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Raspberry Pi Pico Guitar Hero Controller Is Ready to Rock

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(Image credit: Arlan Prado)

We've seen it time and time again—one maker's old controller is another maker's Raspberry Pi project. Such is the case with Arlan Prado's awesome Raspberry Pi Pico controlled Guitar Hero guitar!

To pull this rockin' project off, Prado modified an old Nintendo Wii Guitar Hero controller. In his upgrade, mechanical switches were added as well as USB support with the help of a Raspberry Pi Pico.

According to Prado, you can use his project to turn anything into a Guitar Hero controller. It's built using Adafruit's CircuitPython, a fork of MicroPython, alongside a HID Library that enables the Pico to act as a USB keyboard and mouse. The Pico is wired to each of the fretboard buttons but it can also control the whammy bar (if your controller has one).

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(Image credit: Arlan Prado)

The best Raspberry Pi projects are the ones you can recreate. Prado was kind enough to share all of the project code on GitHub with a few instructions for any interested parties.

According to the original thread shared on Reddit, this was Prado's first time working with circuits and he already has plans to improve the design in the future. Be sure to follow him for more cool projects and upgrades to this one.