STL Files for 3D Printing of Fret Buttons

I’ve got an array of STL files for 3D printing of fret buttons. No guarantees.

Feedback please!

If you try any of these buttons, please give me some feedback in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Les Paul Xbox 360

Download and print your own Guitar Hero Fret Buttons.
ZIP file contains 3 STL files. The filename indicates the total height of the fret button – where 15 mm is the ‘stock’ height. Solid bottom.

  • GH-BTN-Les-Paul v1 12.0mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-Les-Paul v1 11.5mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-Les-Paul v1 11.0mm.stl
  • Les Paul Xbox 360 v1.pdf

Confirmed to fit:

  • Les Paul Xbox 360
  • 11 and/or 11.5mm seems to be the sweet spot.

Red Octane Wireless PS2

https://hobbycnc.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=22145&action=edit#

ZIP file contains 2 STL files and one PDF drawing

  • Red Octane Wireless PS2 11.5mm R0.stl
  • Red Octane Wireless PS2 12 mm R0.stl
  • Red Octaine Wireless PS2 R0.pdf

ASSUMED to fit:

  • Red Octane Wireless PS2

Fret Button STL Files

Download and print your own Guitar Hero Fret Buttons.
ZIP file contains 5 files. The filename indicates the total height of the fret button – where 15 mm is the ‘stock’ height. Solid bottom.

  • GH-BTN-06 13 mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-06 12.5 mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-06 12 mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-06 11.5 mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-06 11 mm.stl

Confirmed to fit:

  • Les Paul Wii
  • World Tour Wii
  • 11 and/or 11.5mm seems to be the sweet spot.

Xplorer Fret Button STL Files

Download and print your own Guitar Hero Fret Buttons for the Xplorer.
ZIP file contains 7 files. The filename indicates the total height of the fret button – where 15 mm is the ‘stock’ height. Solid bottom.

These files have not yet been tested on an Xplorer.
  • GH-BTN-Xplorer 15 mm.stl (‘stock’ button height)
  • GH-BTN-Xplorer 14 mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-Xplorer 13 mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-Xplorer 12.5 mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-Xplorer 12 mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-Xplorer 11.5 mm.stl
  • GH-BTN-Xplorer 11 mm.stl

“Short Fret” STL Files

This is an early approach the kept the sides the same length and had different ‘offsets’ in the underside. These are to aid in determining how short to make your buttons. These have numbers on the top, they are not designed to be printed as final frets.
Then you can order/print/modify your own fret buttons to this dimension.

“Plunger” two-part fret test button

This is a two-part print that aids in the determination of what fret button length is necessary for your guitar. These are to aid in determining how short to make your buttons. They are not designed to be printed as final frets.
Then you can order/print/modify your own fret buttons to this dimension.

Guitar Hero STL Frets for mechanical switches

“Stock” fret button (left) compared to a ‘shortened’ fret button (right). The buttons are shown upside-down (top of the button is pointing down).

Note on shortened fret buttons

All the ‘shortened’ fret STL files available here are designed the same way.

The dimensions for the ‘top’ of the fret button are the same as the stock button, regardless of how short the fret button is. Look at the red line to see that the distance from the top of the button to the guides/stops are the same for both fret buttons.

As the fret buttons get ‘shorter’ I’ve removed material from the bottom of the fret button (the area above the blue line.

This should provide for the same look and feel as stock buttons, when the proper length of fret button is used.

Personally, I’ve found that when the fret button is just depressing the switch, by about 1 mm, this works the best. The fret button stays ‘pushed’ up to the stops, and only has to travel about 1 mm to make contact.

10 Comments

  1. Federico

    Hello , i want to give my feedback. I tested the short frets and they sink too much into the neck. I think that the best option would be the stock height fret with a 1mm depht on the bottom ( im not 100% sure about that measure , i need to make some more testing , but that would be a good estimate)

    Reply
    • BrianV

      Thanks! I’ve added a new section to this page (Note on shortened fret buttons) to expand on the design concept. The shortened fret buttons *should* not sink into the guitar, if the length is ideal.

      Reply
  2. John

    Howdy! I have tried printing out the shortened xplorer frets and found that the bits that stick out from the long side of the 3d printed frets are too far apart and do not slot into the xplorer neck.

    This ended up not mattering. The GH-07 fret board, when installed as-is with stock frets, did not have the mechanical switches compressed too much to prevent activation via pressing the frets on the neck. I posted a review on the GH-07 fret board with more information.

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  3. Ray

    Hey there, I 3D printer the fret button stl file the 11.5 mm one, it doesn’t fit, my fret buttons doesnt have the right side shaping, it’s entirely different so it won’t even fit to the neck of the guitar, the way to solve this is to cut off the side that goes upwards but even then, the buttons feels really stiff to press, here’s the pictures for reference https://imgur.com/a/e7CvJrp the green fret side length is 0.5 inch meanwhile the grey 3d printed one is 0.7, can you make one with out that side sticking upwards, and make a new model with the side shaping just like the green fret in the picture with the 12mm shortened fret

    Reply
    • BrianV

      Fantastic photos! Yeah, I should be able to do that no sweat.
      What is the guitar/game system??
      BrianV

      Reply
      • Ray

        WII World Tour Guitar

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    • BrianV

      I emailed you a 12 and 11.5mm version w/o the side parts. Let me know.

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      • Jesse Donovan

        Hi Brian, I have the same buttons without the tabs on the side going upwards. Would it be possible to get the files without the side parts on them if you have them? Cheers 🙂

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        • BrianV

          I sent you “Red Octane Wireless PS2 R0.zip” to check.
          It’s the only one I know of that does not have the little gizmos you have to sand off.
          Let me know.

          Reply
  4. Anthony

    Hey there, I see that the shortened frets for the Les Paul only work for the Wii Les Paul. Any plans on making files compatible with the 360 Les Paul? If not, do you know where I can find it? Love the products. Thanks!

    Reply

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