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#1 jesterselv

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Posted August 24, 2019 - 09:13 PM

Saw a wooden guitar controller on ebay that said non-working. Got me thinking about the possibility of replacing the guts of it. Now I'm wondering whats the furthest you've gone to mod something in this hobby. Has anyone here made their own wooden guitar for RB? Maybe even with parts from Warmoth?!?! I need to know.



#2 Alternity

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Posted August 24, 2019 - 09:47 PM

Eh I've done a few "mods".

1- Swapping the solo buttons with the normal buttons. (Purpose is to be able to do HOPOs without strumming in solos with normal buttons)

2- Frankensteining a guitar with multiple broken guitars (This is more of a repair situation...)

3- Tightening the mustang's strings.

4- Soldering a jack input for the MPA's OD button so that you can use a pedal with a keyboard.

5- Soldering a DIP switch on an MPA so that you can use it on PS3 or Wii at wiil.

I may have forgotten some... idk



#3 jerrylive365

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Posted August 25, 2019 - 12:29 AM

I use custom built strum bars on my guitar. No more BS magnetic switches on my guitars =)

In fact, my Hoffner bass guitar has a split strum bar so you can mimic the playstyle of 2 finger picking. Still getting use to it but it performs very well.



#4 Nintendo113

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Posted August 29, 2019 - 05:12 PM

Fret swapping is as far as I can go. :P I'm very happy with the results though! 

 

I'd love to give my guitars a custom paint job one day though. 



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Posted August 29, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Huge fan of the microphone mod, I have three of them like this

https://youtu.be/dGqO2ENlgpA

 

The latest mod for me was replacing the warped plastic ION rocker heads with beautiful bouncy mesh pads.




 


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Posted August 29, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Not a RB hardware mod but a mod for my Alesis drum kit. The snare kept cutting out and it turned out to be a pinched wire which was a design "flaw" in where excessive/hard use would eventually pinch this wire to almost split. In my case eventually it did split so I had to modify the snare casing to accommodate a better wire routing solution and installed a new piezo while it was already open.

Been bulletproof ever since. *finds wood to knock on*



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Posted August 29, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Huge fan of the microphone mod, I have three of them like this

https://youtu.be/dGqO2ENlgpA

 

This looks like something I'll have to do! Thanks for the link.



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Posted August 31, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The latest mod for me was replacing the warped plastic ION rocker heads with beautiful bouncy mesh pads.




 

Whoa, if I knew this mod existed I probably would've held off on getting the Nitro Mesh kit.

I still have my Ion's. I wonder if I should do this anyway...

 

Well, I ended up winning the bid for the non working wooden Logitech guitar. with shipping it came to like $70 or something. I'll try to repair it and post what becomes of it.



#9 MrPrezident

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Posted August 31, 2019 - 02:18 PM

I still have my Ion's. I wonder if I should do this anyway...

 

-Total cost was under $50
-Looks awesome
-Massively improved hit detection
-Almost completely silent

Totally worth the effort.


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#10 pumpkinpie

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Posted August 31, 2019 - 03:43 PM

 

-Total cost was under $50
-Looks awesome
-Massively improved hit detection
-Almost completely silent

Totally worth the effort.

 

thanks Prez - where did you order the mesh heads from ?

 

I see them for $8 each on amazon.ca

 

i have always wanted to take the innards from a RB guitar and put them into a real electric guitar - might get around to it one day.



#11 jesterselv

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Posted September 3, 2019 - 09:36 PM

So the Logitech guitar came in today. It powered up, synced to my 360, all buttons worked. So its fully functional. Just has a crack in the body that I can fill, some posing tuning pegs I can replace, and a loose whammy bar Ill figure out what to do with. So all in all Im stoked. Only cost me around $70 with shipping. Im seeing them being sold for over $200

#12 jerrylive365

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Posted September 3, 2019 - 11:21 PM

So the Logitech guitar came in today. It powered up, synced to my 360, all buttons worked. So its fully functional. Just has a crack in the body that I can fill, some posing tuning pegs I can replace, and a loose whammy bar Ill figure out what to do with. So all in all Im stoked. Only cost me around $70 with shipping. Im seeing them being sold for over $200

This the wood guitar you been talking about? POST PICS!



