Make your LP 360 neck ‘fixed’ without glue or screws.

Make your LP 360 neck ‘fixed’ without glue or screws.

If you want to make your Les Paul 360 guitar neck "non removable" without glue or cement, here's a part that will 'lock' the neck in place, yet allow removal by opening the guitar body. Particularly handy for hard-wired fret boards! Purchase pre-printed or download a...

New 3D printer

New 3D printer

I finally got rid of my old Makerbot 2x 3D printer. For a long time I blamed the printing problems on myself, not the printer. I ordered and assembled an Original Prusa i3 MK3S+. Excellent manual led me through the assembly process, and it started printing right away....

NW-3520-FRET-BUTTONS R1.1 Yet another variation of Guitar Hero Fret Board! Thanks to Jhonathan in Peru, we've added support for another OEM Guitar Hero Fret Board. It uses the GH-04 board, but requires a different installation technique documented here. The...

STL Download Page Updated

STL Download Page Updated

Okay, so I've come to terms with the fact that there are lots of different fret designs too (not sure why I was surprised by that). I have settled on a design that keeps the full, 15 mm fret height four different 'insets' of the bottom (1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 mm)...

More Fret Switch Options

More Fret Switch Options

I've added 4 new switches to the HobbyCNC Guitar Hero mechanical fret boards for a total of 6 button options: No switches (PC Board Only) Yellow – Linear | 70g Operating Force Orange – Tactile | 70g Operating Force Pale Blue – Clicky | 70g  Operating Force Red –...

STL Frets for Les Paul Xbox 360

STL Frets for Les Paul Xbox 360

Subtle changes in dimensions means we'll need lots of different STL files too. So far, these new files should fit at least the Les Paul Xbox 360. I measured all 5 fret buttons from my Les Paul and averaged the readings. There's a .pdf in the zip file - check the width...

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User Upgrade Experience (Video)

A really great upgrade-experience video from NinjaPwns AtLife on YouTube. There's more to the upgrade than just putting in the HobbyCNC replacement fret board. There are occasionally mods to the board (in this case mounting holes were a tad too small), and, of course,...

Updated Cross Reference Chart

I'm sorry I didn't do this sooner. I was so focused on the circuit that I never really paid attention that almost every Guitar Hero board I've come across has a part number either in the copper or silk-screened on it. I made a part number cross reference that actually...

Will It Ever End?

I've asked many times before, why couldn't all the various Guitar Hero Engineers agree on a standard design? Perhaps it was copyright, perhaps patents, perhaps NIH. Who knows (or really cares). Anyhow, I designed and had professionally printed a whammy bar repair part...

Repair Parts

I'm slowly trying to increase my offering in spare and repair parts. I've got my eye on a few new things to add. You shouldn't need to replace the ribbon cable during a fret board upgrade, but sometimes 'stuff' happens. If you need a replacement or if you plan to make...

STL Files for 3D Printing Fret Buttons

I finally got around to organizing and consolidating my collection of 3D printable STL files of fret buttons that are designed to be used with my mechanical fret boards. With special thanks to Jacob I for loaning me fret buttons from a bunch of different guitars. This...

Warranty Questions

I do give every board a good visual inspection, but I don't test the individual buttons. Out of close to 2,500 buttons, I've had only one go bad (That I've been told about). But if you do have a button go 'bad' within the first year, I will send you a replacement...

The Pin Numbers Are Backwards (not)

I've heard from time-to-time, "The HobbyCNC guy got the pin numbers backwards". Well, I grapple with that myself, so I get it. It's not that they're backwards, rather the board is 'upside-down'. The confusion comes from the change in the design from the membrane...

There is How Many Boards?

Why are there so many Guitar Hero fret boards? Great question, and I've asked myself that many, many times. I don't have an answer, only an educated guess. Different styles of guitars on different game systems developed at different times by different engineers. Each...

How it Started

I've enjoyed playing Guitar Hero (X-Box 360) for many years. I was never 'good', but I had fun. When my grandkids were old enough, I started them on the game too. One of my Les Paul guitars was missing notes and it was making for an unpleasant learning...