finger contacts it that my finger dexterity is a little reduced, and I usually hit more than one wire at a time. But I will still be able to plugin the guitar into my amp, crank it up and play some power cords on the guitar and play Rock Band at the same time. I can pick notes from anywhere on the neck, it doesn’t really matter where as long as I touch the right finger to the string(s) at the correct time.
The tin foil looks ridiculous of course, but I am sure that it is possible to make a version of this that is cooler looking and easier to play with. The electrical connection between the tin foil and the strings on the guitar is excellent, so I am now certain that this will work. Later I will try to create finger contacts that are little bit more “slim fit”. (Tip me in the comment section if you have ideas).
Householdhacker connected wires to a guitar pick in their hack, and that was what I wanted to try as well, but then I had this other idea: To swap out the guitar pick with boxing gloves!
Connection the wires for the boxing glove
The boxing glove will replace the white plastic knob used for strumming the guitar on the xbox360-controller, and all I need to do is to clip on a red and black alligator clip to the small circuitboard as shown in the picture, and voila!
Closeup of connection
Connecting the gloves:
It seems to be working, nice sounds are comming from the TV, but it’s a bitch to test everything by myself. This is definitely a controller that demands two players!
Lars, the clapper
Wassup! Ok, so wearing tin foil on each finger might subtract slightly from my cool rocker image. But it works!
Re-evaluation of the glove controller
I’m building this controller for a Norwegian television program called Tekno, and that means I have to dress up a little before recording! 8-bit tie bought from Thinkgeek many years ago. I knew I would get to use it sometime. :)
Testing all connections in the television studio
Boxing gloves prepped and ready to rock! I’ve taped tin foil to the front of the gloves. When recording the tv show we will only use one of the gloves but it’s easy to make a solution where you can use both gloves.
The tin foil is folded several times to make it more sturdy and after connecting the alligator clips I will tape them to the gloves as well.
My colleague Rune trying on the gloves
Testing the instrument with Rune
The showhost Hanne helps me to attach the shoulder contact
I’ve created a contact made of tin foil and Hanne is helping me tape it to my arm. When we play she will punch me in rythm to the game. There is a wire running from the shoulder contact to ground on the Rock band guitar controller, and another wire from the glove and to positive on the xbox controller. (see previous steps for details).
When Hanne punches me in the shoulder the glove contact connects with the shoulder contact, and power flows through.
Testing Rockband with a boxing glove and a homemade controller