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Posted September 3, 2019 - 11:54 PM

This the wood guitar you been talking about? POST PICS!

Yes, I will, maybe after the repairs. This was the listing though.. Pictures are legit, exactly what I got.

 

It seems as if it has an issue after all. Some sort of connection issue. The button flashes almost constantly (while working just fine) and eventually shuts itself off pausing the game, Turn it back on and this continues. Brand new batteries, Not sure where to look, havent taken it apart yet. I read somewhere to replace some capacitors. Anyone on here have some tips or troubleshooting steps.



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Posted September 4, 2019 - 12:34 AM

Yes, I will, maybe after the repairs. This was the listing though.. Pictures are legit, exactly what I got.

 

It seems as if it has an issue after all. Some sort of connection issue. The button flashes almost constantly (while working just fine) and eventually shuts itself off pausing the game, Turn it back on and this continues. Brand new batteries, Not sure where to look, havent taken it apart yet. I read somewhere to replace some capacitors. Anyone on here have some tips or troubleshooting steps.

Very cool! I bet that feels nice in your hands when you get it all working. The plastic guitars are so light!



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Posted September 4, 2019 - 05:30 PM

 

thanks Prez - where did you order the mesh heads from ?

 

I see them for $8 each on amazon.ca

 

 

Yep, Amazon.  8" muffle heads exactly like in the video, the only other purchase was black tape.  I followed the video pretty closely (I used a slightly different steel strapping, just had some in the tool box) and it works great.


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#16 jerrylive365

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Posted September 4, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Yes, I will, maybe after the repairs. This was the listing though.. Pictures are legit, exactly what I got.

 

It seems as if it has an issue after all. Some sort of connection issue. The button flashes almost constantly (while working just fine) and eventually shuts itself off pausing the game, Turn it back on and this continues. Brand new batteries, Not sure where to look, havent taken it apart yet. I read somewhere to replace some capacitors. Anyone on here have some tips or troubleshooting steps.

I had a guitar with a similar problem and it was a cold solder joint on the circuit board where the battery leads were. Once I re soldered it I have not had the problem since.

I would also check the battery compartment and make sure there is no corrosion or dirt on the battery contacts just to be certain its not a power issue.



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Posted September 5, 2019 - 01:43 PM

So I took the guitar apart, and I was able to fix the whammy bar. There was a piece of plastic that broke off. I used some gorilla glue and made sure the whammy could still move. Its a little tight to move, but holds in place like normal. Better than being floppy.

 

The body has that gnarly crack and I watched a few solid body guitar repairs and I think im going to drill into it at an angle under the pick-guard so as not to fuck up the paint anymore than it already is and put in a wooden dowel to make it more solid before filling the crack in with epoxy.

 

I checked it all out and couldn't find any noticeable issues. No corrosion. I cleaned it fairly well with some WD40 Electrical contact cleaner anyway though.

 

My troubleshooting steps so far.

  • I took my 360 Slim apart and used my compressor to blow out any and all dust. 
  • Shut off the wifi in the house completely 2.4 and 5ghz
  • layed out aluminum foil under and behind the 360 to try to block any interference from under or behind it while leaving the front exposed to the guitar (no more than 6 feet away)
  • cleaned the guts of the guitar
  • new batteries
  • checked for corrosion at battery terminals

But the connection problem persists and the guitar shuts down after 1-4 minutes. I've followed the leads from the connection button to the circuit board but didnt see anything like a capacitor. I think Im going to take the circuit board out and look at its backside to see if there is anything there. Anyone have any input for me?

 

https://imgur.com/gallery/Clym0qA



#18 Alternity

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Posted September 5, 2019 - 02:30 PM

Very hard to tell from the pictures, but the issue of not staying connected *might* be due to some weak soldered points on the board that is responsible for the wireless connection, so I'd check that carefully just in case there are cracked or soon-to-be-cracked soldered points.






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