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Scratch Build – In Progress -=My Brutal Frets on Fire Guitar/Keytar=-

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by dadde, 24 Oct 2007.

  1. dadde

    dadde What's a Dremel?

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    Ok, so this is the story so far:

    After playing Frets on Fire about 2 times i decided that this game realy deserved a desent guitar (keytar).

    To try if it would be possible to use microswitches instead of keys i slayed an old wireless keyboard.
    This is what happend to it:
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    Its horrible I know. But its just an experiment so see if it was possible.
    And it was.
    I would have used this wireless keybord controler if the range had not been realy awfull and if it had been possible to push more than 2 buttons at the same time.
    But the test was a succes anyhow and my wife liked the look of it so I gave it to her.

    And so it was time to go keyboard hunting...

    I know the people that works in a lokal PC-shop so I went there to ask.
    30 minutes later I had in my hand a flat USB-keybord, an PS2 kayboard and 3 bags of LEDs - total kost $0 - they are very friendly here in Sweden.

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    Before it went to the gallows I tested what combinations that would let me hold down all 5 frets and pick at the same time.
    A D G J L and ENTER worked like a charm.

    Messure and write down what combinations eatch button that you want to use.

    But I want somthing more than just plane keys to push on this guitar so I made this litle thing
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    It enables me to use the same button to light a LED and write out the right letter.
    Its very easy and basic; 3 4066 curits, 6 bc547 and some resistors. But it does do the job nicely.

    Its hooked up to the keybord controler:
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    Anyone know what I'm up to? ;)

    This thing makes the leds fade out:
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    Its 6 capacitor and some resistors, It makes the LEDs fade out when I relese the button but still light up instantly when the button is pushed.

    Alot of wires
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    Now its time to make a guitar/keytar!

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    A 12mm chipboard (I think it is called in english) "Spånskiva" here in Sweden.

    Can anyone guess the guitar that inspired me?

    Time to do some serrious cutting!

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    Bewere of my jigsaw skills :D

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    Atleast they are somwhat alike.

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    Time to let enter the sandman

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    Hush little baby, dont say a word

    Better indeed.
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    It still need some sanding but I'll have to do that by hand.

    Now it need some holes for the buttons
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    That was'nt to hard

    Now some space to put the electronics in.
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    Dang! Thats nice! Well its not going to show later anyhow.

    Of with his neck!
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    Stay tuned (haha I made a joke) for more...

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  2. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    wow, that looks really great. you may be able to make a business out of this ;)
    keep up the great work
     
  3. Kipman725

    Kipman725 When did I get a custom title!?!

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    A worthy controller indeed!
     
  4. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    not bad
     
  5. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Rockin'!

    I'd love to see this working.
     
  6. bender386

    bender386 What's a Dremel?

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    that looks great
    I had started to make one of these but stopped when i found out guitar hero 3 was going to be on the wii.
    GlovePI should do all the work for me
     
  7. ledbythereaper

    ledbythereaper What's a Dremel?

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    Guitar Hero 3 for PC is going to make all this hard work seem kinda pointless.. but on the otherside you'll have a sick looking controller :p
     
  8. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice What's a Dremel?

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    Awesome mod :), I think after you finish this one you should make one out of clear acrylic, then the leds fading in and out would look brilliant, top job your doing, well done.
     
  9. dadde

    dadde What's a Dremel?

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    The saga continues

    Oooo you know how to push my buttons (or make them anyhow)
    8mm Plexi
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    21*18mm pieces
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    1mm spacing, some CA-glue to keep the heads on buttons stay put
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    Epoxi to strengthen the buttons
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    Frosty buttons
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    drilling, drilling, drilling
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    aluminum foil...
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    To make the light from the LEDs spread even
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    Painting...
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    Hotgluing the buttons to the guitar
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    Gluing the top to the midle
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    mmm, hotglue...
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    Top to bottom; Glue everywere!
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    Sanding, sanding, and more sanding
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    Plastic Padding PP100 body filler
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    More sanding
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    It does get a bit dusty
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    Hooks to hang the neckstrap from
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    And some spray Plastic Padding
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    More to come...
     
  10. dadde

    dadde What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for the feedback!
    The wheight of the guitar is at this moment 1923g or 1,9kg.
     
  11. mr_carl

    mr_carl What's a Dremel?

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    Exelent work
     
  12. ZenX

    ZenX How are you gentlemen?

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    Looking sick! Very nicely done :)
     
  13. dadde

    dadde What's a Dremel?

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    2:nd layer of body filler

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    Sanded down

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    3:rd layer of body filler

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    Sanded down and time for 2:nd layer of Plastic Padding spray

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    PP Spray done

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    400 papper to make the PP spray smoother and let the paint stick

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    Paint

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    Primer

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    Primer done

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    1000 paper

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    Smooth

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    Remember always to clean everything before its painted

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    First layer of black

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    2:nd layer

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    3:rd

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    4:th

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    Next week it will be done...
     
  14. Morphine-Kitty

    Morphine-Kitty Dead account.

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    Looking awesome! Really good job so far.
     
  15. Starbuck3733T

    Starbuck3733T Look out sugar, here it comes

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    That's pretty darn impressive. well done!
     
  16. thermalnightmare47

    thermalnightmare47 What's a Dremel?

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    wow thats awesome.....and i can't believe you did that with chipboard i figured you would use plywood instead partially because of chipboard's bad rep at falling apart...but awesome nonetheless i want one...:)
     
  17. papeniglio

    papeniglio Minimodder

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    Simply mad!!!! :rock:
     
  18. ZenX

    ZenX How are you gentlemen?

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    I think you should clearcoat it..
     
  19. dadde

    dadde What's a Dremel?

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    5:th layer of black

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    1:st layer of clearcoat

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    2:nd clearcoat

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    3:rd

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    4:th

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    Guess the motive...

    More will come later this week
     
  20. macroman

    macroman The One

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    Hurry up already :D

    Nice work:dremel:
     

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